To-do list fatigue?
Need someone in your life to help sort out those pesky chores? Introducing the lifestyle concierge - a modern day fairy godmother.
Not enough hours in the day? Or even enough days in the week? I’m up at 5am writing this – so I’m hearing you. I just need a couple of hours – every day.
Because if I ever get a millisecond when I’m not wrangling children or working, I’m beavering away at the world’s longest list of chores, errands and admin. And, frankly, that’s as boring as it is exhausting. My idea of luxury once involved five star hotels, hot sunny days and a Pina Colada. These days, it’s time. Lovely, peaceful free time.
Allow me, then, to introducing the lifestyle concierge – a fairy godmother who will float into your life and help make life just that little bit easier.
While concierge services may traditionally have been the realm of the super wealthy, these days normal everyday people – like you and me – are getting a little help with their every day tasks.
You don’t have to be a super rich high-flyer in need of someone to book that last-second reservation at They Ivy or to source that rare purple diamond for the pendant you’re having designed. No, modern day concierge companies are here to help us all – to serve as your lifestyle manager, similar to a personal assistant or secretary.
They’re fairly common in London – but are now also increasingly common in counties such as Surrey. Dorking-based Surrey Hills Concierge set up here in 2013 to help clients find more balance in their lives.
They generally help busy people manage their lifestyle, ensuring their ‘life admin’ and diary management is taken care of – which leaves them with more time to focus their attention on tasks that only they can do. And gives back some of that glorious unadulterated free time. Bliss!
A lifestyle concierge will integrate neatly into your household and take on the responsibility for the jobs you don’t have the time, expertise or desire to do yourself. Here are four reasons you need a lifestyle concierge:
Who really enjoys running errands? Whether it’s organising your dry cleaning, posting parcels and letters or doing a shop, wouldn’t you rather spend the frustrating amount of time it takes to run just a few simple errands on something enjoyable? By offloading your run-around tasks, you free up your time for what you want to do, even if that’s some straightforward R&R.
Chores can be a real drain on your time and household chores often feel like mindless drudgery. From ironing, cleaning and decluttering to getting on top of ‘life admin’ and even ordering the online food shop, waiting in for it and packing it away, a lifestyle can take these dull tasks off your plate.
Moving is a stressful business, whether it’s ‘just down the road’ or further afield. A lifestyle concierge will help you declutter before your move, plan where furniture will go in your new home, find a reliable removal firm, arrange the transfer of utility companies and broadband set up or even organise a handyman to put up your pictures and hang your curtains.
From managing your diary to arranging appointments, booking holidays, restaurants and special days out to organising a celebratory dinner party, a concierge can bring your lifestyle up to the level you want.
Got your own business? A lifestyle manager will be your very own Personal Assistant, performing secretarial services such as organising office supplies, creating reports, spreadsheets and presentations, and even organising corporate events.
Surrey Hills Concierge is offering Muddy readers a 25% discount on its 48 Hours Lifestyle Management package. The package is for 4 hours of concierge services each week for 12 weeks.