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Do you hire someone or clean house yourself?
Old 10-27-2017, 12:33 PM
 
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I am thinking maybe I need to hire someone to clean my house. I used to have someone come in and clean every few weeks but that was some years ago when I was working. I'm stuck between feeling I should continue to do it myself since I'm retired, and the fact that I hate doing it.

I'm sixty-six and in decent shape if that makes any difference but I do get tired and my back aches. Suck it up and consider it extra exercise, therefore good for me, or hire someone? What do you all do?


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Old 10-27-2017, 01:11 PM
 
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If I could find someone who would drive our gravel road, I'd pay someone in a heartbeat. It's just a challenge to find someone.
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Old 10-27-2017, 01:25 PM
 
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I have had and twice monthly housekeeper for years. Now that I'm retired, I plan to hold out as long as possible. I hate cleaning the bathroom.

I still clean, but don't have to do as much. Plus, I'm forced to leave the house when they arrive.
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DH is a good cleaner and I have learned to close my eyes to details. Two spine fusions and another spine surgery has made me dependent on him. Slowly I'm getting my strength and agility back so I'll take back some of the cleaning.
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Old 10-27-2017, 02:59 PM
 
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I have a housekeeping service come every two weeks. It is well worth the cost.



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Old 10-27-2017, 03:39 PM
 
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I cleaned alone until I was 65. When I was caring for DH, it was too much so I hired cleaners twice a month. I hope to continue hiring cleaners forever. What a HUGE treat!
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We hired someone every two weeks for years and only recently let her go as my dh retired and we thought it could not be that bad. We have done it ourselves three times and I am ready to hire a new cleaner. It took us six hours! Although we did a more thorough job than the cleaner ever did. They always start out great but always slack off after a while.
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Old 10-27-2017, 04:25 PM
 
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I have hired my dd from time to time, but she is frankly unreliable. So I do my own most of the time.

Dh used to do the floors, but now I may need to take that on, since he has been so sick. Itís hard for me to operate the vacuum...maybe I will have to find something very light weight to replace it. I guess if I did one area each day, it wouldnít be too bad...and if i had a really light vac, maybe battery powered so I didnít have to mess with a cord...
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I have rehired mine!
Old 10-27-2017, 04:42 PM
 
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It is heaven, once a month. It keeps me honest between visits, too. Been a wonderful thing.
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We had a long term cleaning lady who finally fired us after 12 years. But who wouldnt when she was cleaning a house full of teenage boys!

Now I clean my own house since I have retired. Its really good exercise and I am not willing to pay what it costs where I live. Here is the big picture. $200 (per visit) x 2 (biweekly) = $400 per month x 12 = $4,800 per year x 10 years =$48,000. Do the math and see if its really worth it for you.

Honestly - I will happily hire someone when I just cant do it anymore but not now. I am in good physical shape and I can do it. I love physical challenges!!


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Old 10-27-2017, 05:40 PM
 
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I have a house keeping service come every other week for a few years now. I'm worth it.
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Old 10-27-2017, 06:06 PM
 
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I do my own cleaning. I donít really mind it and DH helps out, too. I donít want to spend my money on a house cleaner. We do pay for a landscaper and pool guy though. I hate yard work and maintaining the pool.
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Old 10-27-2017, 09:15 PM
 
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I do it myself. I honestly don't mind cleaning though (although I will admit I hate dusting) and even though I am retired and DH isn't, he is still very helpful. It also does burn a lot of calories.

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Old 10-27-2017, 09:35 PM
 
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Iíve had a housekeeper who comes once a week for years. Sheís like family now and I look forward to lunch with her on Tuesdays. Catch up on her family and mine. She cleaned for my parents and my sister, too. Worth her weight in diamonds! Natch I need to do maintenance in between, but once a week she really gets bathrooms, vacuuming and mopping done. Love her!
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Old 10-28-2017, 10:20 AM
 
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I have a house cleaning lady come in every other week. I LOVE having someone clean my house. Of course I'm still working right now, but I plan to keep having someone do it when I retire in a couple of years. I'd rather go do something fun than clean. It also forces me to keep my house picked up - that is a HUGE plus.

Unfortunately she plans to retire about the same time I do. So how do you find someone you can trust and thorough??
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Old 10-28-2017, 03:27 PM
 
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Thanks to everyone who responded! I'm still mulling it over but you all gave me plenty of food for thought. MathWA, those numbers are quite eye opening! Your last two lines resonate with me.
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Old 10-28-2017, 03:59 PM
 
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I did when I was working, every week when the kids were young and every other week when they got older and they could/did help more. Now that we're retired I like to use that money for fun stuff, so I do it myself. DH does the outside work, including the pool, so I do the inside. Well, except for dishes - I cook and he cleans up after. He does do his own laundry too.
So no hired help = more cruises for me!
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Old 10-28-2017, 09:43 PM
 
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For many years I did it all myself, but now I have someone come once a month to clean the house. They (two sisters) do deep cleaning and I clean when needed the rest of the month. It costs me $100/month and I consider it well worth it. I saw MathWA's calculations, and know that it can all add up over the long run. I also know that I am a very frugal person, I cook most meals and we rarely eat out, and also as a vegan my food costs are lower than most.
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