It is becoming way more common these days to hire someone to clean your home. It's easy to see the advantages of this. More family time, more recreation time, not having to clean after coming home from work etc.
So I wonder how common is it really, do you pay for a cleaner? Why or why not?
Can only the rich afford it? Is it worth it? Does it make your life simpler and easier?
Do you and your partner mind paying and how did you make the decision?
Does it cost a lot? Do they clean everything or do you just pay for certain areas of the home?
Is it a dream come true?
Really looking forward to seeing people's answers on this one!
We have a cleaner come in once a week. She is very thorough, and knows all the best products to use. She does a better job than we could do cleaning the house, and gets to all those hard to reach areas. She is, however, a bit excessive in her use of cleaning products, however, meaning that we spend quite a lot on replenishing supplies, on top of paying her for the job.
I suppose it would be nice to have a cleaner if we could afford it. We probably could budget for it if it was a priority. On the other hand, I think I'd be one of those people who feels like they need to clean before the cleaner comes, somewhat defeating the purpose.
I use to pay someone to clean my house. We are by no means rich but with my working full time my husband working full time and raising 4 children it was getting too hard for us to balance.
I use to pay $20 an hour and really that is quite reasonable as it's more then others make and I supply all cleaning supplies.
My husband was fine with it and we talked about it first as it's not a decision that I felt I could make on my own
I have a lady come to my house once a week to do general cleaning. I study and work part-time, I have 3 kids, I do not have a husband, so things can get a bit out of hand sometimes as cleaning is not really one of my favorite things to do.
I used to have cleaners. It's nice when you can get a permanent one, they tend to work for a short time then leave. The best thing is when you walk through your front door after they have been and get a whiff of clean. The house smells lovely. Beware of them using your vacuum cleaner, I had two broken by cleaners (and not a word said). If you can find good ones they are definitely worth it, and you get more time with your kids. Make sure you go thru an agency like Dial an Angel or get references.
Hello pfuit! I, too, have used 'Dial-an-Angel, for over three decades', starting with a 'Nanny' who helped me with the littlies' when hubby was away on business. She was a literal, godsend! Then had a more mature 'Nanny' stay for a week, as we both had to be away for work, at the same time. Then now get a 'Cleaning Lady' in regularly.
One thing I loathe, detest, hate is cleaning & Hoovering! I was made to do it at home by my Mother, EVERY Saturday morning. So no free time for me then. That was transferred to Saturday afternoon, when I started work, as I did O/T in the morning!
I do the washing, always have done so & enjoy it! As I've an Elna Press, that has replaced the need to 'iron', so that's easy to do! Cheers!
We have had a cleaning lady for the last 27 and a half years. Over that time we have had several cleaners, one was with us for more than a decade and several have only last weeks or months. Some I requested not to return and some left of their own accord. After the lady who stayed with us for ten years, I had half a dozen in two years and then another one for three years until she left to work at a mine in Collie. I then had several over the next five years until my current cleaner who has been with us for the best part of the last seven years. I pay the current cleaner $35 per hour and she does four hours once a fortnight. We are now an older working couple likely to retire in the next five years whose children have left home, we do not make mess per se and the home is always left tidy so it can be thoroughly cleaned in the time available. I am particular in my requirements and initially I provide a list identifying my priorities and offering a timeline to achieve per room / area. I provide the necessary products but I'm always open to suggestions from my cleaner in terms of her preferences and I will then purchase this. I work hard and I expect that she will work hard too. I also provide for four visits per year as paid leave and allow for three visits per year which I will pay if my cleaner is sick. If I cancel her for whatever reason (almost never) I will also pay her. I have never had a male cleaner and I do not support the black economy ie, I pay either by cheque or by bank transfer, I do not pay cash ever. We have a combined annual income of around $180k which I do consider comfortable rather than rich but others may feel differently as all things are relative. Dee
We have a cleaner come in once every fortnight. She cleans all 3 bathrooms, top to bottom, vacuum's & mops all the floors. Pulls everything in the kitchen apart & cleans (except the oven), does the dusting, changes the beds and cleans all the glass table tops. She is worth every cent. We pay $100. There is no time limit, she is here for as long as it takes to get every thing done. It means I can actually have a weekend and not spend it cleaning the house.
I do as I HATE-LOATHE cleaning and would do anything else rather than that.
It must be in my genes as my mother always had a cleaning lady and we were not rich.
It is a matter of your priorities whether you can afford it -some commented that they pay $35 an hour -here i think the going rate is about $25 per hour.
When I met one of my husbands and we lived together, he objected strongly to me having someone to clean this really big farm house.
He worked away and got a huge wage together with mine and we could well and truly have afforded 3 cleaning ladies at that stage of my life, however he was insistent that we did not need one!