6 Reasons to Get Help at Home

We are a society that is constantly on the go. Everyone has an infinitely expanding to-do list. No sooner do we complete one task than another takes its place. Free time is a rare commodity! Our lives are structured around our “to do” lists and our homes – places that should provide respite as well as shelter – are instead places that overwhelm us because of all the “stuff” we have to deal with – stuff that needs to be cleaned, repaired, returned, kept up with, updated, donated, stored, and organized! No wonder we’re tired and overwhelmed.

It’s time to hit the brakes and get some help at home! Here are 6 ways that working with a personal concierge and having help at home will give you your life back – and help you enjoy it to boot!

1. You’ll regain your personal time (remember that?)

Easily the biggest benefit of working with a personal concierge and getting some domestic help is the time you will get back as a result. Whether your concierge runs errands for you, watches the kids, cleans the house, organizes the garage, manages the laundry, or preps tonight’s dinner, every task they complete is an item you can scratch off your to-do list – and precious personal time that you’ve just regained. We don’t need the latest survey to tell us what we already know – that personal free time is in short supply (oh, really!?). Hiring a personal concierge is a smart way to gain back time that would otherwise be lost to routine domestic tasks and endless errands. In today’s busy world, it just makes sense.

2. You’ll find focus

Even before the catastrophe that was 2020, stress levels for the average American were on the rise…and then came Covid and a year overflowing with tension-filled newscasts, never-before-in-history workplaces changes, disrupted school schedules, health concerns, economic concerns, and political disrest…to name just a few. Focus? You’re kidding, right? If we managed to get the kids picked up or dropped off where they were supposed to be, get ourselves to work (at the kitchen table – say what?), and then slide a frozen pizza into the oven for dinner – well, that was a good day. Focus? We know how you feel, but focus is so important to our mental health and to our sense of wellbeing. Without focus – on the things that are most important to us – we feel (dare we say it?) – a little crazy and a whole lot overwhelmed!

Having a personal concierge to help out at home affords you the opportunity to delegate all the things in your life that don’t require your personal attention (like folding the laundry or running to Target to get hand soap or scrubbing the potatoes for dinner) – so you can focus on what you – and only you – can do better than anyone else in the world – be a good spouse, provide a loving environment for your kids, spend a few extra minutes on the phone with your mom. Life is not about doing; it’s about being – and that takes focus. Hire a personal concierge and find your focus again.

3. You’ll enjoy your home

Here are some words to consider: clean, organized, efficient, peaceful, pretty. That’s the description of a happy home; of a home that you love coming home to – of a home you enjoy. If you can’t describe your home that way, we have an easy solution: call us! (Told you it would be easy!) Seriously, working with a personal concierge is such a smart solution. There is power (you know there is!) in a home that’s clutter free and flower-filled, the inviting smell of dinner at the end of the day, and that houses its inhabitants in a peaceful environment.

4. You’ll improve your social life (that means you’ll have more fun!)

With a little bit more free time, a little bit more focus, and a little bit more order on the domestic front, guess what? You’ll probably find that you’re having way more fun – woohoo! A cuddle on the couch rather than a quarrel about the laundry spilled all over it is a much better way to ensure a happy evening at home. And surely you have something better to do on Saturday night than another round of binge watching…like inviting friends over (to your clean, organized home); enjoying a candle-lit date night with your sweetie at your (clutter-free) dining room table – or having a game night (food all prepped!) with a couple of your besties maybe? See how having help at home can help you have more fun?

5. You’ll get more (of what you want) done

Ever put off a trip to the DMV, getting your car serviced, or taking back an item you need to return? Ever delayed getting the dog to the vet for his annual shots? Ever leave your mail untended until the pile falls over one day and bruises your foot? Ever leave your poor plants for so long that they look like small brown trees instead of bright green houseplants? It’s called procrastination and it happens when a) we’re dealing with things we don’t want to deal with, or b) when we’re too darned tired or stressed to deal with anything! Do yourself a favor: hire a personal concierge, delegate what you hate to do or what you simply don’t have time to do and – problem solved – no more procrastination! Hey, a personal concierge can’t help you get rid of all of your bad habits, but this is one we can crush!

