3 Reasons Why Every Working Mum Should Hire a Cleaner

02E68921Do you ever wish that you could come home to a clean house after a day at the office? Wouldn’t it be nice?

Once a fortnight I do and it’s fabulous! This week I spent the day at the beach with my family and came home to a clean house. A definite upside of a mid week public holiday.

I’ve mentioned that I have a cleaner in previous blog posts. I often hear other working mums say – but I can’t afford one. To that I say review your budget and find a way. It’s money well spent.

You don’t have to be rich to hire a cleaner. There are so many options when it comes to hiring a cleaner. If finances are an issue start with a basic and/or less frequent package. Depending on the size of your house start with floors and bathrooms and do the less regular cleaning chores yourself. Or hire a cleaner monthly and clean in between visits until you can afford fortnightly or weekly.

Shop around to find the best bang for your buck too. Ask friends or colleagues for recommendations in your area. Private cleaners are usually cheaper than cleaning companies. You might even be supporting another working mum.

Unless you love cleaning your house yourself (and I believe there are some working mums out there who do), consider the positive impact hiring a cleaner could have on your life and well being.

Also consider that mothers of preschoolers spend an average of 32 hours a week doing housework (SMH, 2013).

Here are 3 awesome side effects of having a cleaner and why you should seriously consider hiring one.

1. Less marital arguments

Before we had a cleaner, hubby and I used to dread doing the cleaning and would often argue about whose turn it was to do what. I’m no 1950s housewife and don’t subscribe to traditional views of the wife does all the cleaning. We tried many different ways of dividing the labour without reaching a suitable agreement. Once kids came along it became even harder to find the time and motivation to clean the house without resenting it. Once we hired a cleaner no more arguments about cleaning and were able to reach agreement on other housework.


2. Less angst about mess

When I was responsible for cleaning the house I found nothing more irritating then spending hours cleaning only to have someone make a mess. The reality is the clean feeling doesn’t last long with two kids and it can make cleaning feel like a waste of time and effort. Now that I have a cleaner I’m less precious about the inevitable mess and dirt that appears over time. I also know that once a fortnight my house WILL be clean, however short lived that is.


3. More time for other things

What do I do with my time now that I don’t clean the house? Spend more time with my kids, husband and relax more. It’s all about priorities and making choices that reflect those priorities. Let’s face it, working mums are known for being time poor.


Deciding to hire a cleaner is only half the battle. The other half is finding a good one you trust and communicating expectations. Stay tuned for a future blog post about these aspects of hiring a cleaner.

Having a cleaner won’t get you out of doing ALL housework, unless you choose to have a live in or daily housekeeper to tackle the never ending pile of washing and folding, tidying, washing up etc.

It can buy you a few extra hours a month/fortnight/week for something else like spending time more time having fun with your family, friends or relaxing.

What would you do with the extra time hiring a cleaner would buy you?


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3 Reasons Why Every Working Mum Should Hire a Cleaner

7 thoughts on “3 Reasons Why Every Working Mum Should Hire a Cleaner

  • August 12, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I thought I was being a snobby woman to get a house cleaner in. I don’t mind cleaning, it doesn’t bother me. But what bothers me is that hubby and I both work and the time we spend together at home with our son is valuable. I’d rather be playing with him outside than inside scrubbing the shower. Finding someone who does the necessities once ever 10 or so days works fabulous for us. I do bits and pieces between visits and so does hubby. But it sure makes the world of difference to our family. PS. I also have an ironing lady 🙊 At $15 a basket once a fortnight, id be mad not too!

    • August 12, 2016 at 11:53 pm

      Thanks for sharing your experience Coral. You’re definitely not snobby for having a cleaner. You value your time! Sounds like you have your priorities in order. I also love that your hubby cleans too. We don’t iron in my house either. My husband has outsourced the ironing of his work shirts too.

  • August 21, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Thank you for the great article and encouragement. I always feel like I need to hide the fact I use a cleaning lady every once in a while when I feel I need the help. I work a full time job as well as starting an online business and of course taking care of my family (oh and finishing my degree at night through online university). I think we need to break this stigma about trying to do everything by ourselves. Thanks for writing this!

    • August 21, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      So true Amber! There’s no shame in asking for help, especially when your life is so full of more important things than cleaning. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • January 20, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Oh yes, totally agree with this! Hiring a cleaner was one of the best decisions we made about my return to work! It doesn’t cost much, but it is money well spent! My time is much more important these days!

    • January 21, 2017 at 6:53 am

      So happy to hear you’re a working mum who values her time Lucy!

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