Yesterday, I talked about how you shouldn’t feel bad if you outsource your tasks to someone else. I didn’t tell you what we do, so I thought I’d take that opportunity now.
– Change motor oil
We don’t have the equipment or desire to change the oil in our car. Plus, we’re not supposed to do auto maintenance in our apartment’s parking lot. Don’t have to tell me twice! We think the savings of doing it ourselves would be minimal.
– Wash and wax the car
I take the car to the automatic wash (especially in winters…you think I’m going to do it myself when it’s freezing out? No way!). Gotta remove the road salt and dirt that can chip away at paint and reduce your gas mileage, of course. I don’t mind do-it-yourself car washes that have the hose and soap ready for you to use, but I can’t take a bucket and soap and do it myself at home. No place to get water, and I’m not lugging buckets up and down three flights of stairs. No ma’am.
– Maintain your lawn (mowing, weed wacking, raking leaves, etc.)
We don’t have a yard, but when we do, I think I’ll really dread yard work. Shane doesn’t seem too excited about it, either. Some people don’t mind it, some people love it–but I’d probably be grumbling with every step over every square foot of my yard. Maybe we can hire a neighbor teen to do it, or if we’re living in an area where condos are common, maybe we’d go that route.
– Pest extermination
When three wasp nests built their home in our parked wrecked car, I decided getting a few cans of Raid and hoping for the best would be a really bad idea. We called an exterminator and let him deal with it.
– House cleaning
At this point, I’ve never had anyone else clean my apartment. But ya know what? After we have our baby this winter and after the grandmas head back to Indiana, I just might be open to the idea for a little while. Shane and I might be up to scrubbing the bathroom, but in case we’re not, we’ll call in some professional help and not think twice about it.
– Ordering take-out instead of making a meal at home
Yah, I do this more than I would like. I’m trying to combat it by having some meals in the freezer ready to go. Tomorrow will be the second time I’ve cooked a large batch of meals at once, and I’m excited! This week went well.
– Salon tasks (manicures, pedicures, haircuts, eyebrow maintenance, etc.)
I’ve been cutting Shane’s hair at home since January. Most of the time, it’s gone really well, but for his next haircut, he might go to a salon to get it shaped up nicely.
I get my hair cut maybe once or twice a year (what can I say…I wear it up most of the time and I just don’t care about it). Last time, I went to a beauty school and they did a good job for $10.
I also like to get my eyebrows threaded once or twice per year, and then I try to maintain it with tweezers at home for as long as I can.
– Hiring a tax professional to file your taxes
Our taxes are still relatively simple, and we file our taxes with Turbo Tax.
– General household repairs
If it’s a tiny little nothing thing, Shane or myself will fix it. If it’s something like the air conditioner not working, dishwasher falling apart, or hot water tank exploding–we call our apartment maintenence people. One of the perks of apartment living, I suppose.