In this hurry-hurry culture, it’s easy for us to become swept away into the current of our busy lives. For many, it may seem they’ve been operating in “survival mode”—just coping. But there can be so much more to life than that! Hiring domestic help may seem simple, but the benefits can truly change your life!

6. You’ll be able to breathe better… literally

It’s easy to find yourself operating in survival mode – just managing to cope through another day. That’s no way to live! Hiring a personal concierge and having help at home means that someone has your back. You don’t have to spend your free time running around picking up the house (we’ll have it all done when you get home) or picking up something for dinner (prepped and in the fridge!); you can stay focused on what matters to you, not on household chores and repairs (the concierge will nix the chores & meet the repairman so you don’t have to). You? You can just be you. You can relax, you can have fun…you can breathe. That’s a great place to be in life.

Conclusion

At a loss for where to start with getting help at home? Start with a personal concierge! At Monogram Concierge we love helping our clients gain control of their homes – and their lives. Call and ask about our complimentary “Beautiful Beginnings” consultation.

Call Monogram Concierge today for all your concierge needs, (864) 283-6770, or contact us via email at: info@monogramconcierge.com

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How a Concierge Can Help You Have the Best Christmas Ever!

I’m Dreaming of a Monogram Christmas

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie

Christmas is a funny thing. No matter how aged or bittered the mind, it’s somehow softened by this season of the year. It’s a magical time that awakens the child in all of us. 

And this year, Christmas is a necessity. With the year we’ve had thus far, the world could use a little more love, a little more child-like wonder. The coming season provides us with an opportunity to end 2020 gracefully. Decorated cookies, twinkling lights, carols, and a spirit of giving may not be a cure-all to the past year’s ailments, but they certainly can’t hurt.

So how can you have the best, most peaceful holiday season ever?  Hire a personal concierge! Here are just a few of the ways a personal concierge can help make this Christmas a befitting close-out to 2020:

Decorating

Getting the decorations up is one of the most exciting heralds of the holidays, but it can be quite tedious to unearth all the boxes from storage, open and unwrap precious ornaments and family keepsakes, clean ornaments, and update seasonal holiday décor.  A personal concierge can successfully manage all those tasks on your behalf!

Don’t forget the tree either!  From the tree skirt to the last festive bauble at the tip of the tree, a personal concierge can make the process of getting the tree up (or taking it down, post-season) an easy and efficient process.  Whether you’re a stickler for an authentic live tree, or you prefer the convenience of synthetic branches, your personal concierge will make sure it gets decorated in all its glittering glory.

Gifts

While certainly not the focus of this season, gift-giving is undoubtedly an important and fun part of the experience. Boy, oh boy, is there a lot to it!  There’s the list-making, the online research, the local shopping, the wrapping…you know the drill!  A personal concierge can help at every step!  We love to shop, to source boxes, gift wrap & tape, to spend a few extra minutes getting that hard-to-wrap gift to look amazing – heck, we don’t even mind standing in line at the post office or managing holiday traffic!   

Need a place to hide your gifts?  Rather than dump them in a closet and hope they aren’t discovered, why not entrust them to us? We can safekeep them at our office and deliver them to you (or directly to the recipient!) when the time is right.

Cleaning

Cleaning:  it’s a pesky task, indeed, but necessary nonetheless. To accommodate guests and family (even grouchy ol’ Uncle Herman!), you’ll want a clean home now more than ever. Your personal concierge can easily take care of that for you. From preparing the guest room, to clearing unwanted clutter, to cleaning out the fridge to make room for all those holiday leftovers, your personal concierge will ensure that your home is neat, organized, and ready to go for the season!

Event Planning

One of the more stressful chores of the season is handling all the different events that will be transpiring. Save yourself the headache!  Allow your personal concierge to plan your holiday events!  From a simple family get together to an elaborate formal dinner party, your personal concierge will make sure that everything is arranged!  All you’ll have to worry about is getting another glass of Christmas punch!

Crunch Time

As the weeks go by and Christmas draws nearer, every errand, no matter how small, will appear daunting. No need to fret!  Give your personal concierge your list and let her manage the details.  Forget a gift?  Call your concierge.  Need something picked up across town?  Call your concierge.  It’s the middle of the Christmas season and the dog needs to go to the vet?  Call your concierge.  You’ve got guests coming over…unexpectedly…tonight!  Call your concierge.  It’s crunch time – your personal concierge’s favorite time of year!

