Post # 1
Bees, does anyone have a cleaner?
How do you ‘justify’ it?
On one hand I would love the home being cleaned without having to actually do it. On the other, there’s a tinge of ‘ick’ that I’m not able to ‘maintain a clean home’.
FI works 6 days a week, every other week. I have a second job working that same 6th day. Before we received quotes, I had it in my head that if it would cost less than what my 2nd job costs, then we’d go for it. But as it turns out, it would actually turn out to be $300 more expensive per year. So i’m working my saturdays to pay for a cleaner & then some.
The chores is a point of contention between FI & I – it could all vanish, but are we setting ourselves up for failure, say when we are on one income & expecting a bub?
Post # 3
Personally, I couldn’t rationalize it for myself just because I do have the time to clean, even though I don’t enjoy it haha. I also don’t like paying someone to do something if I can just do it myself. If someone is truly that busy and physically doesn’t have the time then I can see it making sense. To me though… why not just stay home Saturday and clean for 2-3 hours and then have the rest of your day to yourself and your money?
Post # 4
if i could afford it? i totally would hire one. i despise cleaning (i’d rather pull my fingernails out, one by one than do housework), so does FI. we’re living with my parents now, and my father is chronically ill and my mother works overnight shifts so she sleeps during the day. she pretty much spends all day on sunday cleaning the house (aside from FI’s and my bedroom and bathroom). i try to clean the kitchen for her, but she re-cleans because she’s weird.
if i could afford a cleaning person? i’d do it in a heartbeat. because it would be less stress for us.
and in the future, you can always not have one. like, do it while you’re both working and then when you stop working, don’t have a cleaning person. or have them only come once a month or something.
Post # 5
I haven’t ever really felt the need to justify it! We both work full time, and have busy lives, it just really takes the pressure off. Doesn’t cost too much and she only comes a couple of hours every other week. I could do it myself, and do in between visits, but it is so lovely coming home to a clean house, it is worth every penny!
Now I am pregnant, i appreciate all the more, and i’m sure i will continue to when the baby arrives.
Post # 6
if i could afford it i would have one.
you don’t need them to come every week, they could come every other week, once a month, etc.
some do once a year and then maintain themselves the rest of the year.
Post # 7
@adoc86: this is the theory that i’m having trouble parting with – I did start that 2nd job more of a social thing, i was new on the city, didn’t have friends & it was a ‘fun job’. I still oddly enjoy it… very different to my ‘real’ job.
Post # 8
If you can afford to do so, hire a cleaner. We have cleaners come every weds. I work two jobs by choice and my husband works a stressful job. Free time is a luxury around here lol.
Post # 9
@ajillity81: When you mention you would hire a cleaner if you can afford it – is it a dollar figure in your mind? A % of what you earn?
When does a cleaner become ‘affordable’ ?
Post # 10
I would probably hire a cleaner every other week or once a month for those deep cleaning tasks I rarely get around to – cleaning the fridge, scrubbing the tub, etc. I don’t think I would want a cleaner every week though.
Post # 11
@Nic01: FI and i are unemployed at the moment. so a cleaner won’t happen. i know that when my mother looked a couple years back, right after dad got sick, everyone she got info from was charging a couple hundred dollars a week to clean. mom was the only one working at the time, so it wasn’t doable for her.
it depends. if i found someone who could do the whole house once a week for $100-$200? i’d tell my mom. haven’t found that yet. haven’t looked in a year or two, but when i last looked, the average for this area was around $300 per week to have “one deep clean per month, and weekly cleaning” or something like that.
Post # 12
@Birdi: how does one determine the affordibility?Interested to read different perspectives..
Post # 13
I can totally justify having a weekly cleaner because of my mobility & health challenges. OP, it’s the best money I have ever spent. I would definitely recommend it. It’s lovely to come home to a clean house.
Post # 14
If we made a bit more money then we would totally get one. My time is valuable and I would rather not spend it cleaning. DH agrees but currently we live in a 700 sq feet 1 bedroom apartment so we shouldn’t get one just yet. Sigh.
Post # 15
@Nic01: when i bought my house, i called around for estimates for a cleaning person. it was more money than i wanted to spend. at this time, i’d rather have the extra cash and clean myself, than have the cleaning person and not have any extra play money.
in the spring, i do plan on hiring a cleaning person just to do a once over everything.