Post # 77
When I had a cleaner I justified it as simply – I enjoyed it, and it made me happy to come home to a clean house. I have trouble putting a price on happiness. I wish there were cleaners where I lived now. I think I would feel much less stressed out.
Post # 78
We often work 10-12 hour days and sometimes weekends. A cleaner gives us more free time and our place is spotless. Ours is a sweetie, she is a student who we met through a cleaning service but we prefer to pay her directly since she gets to take the money home that way.
She comes every 3 weeks since every other is a bit of a stretch financially. It helps my sanity. At first I couldn’t justify it, now I think it’s awesome!
Post # 79
I work full-time and that is all he justification I need. I can afford to have my house cleaned once a week so why not? With 10 cats and a FH, I need all the help I can get. Well worth every penny.
Post # 80
I have a lady come twice a week, At first I felt weird about having someone in my home,, now shes like family,
I work 12-14 hours a day so no time for cleaning,, I would recommend to anyone that can afford it.
Post # 81
We are right on the brink of hiring a cleaning person…mostly because I am so sick of doing it (two dogs-nuff said) and FI’s response to asking him to help is “weren’t we going to pay someone to do that?”
In the beginning I was uncomfortable because of a sort of white guilt, but it’s wearing off. Honestly, we are both super busy and I hate spending every weekend sweeping, mopping, cleaning the kitchen and the bathroom, etc. We have the money, so why not?
Sometimes I really think I have a martyr complex… growing up in poverty will really stunt your perspective on things.
Post # 82
The affordability is really up to you and what your priorities are. If you are fighting with your husband and not enjoying your time together as much as you should, is it worth it to you to work your second job + some to avoid that hassel and be able to enjoy your husband? For me that would be a huge yes- particularly if, like you, I enjoyed the second job.
Post # 83
I despise cleaning, and I am not very good at it, so I just buy groupons and living social deals as much as possible.
Post # 84
Given I have physical limitations I need someone to scrub the bathroom floor, dust the high moldings and frames, and other harder tasks. My Fiance has a 4 hour/day commute so the last thing he want to do on the weekends is hard core cleaning other than the dishes, making the bed, laundry and other daily household tasks.
Post # 85
The funny thing is although FH seems to have no problem with someone cleaning our house, I have noticed that he does not seem to want to mention it to anyone like his family or friends. When I first hired her, he pointed out that his Mother never had someone to clean the house (and her home is immaculate). I then pointed out that his Mother never worked full-time and since I pay more of the bills than him, I feel having our home cleaned is a justifiable expense. And like a PP posted, I told him that if he wanted to take over the cleaning duties he was more than welcomed to. That shut him up. I am already busy and I will be damned if I am going to spend my free-time constantly cleaning! I for one, do NOT believe that just because I have an uterus that it makes me uniquely qualified to clean the house!
Post # 86
It’s easy– my time is more valuable to me!
I hate cleaning, I basically refuse to do it, because life is short and that’s damn well not how I’m going to spend my free time.
I keep my things organized and pick up after myself like an adult but that’s about it. Fiance doesn’t mind cleaning and he does it a little bit in between visits from the cleaning lady, and I like to cook so I cook, and that’s that.
I guess I should point out that among the people I know there’s not a feeling that it’s my job to “keep a clean home” and no one would judge me for that. They would be more likely to be judgemental if we couldn’t afford to hire one or I couldn’t come up with a more interesting way to spend my free time, unless I really enjoyed it.
Post # 87
it’s just my dh and i so the house doesn’t really get that dirty. plus, we have time to do it.
Post # 88
Since I don’t live near my mom and a decent commute for other family and friends to see me/help, my mom has offered to pay for a local lady to clean my house when I first have a baby. I think that would be the best baby shower present ever. I’ll take used baby EVERYTHING and a cleaning lady to have a little less stress when I’m alone and overwhelmed with being a new mother. Note:my man works on the road so I will be alone for the majority of the time.
Also yay for supporting locals trying to earn a living!