UPDATE: Bobbi reveals all in Was Hiring a Cleaning Lady Worth It?
Part of my life philosophy is “I can do it myself.” This concept has helped me to learn to do everything from baking bread to teaching my daughter to read. However, I am finally ready to cry “uncle” in one subject. CLEANING!
OK, I’m going to out myself here. I have decided to make a very un-frugal financial decision and hire a professional cleaning person. There! I said it to the world. I feel so weird spending money on something that I can do myself, but I have to try it.
I recently realized that at least half of the conflicts in my household have been about cleaning. Now that is just plain silly. I don’t like to clean, so I am trying to get my family to do it. And guess what? It isn’t going well.
I surveyed my friends, got recommendations, and called one of the cleaners. She came over to my house and looked at the extent of the mess (said it wasn’t so bad) and my supplies. Now that I have decided this is something I am going to splurge on, here is how I am going to get the most from my expenditure.
- We have established a price and an amount of time that will work with my budget.
- I am telling her what are my priorities so that she does the most important things first.
- I am ensuring that the house is picked up before she arrives. I want her to spend her time doing the cleaning that I don’t like to do. Mainly scrubbing floors – yuck!
- The cleaning supplies will be out and ready so she doesn’t have to hunt for them.
- I am planning on doing a project while she cleans. I get inspired when someone else cleans, so I’m going to clean out my closet. That way it will seem like I am getting tons done. It’s kind of like when you walk on the moving sidewalk in the airport. You are going so fast!
- If I am not happy with the work that this cleaner does, I will try someone else. It is important that I feel that my money has been well spent.
- I am going to learn from watching. I always feel that I don’t understand the right way to clean. I’m not very efficient. Someone that cleans for a living has to become efficient at it or they won’t be successful. I’m sure I will learn a lot if I pay attention.
I’ll let you all know how it went and what I learned in next week’s post.
For those of you who aren’t ready to throw in the dust cloth on this subject, might want to check out Fly Lady to get like the 5 minute room rescue.
Everyone else, fess up.
Do you pay for professional cleaners?
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