Post # 47
@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
It people have the money for it, and want it, I don’t see why one would have to justify it.
Post # 49
We used to argue about chores and that was eliminated by hiring our cleaning lady (in fact she comes today. )
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
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
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
Do it. It eliminates all fights about chores and you’ll enjoy a clean nice home.
Post # 53
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
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
@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 # 56
Good point re the agency vs the private individual. It was Fi’s task to source some quote & he went directly to the agencies. The biggest difference is that they have insurance should they break something (they also have police a clearance). The private person is probably less expensive & i think we’d both be more comfortable if it was a recommendation rather than off gumtree or the local paper.
Post # 57
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
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 # 59
Thank you bees for all of the different perspectives on this!
I was brought up to be the ‘lady of the house’ but i do agree that we aren’t in 1920 & time isn’t soemthing can we can buy & relationships is something that we also need to work on.
In terms of the monetary factor, our first quote came in at $77 per visit every 2 weeks. They would do floors, dusting, kitchen, bathroom. So we’d still need to clean up after oursevles, laundry, dishes etc.
It isn’t in our budget, but we can afford it & have some left over. For those that asked, Fiance is working 6 days becuase his job requires him to. My second job was done to ‘socialise’ rather than to pay for a cleaner (but i guess it will be paying for it in a sense).
The next 6 months I’m expecting to be a crazy whirlwind – the wedding coming up, & flying interstate on average 1 weekend a month. It’s nice thought of not having to worry about not living like a slob!
Post # 60
And for the bee who do have a cleaner, are you open about it in a social sense? Do your family / friends know or do you keep it to yoruself?
Post # 61
We can afford it, but I don’t like the idea of someone coming in and touching all our stuff!