When our baby arrived, I ignored everyone’s advice to enlist help with the cleaning, cooking, and baby-raising, because I foolishly thought I’d do it all. As I held my two-week-old in the middle of our mess-ridden home I relented, “I am not superwoman.” Then, I hired a cleaner who proved to be a godsend.
I had set aside some money for something unexpected such as this, so hiring a cleaner was an easy decision. But when my daughter turned three months old and I had more time to clean, I had to decide if our cleaner was still worth it. I used the following factors as a guide when considering if our cleaner was worth the money:
The value of time
Is your time worth more than the cost of a cleaner? Could you spend the time cleaning doing something more valuable? For me, spending time with my daughter and doing freelance work had more value than the cost of our cleaner so this was a definite yes.
The value of a clean home
If you’re very neat person, but limited on time, you may add more value to paying for a cleaner than someone who doesn’t mind a bit of disarray. Personally, I can handle a home that’s a bit un-tidy as long as it’s clean.
How large is your home? How many people live there? If you’re living alone or with one other person, you may not need to clean as much as a home with several professionals or a family with children. If you need less frequent cleanings, you can space them out over a month or limit it to once every 4 weeks.
Attitude toward cleaning
Does cleaning your home make you cringe? If you loathe it, I’d say that calls for extra consideration in hiring someone else to do it.
If your answers to the previous four factors points toward hiring a cleaner, how much budget are you willing to dedicate to it? Is it worth it to cut out extra expenses like coffees, a couple shopping trips, or an evening out to afford a cleaner? You may be able to shift some of your expenses toward paying for a cleaner.
However, you may go through this list and decide that you really want and need a cleaner, but there’s no room in your budget. You already live frugally and can’t afford weekly cleans. Consider hiring a cleaner as a “treat” for yourself every month or every couple of months. Perhaps you can balance this as an occasional expense and it will save you the pain of doing a monthly deep clean.
I decided to keep our cleaner for weekly rather than fortnightly cleans. I do the daily cleaning and she takes on the hard work so I can spend time with my husband on his days off and more time with my daughter. I also get a couple hours of freelance work in. Ultimately, for our family, hiring a cleaner is money well spent.