Always enjoy the anonymity of Monzo community to ask random questions.
So I live in a small flat with my partner. We both hate cleaning and neither of really bother with it. I’ve suggested getting a cleaner (I’m happy to pay for one) but he thinks it’s lazy given we don’t have kids or even pets… It doesn’t seem to bother him that much, but when people come over I’m a bit embarrassed. Do you think I should just get one without telling him while we are both at work?
Was it lazy? No. Was it awesome having a very clean house all the time? Yes.
I know I cba cleaning my house. I also realise my time is more valuable to me than doing things I hate, so I paid someone to do it for me.
If you’re not cleaning your house already then you’ve nothing to lose by doing it - but the mental uplift being in a fresh clean house - amazing! Doesn’t even have to be every week, could be every other etc.
But I’m also someone that used to get my ironing done for me by a local person, etc. they were better at it than me & I pay for their time. Cleaners are inherently better than you are & will mostly provide their own cleaning materials etc.
Do it - if you can afford to - you won’t regret it.
This is exactly the way I see it. Happily work many more hours than I need to work day to day - and i just can’t understand the logic of doing a task I’d do less well, don’t enjoy, when you can pay someone else who will be twice as fast for not a huge amount of money. Personally I see it as the same a paying a decorator, gardener or whatever…. Not really sure why people think of cleaning as any different. I asked some colleagues about this and they all raised their eyebrows and agreed with my partner that it was lazy.
It’s not lazy, it’s a choice about how you spend your time and money.
Cleaning the flat would probably take about four hours a week? If that’s something you can only do on your weekend as you don’t work from home, and your free time is limited it makes total sense to get a cleaner and buy yourself some extra free time.
Just to hikack the thread further I’ve recently moved almost next to a laundrette and it’s a game changer. They have huge washers and dryers (and I mean huge - I could easily sit in the big tumble dryer), I can get all my laundry from the week including my sheets and towels done in about 1 1/2 hours (most of which is spent at home between washes or sitting in the nearby cafe).
I think it’s smart. We don’t currently need one but I am considering it for the future so that half of Saturday morning isn’t spent catching up. I think people scoff at it because they can’t afford it, generalisation I know.
I used to pay to have my shirts ironed, pre Covid when I was a smart 5 days a week office bod. It was about £1 a shirt and I’d do it every other week. The time taken for me to iron shirts to a lower standard made her hourly rate very good value.
“You waste your money” says the person buying their fifth lunch out during the week.