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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The Benefits of Organizing Your Home Before the Holiday Season

Fall is here and we may have only just set out the jack-o-lanterns, but already it’s nearly time to start decking the halls! 

The holidays are approaching, and although three months may seem like a long time, it is three months full of festivities that will make the time fly. Before you know it, it will be December and you won’t even have started your Holiday season shopping! The holidays are a time for laughter, family tradition, wonder, and enjoyment. If you’re not careful, it can also become the most chaotic and stressful time of the year! There will be decorations to put out, flights to book, guests to prepare for, meals to cook; it certainly is one of the busiest times of the year.  

Allow us to impart some suggestions that can keep the holidays stress-free.  

It’s time to purge! 

We’ve already established that there are a mountain of things to do in anticipation of the holidays.  Starting off with a clutter-free home will better prepare you for the oncoming hustle and bustle. It will give you the perfect launching ground for completing your holiday to-do list as well as provide you a clean slate, both physically and mentally.  

Throughout the year, we tend to accumulate a lot of…well…stuff. This is especially true during the Holiday season. The house gets littered with boxes and wrapping materials, the kids’ new toys overflow from just about everywhere, large family gatherings generate large messes, and there’s just no time to clean! 

If, however, you take the time to organize and downsize before the holidays even arrive, you will have the extra space needed to accommodate new gifts, and there will be less to clean, which means more time to just enjoy yourself. Not only that, but decorating will be far easier if the shelves are already empty! 

Apart from all that, you will just have some more breathing room. Having a cluttered house is stressful and the holidays are stressful. Combining the two can be too much to handle! It’s simple but having a clean home will truly improve your mental state and allow you to better enjoy the festivities and the company of your loved ones. 

But where to begin? De-cluttering your home is never a bad idea, but it can be quite time consuming and tedious. As such, it is an often actively avoided chore. But if you go about it the right way, you can manage to complete the task as painlessly as possible. And the rewards will be well worth it! 

1. To begin, draft a plan.

Visualize what you want your house to look like and write up some steps to get you to that point. Even if you don’t really use the plan much while you are working, the act of making it helps to get you in the right headspace.  

And understand that this is not a simple project that can be completed in one afternoon. If you make that mistake, you will be setting yourself up for failure. It will take more time than you think and it may be more emotional than you realize. And if that is what you are afraid of, then simply take your time. If you are having a hard time letting something go, allow yourself to reminisce and feel the emotion; perhaps even take a picture of the item so that you will always have a way to remember it. 

2. Divide the project into bite-size pieces

Try to tackle small pieces of the project even if it’s just 30 minutes a day. This will ensure that you don’t overwhelm yourself and become disheartened into giving up.  

When sorting items, ask yourself: 

  • Does anyone use it regularly?
  • Is it broken?
  • Does anyone want it?
  • Can it be thrown away immediately? 

These basic questions will be a huge help in the process of getting rid of things. 

3. Try to avoid adding more storage

Try to avoid things like buying more bins and shelves. In the end, this will just take up even more space. Focus instead on reclaiming the storage space you already have. Remember, the goal is to reduce, not to expand. 

4. Don’t get too carried away

Don’t get carried away in arbitrarily throwing things away. It can be extremely difficult for some people to let things go. This is especially true for children, who will be very reluctant to part with any of their toys. The holidays are exciting for children and they know that they will be receiving new toys in the near future so they may be more receptive to letting go of some of their old ones. 

Furthermore, you can take this time and create a learning opportunity. By sorting through things with your children, you can impart to them the message that happiness is not contingent upon material possessions. And what better time for that message than the Holiday season? 

5. Now, what to do with all of this stuff?

There are a few options; if the items are in decent condition, they could be sold and the money could help relieve some of the financial burden of buying gifts. If, however, you are not in need of the money, consider instead donating the items to charity so that they can bring joy to others. As for the items that are in poor condition, they can be thrown away and/or recycled.  

Preparing for the holidays need not be a time full of headaches and anxiety. With a little preemptive thinking, this Holiday season can be the best one yet! And if you still have doubts, give your personal concierge a call! Whether it’s helping to create a plan, assisting with the sorting of items, or the disposal/donation/selling of items, we are happy to help!

