(Closed) How can you justify hiring a cleaner?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 32
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

 I used to have a cleaner. I have 4 cats, so the hairballs and dust are really hard to keep up with. I loved it!

Post # 33
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

If I could afford it, I would totally hire one. I don’t care if we live in an 850sq ft apartment, I don’t want to clean it myself. 

Post # 34
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@MrsPanda99:  hahaha, I know, I know! The only part of cleaning that I really hate is doing dishes, but my Fiance knows this so he does them πŸ™‚

Everyone that I know who has a cleaner absolutely LOVES it. I just couldn’t bring myself to spend the money for it. With certain things I turn into a real cheapskate πŸ˜›

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I dont enjoy (deep) cleaning. Fortunately, that’s all the justification I need.

even if you only have a cleaner come through once a month or when you have company/a big event it can be a major time saver and stress reliever. 

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

When I lived in the US, I had someone come once a month. It was a luxury that didn’t really benefit me. It honestly wasn’t a HUGE help because I still did my own laundry, washed my own dishes, cooked my own food, did my own yardwork, etc. The days she came were a welcome reprieve for me, but it’s not like I could “sleep in” while she was working (in fact, she usually came while I was AT work), so it didn’t particularly save me any time or stress. I mean THAT particular day I could come home to a clean house, but the next day I was back washing dishes, so…what’s the point? She would steam clean the carpets, scrub the tub and clean the fridge, so that part was kinda nice, but not worth the expense. I could’ve totally done it myself.

Now, I have someone come 2x a week and her impact is much more noticeable. I have more space than I had in the US, marble floors (which need to be mopped daily because of the climate) and 5 bathrooms which I couldn’t have kept up with even if I wanted to. I’ve also become much more lazy and don’t like to do things to maintain a clean home on the days she’s absent and find myself letting dishes or laundry pile up until she comes next. When my husband moves in, I’m pretty sure he’s going to make me get rid of her. 

Post # 37
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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@Overjoyed:  How dare he! If he tries, then he can take her place πŸ˜› I am also lazy and save up stuff for the cleaning lady too, lol.

Post # 38
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I can’t justify it.  We make enough to easily afford one, but I just don’t think it’s worth the money.  I get around to cleaning when I feel like it or when I can’t stand it anymore.  I’m ok with the house little lived in and not a model home.

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

our reasons have probably already been stated but we justify a cleaner because 1. it helps us keep the house picked up which is what we are bad about more than cleaning. So when we know our cleaning person is coming, we are forced to pick up the various crap that we have thrown around all week and 2. we have it in our budget. We both said that spending time with each other is more important than spending time cleaning so we changed our budget so we can afford it. (my husband gets paid weekly, so we just said, ok instead of $40 going to “entertainment” we are setting that aside for a cleaning person)

Post # 40
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@MrsPanda99:  Oh, I’m sure he will take her place. He is very used to cleaning and I don’t think he’ll mind doing it. But…there’s a difference between someone you pay and someone you love. You can specify to an employee how you like your underwear folded. When your husband folds your underwear wrong, you just have to be thankful that he did it at all.

Post # 41
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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@Overjoyed:  LOL, very true. Fiance often tells me it is a waste of money to have the cleaning lady but whenever I suggest that he take her place, he shuts right up. He doesn’t want to do it either! We have a doggy so it is very necessary to have regular cleaning that we are either too busy or too lazy to do πŸ˜›

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@Nic01:  I think you have to justify it in terms of time, money, and geography.

1) How many hours do you work at your job where you might not have enough free time to clean the house and have some time to yourself/partner/family?

2) What is your income, does it let you comfortably afford a cleaner while having money left over to save for a baby, house, etc.?  

3) Do you live in an area where cleaning help is fairly inexpensive?

Most of my lawyer friends in NYC hire cleaners for their apartments ($50/time, I believe) but they work enough hours and make enough money to justify it.  I also have doctor friends in the SF area who use cleaning help and they say it was the best decision ever.  Of course you don’t have to be making $200k+ in order to have a cleaner, maybe it’s cheaper over there in Australia?

Post # 43
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Bee Keeper

@Nic01:  Once we’re established and can afford it, we plan on hiring a cleaner/cleaners.

For us it’s got nothinhg to do with not being able to maintain a clean home; it is about quality of life and time together. If we can afford someone to do the cleaning, housework, and ironing, why would we choose to take time to do those things ourselves, eating into the precious time we get together as a couple? I think anything that minimises stress and maximises quality of life is a good thing, and when we do come to hire someone, I would feel no need to justify it to myself or anyone else for that matter.

If someone wants to do their own cleaning/sees paying someone as a waste of money, that’s fine; I don’t, and don’t care what others think. We all have different priorities.

Post # 44
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Maybe you could do a “hybrid” cleaning arrangement where you clean part of your home, then hire a cleaner to do the rest.  This works really well for me and has saved us alot of money.

I do quick cleans of our high traffic/high use areas through the week, and then hire a housecleaner to come by every 3 weeks to do a deep clean of the whole house.  Including tip it costs $120 per visit ($25/hr, ~$1600/yr) which is a fair price to have someone help me maintain our 3300 sq ft home inhabited by our family of 4.  We both work (me part-time) so having that bit of reprieve in chores and a clean home does alot for my spirit.  Unfortunately my husband wasn’t born with the clean gene, or the tidy gene for that matter.  πŸ™

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Nic01:  If you are working extra hours just to pay someone to clean your home, I tihnk you’re over the tipping point.

 

 

 

On the other hand, if you work longer hours because that’s just the nature of your job, and you make so much that your time is worth more at work, even with the income reduction from the cleaning service, than you have a legit argument for hiring someone to clean your home.

 

 

 

so. For me, my weekends and evenings are better spent taking a little time cleaning and cooking. I’d have to work say, 3 hours to pay for 1.5 hours of someone else cleaning my home. My time is better spent cleaning, myself.

 

Post # 46
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Bee Keeper

I love cleaning so I wouldnt want to pay someone to do something I love..seriously I dfind cleaning relaxing and my favourite chore is doing laundry and mopping πŸ™‚

I think if you dont have the time to clean and have the money to pay for it then that would justify getting a cleaner

 

 

 

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