My cleaners are coming today so I need to tidy up!
Mine come every Friday and just do floors ( all tiles ) bathrooms and kitchen, they are here for about 2 hours and charge $50
I class myself as a SAHM but we own our own business and I go in a few hours a week when needed or when I feel like it!
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24-02-2012 08:27 #41
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24-02-2012 08:54 #43
If we could afford it we'd have one - to do wet areas & floors.
24-02-2012 09:44 #44
I used to have a house cleaner when I was working. I probably will end up hiring another when the bubs finally arrives, it depends on how I juggle being a first time mum and doing my house work.
We have an extremely large 4 bedroom home, 2 bathrooms with 3 living areas. We aren't clutter people as we loathe it with a passion, we have pretty much minimal furniture, lots of open plan living and every bench top is clear except for one of our coffee tables that has one of our giuseppe armani pieces on it and a couple of magazines. The only time any surfaces have anything on them is when we have guests coming around and I light candles throughout the house.
We used to have the cleaner come once a week for 4 hours and that cost us $60. I keep the house immaculate from top to bottom so it's basically just a more thorough clean. Every week she would do a base clean which involved your general mopping, vacuuming, cleaning bench tops, wiping cupboard doors, dusting fans, cleaning skirting boards, wiping down power points and light switches, dusting photo frames, cleaning bathrooms and mirrors. She rotated the once a fortnight cleans which were the fridge and freezer or oven. I clean the oven after every use and wipe out the fridge and freezer regularly so they're pretty small jobs compared to other households. I would never let her touch the gas cooktop because I'm so finicky about how I clean my cooktop. She offered to do our windows and screen doors but I like them to be crystal clear with no streaks so I found it easier just to do them myself.
She usually had a spare hour left in the day which she could choose to go home earlier or put on a load of laundry (towels), iron my partner's t-shirts and hang the towels out once they finished. She used to leave things on the kitchen bench if she didn't know where their homes were but eventually she learned. DF used to leave the kettle or toaster out on the bench after making himself breakfast and a hot cuppa... How I miss my cleaner putting them away... drives me up the wall!
If you're someone who finds you don't have enough time in the day to do your housework than I would suggest hiring a cleaner. I originally hired mine because I only got to spend time with DF on Saturdays which we would do garden work as I would spend all day Sunday cooking and cleaning. I contemplated hiring a cleaner during my pregnancy to do the bathrooms as the chemicals really bother me. I ended up opting for the wipes that are advertised for being so easy that even a teenager could use them. I still wear gloves when using them and they're not the best but its better than breathing in the fumes. The only issue I have now is the windex fumes when I clean the glass... I don't mind suffering through it when I see how beautiful and sparkly my shower is after it.
24-02-2012 09:47 #45
Someone just replied to me from Gumtree. $50 for 3 hrs. How do I know they are going to be a nice, reliable cleaner and not some crazy person?
24-02-2012 10:00 #46
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24-02-2012 10:10 #48
Ask for a police reference and a work reference. My cleaner also has a working with kids clearance ( not that she is ever alone with them, it's just an added bonus)
She charged $30 an hour & did 4hrs a fortnight. but she got burnt out doing cleaning & left me for a chip shop
A lady was advertising on Facebook charging $20 an hour. It was so cheap and I thought why not?! She rocked up with her 4 month old. I understand why she didn't mention him but was still a bit annoyed.
Then I'm sitting on couch feeding my 4 month old or playing with my kids ( & hers at times) while she vacced my floors, ended up with her bub on her hip. We left for the mopping & she didn't do a very good job. And I felt guitly for not cleaning my own house, so didn't get her back
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24-02-2012 15:26 #49
I wish!Just curious, why does it matter whether a working mum or SAHM mum (or dad)??
24-02-2012 16:43 #50
Because SAHM's have more time to clean themselves?
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