Call us today for all your concierge needs, (864) 283-6770 or contact us via email. We are here for you! 

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5 Ways to Act with Courage During the Coronavirus Crisis

It was Winston Churchill who said, “Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.”. The current COVID-19 crisis is a time when we can react with fear or choose to act with courage. When I think of courage, I think of a classic superhero, of policemen, firemen, EMS workers, the men and women of the armed forces, the doctors and nurses on the front line of this healthcare crisis. Thosepeople have courage, but what does courage mean for the everyday man or woman trying to navigate this scary, new environment? Is it possible for us to act with courage? Yes! Even in this angst-producing environment, courage is an option for everyone – and it’s easier to practice than you think. Here are 5 simple ways to incorporate courage into your daily life.

Smile.

We all know the importance of maintaining a safe social distance one from another during this crisis; well and good, but let’s not forget that social distancing doesn’t imply a denial of the social graces. Smiling – that simple act – forces us to step outside our shell of fear and, if just for a minute, think about the other guy – and thinking about the other guy is the bedrock of courage. So, the next time you find yourself stepping away from someone as an act of social distancing, do so with a smile. It carries much further than 6 feet.

Hold your fire.

Everyone has an opinion about everything right now: this one doesn’t know what he’s doing, that one isn’t doing it right, no one’s doing enough, everyone is overreacting or underreporting, and somebody, somewhere, really ought to do something! During times of great social upheaval, strongly held opinions are understandable; we’re all living with a great deal of uncertainty and we’re looking for a clear line in the sand – a line we can step over into the peaceful paradise of personal safety. But let’s face it, even the wisest of men and women, around the world, are stymied by this virus. For a little while at least, we are in its grip. Let’s act with courage and support, rather than bash and berate, those who are at least trying to find answers for us.

Donate a dollar.

Yes, I’m familiar with the economic woes this virus has created and they are real, impactful, and may be long-lasting, but donating just a dollar a day to some cause – any cause – that you believe in is a wonderful act of gratitude – and it takes courage to act with gratitude when times are tough. Donate your dollar to a local business and it says, “I believe in you”, donate it to a homeless shelter and it puts a completely different spin on “together we can get through this”; donate your dollar to an international aid organization and it says, “we are just like you; we understand”; donate your hundred pennies to a food bank and it says “I have so much to be thankful for”. Don’t think your dollar will make a difference? Remember what the great John Wooten said: “…little things make big things happen”. Donate a dollar a day and find out for yourself. I promise you’ll gain courage in the process.

Watch out for your buddy.

When you’re stressed – about your health, your bank balance, your job security, or just the general state of the world, it’s time to get out of your own mind (it’s too small a place for you!) and get into the real world – the one where you know that there are people worse off than you are. Somewhere out there is a buddy who needs you to watch his or her back. There is an elderly neighbor who needs you to grocery shop for her; there is a work colleague who’s a single mom that has a kid with special needs – she could use some extra help right now; there is your next door neighbor who was laid off – he needs some encouragement; the shelter downtown needs a volunteer to deliver meals this Saturday. In this time of uncertainty, create a safe haven for someone and watch out for your buddy – that’s the stuff heroes are made of.

Create beauty.

Humans need beauty, in all forms, all the time, in order to maintain mental health and thrive. During this time, when we’re distancing, isolating, quarantining, and locking down our lives, don’t forget to keep creating beauty. Beauty keeps us connected and safe in ways that very little else can; it creates hope and builds joy. In a world tilted sideways, beauty gives us balance. Whether it’s setting the table for tea, carving a beautiful bowl, making a homemade hip-hop music video, singing in the shower, or just working on a paint-by-the-numbers, this is the time to do more of it. When times are uncertain and the world is a scary place, to create beauty is to quietly shout back at life: “you can’t get me down”. It’s a true act of courage; maybe the most important one of all.

 

Call us today for all your concierge needs.

(864) 283-6770 or contact us via email

We are here for you!

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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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