Quality of Life is No Compromise
My story is probably not much different from yours. Despite varying degrees of awareness and acceptance of the seemingly “necessary evils” in our lives, we all make choices everyday; influenced by our dominant priorities and values. I often felt the constraints of time and money seemed to limit my access to better choices. However, I realized, why should this be true? Sure, the local, organic food choices tend to cost more, but as we know, a bombarded immune system from pesticides, preservatives, and GMOs is also a cost. Spending quality time with family, friends, or for yourself has a cost, but spending time with stress or not having the energy to be present in the time spent with family certainly has a higher cost. Better choices are a matter of not compromising your values, and health and happiness should be accessible to everyone, without compromise.
I have the Portland community of forward-thinkers and parenthood to thank for the opportunity to re-prioritize the costs of eco-friendly and health-conscious choices over the costs of not making those choices. Thankfully, the supportive environment of our great city broadens the awareness and accessibility of sustainable choices, including bountiful outdoor activity to encourage us to enjoy it. Parenthood dissipates the veil of uncertainty of choices that may otherwise be acceptable. Such as not being able to read the ingredients in a beverage or fruit snack, or understanding the need for the hazard labels on bedding or baby products.
Certainly, the broad awareness of better living choices can also immobilize us, knowing we cannot do it all. Which choices give us what we really want, and not just meet the status quo of our enlightened community? It could start with the easier choices of being aware of our consumption and waste, cutting out fast food and factory farms (and teaching those values to our children), and evolving to learning about food and clothing sourcing. The little steps certainly are liberating, and self-perpetuating; soon you’ll find a compost bin on your counter and only sending the trash to the curb every other week. However, the most rewarding choices are those that pay you back immediately in health and happiness.
Whether you try to ignore the dust bunnies under the bed or give up precious free time to tackle the soap scum every week, choosing a reliable and consistent maid service with a non-toxic and sanitary cleaning process is an investment in your families’ health and your peace of mind. It saves you the lost time in fighting sickness from excess allergens, breeding germs, or toxic buildup from non-biodegradable traditional cleaning products, and allows you to enjoy more free time (and a chance to enjoy coming home to a sparkling home, instead of being too exhausted to enjoy the product of your own hard work!) This may seem a choice of trade-offs, for a portion of the family budget (prices typically range $100-400/month) or your own hesitation to give up control of taking care of this chore, but considering the potential costs of not making that choice, it’s no compromise.
Lindsay Dellasega is the owner of the local eco-friendly maid service EcoMaids. She built a thriving business for her family and 20 employees based on the sustainable business principles she developed while earning her MBA at Marylhurst University and her strong family values. EcoMaids caters to the new moms and busy professionals that just don’t have the time to maintain a truly healthful space. As well, EcoMaids offers services for business owners who understand the importance of a healthy environment for their staff and clients. With EcoMaids taking care of the dirty work, business owners and families can re-prioritize the quality of their lives, and spend their time with what matters most.
Come meet Lindsay and share your experiences, needs, and concerns at the Better Living Expo March 22-24th at the Portland Expo Center (free admission). Or connect with EcoMaids of Portland on Twitter and Facebook, and learn more about them at www.ecomaids.com/portland