On my last apartment move-out, I hired a cleaning service. It was great (if pricey). The cleaning crew left the apartment looking spotless.
This time I decided to “save some money” and do it myself.
It just keeps coming: Scrubbing showers, polishing stainless steel, dusting venetian blinds (a nightmare), wiping down counters and toilets, sweeping floors, cleaning ovens and refrigerators – it just keeps coming.
I can’t say I don’t wish I had *some* of this time back.
But I still find value in doing it. And it occurs to me that one of the best ways to do it is to parley all of this work into developing a potential new income stream. A happy side effect of this tedious time is that I now have almost everything needed to start a basic cleaning service myself, in both skills and capital goods.
There are a lot of tedious things like that. If you’re paying someone else to do it for you, there’s money to be made rather than spent – if you’re willing to take the slower route. See how you would fare providing the service rather than consuming it.