(Closed) SPINOFF: Do you have a Cleaning Lady/Person?

posted 8 years ago in Home
  • poll: Do you have a Cleaning Lady/Person?

    Yes

    No

    No, but I would if I could afford it

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  • Post # 153
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

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    @KateByDesign:  DH has more flexible work hours, so he comes home to let our housecleaning team in. We have her latest appointment in the day and now that she is on a fixed schedule, it is easier for him to set his schedule. If he can’t make it, my work is usually flexible enough that I can rush home and work from home while she is there. Our plan C would be have my ILs come over. We do have small dogs so we wouldn’t feel comfortable having them let themselves in and out. I’m sure they prefer it this way as well so they are not liable for our dogs getting loose. We put our dogs into a room that she has already vaccuumed/cleaned or DH will take them outside in the yard or for a walk when she’s at our house.

    Post # 154
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

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    @vorpalette:  totally

    Post # 155
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

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    @CorgiTales:  “What, exactly, about yourself made you choose the screen name “subtle”bee?”

    LOL!

    Post # 156
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    @KateByDesign:  This was my question as well!

    I would like to have a cleaning person but for one thing, I would almost feel embarrassed at the state of my house (I always feel like I need to clean before contractors or other workers come over) and I would feel weird about someone being in my house cleaning whether I was here or not! Otherwise I would happily pay for a service.

    Post # 157
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

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    @kerensa:  HAHA. DH is like that. Our cleaning ladies were away for an extended period of time and we skipped an appointment. By the time she came, our house was kind of a disaster. We did a little light cleaning (aside from our usual maintenance) prior to her coming.

    In truth, I think they are used to seeing all sorts of houses, from super clean ones to messy ones. I don’t think it really fazes them, unless your house looks like the hoarders on TV.

    Post # 158
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    @KateByDesign:  At the beginning we had our lady (and her sister) come on saturday when we were home and we would just hang out in the spare room or go run quick errands while she was here. After like 6 m of that we decided that we felt ok giving her a set of keys bc we liked her and found her to be sweet, nice and honest so now she comes when we are at work. Even though she had great recommendations I was a bit wary of just handing out a key to our place but at this point I feel very comfortable.

     

    For me – I would only hire a specific person and not an agency bc with an agency they could send any random person and I didn’t want people I didn’t know at the house.

    Post # 159
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    oh and yes you do have to sort of clean before they come which is good bc it gives me a deadline to get the house picked up (just stuff put away basically)- she does the real cleaning (like mopping, scrubbing tile etc) but we still have to do all the normal stuff (dishes, counters etc)

     

     

    Post # 160
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

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    @Petite_Fraise:  You’re probably right.  I imagine it’s more common in Toronto as well.

    Post # 161
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018

    I actually have been the cleaning person for several people. I take such pride on my work. We don’t have one of course, we both do it. I rather do it myself. I am very detailed, and I know not everyone is. 

    Post # 162
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We each are given the same currency of time.  People spend it differently, some on working long hours or a long commute, others on caring for people (family, friends), others on spending time with people, or volunteering, or personal leisure activities and yet others on making a cozy home.

    My mom did not have a cleaning person, but she also did not work outside of the home.  I don’t compare myself to her.  For us, I think it’s great to give us back time in other ways to spend on work, my volunteer activities (I’m the President of a non-profit and commit a lot of personal time to helping them), or spending time together.  I believe in equality, that cleaning is no more woman’s work but both of our work given we both make it messy.  DH doesn’t believe it cleaning at all – he hates to do it.  So…either I get very resentful at doing all of it or unhappy it isn’t done, or DH is resentful he has to clean more than he thinks is needed (as a sample of his tolerance level, know that when we started dating, he had never cleaned his tub since he bought the place 5 years prior – just put a new liner in).  I would love a cleaning person, but DH worries about the cost as he does with most things despite having very good salaries and savings.  I think I may have asthma/allergies, so getting a cleaning person is becoming more necessary.  We can continue to argue over it and need relationship therapy, or we can outsource. 

    I am capable of doing it (obviously, as I still do it all), I just don’t enjoy doing it.  I don’t define myself by it.  I can jams, jellies, applesauce, salsa, etc. with my sister, learned to sew from my mom (quilting to clothing), do cross-stitch, bake homemade bread…as well as draft a legal agreement, design a quality program in my volunteer work for kids and those with disabilities and troubleshoot issues, debate politics or the issues of the day with friends, etc.  I – we – are all capable of a lot, but it’s hard to believe we all enjoy the exact same things.

    Even if I didn’t do any of that with my time…it’s ok.  It’s ok to want to pay someone (creating a job, yay for the economy!) to do something you don’t like, whether it’s because you work long hours or you want to go play golf.  Assuming you can afford it, I think it’s smart.  People do that in many ways – buying goods at the grocery store, taking a car in to be fixed, hiring a contractor to renovate a house, buying clothes or goods at the store, going out to eat a restaurant, etc. – so it’s hard to criticize the pots choice without considering the kettle’s choices.

    Post # 163
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I think when I start back working or when we get our first house, I’m going to get someone to come in to clean up once a month probably. Just to give myself a break from cleaning the dreaded bathroom.

    Post # 164
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We had one but she quit the company and then the new lady they sent over was AWFUL. So we’re in between but really need to find one ASAP because our house is getting gross. I do pick stuff up and dust but I like a very deep clean that only a good cleaning lady can provide. 

    Post # 165
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 1993

    Hell NO! Never will! I can do my cleaning all by myself. I don’t have the need for one because I’m very able to do it on my own. I clean after myself as well as my Fiance and I clean like some of your cleaning ladies 🙂 I deep deep clean. I think it’s funny how PP are saying that they are too busy to clean, if they are too busy then where do they find the time to go on the weddingbee? I also think it’s funny that they say they rather have more time to spend with their families, save the world from Hep C, etc. I do my own cleaning and I have time to spend with my family and I have time to go to work and I also have time to be on weddingbee <3 I’m pointing all of this out because I feel like some PP are kind of insinuating that the people who clean their own house waste their time and they don’t have important things to do like those who don’t. It’s your prerogative if you want a cleaning lady or not. 

    Post # 166
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I used to when I lived abroad. Most of the teachers at the international school I worked with had one. Only 30 dollars/week! It was so nice to come home on a Thursday night after working all day to a clean home, laundry especially!

    I think everyone should ignore the judgemental, “Ms. Perfect” bee on here. She’s snarky on a lot of threads. Don’t bite the bait!

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