Are you on the fence about whether or not to hire a house cleaner? Below are a few considerations to help you make a decision.
Can You Afford It?
This is usually the first question people ask themselves. If you are on the fence, the quick answer seems like no. You probably ask yourself, “why pay someone to do something I can do myself?” Take that logic a step further: how long does it take you to clean your house? Is it worth it to spend that free time cleaning when you could be doing other things, like enjoying time with your family? Considering that might help you find money in the budget to hire a cleaner.
You’ll want to do some research online and ask around the neighborhood to see what an average house cleaning costs in your area. It simply might not be as much as you think.
If money is tight, but you’d still love to have some help around the house, see if you can hire someone to do a partial clean or just certain areas of the house. When I was cleaning homes, I had two clients who had me in every other week to clean just their kitchen and bathrooms- two jobs they both dreaded. They got these areas cleaned and saved money by doing the other jobs they didn’t mind so much, dusting and vacuuming, on their own.
Does The Mess Cause You Stress?
In certain seasons of life, your home might just not be as neat as other seasons. This is very true when you have young children at home. It’s difficult to meet all their needs. take care of meals, laundry etc… and keep the house spotless. Just recognizing that this isn’t a permanent often helps you cope with the mess. But, if the lowered housekeeping standards are causing you mental stress and anxiety, it might be worth it to have someone come in and take care of it. You can also look at this as a temporary expense until the kids are a little older and able to clean up after themselves and pitch in with chores.
Are You Comfortable With The Idea?
Some people just aren’t comfortable with someone else coming into their home to clean; they feel like it’s an invasion of privacy or they may feel embarrassed of the way their house looks. If this sounds like you, you probably won’t be comfortable with professional house cleaning. Other people don’t feel comfortable with a house cleaner because they like to clean things their own way, and they just don’t trust that anyone can do it as well as them. Again, if you aren’t comfortable with letting go of control a little bit, then you probably shouldn’t hire a cleaner. But, if you have someone you trust personally and professionally, it’s easier to make the decision to hire someone to clean. Ask around to friends and neighbors to see if they have a cleaner that they trust, who does a great job, and has an opening in his or her schedule.
Taking these considerations into mind, write out a pros and cons list to help you decide if now is the right time to hire a house cleaner to help you out!