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    Default Cleaning for the cleaner???

    So another day and another spat with DH about me asking him to help clean/tidy before the cleaner comes. For context I pack away toys, ensure dirty clothes in basket, put away general clutter. I think this is sensible and means the cleaner can focus on cleaning but DH thinks it’s silly.


    What do you do before the cleaner comes?

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    exact same as you. i’ve asked dh for help with the pre-cleaner clean too and he’s equally as unenthused as your dh. they don’t get it. i see it as simple courtesy and respect to allow someone to do their job properly. he helps with the bigger/heavier toys (esp after my cs) but i do the other bits and pieces. he has very little to do with the cleaner, its my job to pay her etc.

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    I wish I had one

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    I’ve only hired a cleaner once to do a basic clean (fans, floors, bathrooms) so not really sure what is acceptable. Personally, it would depend on what they’ve been hired to clean. I’d definitely tidy a bit, but if I’ve hired someone to do a decent clean, I’d expect stuff like dishes done, beds made and that sort of thing. Kids toys and that sort of thing I wouldn’t expect them to do unless I had specifically asked. And would definitely get rid of clutter and tidy anything they weren’t hired to do.

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    same as you. i tidy so the cleaner can clean.

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    Yip. Always clear up for the cleaner coming so they can do a better clean and not have to move stuff or clean round it.

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    Yep, when we had a cleaner I was exactly the same and DH same as your DH. We had numerous arguments over cleaning before the cleaner. I did it because we were paying by the hour and I didn’t want her to waste time picking things up or moving them. I’d even lift the chairs/stools up. Once I explained to DH you pay by the hour and you’re better off them having time to do things more thoroughly than wasting time picking up junk/toys he came around to it.
    I miss having a cleaner actually, my last one stole money from us so I’ve been burnt and now I’m too scared to have anyone I don’t know if the house police check or not!

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    I tidy up so she can focus on cleaning. She can’t put stuff away as she doesn’t know where it goes and can’t clean properly with stuff in the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mashie View Post
    I miss having a cleaner actually, my last one stole money from us so I’ve been burnt and now I’m too scared to have anyone I don’t know if the house police check or not!
    I had a cleaner steal from me too It was $300 in gift cards. Amazingly I was able to track down where they were spent. I then viewed CCTV footage of the cleaner spending them so was able to prove it and get a confession plus my cleaning fee and amount for the gift cards was returned to me!

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    Default Cleaning for the cleaner???

    Definitely tidy first! I want more bang for my buck, and her time is better spent cleaning things rather than tidying. I actually felt a little annoyed when she emptied my dishwasher and hung washing out for me one week

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