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#31 of 46 Old 06-03-2011, 04:05 AM
 
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I did have someone in weekly ($80) but I have to save some money to move so no more cleaning. I'm a full time accountant pregnant with baby #4. all kids are under 5. i need help!

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I've decided to go with once a month with the option of doing biweekly if needed. My friend has a lady she recommends so I'm going to go with her. Just have to get my house clean enough for her to come in.lol


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Love reading all the answers on this thread. I don't have my baby yet and already I live in filth, which (due to a long slow lowering of standards) really only bothers me when people come over, and NEVER bothers my fella. I have tried many chore-sharing approaches over our 12 years together but have never found a conflict-free solution to our different attitudes, other than me just doing all the work and resenting the hell out of it. I don't resent it now only because I'm not currently working, but when I'm working 50-60 hours and stressed the rest of the time, I can have a breakdown at 12 am over the state of the bathtub. Having a cleaning person when we both WOH again seems like it will be the perfect alternative to killing my guy over the disparity of importance we each place on the suspiciously yellow base of the toilet, spotty kitchen floor, moldy shower grout, etc. Meanwhile, it is refreshing to live vicariously through the folks in this thread. :)  And I just want to say, for those of you who are sound a tiny bit like you feel you have to justify having cleaning help, you don't! Having a professional clean your floor doesn't impair your virtue any more than masturbating makes you go blind.


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I'm increasing my work hours, and we're going to get a housecleaner again (yeah!!)  But I had no idea that some will CHANGE THE SHEETS.  wow - any other "extras" I should ask about/negotiate? Our previous one did the bathrooms, kitchen, dusting, and floors (vacuum and wash) and emptied trash, every other week.

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I own a cleaning business, and what you listed below is our standard, plus changing sheets. We don't do laundry because we are rarely in a house long enough to get a whole load done. One of my employees works on the side doing people's laundry and ironing, so you might be better off going with an individual cleaner over a company if you're looking for that. Oh, and we also straighten up, but don't really put things away.
 

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I'm increasing my work hours, and we're going to get a housecleaner again (yeah!!)  But I had no idea that some will CHANGE THE SHEETS.  wow - any other "extras" I should ask about/negotiate? Our previous one did the bathrooms, kitchen, dusting, and floors (vacuum and wash) and emptied trash, every other week.



 


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We've had phases where we've had help and when we haven't. At this point, it's been about three months since we've had anyone come clean and I actually called someone this morning and made an appointment for the end of the month.

 

I don't think there's anything to be embarassed about when you have someone come clean for you. You're helping keep someone employed (good for the economy!) and making things less stressful for yourself (good for your family!).


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We did a few years ago when it was just DH and I and we were both working really long hours - every other week to deep clean.

 

We don't now and haven't in several years, but we both have stated that once the credit cards are paid off those interest payments will be funding house cleaning. Babe is 14 months old. We do have two nannies who split the hours during the week - one is great about general picking up and the other is really not. The one who is good about it works in the mornings, but unfortunately that means when I get home at the end of the day the house has frequently been destroyed by the babe and the afternoon nanny, so I spend my first 20-30 minutes at home cleaning up after their day.


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I'd love to know how much you pay for your cleaning service, how long they're usually there (and I guess how big your house is), and whether you use a company or a private individual. This thread is blowing my mind--why haven't I thought of this before?!

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We pay $20/hour to a private individual for 2 hrs/week. Plus, we provide cleaning supplies. Her rate is actually slightly lower ($17) and she would normally provide supplies but we wanted all eco-friendly stuff. We feel like we're getting a really good deal based on some quotes we got when first looking.

 

Our house is 1500 sq ft and we are only having her do floors and bathrooms. We like doing the rest ourselves.


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Yes, our cleaning lady changes sheets and folds clean laundry. A lifesaver. It also makes me keep up on the wash. I make sure it's all clean and in the hamper by Friday morning. She folds it all at one time! She also hand washes pots. bag.gif I sometimes save them up for her.
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I'm increasing my work hours, and we're going to get a housecleaner again (yeah!!)  But I had no idea that some will CHANGE THE SHEETS.  wow - any other "extras" I should ask about/negotiate? Our previous one did the bathrooms, kitchen, dusting, and floors (vacuum and wash) and emptied trash, every other week.



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We currently do not, but I am seriously considering it once I go back to work.  With 1 child, I was able to find time to clean, but with 2, not so much.  I also don't want to spend my weekends doing chores.


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Not us, we could never afford it. We get by though.


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Yes. And I consider it crucial for my quality of life. We had help, then she fired me and we didn't and then we finally did again. As another friend who uses them put it - I don't pay them very much and they don't do a very good job. But it's enough. They do the floors and bathrooms basically. Mop kitchen floor, clean sink, vaccuum (much appreciated on the stairs) and clean the 1.5 bathrooms. My house is pretty cluttered so there isn't much else they can do. I pay $70 every other week. Two of them come for 1.5 - 2 hours. My house is about 1800 square feet. It's worth every penny!


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Yes, and I love it.  LOVE IT.  Every two weeks and she does the basics.  

 

I actually like cleaning and housekeeping (but hate cooking - go figure) but I just don't have the time.  I'm a clean freak though.  So I keep things neat, the housekeeper cleans, and on alternate weekends I tackle one deep clean project.  

 

I'm considering going to every week.  

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Well, we hired someone to clean again and they start next week.  She has free-reign to do as much as she wants for the first visit (our house is pretty dirty right now) and we will figure out how many hours per visit, which will be every other week, she will be there going forward.  $15 per hour.


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