The year was 2013. The house was a disaster. Our work schedules were insanely busy. And… I was pregnant and tired. I felt like I didn’t have the time or the energy to clean the house. So, after much pleading and reasoning with my husband, we hired a housecleaner!
Hey – no judging! I’m not lazy. I’m not above cleaning. And, I’m not rich. But, this was something that we felt would improve our quality of life. Well, it has! Bringing Kristy in to clean every two weeks has proven to be such a blessing.
You may be wondering if having a cleaning service or person is for you. Well, I can’t answer that question, but I can offer a few pieces of insight on the subject.
1) Hire the right person or business.
This was my first time hiring someone, so I started where else? Google. I had a couple of large cleaning companies quote our house. They take into consideration the size of your home, the number of rooms, how many kids you have, what pets are in the house, etc. I looked on Craigslist as well. What ended up working was good old word-of-mouth. A co-worker recommended her cleaning person, and that’s who we chose. Do your research and decide the right fit for your family.
2) Make sure it fits your budget.
I think there’s a misconception that only wealthy people can afford this. But, there are options for most budgets. If this is a priority, look at your monthly budget and see if there’s room to budge. Some of the bigger companies can be pricey, but independent cleaners tend to be more affordable. Also, if you’re just looking for occasional cleaning, check out discount sites like Groupon, Amazon Local, and others.
3) Plan around your schedule.
If you work outside of the home, it works great to have someone clean during the day while you’re gone. If you’re a stay-at-home mama or worker, consider scheduling so as not to interfere with nap time, conference calls, etc.
4) Communicate with them.
Once you’ve got your person(s) on board, be sure to communicate with them about various items like what cleaning products they’ll use (cleaning chemicals or green products, etc.) or how you like certain things done.
5) Don’t feel like you need to clean “for” cleaning day.
I used to clean before Kristy would get to my house. I didn’t want to burden her with too much mess. But, it turns out “she’s seen much worse.” So, don’t worry about pre-cleaning too much. Although, it doesn’t hurt to declutter enough to clear a path. Ha!
6) Appreciate them!
We’ve gotten to know Kristy quite well, and while that’s not necessarily going to happen with everyone, do let them know you appreciate their work. Tips are good, especially around holidays. And, you can never go wrong with a simple “thank you.”
I’m a huge advocate for a cleaning service or person, if you can afford it and if you’re comfortable with someone else cleaning! I still clean and declutter, of course, but Kristy takes the burden off of us for more time-consuming things like cleaning the bathtub, vacuuming the stairs, and mopping the floors.
As a mom herself (of school-aged kiddos), she always tells me that she’s here so I can spend less time cleaning and more time snuggling my little Charlotte girl! I’ll take snuggling over scrubbing any day. 🙂