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I can feel it right now….you’re judging me, aren’t you?
This blog is mainly about homemaking skills, after all! How could I dare discuss hiring cleaners on a homemaking blog?!
And that’s a great question! Here’s why:
Because you should build a life that works for you. Period.
My goal is to help anyone in any position who wants to make their home the most comfortable, clean, organized, welcoming, and happy place it can be. And for some of you, that may mean delegating cleaning duties to a professional cleaning service.
So, if you’ve ever asked yourself the question “Should I hire cleaners?” then this post is for you!
First, some background: We hired cleaners temporarily while I was finishing grad school, and having my home cleaned for me was ‘da bomb! I would take Little grasshopper out grocery shopping while they did the cleaning, and within two hours my home was cleaned and stocked with food for the week. Talk about efficiency!
Of course, now that I’m home full time I need motivation not to be lazy (the struggle is real y’all!), so I do the cleaning myself. However, I’ve spoken to a lot of parents who were debating on whether they should hire cleaners. Given my own experience and discussions, I thought it would be good to share a few considerations before you decide to hand over the mop:
1-) The cost compared to your financial priorities/goals
Some cleaning services will do literally everything…even things like re-fold all your clothes in your dresser. However, you’ll pay for that level of detail. Compare different companies and ask what services they include for the price. Most have a set additional price for things like cleaning the stove, microwave, and fridge, and you should be able to add on those services only when you really need them.
On a more basic level, consider whether you really are comfortable spending money on someone else to do the cleaning for you. Are you trying to pay off debt? How about adding a little more to retirement or college savings? Do you want a new living room set? Consider all of your financial goals and how hiring a cleaning service prioritizes on that list.
2-) Your organization level
Most cleaning companies clean but don’t organize first, so you will have to tidy up the day or so before for best results. If you have a lot of clutter and finding a space for everything is difficult, then maybe focus on getting organized before you hire cleaners. This way you won’t feel stressed/frustrated every time you have to get ready for the cleaners to come.
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3-) How frequently you will need them
Most cleaners will do every week, every two weeks, or once a month. If you have five kids and you just can’t keep up with the bathroom because it’s grimy from your kids tracking in dirt every day, then maybe every week is a good fit for you.
We originally started with every two weeks, but I kept everything fairly clean as I went and only had one child, so we eventually moved to once a month. As a result, we paid less overall and the whole process required less attention.
4-) Your schedules
When will you be around to let the cleaners in? Do you trust them to do the job while you run out to do errands, or do you want to stick around? If there will be no one around, are you comfortable giving them access? Do they normally run on time?
We lived in a big apartment building when we hired cleaners, so I had to wait for them to arrive so I could let them in. Unfortunately they never arrived on time. In fact, they normally arrived at least an hour late. This was incredibly frustrating given that I was working around a baby’s nap schedule, so we stopped working with them when we bought our condo. Remember, you hired them to make your life a little easier, so if you have to wait around every cleaning day then they aren’t fulfilling their responsibilities.
5-) Their insurance
While you may pay less if you hire someone who just decided yesterday to start their own cleaning business, you may be in trouble if they accidentally break something (or worse). Do yourself a favor and go with a more well-established company that has insurance to keep your mind at ease.
Just one more thing before I wrap this up: Expect finding the right cleaning company to take some time. Many companies won’t give a quote until they actually come see your home, and you’ll have to invest the time in this. But with the right approach, you’ll find someone who helps keep your home sparkly clean so you can get some extra shut eye, catch up on your favorite movie or show, or just take some time to breathe!
Of course, you’ll likely still have to do laundry whether or not you decide to hire cleaners. To make your laundry-doing a little easier, you can use a simple 2-ingredient stain remover that will remove almost any stain!
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