Originally Posted by Tigeresse
I do, and it's critical to my sanity.
That's really the case for me. A house cleaner was one of the suggestions of my therapist when I was struggling with depression.
For me, when I am down I cannot keep up with the house, and when the house is a mess, I feel more down, so it is nasty little spiral. I've been doing great emotionally for a long time now, but we can easily afford the cleaner, my DH doesn't mind spending the money, and it really is a depression preventative for me.
Part of what is helpful is the structure of having the whole house completely picked up at one time, and the other part is that then they clean! I only have them come every other week. There's PLENTY to do the rest of the time. It just makes it easier to stay on top of things.
Originally Posted by newbymom05
Does everyone leave when the cleaners arrive? .
sometimes yes, sometimes no.
My cleaners have been doing my house for quite awhile and now they feel like friends. When they first came the house was completely out of control and I stayed and worked on things (like finding the top of my desk), but now I usually go out after they get here. They know that it is mental health issue for me.
Most of the houses they clean don't have anyone at home during the day, so if you want to have a specific time (esp if you are willing to be the first house of the day) most cleaners can accommodate that.
I really feel good about spending the money this way. It is VERY helpful for me, and because I like the people who clean my house, I feel good about paying them for what they do.