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Old 08-13-2013, 11:06 PM   #1
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would you hire cleaning service?

Like many WOHMs I am responsible for nearly all house cleaning, a large portion of the child care nights and weekends, and work outside the house full time. My husband either cooks or picks up dinner and does the grocery shopping. I work normal office hours, he works Thursday/Friday/Saturday nights, and random other times as well. DS is at school from a little before 9 until about 5. I also have a teen SD who moved in with us 2 years ago and can barely pick up after herself (what she can do I have forced her to learn. This is a work in progress). Oh yeah, 2 large dogs that DH cleans up after.

I cannot keep up. I feel like a failure. I don't need a spotless home but this place is most often a wreck. We could probably manage a crew to come do the basics every other week. I know so many moms wouldn't think twice, but it kills my frugal nature to pay someone to clean when they won't do anywhere near as good a job as I would. If I had the time.

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Old 08-13-2013, 11:35 PM   #2
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Yes, we have someone come every other week and it helps a lot. I don't have to worry about the deep cleaning, and it gets our house to baseline every couple of weeks! She does floors, bathrooms, changes sheets, empties garbage, dusts.

If you can afford it and it would take some pressure off, I say go for it. You can always cancel if you get to a point where you don't need the support any more.
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In a heartbeat! When DH gets back to full time work, I plan on looking into cleaning service a few times a month. It would free up my evenings to spend with DD and spend less time bickering over chores with DH.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:11 PM   #4
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If I had any extra money I would pay for cleaning help.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:50 PM   #5
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Yes, absolutely!
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:53 PM   #6
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Re: would you hire cleaning service?

If I had the extra money, yep!
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:11 AM   #7
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When my mom went from being a SAHM back to the workforce she hired a cleaner. Her mood improved drastically and when she was at home she wasn't worried about cleaning instead of hanging out with her family.
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Yes! Your time and sanity is worth it.
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:40 AM   #9
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Re: would you hire cleaning service?

Oh another trick to add. Right now our washer is on the fritz, and I'm not getting fixed or replacing it until I fix our basement flooding issues. Anyway, in the meantime I've been washing small clothes and underwear in a mini countertop washer and taking my work clothes and Dh's to a wash and fold laundry. Oh my goodness is that so amazing and not that expensive. It's a dollar a lb. our work clothes don't add up to much and they look amazing!
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Re: would you hire cleaning service?

I absolutely would if it was financially possible. I'm a SAHM and I still would if it was financially possible!
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