(Closed) How can you justify hiring a cleaner?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 47
1841 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Nic01:  We have someone come in every other Wednesday, but it’s quite affordable.  I work five days a week, Fiance works sometimes 20-30 days straight, depending upon the project.  However, early on in the relationship, we had “the talk” about chores.  Although I work a routine schedule and arrive home usually before 5:00, that didn’t mean that I was going to take on all of the household chores.

You have to decide on your priorities and what you find to be the lesser of two evils:  working Saturdays to pay for a housekeeper, or spending your Saturday scubbing the crapper.

Post # 48
10361 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

It people have the money for it, and want it, I don’t see why one would have to justify it.

Post # 49
5282 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

We used to argue about chores and that was eliminated by hiring our cleaning lady (in fact she comes today. Laughing)

We still do housework like take the trash out, laundry, empty dishwasher, and handle all the pool maintenance, but it so nice not to have to vacuum, dust, mop, clean the toilets, etc.  

It is 100% worth every penny! 

Post # 50
292 posts
Helper bee

I can easily justify it – I’m a single parent working full time. I refuse to spend my weekends cleaning when I could be spending time with my daughter, and I’m too tired to spend my evenings cleaning! 

My lovely lady comes once a week for 2 hours, and gets my little house sparkling in that time – sometimes she even has time to do some ironing! My mum also has her to do their house, and between us she is paid for 5 hours. If she take less time at my mum’Shane spends more theme here. 

Unless I really couldn’t afford it i’d always have a cleaner. Why spend my time doing something. I hate and don’t have time to do without sacrificing other things, when there’s someone who wants the money to do it for me? 

Post # 51
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Honestly; if I was wealthy I would totally have someone clean my home. But I’m not, and probably will never be. I don’t see anything wrong with it if you can afford it. Maybe perhaps in the future I wouldn’t mind paying for a deep cleaning a few times a year.


Post # 52
2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Do it. It eliminates all fights about chores and you’ll enjoy a clean nice home.

Post # 53
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

No way. 

Been a cleaner, managed a cleaning company. I will never have someone else clean my home unless I’m physically unable. That is the only time I will hire a house cleaner. 

It’s the every day stuff that I find tedious anyway…the dishwasher, the garbage, wiping down the kitchen after dinner, constant tidying. Someone would need to come in twice a day for 10 minutes at a time to help me out with that one 😛 

Seriously guys, she isn’t going to tell you that she accidentally dropped your toothbrush on the floor and pulled some little hairs out of it before putting it back in the toothbrush holder. No matter how nice, good, honest your cleaner is, they aren’t going to alert you to every disgusting thing that goes on and sometimes they wont even notice it themselves. I’ve gotten half way home from a client’s house before I realized I used the same cloth to quickly wipe a missed spot off the toilet seat as I did to shine the kitchen sink. I’m sure there have been plenty more times when I didn’t even realize it at all. 


Post # 54
1257 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t feel the need to “justify” it at all. I don’t want to spend my free time cleaning. I a certainly am able to, but I don’t want to. 


Post # 55
1776 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Nic01:  For me it’s all about time cost. It takes me about 10 hours to get the house as spotless as it takes our cleaning person 2 hours.  It costs $50 an hour, so for 2 hours it’s $100 for her services.  So I think of the 10 hours it would take me at $100, which is $10 an hour and I think to myself, hell yeah my time is worth more than $10 an hour!  Our house looks awesome and we keep tidier because of it.

Of course it has to be something that’s in the budget for the household.

Post # 57
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Our housekeeper comes every 3 weeks. I justify the cost because it would take me all weekend to get the house as clean as they do in 2 hours. It’s more time with my husband since I don’t spend a ton of time each weekend cleaning. He works and goes to school and with my schedule, Sundays are often the only full day we have together. I gladly pay $120 a visit for that time with DH. 

Even when I work part time, it’s still worth it to me. I do the laundry every week and light tidying up. Grocery shopping involves trips to at least 2 if not 3 different stores each week. Not having to deep clean every weekend makes it easier. 

Post # 58
295 posts
Helper bee

My plan once we own a house and can afford it I will get a maid. I told my SO very early on that is what I really want. I hate cleaning, vacuuming, dusting,dishes and the only type of cleaning I enjoy is cleaning the Bathroom. LandURL I don’t mind to much but only if I can do it in bulk. Right now I am looking for work so the only I can do is clean but I only do the bathroom, landury, and cook dinner but I still make my guy do the dishes and vacuum.

Post # 61
4369 posts
Honey bee

We can afford it, but I don’t like the idea of someone coming in and touching all our stuff!

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