As I get older, I see more and more of my friends using house cleaning services. It works great for them, but it has never really been my thing. Recently, I talked to a couple of my friends about their house cleaning services and they had some good points, but at the end of the day, it’s just not for me. Some of the reasons I’d advise on holding off on hiring a cleaning company include:
You Can Save Money by Not Hiring One
This is probably the most obvious argument against hiring a house cleaning service. You can expect to shill out a couple hundred a week, and that’s just for a routine cleaning. If you have special projects, like window treatments, or floor waxing, you will have to spend a little more.
By skipping on the house cleaner, you can easily save at least $500. That’s $500 a month that you could be spending on something else, or better yet, saving. Getting rid of your house cleaning service will of course add a little more responsibility on you, but to me, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.
There is Little to No Learning Curve
Not only is every house different, every person and every house cleaning service is different as well. You probably have a certain way you like your house cleaned, or certain products you like used, which might not be the standard way that the house cleaning service does it. This means you will have to take the time to show them how you like it done and give them a couple of opportunities to get it right. Whereas if you clean yourself, you could do it the way you like it every time and not have to worry about being unhappy with the result. And if you are unhappy, well, you have no one to blame but yourself. I know this might sound irritating but at least you’re not spending money to hire professionals and then still being unhappy with what you get.
Cleaning Can be Good Exercise
A thorough floor to ceiling and wall to wall cleaning can be a great workout. Mopping sweeping vacuuming and scrubbing can all really get the heart pumping. It doesn’t sounds like a lot of first but once you’re cleaning you will feel it. Most Americans do not get the right amount of exercise, and the reason is that they just don’t have the time. Cleaning can be an easy way to sneak it into your day while still being productive.
You Are Not Alone in Your House
This won’t apply to everybody, but odds are you are not the only person living in your house. Whether you have a roommate or husband wife children, or whoever else, you are not the only one that has to do all of the cleaning. Splitting up the chores can be a great way to get all of the housework done without overburdening a single person.
This especially applies to those with children. As bad as it might sound, children are great for cleaning the house. It teaches them responsibility and other life lessons at a young age.
It’s Good for Kids to See You Clean
Speaking of kids, seeing you clean will also teach them responsibility. It will teach them that you have to clean up after yourself in life and that someone won’t always be there to clean up after you. Kids growing up with housekeepers clean may also be unprepared for when they move out by themselves and cannot afford a house cleaner. Teaching and incorporating kids into your cleaning routine can be beneficial for both of you. You will have less work to do and your kids be able to learn responsibility and cleanliness.
You Don’t Need One With Mr. Cleaning
Lastly, there is simply no need for a house cleaning service. I have found a site, MrCleaning, that will show you how to clean up all sorts of messes. It is an all around great site, and can be used by anyone. You can take charge of your own house cleaning with the help of Mr. Cleaning.