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17/12/2013 at 20:36
I'm thinking of getting a cleaner but need to convince my H.
how much do you pay and how many hours? Is it worth it?
hoping I can convince both of us for when I go back to work!
17/12/2013 at 20:37
No, but I want/need one! I'll be following with interest.
17/12/2013 at 20:43
We did. 2 hours a week, £12 an hour. Best thing EVER! We hate cleaning! Had to stop when our financial circumstances changed but as soon as we are back to normal we will be employing them again!
17/12/2013 at 20:47
We did, until one day she made a major faux pas. M was only a couple of months old and I decided to do it myself from then on. Could do with one again though, my house is an embarrassment
17/12/2013 at 21:29
We used to hsve one, paid 10 quid an hour and she came for 3 hours each week.
H has just said we can get one again but I can't find one I like the look of.
17/12/2013 at 21:59
We have one but it s on an ad-hoc basis rather than weekly. She is actually coming tomorrow to do a clean for me.
17/12/2013 at 22:21
I have one, we don't pay anything for her services and to be honest she's not worth spending money on, she's lazy, hardly ever polishes and don't start me on the ironing, I am sure when she does it she puts more creases in.
Yes, that would be me!!
17/12/2013 at 22:24
No, but my sis was a cleaner. She charged £8 an hour.
I like cleaning too much, to pay someone to do it for me. Hey, maybe I should become a cleaner??? haha
17/12/2013 at 22:37
I hate cleaning and rank it below family, friends, dog, hobbies, well below everything actually.
I'm on my third cleaner. First two were mates who needed work at the time. It's my mum now, £8/hr 3 (to 4) hours a week. It means floors get mopped, front garden stays weeded, dog snot is cleaned off the window (she loves sitting in the windowsill looking out), bathrooms cleaned, kitchen sorted and washing hung out when done. All sorts of things. When we decorated rooms it meant someone could box up, shift stuff etc, jobs that when I was first pregnant I just ignored and fell in to bed. And she walks the dog if it's one of the rare days that we're all out for more than 3 hours at a time.
It would take a lot for me to go without a cleaner. I know our rate is good because we have a very flexible arrangement (she can pretty much pick her days/times from a selection I give her) but I would pay more if I was employing someone. It makes a huge difference to our quality of life. Plus it keeps us a bit more organised, we put washing on when she's due or clear up after ourselves so that rooms are ready for hoovering, dusting etc so I like it for that reason too :)
17/12/2013 at 22:40
I wish, even though I only work part time.
17/12/2013 at 23:04
I used to not mind cleaning but now life just seems to get in the way. Plus I know I'll end up doing it all and then I might as well just work an extra day.
Hadn't thought of the difficulties of trying to find one though - where to even start.
I think £100 a month would be worth it for my sanity!
18/12/2013 at 06:59
Yes we do but it's crazy cheap over here. I couldn't live without mine, she is fab. I had a lady clean once a week when I worked in the UK too and paid £10 an hour. She spent 3 hours in the house cleaning and did some washing/ironing while she was there.
18/12/2013 at 09:07
Yes! After I went back to work after having C, we ended up spending our only free day together cleaning rather than doing anything nice, so it didn't take much convincing for my H to agree to a cleaner. I love her and not sure what I'd do without her now! She comes for 2 hours every week, and cleans pretty much the whole house top to bottom, including bathroom, en suite, downstairs loo, kitchen, and all floors and clear surfaces. It's not a deep clean and she doesn't really move things round to clean round them, although she'll concentrate on certain areas each week, or do something specific if I ask (although I don't usually need to bother). We pay £17 for the 2 hours, and found her by word of mouth (she was cleaning for neighbours of some friends).
If she does fully retire (she's only doing a few people now she's past normal retirement age, we were one of the lucky ones she kept on), I'll ask around friends and family to find someone else - I feel safer with them having access to your house with a personal recommendation.
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