Your life is busy enough so why not hire a cleaner or housekeeper to help out. If you have ever debated hiring a housekeeper, you have probably come up with a list of reasons why you shouldn’t: it’s a luxury or you can’t afford it or it’s a sign of laziness. However, have you ever thought about why you should? Getting a housekeeper is a way to manage your time more efficiently and it can be very affordable. Whether you’re busy with a family and career, or just want some occasional help around the house, getting a housekeeper is very practical. Here are some reasons you may need to hire some help.
YOU WORK FULL TIMEBack to Top
After a busy 9-5, day using your time away from work to clean the house reduces your energy and limits your time to enjoy other activities. You might not need a housekeeper every day but having someone clean once or twice a month will give you more time to do the things you enjoy.
YOU ENJOY ENTERTAININGBack to Top
Whether you’re putting on a large event or just having company over, wouldn’t it be nice to leave the cleaning to someone else. Even if you’re just having people over for dinner or to spend the weekend, knowing your housecleaning is taken care of takes the pressure and work of you, leaving you time to enjoy the visit.
YOU DON’T LIKE CLEANINGBack to Top
Who does? But some people are better at it than others. Just because cleaning isn’t your forte, doesn’t mean you’re lazy. Why waste your time and effort doing something you’re not good at, when you can have someone else do it? If cleaning takes you hours and you hate every minute of it, hire a housekeeper and devote that time to something more productive.
YOU HAVE A NEW BABYBack to Top
A new baby in the house means lots of extra cleaning and laundry, more than exhausted new parents may be able to handle. A housekeeper can help pick up the slack while you get used to your new routine.
FIND THE PERFECT CLEANER / HOUSEKEEPERBack to Top
At MindMe.ie, Ireland’s Largest Care website you can find everything from a Childminder to a Housekeeper within its online pages. It takes all the hassle and stress out of finding a good cleaner or housekeeper. So, if you're looking for a dedicated domestic goddess to clean and care for your home, I suggest you register with MindMe.ie and make your life that bit easier.
The CostBack to Top
The cost of housekeeping services can be based on a variety of factors and varies from one area to another making it necessary to have an in-home consultation. This way the housekeeper can get a better understanding of your home, the cleaning requirements and exactly what you're expecting them to do.
Here are some factors you should look at and consider when deciding how much to pay for housekeeping.
Size of the home (number of bedrooms/bathrooms)
Frequency of cleaning (weekly, bimonthly)
Number of people and pets in the household
Level of clutter
Number of different surfaces to be cleaned
Special requirements, such as cleaning windows
Whether you will be paying by the job or by the hour
GET ESTIMATESBack to Top
Look at other housekeepers and cleaners in your area on MindMe.ie. What do they charge?
Once you settle on a possible range, be prepared to negotiate with prospective housekeepers in order to arrive at a fair price that reflects what the job entails.
AS AN EMPLOYERBack to Top
When you hire someone to come into your home to help clean, organize or manage, you expect polite behaviour and an honest effort from them: …you are paying them to do a job. Take the time to reflect on pleasantries and show genuine interest in the person helping you; this can have huge benefits for everyone involved. The cynical among you are saying, “Treat the hired help well and you get more work out of them." I like to think that building a solid, friendly relationship with the people you hire motivates those working for you and creates an environment of common decency. It is these exchanges that set one day apart from the next. It is those opportunities to learn something new about someone, to realize hidden talents or just to have a friendly exchange of words that enrich our lives. The fact that you have the money to hire them and they require the money that you can provide should make no difference in the respect exchanged. So, go on and get hiring.