For many working parents, time at home isn’t always time to relax. Not only do you have to work hard at your job to keep money coming in, you need to use that money at home to keep a proper living space for you and your families. Don’t believe it? Keep track of all the different errands that you run after work or during a weekend, the times where you should, in theory, relax. However, there are many other tasks that you also have that eat into that time, and perhaps one of the most irritating examples of these is home cleaning.
A task that never ends and yet needs to be done—could one think of a more irritating situation? There is one way to take this burden off of your hands, though: a house cleaner. This isn’t always the luxury item that you may think it is and is accessible to a variety of families. It’s how you implement things that make the difference.
Don’t Get Hung Up On The Price
This may sound like some of the most hollow advice one can offer when it comes to promoting a service. “What do you mean don’t worry about price! I’m in enough financial straits as it is!” Obviously, if you’re in serious financial distress, this isn’t a smart option for you. But you don’t have to be a millionaire to make good use of house cleaning services. Here are a few things you can do to determine if the price is right.
Count costs: Your average housecleaner isn’t prohibitively expensive, charging in the area of $15-$45 an hour. However, just like any job, all cleaning jobs aren’t created equal. If you live in a certain location, have a certain lifestyle, or have children/pets, the amount may go up. Be sure to be honest when you first start talking to cleaners or cleaning services (more on this later), so you get an accurate rate to budget with. If you don’t have many of these other factors, you may be able to get by without paying much.
Time vs. Money: For many people, time is money. Think about how much time you lose in a given week handling cleaning chores, especially if you do the bulk of the work. For some people, this time could go towards a side hustle or other money-making plan. In other cases, the time will be spent on more esoteric things. This may be activities with your children or spouse, or indulging a hobby. If you are depriving yourself because you clean so much, you may need help.
What Do You Really Need?: Part of the reason that cleaning services are perceived as a rich person’s service is that most think that it’s a matter of all or nothing. This isn’t necessarily the case. Depending on your cleaning situation, it may make sense to delegate a few tasks to your cleaner and handle the rest yourself. This can save you money while still cutting the most time-consuming/annoying tasks out of your schedule.
How Can I Get Started?
As mentioned before, you can even go to an independent cleaner or an agency. The main deciding factor is cost versus security. Agencies can cost you nearly 50% more than working with an individual, but you will also have security if items go missing or are damaged while the cleaner is doing their work. However, if you have an individual cleaner that you know on a personal basis or comes recommended from someone you trust, you may be able to get more done for less.
Whether you want someone that will just come by every few weeks or a more permanent solution, a housecleaner helps you free up time for your career or family, while ensuring that you have a sanitary and nice-looking space to live in. The good news is that if you need periodic home cleaning or anything else, there are services in just about every major city and region to connect you to cleaning professionals who can take this burden off of your back. It may be worth taking a look. In some cases, just some slight adjustments to your cleaning schedule are enough to make the difference. If not, this is the perfect way to tackle a problem any homemaker has to work with.