I've never once hired a person to help with any household task (other than child care) because I tend to believe it makes sense (i.e. it's cheaper) to do things yourself rather than paying someone else to do them for you.
Plus, I'm a little judgmental of people who do so. In my mind, somehow I got the idea that hiring a cook or a housekeeper is the ultimate class marker. If you have a maid, you're rich. This is not true, of course, but I personally don't know very many people without a royal pedigree who don't do their own housework. Heck, even the royals are cutting back on hired help. I've heard Will and Kate do their own cooking.
So when I read about people like this who hire out their laundry, it makes me sort of crazy. Those people are so easy to hate. "Oh, sure, wouldn't we all love to have that kind of money?" I think to myself. Just as rich people sometimes "other" the poor, those of us without a house full of servants can easily "other" the rich.
Not everyone can afford luxuries like house cleaning.
But then again, many people couldn't afford the "luxuries" I spend money on, either.
Everyone has different ways to indulge, and sometimes doing so can benefit themselves or their families. If a dad hires someone to help with household tasks, maybe he has more time for family. If a mom's only time to relax is when she gets her nails done, maybe that's the best thing for her sanity. If mowing the lawn causes stress, it might not be a bad idea to pay the neighborhood boy to do it for you.
People spend money on what's important to them, and that's what makes it hard not to judge and compare the way other people spend their money.
Is there anything you spend money on that others criticize you for? Is it just out of habit or is it a priority for you?