PS…I never dreamed we would need a housekeeper for 2 adults with no kids, however I was listening to Suze Orman while cleaning the bathroom, thinking how much I hated this, when she approved someone with our income for a housekeeper. So I figured we could afford it too! Too funny, I am sure Suze would approved us as well.
My husband and I have had a housekeeper for over 10 years. And I don’t feel guilty about it at all. I have my own business, my husband works long hours; plus, we both dedicate our free time to making art. Without our housekeeper, we would not have time for our passions. It’s the most important line-item on our budget.
I worked for a cleaning co. for about a year after my employer moved out of the area. We were a 3 person crew: one would start dusting, next one followed them vaccuuming, 3rd would start on the bathrooms. When the duster finished they went to the kitchen and the other two also finished into the kitchen. We rotated the bathroom/dusting/vaccuuming jobs daily. The employer evaluated each house/business as to size/clutter/filth before giving a quote on cost. It was a good experience and I learned people that design/build/furnish houses haven’t cleaned them and clutter and animals are a large percentage of any problem with keeping a house clean.
The one place I disliked the most was a mother with two toddlers that had moved from NYC recently. She watched us and allowed the children to get in our way. Our employer told us she indicated she wouldn’t trust us.
I too, enjoyed working with plants more and quit to go to a greenhouse
My wife and I have a housekeeper clean our 1 bedroom apartment. She comes every three months or so for the “heavy” cleaning. She only charges£60/visit, and I really don’t miss the money I pay her annually
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I had been wanting to hire a housekeeper for a long time. I love having a clean house as much as I hate cleaning it. But I lived alone and felt like I should just do it myself. But when my fiance moved in, it was a great excuse to do it. We don’t ever argue about chores. If his messes are around, I can just let it go since I know the house will be cleaned again in less than 2 weeks.