Hiring a house cleaner-a justifiable healthcare cost?

Our bathroom is a mess.  I’ve had “clean the bathroom” on my to-do list for about, say, eight years.  I am only slightly exaggerating here, as the bathroom has needed a deep clean for quite awhile—most notably my sink.  Like most women with long hair, I have a sink that gets clogged with hair and then gets topped up with some loose powder makeup and toothpaste.  The sight is not a pretty one, and I hope I’m not alone in not having a perfect porcelain bowl that’s clean enough to eat from.

Our part of Georgia has been having historically high rainfall this summer.  Nearly every single day for weeks now we’ve had a significant downpour and/or storm (happily, we often see afternoon single or double rainbows, so that’s a good payoff, as are the equally historic low temperatures).  Unlike many of our neighbors, we count ourselves lucky:  we’ve no basement that has flooded, and our roof has held up (knock on wood). But the mold that ordinarily hides in the corner of our shower now and again has grown with a vengeance—the house never fully dehumidifies, so it’s humid both inside and outside, leading to crazy growth of mold on the outside of buildings and inside people’s bathrooms and kitchens.

Reader favoriteAll this is to say I need to clean my bathroom, and I don’t really want to.  Laziness is the main reason (I like to tidy, but I don’t like to clean), but the unavoidable back pain that will accompany the cleaning is what I really don’t want to face.  And even the mildly scented cleaning chemicals can trigger a migraine for me if I’ve been stacking triggers.

This has me thinking:  to what degree can hiring a house cleaner be considered a health cost?  If I avoid bending over to scrub a tub for twenty minutes, I can avoid a lot of pain and discomfort in my back.  If I avoid being around harsh chemicals and their bright smells, I can potentially avoid a migraine attack.  So hiring capable people to do this job could be seen as a type of preventive care, right?

Are there any home or work tasks you’ve delegated as a measure of self-preservation? Are there any parts of your budget dedicated to things that aren’t technically healthcare but are done so you can prevent migraine attacks? I’d love to hear from you!

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