Post # 1
The “do you iron your sheets” thread got me thinking about this, because a few women mentioned their “cleaning ladies” do this for them, or their mom’s did growing up. How many of you have a maid or other household help? We are a young couple and can’t afford it, but I don’t know that we ever will. It just seems like a waste of money! And there’s some socioeconomic/racial inequality involved with the dynamics of most “help” relationships that I would be uncomfortable with. Then again, who knows how I will feel about it when we have a larger house and a few kids!
Post # 3
I grew up with maids doing everything, and it just makes me squeamish. I never know how to interact in that relationship; I try to treat everyone like an equal and so it’s tough to think of hearing about someone’s day, someone’s life, and then saying “also, please clean my undies.” I suppose I would be happy to hire child care if I needed it to continue my job, but having been in that field myself, I would always try to treat people like a childcare professional and not a servant. I would never ask a nanny to clean.
I might reach out for help if I have a burden like my own illness or the illness of a family member and the house is getting to be a serious disaster-zone that is truly, truly impacting others’ lives. Other than that, I think I’m going to try to lock it down myself. It gives me pride to have grown up taken care of and now be able to take care of it all myself.
…also, ironing sheets. Hee hee. Pigs will fly before I do that kind of nonsense.
Post # 4
We’re kinda clean freaks so I would never trust anybody else besides us to do a good enough job. But I’m weird, I actually like laundry! I have to seperate whites, colors and delicates.
And frankly I just don’t want a stranger in my home!
Post # 5
We’ve had cleaning ladies in the past–I had one when I was younger and lived at home, and Darling Husband and I had one when we first moved in together. We don’t have one now, but I desperately want one and keep telling myself that I”m going to hire one. I just hate hate hate having to clean the apartment almost daily in order to keep it neat and clean, and I’m willing to pay someone to do it for me. If we don’t get one if the next year or so, I am FOR SURE hiring one when we have kids–I imagine I’ll have my hands full.
Post # 6
We have a maid that comes every other Friday to do a full scrubbing. I could not live without her. She has been cleaning for my husband for about 6 years now. I never have to scrub floors, clean the bathrooms, and twice a month I come home to a house where everything that has been taken out, but not put back, has been returned to the proper place. It’s amazing!
Post # 7
I would be lying if I said I didn’t look down on people who have maids. Mostly because we are latino and we have always been the maids lol. But in all honestly, if I had money, forget cleaning myself, I would SO hire a maid. So really, I just look down on them cause I am jealous lol
Post # 8
I am one of those people who like things exactly where I put it so there is no way I could ever let someone else clean my house.. I notice if a picture or something is barely moved! lol Now when me & my old roommate moved out of our apartment we hired someone to clean it then but that was just because it seemed easier. I feel to that unless you have a super huge house or a handful of kids then there is always time to work in cleaning.. My house stays “picked up” but then every weekend I dust, mop, etc.
Post # 9
I actually was in a class once in college where a girl mentioned to the entire class, “but doesn’t everyone have maids?” I honestly think she was serious!
Post # 10
I would LOVE to have a housekeeper who came in every week or two even if just to do the bathrooms, kitchen, and annoying things like the baseboards (which I always forget about). Every now and then a housekeeping Groupon comes up, I think I’ll buy it next time… I always worry though about how to know who/what service will be good and whether or not I can trust that person in my house (not that we have a ton of valuable stuff). I also think I’d feel weird doing work or whatever in my house while someone cleaned around me.
Post # 11
It is definitely on my list for the next couple years when finances aren’t as tight. I would love someone to come in once a week or every other week to do the heavy cleaning. I think it would be totally worth the money to me. Once I have kids I might considering hiring someone more permanently depending on what I want to do with work. If I work full time and have more than one child I think it really wouldn’t cost much (if any) more to just hire a nanny/housekeeper and I’d be happier with that than daycare.
Post # 12
right now we don’t have a maid and thats fine since our house is small and very manageable. in the future i don’t really see us having one either, even after kids. i have a weird thing about strangers in my house, and not knowing if you could trust them, etc so i think we’d opt not to have a maid.
Post # 13
When i was fresh out of college and sharing a five bedroom Town house in the City we had a cleaning lady. She came in while we were out. I love that woman… truly love her. she would do all the the cleaning, cause god knows we were too busy/lazy/not doing more then someone else in the house. It cut down on alot of arguments.
She made your bed put laundry away, did dishes, vaccuumed and dusted. She was there all day, one day every two weeks, for 250.00. I would love for someone to do that for me now. I wouldn’t want to sit there while she cleaned and did it all tho, that would be weird. On the other hand my SIL HAD one that came in, and SIL cleaned right along side the woman, then my brother pointed out the idiocy of paying for her to have a partner…. lol so now HE helps.
Post # 14
I would never have a housekeeper because I am one of those crazy people who actually ENJOY cleaning my own house. I spend hours every week cleaning my 1000 sq. ft. apartment.
Post # 15
I’ve worked as a custodian and a house cleaning lady. Cleaning just my own house, with the help of my husband/future children, will be absolutely no problem. Besides, I enjoy cleaning. It’s healthy work. 🙂
Post # 16
I don’t and have never had a housekeeper, but I cannot wait for the day I do! My husband and I would like to get one when we purchase our first home. I see it as insurance on our investment. Sure, people can make time to clean, but with the limited “free time” we have together, it sucks to spend that time cleaning. I have many friends who have someone come in every 2 or 3 weeks, and they love it – clean house, less arguments, more quality time! I could not care less if my chair is angled the right way if that means someone else has swept under it!