Resons for Cleaning
You Work Full Time
After a busy 9-5, using your time off from work to clean the house depletes your energy and limits your availability to enjoy other activities. You might not need a daily housekeeper, but having someone clean once or twice a month will give you more time to do the things you enjoy or need to get done.
Jennifer Thomas, a clinical psychologist and single mom from Minneapolis, Minn. says that without the help of her housekeeper, she would get less done and get much less sleep: “I have a housekeeper to free up my limited time to do important activities with my son and also take care of myself: doing yoga, walking outside, reading and spending time with friends and family.”
You Have a Busy Family Life It’s hard to find time or energy for family outings and date nights when you spend your time cleaning, cooking and taking care of your children. If your schedule is already overwhelming, keeping the house in order becomes a daunting task that can take a toll on your marriage, as well as your health.
You Don’t Know How to Clean Remember all those times your mom tried to teach you how to clean? Good. Now, do you remember anything she actually said? We didn’t think so. Cleaning isn’t as easy as just turning on a vacuum. There are tips and tricks you learn with time or experience. Don’t know how to clean your home? Hire a housekeeper to show you. She can clean it a few times and demonstrate the best methods. But be careful; you may like just having her do it — and that’s okay too!
You Don’t Like Cleaning Who does? But some people are better at it than others. Just because cleaning isn’t your forte, doesn’t mean you’re lazy. Why waste your time and efforts doing something you’re not good at when you can have someone else do it? If cleaning takes you hours and you hate every minute of it, hire a housekeeper and devote that time to something more productive. If hiring someone to clean weekly strains your budget, find someone to deep clean once a month. That way, you’ll be better equipped to keep the house tidy the rest of the time on your own.
You Have Elderly Family You might not want or need someone to clean your own home, but your aging parents or other relatives might need help. As people get older, it becomes harder to take care of daily chores and housekeeping tasks. A disorderly home is a health hazard for the elderly. A cluttered floor can cause them to fall and eating from dirty dishes can make them ill.
You Have a New Baby A new baby in the house means lots of extra cleaning and laundry — more than exhausted new parents may be able to handle. A housekeeper can help pick up the slack while you get used to your new routine. Family or friends want to pitch in and get you a gift? Instead of flowers, suggest they chip in for a housekeeper to help you out for a few weeks.
You Deserve a Treat Sometimes you just need a break. Manicures and massages are great, but you can also pamper yourself by hiring someone to clean every once in a while. It’s a nice luxury that will give you some extra time for yourself. Go ahead, you’ve earned it!
1. A Lot of Cleaners Bring Their Own Supplies
Cleaning the entire house requires so many different cleaners. You need one cleaner for the bathroom tile, one for the mirrors, another for the toilet, and one more for the grout… And that’s just for the bathroom. A lot of professional cleaners, however, bring their own supplies (including microfiber cloths, mops, and vacuum cleaners), which saves you money and the hassle of having to stock up and store cleaners. Trying to go green? There are plenty of cleaners out there who can clean your house from top to bottom using chemical-free products.
2. All of the Dusting
Let’s review the things in your home that need to be dusted: The tops of tables, table legs, mirrors, art and picture frames, lamps, lampshades, hanging light fixtures, bookshelves, the books on those bookshelves, every single decorative item on every single table and shelf, window sills, the television, ceiling fans, blinds, the top of your refrigerator, underneath your refrigerator… basically every single thing in your home that has a surface. If you’re exhausted just reading that list, just think for a second about how exhausting it is to actually do all of that dusting…
3. The Dreaded Baseboards
Cleaning the baseboards is one of those chores that feels optional. And it is. Until it isn’t. Because the baseboards are where pet hair and dust and scuff marks gather, which can make even the cleanest home seem dirty. The good news is once the baseboards are clean, your walls and floor will look cleaner as a result. The bad news is this isn’t just a dusting or quick vacuuming situation. To really get your baseboards clean, a wet cloth and cleaning solution are often required. Also: time. And being on your hands and knees. So yeah, you could do this yourself, but why when you can pay someone to do it for you?
4. Cleaning the Bathroom
Did you know you’re supposed to scrub your toilet once a week and your bath/shower every two weeks? Cleaning the bathroom also means wiping out sinks and faucets with cleaner, cleaning mirrors, scrubbing counters, sweeping/mopping the floor, and emptying the wastepaper basket. Even if you have a professional cleaner come in to help, you’ll need to do some of this in-between visits, but just think about how nice it would be not to have to scrub the shower walls ever again? (So nice.)
5. Knobs, Handles, and Switches
Guess what has more germs than almost any other part of your house? Yup, that’s right. It’s all of the doorknobs, cabinet handles, and light switches. And yet, be honest: How often do you clean them with a disinfecting wipe? Probably not at least once a week which is how often you’re supposed to… Good thing a professional will make sure to do it for you.
6. Those Filthy Floors
Vacuuming, sweeping, mopping… It probably seems like no matter how often you do it, it’s not enough. And like it’s a fairly thankless job. Still, whether you have carpet, hardwood, tile, or linoleum, thorough cleaning your floors needs to happen at least once every one to two weeks in order in order to remove the everyday accumulation of dirt and keep it from building up. Again, of course, this is something you could do yourself—that’s not the point. The point is: Do you really want to?
7. A Professional Will Do a Better Job Than You
Too harsh? Sorry, but still… it’s probably true. Because while you might be an expert with the mop or a dusting ninja, the truth is, there are probably things you either don’t enjoy cleaning (so you put it off) or just aren’t as good at (like dusting ceiling fans or vacuuming under the bed). But just like how you do the very best at your job, that’s what a professional will do when he or she comes to clean your home. Sounds kinda nice, right?
8. You’ll Appreciate Your Home in a New Way
Much like how a sandwich tastes ten times better when someone else makes it, a spotless home feels ten times better when someone else cleans it. There’s really just no better feeling than walking into an immaculate space and knowing that instead of starting in on the never-ending list of chores, you can kick your feet up and just enjoy your sanctuary.
9. You’re Busy
There are a million reasons your schedule is probably jam-packed. You work long hours, you’re taking care of you’re family, there’s a passion project you really want to achieve this year… Whatever the reason, hiring a professional to help you clean means cutting yourself some slack and giving yourself a break. Which will automatically alleviate some stress? Less stress and a toilet so clean you’ll let the dog drink out of it? Yes, please.
10. Time is Money
Yes, you can clean your home yourself and you may even have the time to do so, but a lot of professional services will do it for you at an affordable rate. Which means instead of cleaning, you can be hanging out with friends and family, reading a book, going on a bike ride, or whatever it is you’d rather be doing than spending your entire day mop and vacuum in hand.