Post # 137
I have not had a cleaning service since my son was very little and have always done it myself with the help of my kids and now my DH. But lately have been working so much and been fighting a lingering cold and daughter has dance recital etc etc.
MY PARENTS ARE COMING IN A WEEK – EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK and we also have to rearrange the house because they do not share a bedroom so we have to have two guestrooms ready.
So because of this post – thank you OP I was like ummmm DUH – got on Angie’s list – found a service with good reputation, called and they are coming out next Wed to do a 5 hour deep clean of our house YAY YAY
Best $225 I will ever spend – no more stressing about parents being snarky about my house and it is also my birthday that day so instead of staying at home and cleaning that night I get to enjoy
THANK YOU FOR THE REMINDER FOR THIS BRAINLESS BEE 🙂 🙂 🙂
Post # 138
No. To be honest we are not sure we’d be comfortable with a stranger in our home like that. We are private people, so we would hate the inevitable snooping, and also because of the way we are, if anything were to go missing (which has happened to other people I know), I know we would both feel extremely violated.
I guess our home is like our sanctuary, psychologically.
Post # 139
YAY! Glad you were able to find someone to do it 🙂 Perfect birthday present too!!! (Happy early birthday)
Post # 140
OK and a quick post about trust – when my son was little I did have a service – Mary came out every other week and did a great job leaving me more time to parent.
One night I took off my wedding/engagement rings to do the dishes and forgot – the next morning my ring was gone
We tore the kitchen apart looking and could not find it. We did not mention it to Mary.
We filed insurance and went on.
Next week she came to clean and when I got home there were my rings with a note that she had lifted the plant shelf that was installed in the window to clean under (umm I have never thought to clean under there) and my rings were under the shelf.
So check references of course but there are many wonderful honest people out there that clean to make a living. At one point my hubby was working two jobs to support his family (ex and their kids) during a bad time in the economy and one his jobs was with a cleaning service. So if you can afford it you are also creating jobs and giving yourself more time with your family or even more time for yourself.
Post # 141
Thank you 🙂 It has just brightened up my whole attitude knowing that I do get my birthday and we are going to have a sparkling clean house for the holidays so I can enjoy my parents’ visit too 🙂
Post # 142
Yes, and I refer to her as “me.”
Post # 143
I did, before the wedding, for my house. Every three weeks, didn’t care how much it cost. Don’t have time and I am asthmatic and most cleaning products make my airways close.
Really need to find someone now that I have moved to my husband’s house. We are attempting to do it ourselves, but he has an obsession with Simple Green which makes me gasp for air. He lives in a rural area, so finding a service is a little more difficult.
Post # 144
I posted earlier but am joining in again, Fiance and I will be moving out next year *fingers crossed* and I don’t think we will be getting a cleaning lady for several years, if ever. At least not until we have a large home and have kids. Trust is a big thing, my parents’ cleaning lady was suggested to them by relatives and she has been great. I don’t think I would be as comfortable with a complete stranger coming in, and I would be more likely to hire an individual based on references of people I know than someone from a cleaning service. But until we hire a cleaning lady/man Fiance and I will be doing the cleaning ourselves.
Post # 145
I’m a little surprised by the number of yes votes. Growing up, I knew of only a few people who had one. I don’t know anyone my age who has one, but most of my circle has just started their careers. I’m not sure if it’s more common in the US?
When DH and I are both working and own a house, it’s something I would consider for sure, but woultn’t even know who to ask for a recommendation or what the going rate was.
Post # 146
YES YES YES!
This seriously is THE BEST THING ever. We had a lot of disputes rising from domestic duties. The two of us work full-time and when we come home, it’s no fun having to clean the house and scrub. Plus, it’s never as good as when a professional does it.
Ours does just about everything, from folding laundry to the dishes to organizing my fridge to “normal” stuff, such as vaccuuming and cleaning the showers. She doesn’t do our sheets, but if we left her out clean sheets, she would. She comes every 2 weeks. If we had kids and the house got messier more quickly, I probably would have her come every week.
I told DH that if having a cleaning person meant I would never get birthday, anniversary, or whatever gifts ever again, I would be content. If I could get giftcards for my cleaning person (as opposed to giftcards for stores), I would be fine with that too.
Post # 147
I don’t know anyone who has one, either, except where I work (and they do a terrible job).
Post # 148
I definitely think there are regional trends. I am also Canadian (Montreal) but in my community it is a truly ubiquitous practice!
Post # 149
Hell no, I can clean just fine on my own. Maybe when I’m old as shit I will have one, but not while I’m able to clean on my own.
Post # 150
I chose other, but technically no. We did up until a few months ago and she moved to Southern California. I haven’t had the time to invest in meeting someone new so I’ve been managing on my own.
Once my schedule goes crazy in January I will definitely need help.
Post # 151
We don’t, but i would really like one.
For those of you that work 9-5 as well as your SO, does your cleaning lady have a key and just lets herself in and locks up after themselves?
And if you have a free ranging dog, how does that work?