|This is totally what I look like when I clean.|
I started having my house cleaned about a couple of years ago. I was getting tired of spending a full day on my weekends cleaning. Also, my house was never entirely clean at once - I would clean in sections, and then get tired and quit. Having guests was stressful because I would have to really clean beforehand. It was always a thing I had to do in the back of my head. I wanted to be free to enjoy my weekends without that constant "to do."
You might roll your eyes, but it was life changing. I am way more easy going about having people over, because my house is normally clean. I may need to straighten up, but I don't need to worry about things being gross. I feel more relaxed in my house, and I am not dreading the clean-up over the weekend. I am so glad I started this before I had Ben, because it is so nice to have it established now that I have even less time to do things and something else that I want to be doing so much more.
I think moms, and women in general, sometimes have a hard time paying someone to clean their house. More guilt. I have two hands, and I can clean. Can we afford it? There are so many other things we need to spend money on. Well, first, let me tell you - I considered myself pretty good at cleaning. But the first time my housekeeper came in and did a thorough cleaning, I realize I was just an amateur. With regards to the money issue - Dan and I have a mortgage and student loan debt, and I am sure that we could be doing more to put money towards savings. Sometimes, it seems silly that I have a housekeeper. We live in a modest split level home with hand-me-down furniture. We have linoleum kitchen floors and original 60's cabinets. I buy generic soda. But, I still wouldn't cut out the housekeeper to save money. It just really improves my quality of life. So I am going to have a housekeeper, and I am not going to feel bad about it.