Every time my mother comes to visit me, she tells me I should get a cleaning lady. “Organization is your forte. Cleaning isn’t.” she’ll say. And she’s right.
My current flat is about 900 square feet, surrounded by gardens and the beach which means lots of dust, dirt and bugs – especially with dogs, cats and guests coming in and out. I’m also busy and just don’t have the time to keep up even though I feel I should be able to. And even before this flat I have, for years, debated about hiring someone to come in every three weeks to just give the place a good scrub down. But the guilt of not doing this myself, well, it’s stopped me.
But years ago I had a conversation with my friend Alicia who has a cleaning lady and she said to think of it hiring someone to clean not only helps you do what you do best, but helps someone else make a living. You contribute to someone else’s financial success so you have more time to concentrate on yours. I loved this way of thinking about it. Yet I still hesitated until last fall when I moved out of a very large flat and was stressed with all I had going on. I hired a couple to clean the place for the move out – the floors, the tiles, the oven, windows – everything. In two hours the made the place immaculate. Something I couldn’t have done and honestly, after moving 11 times in 7 years, I didn’t want to.
But I was convinced. They saved me so much time and energy and I helped their business. It was a win-win.
So now I’ll be looking into hiring someone to mostly scrub floors, washroom and kitchen once a month. The only thing is, I have no idea how to go about it (getting someone to clean an empty flat – easy peasy). I get nervous about someone having my key but then nervous about being home and in the way. Do I go through an agency, hire direct?
Who else has hired someone and what’s your advice?