Why You Should Stop Cleaning Your House

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by Dana on May 22, 2012

First off, if you are someone who genuinely enjoys the process of cleaning, this article is not for you. But if you’re like me—and you enjoy coming home to a clean house, but not necessarily being the one to do the dusting, vacuuming and scrubbing, you’ve come to the right place…

Want to change your life in an instant? Hire a housekeeper.

This one move has literally changed my life.

My husband and I made the decision to outsource our cleaning soon after our 16-month old, Ryan, was born. At the time, I was juggling the responsibilities of raising two children, having a full-time job, preparing to launch my business, cooking, cleaning, and running errands—so needless to say, I was a bit overwhelmed. I found that no matter how hard I was working, I just couldn’t keep up. Can you relate?

Granted, I was lucky that my husband helped out a lot around the house—but even so, we found ourselves spending hours of precious time on the weekend cleaning toilets and mopping floors. And it seemed like we were never able to get ahead. Just as soon as the floors were finished, the dog would track in some mud or our daughter would spill chocolate milk everywhere. It just didn’t seem like a good use of our time or energy.

Now let me assure you. I certainly did not have a housekeeper growing up—and I initially felt a little guilty about having someone else come in and clean up after my family and me. But then I thought about the fact that I hire people for a number of other services—from cutting my hair to altering my clothes—not to mention that I pay people to cook my food at a restaurant and tip waiters to serve me—and I never feel guilty about any of those things. So why should this be any different? In addition, I’d be playing a part in stimulating the economy, as well as helping another woman make a living (yes, I know I’m stereotyping, but generally housecleaners tend to be female).

You may be thinking, “That all sounds nice, but I can’t afford a housekeeper.” Now, I clearly don’t know your personal financial situation, but I find that in more cases than not, most people can’t afford not to hire help.

Think about it? How much is your time worth to you? Compare your hourly rate to the cost of hiring a housecleaner. And even more importantly, how much are extra time with your family and peace of mind worth to you? Most working parents tend to bundle all of their major cleaning on the weekends like we did, so you’re not just buying a clean house; you’re really buying your weekends back. Asking myself these questions certainly helped me justify the cost.

Nowadays, I come home to a spic and span house every other week—and it feels great! I have more time and energy for the people I love and the things I enjoy on the weekends. And I never get stressed about guests coming over anymore (which my husband is extremely grateful for!); I just have to neaten up a bit. It is a gift I give both to myself and to my family. Won’t you consider giving yourself the same gift? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Meredith May 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Dana, I’ve been struggling with the same “guilt” over hiring a house cleaner. My husband and I both work high-pressure jobs and spend 3+ hours per day in the car commuting. Monday through Friday we don’t see each other, so our time on the weekends is precious. I realized one day a few months back that the investment would be well worth it to spend more time together. I feel pangs of guilt about it, but our reduced stress makes up for it. Thanks for posting and justifying this choice!

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Dana May 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Meredith – So glad you decided to give yourself and your husband this gift – and happy to hear that you’ve been able to reduce your stress as a result! Woo hoo!

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