I'm posting here and not frugality since I have more of a mindful home problem:
I have unexpectedly received some money from my Dad for the holidays. Wasn't expecting it this year since they also took everyone on a great trip, but I guess the trip was from mom, so still gave us money.
I have long said that I need to hire a personal organizer to help. I believe DD and DH have some hoarding anxiety issues going on and I'm just disorganized and overwhelmed. I priced this out a few years ago and found a GREAT lady who sounded like she could really help. She had this whole plan where she spends the first few hours with you, then sets some goals for you, phone support and then she comes back. She told me she specialized in ppl with a LOT of stuff. Like perhaps pro to-hoarders. She was really, really expensive. Dad's gift money would pay for about half of the cost at her prices a few years ago - IF I can even find her contact info. I would need to pony up the rest. I've long thought I should do this.
Trouble is, now the money is here (well, half of it) there's seems to be so many other priorities for it. THe family room has no comfy seating. Dad's money would pay for 2 armless chairs that could be pushed together that I've long had my eye on. The 20 yo dryer door won't stay closed without jamming several hundred pounds of fabric against it (Did I mention we have some stuff?!)
I believe the professional organizing help would change my quality of life, but part of me thinks I should be able to do this myself (evidence is against me) and I'm balking at my half (at least) of the money. It's not something I would be likely to pay for myself.
The dryer I can get along without but it would be nice to have one where I could just CLOSE the door. And seating would be nice too but we're getting by.
What do you guys think?
Hold onto the money for now-call it pay for yourself to do some of the organizing work.If you accomplish signifigant work you get paid with this money and can use it to buy seating and/or a dryer.If this does not make things happen, start looking at your options for outside help.
Spend it on the organizer. You want it. And getting the tools to take care of that will last long after the next dryer goes.
One more idea would be to reach out to your people and see if anyone can come and help you. I know I do it for some of my friends. I just love the organizing and purging and it does go so much faster/funner with two.
Mama to J (Jan '09), E (May '11), and C (August, '13)
Professional Cloth Diaper at Diaper Lab in Boston (ask me about laundry)
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