Opportunity cost is the value of the next-best choice available.  Opportunity costs are not restricted to monetary or financial costs: the real cost of output forgone, lost time, swag, pleasure or any other benefit that provides utility should also be considered.

While opportunity cost is a term used in economics, it is also something I apply to my everyday life.   “If I do this, what am I giving up, what could I have done instead?”

It is easily applied to maid service.

It takes one person cleaning an average size house of 1800 sq/ft anywhere from 3-4 hours to clean it thoroughly top to bottom.  Or if you are like most people, that actually gets spread out over a week in 30 minute to 1 hour increments and your house never seems to get clean!

Ask yourself, what else could I have done with that time I spent cleaning.

  • Spent time with my family
  • helped my child with their homework
  • worked on that project I never have time to work on
  • had some “me” time just to relax
  • called a friend I have been needing to catch up with

The possibilities are endless.

While a financial budget must always be considered when making a decision about hiring a maid service, don’t forget to account for your time wasted cleaning!