When I was still working full-time, the little problems around the house didn't really bother me all that much, mostly because I wasn't around all the time to notice them. But the stay-at-home mom gets irritated by the little things easily - we all know that!
I knew it wasn't fair to ask my husband to fix things. In the little time he has at home (he works full-time and is also going to school for his MBA) he needs to be relaxing and enjoying time with his daughter. I also knew that we don't have the money to call out a handy-man every time that we have a little problem at home. With a little research and a simple tool set, I decided that I could at least attempt to solve promblems for myself.
Enter YouTube. With a little help from handy-men and women all around the world, you can follow simple 3-5 minute video instructions and fix up all the little problems yourself. So far, I've fixed our garbage disposal, hard to flush toilet, and clogged shower drain. It takes a little bit of a tough stomach (but what mom doesn't have that) but if you can get past the "ew, gross" factor, you should try fixing it yourself before hiring help.
Disclaimer: I am not suggesting you try fixing things that could be dangerous (ie electrical wiring problems, moving extremely heavy objects, etc.) If you know that a job is too big for you, it's best to start out by acquiring the right kind of assistance to get the job done.