Do 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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