Post # 62
our parents know and so do our friends as we got a referral for our current cleaning lady from a few friends.
Since we hired an independent lady, I also justify that we are supporting a local, small business.
I forgot to add that my DH gladly pays for our housekeeper in part because I have several chronic illnesses and when they flare, simply getting out of bed is hard sometimes. Cleaning the house when I’m sick just doesn’t happen (unless I’m on steroids…then I’m a nut). He’d rather I not stress about that at all.
Post # 63
I cant work right now due to visa issues, and then ill be having my baby but once i am…id happily hire a cleaner. I dont like cleaning and its super cheap here in mexico so why not! And yes, id be open about it socially. A local lady (whose services i declined since i do it) offers a half day, 8am till 2ish for the equivalent of about 15 dollars. She did the house once while i was away for 2 weeks and DH didnt have time and it was amazing. I could have eaten dinner from the floor
Post # 64
Hire one, because Im a cleaner and we like the work ;D
In all seriousness, I couldnt ever hire someone to do it for me, expecially when you could have your day off, spend half of it cleaning and have half a day to laze around and still be better off financially!
Post # 65
In your situation I’d say that you can’t justify it (unless your Saturday job is an important career stepping stone that will contribute to you making more money in the future). I’d quit your job and spend that time cleaning.
Post # 66
We justify it because we don’t want to clean.
But we are also both of the mindset that if we don’t want to do something and can afford to hire someone, why the heck not? We don’t care for our own lawn either. We’re looking into personal chefs right now and god willing we’ll make enough by the time we have kids so that we’ll be able to hire a nanny. What’s the use of money if you can’t spend it to make your life easier?
Post # 67
but I’d prefer to work over clean ! Lol
Post # 68
awesome theory – I wish I could live by it easier!
Post # 69
I’d have a hard time justifying it since our flat is like 700 sq ft and only takes an hour to clean the bathroom, do the dishes, vacuum, dust, and tidy top-to-bottom. Nothing wrong with it, but it’s not what I want to spend money on. I suppose I just think of it in terms of getting to go for a nice weekly lunch with a friend if I do the cleaning myself. We could probably afford it, but I don’t mind cleaning and affording it would mean I’d be cutting into money for things that are more important to me (like aforementioned lunches).
My parents and in-laws all have housekeepers and gardeners (granted, my parents live in Asia where it’s very inexpensive and also considered selfish to deny someone a job when you could afford to employ them). I don’t think there’s necessarily the stigma of ‘spoiled rich person’ around it anymore as it seems pretty mainstream these days. I don’t think you’d need to hide it away that someone was coming to clean your house.
What I would personally make budget room for (as opposed to upkeep cleaning) is something like a good deep clean as necessary (oven, fridge/freezer, cupboards, windows, etc).
Post # 70
Yes, everyone knows. In fact, we found her from a refferal from one friend, and have since reffered her to 2 other friends.
While growing up neither of us had a cleaning lady, but our parents both understand why we have one and the positive impact it has on our lives.
Post # 71
I am hiring one for a deep clean of my house in Oct. My husband is deployed and will be home around then. We will end up having a welcome home party right when he gets home at our house and I dont want to stress out about cleaning the house. I have already reached the I am sick of cleaning alone during this deployment so I might have them come in sooner lol. I would be happy with a quarterly deep clean. I can keep up on the rest.
Post # 72
I’ve got no problem talking about it if it comes up in conversation.
Post # 73
We don’t have one currently, but we have before and probably will again. I’m open about it if anyone asks.
I don’t feel I have to justify it at all. Time is the most precious asset I have. There are very few ways to get more of it, and hiring a cleaner is one of them. Purchasing “stuff” may be hard to justify, but not time!
Post # 74
We don’t have a cleaner, as our place (both in the city and now) is a one bedroom apartment, and small enough for us, to give a proper/deep clean in less than 2 hours.
If we lived in a 2 bedroom+ house, I’d definitely consider it. I despise cleaning and while SO doesn’t mind it, we’d both rather spend our free time doing things we enjoy – like surfing, yoga, dancing, reading etc.
I think, if you can afford it, why not? It doesn’t need to be justified at all; time is precious. And I don’t want to spend my precious time cleaning if I don’t have to.
Post # 75
I will justify it (when I get one) by the fact that I am so bitter, pissed and frustrated that DH doesn’t pull his weight at all and do chores, that it will save mucho in the marriage counseling department. My mother and grandmother cooked and cleaned because they were stay at home moms. His mom cooked and cleaned because she was a single mother. I am a working woman, as he is a working man, and it SHOULD be generally equal contribution to the household and it’s not.
Reached a breaking point Saturday am. He was mad I was 10 minutes behind schedule leaving to meet his mom for lunch. “I can’t understand how…” The reason for that is he was supposed to do laundry while I was running errands on Sat afternoon and he decided last minute he didn’t know that was the schedule and didn’t want to do it, so I had to add it into the AM. I replied to his statement with “And I can’t understand how you can see me cook breakfast, put away the clean dishes, do the dishes, make bread, and do two loads of laundry and not lift a finger to help me.”
Technically, to be fair, that’s not 100% true. He did run down the 3 flights of stairs twice with the laundry (as I did twice), although he did not sort, fold or put away the clothes, or even fill up the little detergent bottle from the bigger one to run it downstairs. Aaaand he put away the crepes/jelly away after breakfast. The rest of the time, he read a book.