Post # 1
I’ve been considering hiring a maid service to clean our whole house. I clean every weekend, but I kind of want to have the house cleaned professionally and then I will just up keep it. Have you ever hired a cleaning service? Was it worth it? How much did you typically spend?
Post # 2
I have not but I have thought about doing this for a long time. Let me know if you do it. I think it’s definitely worth it if you use a company a friend has used before so that you know what it’s like firsthand without having to actually use them first.
Post # 3
My mom used to have someone help at the house when we were growing up. It was my Dad, myself, my little brother, and a dog. She would come every two weeks if I remember correctly and do the heavy cleaning like vacuuming, mopping, dusting, and making the beds with clean linens.
I think it was worth it because my mom wasn’t much of a cleaner and it helped out the woman who did the cleaning, too.
Post # 4
I have someone come every two weeks and spend about 2 hours cleaning my 2 bed 1 bath house. It is AWESOME! I work my ass off all week and sometimes weekends, and you know what I don’t want to do in my precious spare time is clean. Paying someone to do it is 100% worth it IMO. That way I can just focus on tidying, dishes, laundry, yardwork etc and not also have to deal with deep cleaning.
Post # 5
I have a cleaning lady coming every week. I don’t have a lot of free time, and as long as I can afford it, I am not going to spend it scrubbing my toilet lol. If I had to choose between a maid or a new pair of shoes, I’d pick the former, every time.
Post # 6
Yep, and I will never let her go. I am a very clean person, like everything is always put alway, wiped down, no clutter… so i do that on my own, but I LOVE not having to worry about cleaning my baseboards, ceiling fans, bathrooms, deep clean mopping, windows….
Hubby recently suggested cutting her services to save $ and I said sure, we’ll just take the chore list, divide equally in half, and both be required to do our half each week. He quickly panicked and said he was fine keeping her. She charges $30/hour
Post # 7
Yes, best money I spend. It’s $200 for our cleaning crew to come every two weeks.
Post # 8
Agree with PPs. DH and I always talk about how it’s hands down the best money we could ever spend. Both of us have crazy demanding jobs (and now a newborn) and the very last thing either of us want to do with our precious free time is clean.
We spend $85 every 2 weeks and might see if they can start coming every week since our home gets infinitely more messy now that we have a baby.
Post # 9
If I can hijack this thread for a minute: how clean does your place have to be in order for a cleaner to do their job? We have two kids have their toys and junk all over the place. We hired someone who told us we would have to straighten up everything before she could clean. I asked if she could just clean around it and she said no. Is that normal? I feel like the work of putting away all their stuff defeats the purpose of hiring a maid.
Post # 10
My ex’s mom had a cleaning lady come twice a month to do the deep cleaning. It was definitely worth it and I would totally do it myself if it wasn’t just me and FH. She did the deep cleaning in the kitchen and bathrooms and did vacuuming. Saves time when you only have to focus on tidying up. Shop around first though and be sure to read reviews. Not all cleaning companies are reliable and not all cleaners are as “thorough”.
Post # 11
things need to be picked up enough so that they can wipe the surfaces, sweep/vacuum and mop the floors, etc. Can’t do that if there are things littering the surface that needs to be cleaned. For me it’s a good incentive to pick up. If you don’t want to pick up, you might be able to find someone who is willing to gather all your things into a pile, but generally they like the place ready to be cleaned.
Post # 12
great question. We always pick up for the cleaning person when we have one. That’s pretty normal, otherwise she can’t do her job. BUT that is also a big PIA. You have to prepare yourself that you’re going to commit to picking up so they can clean, unless you want to pay someone to pick up after you too. For us, when we have someone (we don’t right now), it really motivates Fiance to pick up his heaps of dirty clothes that he can’t seem to toss into the laundry 2 feet away.
We spent anywhere from $50-250 on cleaners, depending on the size of crew and the jobs. When we are super busy or we know in advance work is going to consume us for a period of time, we hire someone to do everything.
Post # 13
SO and I just hired someone to come every 4 weeks to do a deep cleaning. It’s easy to keep up in between by wiping things down and vacuuming and stuff, but I hate cleaning baseboards and the windows and the microwave and oven, etc. Pluse we have a cat and a dog and she cleans behind everything to get all that fur.
It is 100% worth it IMO.
Post # 14
I recommend buying some giant baskets (or even just a few large moving boxes) that you can easily throw all of the toys into before the cleaner comes. Then stack the bigger toys up on the couch or table. You can probably do all of that in less than 10 minutes, and having the cleaning service come will definitely be worth it in return.
Post # 15
You can hire someone who will clean your place up including the clutter and do your laundry for you, but you are going to be paying big money.
Most people aren’t being paid to put away your stuff, they are being paid to deep clean. If you dont’ put it away, you won’t be benefitting from the whole experience.