Money can’t buy happiness. You’ve heard this before, right? We tend to think of people who accumulate one object after the other, ultimately leaving them in a shallow hole, needing even more in order to help fill that ever-expanding trench. Well, come to find out, money can buy you happiness. That is, as long as you use it correctly.
According to Mark Holder, PhD, studies have shown that if you spend money on time, you will be happier. What does that mean? Imagine you have a massive piece of property that needs tending to and a home with several people living in it. Weeds are taking over, the grass is becoming unruly, bushes are turning into overgrown Chia Pets. Inside, dust in accumulating everywhere, the carpets are collecting dog hair, dander from outside is turning your home into an allergy pit, the windows seem fogged over from grime. To put it plainly, your home is becoming too much to handle.
Now, suppose you used some of your hard-earned money and put it towards a landscaper. The weeds disappear, the grass is neatly manicured, and the bushes become perfectly green bulbs of beauty. Imagine still you have a cleaning person come in every couple of weeks. Suddenly, dust covered furniture has a wonderful glow to it, you can lay on the carpet without turning into a hair magnet, and the dander dissipates making it unnecessary to pop a Benadryl every few hours.
With the use of a landscaper and housekeeper, you could have more time to do more meaningful things instead of being bogged down by an endless amount of manual labor that never seems to lessen.
In order to reap the benefits of this newfound happiness, you’ll have to shell out some money. According to Home Guide, a landscaper will charge $50-$100 an hour or $4-$12 per square feet. Home Advisor states you’ll pay between $75-$175 per visit for a housekeeper. These numbers could fluctuate depending on the severity of cleaning that needs to be done. For housekeepers, it is possible they might charge a first-time cleaning fee.
Make yourself happy, spend a little money, and buy yourself some time.