(Closed) do you have a maid/house cleaner

posted 8 years ago in Home
  • poll: do you have a maid/house cleaner - how big of home

    yes 2800 sq foot or bigger

    yes 2799 sq foot of smaller

    no 2800 sq foot or bigger

    no 2799 sq foot or smaller

    use only for special occasions you are hosting

    would never use them

  • Post # 61
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Yes.  Once I started working after my baby was born it was nearly impossible to keep up.  We do biweekly and it is the best money i’ve ever spent!

    Post # 62
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    239 posts
    Helper bee

    I live in a super small 650 sq ft apartment, so it’d be ridiculous if I hired one, but I have been half considering it lately. We have a huge dog and 2 cats, and a professional carpet cleaning plus someone to clean all the spots we barely do like the oven top and kitchen floor would be awesome. Maybe when we have a house.

    Post # 63
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    2697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    Hubby is after me to hire someone, I’m going to start looking. I want someone once a week. We have 1800 square foot.

    Post # 64
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    We have service once per month.  Saves us a lot of time, someone else scrubs the toilets, bath tubs, kitchen and dusts. we just have to keep it clean in between. So worth $120 per month

    Post # 65
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m getting my first service this weekend and I cannot wait!! I’m just hoping she can do everything in one go, and then start the bi-weekly cleans…

     

    Does the size of the hosue really matter? My house is small, but I don’t have time to clean!

    Post # 66
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    2570 posts
    Sugar bee

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    sweetaure:  Me too! Fiance called last night he is away for work right now and let me know that he thinks getting a cleaning lady is a good idea. We have been thinking about getting one for awhile. So happy! hahha

    Post # 67
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    221 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    sway0060:  Hurray! I’ve bought an epilator to stop spending money on waxing at the salon, specifically to get a cleaner! Oh the sacrifices one has to make!! 🙂

    Post # 68
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    73 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    It is my dream to be able to hire a once or twice monthly service. Sigh. Someday. 

    Post # 69
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    Sugar bee

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    sweetaure: We have been talking about getting a cleaner for 2 years and it’s finally happening! I work full time and he works away all but 6 days a month so really no help with the chores. Our house is just over 3000 sqft and have two highly shedding dogs this is a long time coming lol.

    I would be willing to give my first born if I don’t have to clean the bathrooms again!

    Post # 70
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    sway0060:  Wow you do need the help! To be honest, I could probably do it myself, but I’d rather pay someone to have my time back. I hate it when people say that people are lazy for not cleaning their own house!

    akamoxie: It was mine too for a long time, but I finally decided that I could justify it. It’s really a matter of prioritizing…

    Post # 71
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    1270 posts
    Bumble bee

    No, but when I move out of my apartment I may need to get one. My roommate is an absolute slob and between her messiness and my never being home it may be more worthwhile to pay someone else to do a deep cleaning.

    Post # 72
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    1132 posts
    Bumble bee

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    asianyoushi:  We have a cleaner. Infact i’m so close to her, i call her my aunty. She has been with our family for 8 years. She comes Monday, Wednesday, Friday. She chooses her own hours but it’s usually 10am to 5pm but she starts earlier or later at her preference. She does all cleaning and ironing, she prepares my vegetables to make it easier for me to cook and she watches my 8 month old whle i take a shower. I would fall apart without her as i have no external family support. We’re currently in a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment but we’re building a 4 bedroom home to be completed in around 8-12 months.

    Post # 73
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    So we’ve had our first visit from our new cleaning lady, and she did a great job! So she’ll come back to us once every two weeks for 2 hours. She did an amazing job in the bathroom – I had gotten used to not seeing white between the tiles!! Well worth the money, and no regrets whatsoever! Why didn’t I take the plunge before!?!?

    Post # 74
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

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    sweetaure:  sorry I’ve just noticed your question to me. We have a cleaner because we do like our place to be extra clean. And she also handles certain thinge like ironing linens and doing windows that I’m not so keen on doing every week. And the things we’re asking her to do on a consistent basis are not extraordinary- it has more to do with her being thorough and putting things back in places that make sense for our home.

    But she’s here for three hours most of the time, four hours for the last week of the month. As for breaks or feeding her, I’m confused by your question. I don’t own her or tell her she must work so many minutes and then she has to rest. I know that at my own jobs, whether in retail, bartending or in the white collar world, working three hours before having a break is normal. And unless it’s extraordinary circumstances or maybe food service where you might get a shift meal, I don’t expect my employer to feed me.

    That being said, we treat her as we would any of our friends, with respect and kindness. She is welcome to have anything she’d like- I always tell her she’s welcome to anything in the fridge but mostly she just enjoys the Nespresso. And she’s welcome to eat if she needs to, but anything more than a few minutes would be weird. Because even though I think everyone deserves to be treated well she is not really our friend when I am actually paying for her time. Also, she’s not with me for a huge amount of time in her day. On top of all that, if she needs to come earlier or stay later, we’re cool with that. And sometimes she takes personal calls, but it’s only ever for a few minutes. 

    And again, I think she’s a very nice person. Which is why it’s a shame that we are probably going to have to make a change. Because now that I’ve spoken to her A few times there is probably not much else we can do. I don’t want to nag or correct her about the same things on an ongoing basis- I wouldn’t want to do that to her and it’s not pleasant for me either. So if she doesn’t make the changes we’ve asked for in a consistent manner what else can I do?

    Post # 75
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    221 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    Badatusernames:  

    It would be very hard to keep your house very clean without help; shame it isn’t working out.

    Ok, I thought I wouldn’t have to feed her, but I was wondering what the norm was. She’ll come for two hours anyway, so I wouldn’t expect her to stop (for too long) during that time.

    We’ve just started looking for a house, so if this works out, I’ll keep her when we move!

    Thanks for the replies!

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