Mindfulness

Remember to take care of yourself. The holiday season needn’t be a stressful time.  Be careful of over-extending and be mindful that it’s okay to say “no, thank you” to invitations and opportunities that don’t hold value for you.  Enjoy time with friends and family and take pleasure in the joys of the season!  As you celebrate this wonderful holiday season, remember to exercise caution and celebrate responsibly. For tips on how best to enjoy the holiday in the context of COVID, please follow this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html

Wishing you the happiest of holidays! Call Monogram Concierge today for all your concierge needs, (864) 283-6770 or contact us via email.

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Ladies…Ditch the Guilt!

Three reasons you should never feel guilty about outsourcing your chores and errands. 

You’re expected to be so much: successful professional, engaged parent, loving partner, active volunteer, attentive daughter.  Of course, you also want to be fit, fashionable and the domestic diva of the year.  Blocking your path to success is a mountain of after-dinner dishes to be done, laundry to be cycled, and errands to be run.  These modern expectations for women can be overwhelming and unrealistic without help on the domestic front. We tend to wish our “to-dos” would go away yet feel guilty about asking for help.

Think of it this way, by investing in domestic help for all your “to-dos”, you have more time to do what only you can do – and do it with more sanity.   Let’s focus on three of the most important areas of your life that need more of your time: your kids, your love life, and your personal health.  Ladies – ditch the guilt about outsourcing your chores and errands – the people in your life need you! You need you!

Your Kids

In case you haven’t already noticed, kids grow fast! According to a recent New York Post article, the typical parent spends just 37 minutes a day with each school-age child. It takes longer than that to run just one load of laundry (to say nothing of drying it, folding it, and putting it away). Hire a concierge to tackle your laundry and your other routine household chores and errands. Instead, use those precious minutes to spend extra quality time with your kids; they won’t be kids for long. Ditch the laundry (and the guilt!), hire a concierge and go play with your kids.

Your Love Life

We hear from busy moms (and dads too!) all the time that they never get a real “date night” with their partner. We know why! That same New York Post article suggests that the majority (54%) of parents get, on average, just one date night a month and 65% of them say that that “date” often includes running errands or getting domestic chores done. Are you kidding?! Get a grip on what’s really important in your life. Ditch those errands (easily done by your concierge) and enjoy a romantic movie with your partner. Have your personal concierge manage your weekly chores too! Your honey really doesn’t need (or appreciate) having a “to-do” list to manage every weekend. Get rid of the guilt about outsourcing your chores and errands. Create a “to-do” list for your concierge instead.

Your Health

The statistics are against you – especially if you live in the Southeast! According to a recent article in Time Magazine, only 23% (less than one in four) persons in the United States (and even less if you live in the Southeast) get even the minimum suggested amount of exercise every week – about 22 minutes/day. Are we just lazy? No, we’re busy – very busy! – with household chores and errands. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that men spend nearly 90 minutes of their “free” time each day taking care of domestic chores like food prep & cleanup, laundry, general household cleaning, household management and other domestic chores (and women nearly twice that much – every day!). Wow!

All of us know that exercise is a known reducer of chronic disease and a pivotal marker in physical, mental, and cognitive health. You’re a better parent, a better partner, and a better person when you feel good and exercise is key to feeling your best. Just do it! Hire a personal concierge and let them handle the repetitive, mundane chores and errands that eat up your free time and get thee to a gym! Whatever you do, don’t spend your precious lifetime getting in just one more Costco run or a final load of laundry. That’s something to feel guilty about.

We are here for you!

You’re a great mom, doing your best to run a household, be a good partner, raise happy and successful kids, grow your career, stay healthy, be politically active, take time for your spirituality, support charitable endeavors that you believe in, and be a good neighbor to the frail senior who lives next door. You are, in fact, a superwoman! Even superheroes have sidekicks, though, and that’s what we’re here for – to support your success! What can we do to help you free up time to do what only you can do? Don’t bother with the mundane errands and chores of daily life, we can do those. You stay focused on being super!

Call us today for a complimentary lifestyle management consultation.

(864) 283-6770 or contact us via email

We are here for you!

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