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lavenderrr Sun 13-Mar-05 20:39:15

know this thread has been before but now wondering what makes people do it....
as have just heard my sister who has a one year old, works a few hours a day is having a cleaner...seems a bit extravagant when you don't earn that much..when you have a baby it's not that hard to fit it into to your daily routine...(did it for 5 years so should know) what doyou think

Blossomhill Sun 13-Mar-05 20:40:05

No but I wish I did. I'd love an ironer as well.
The thing with me is I would have to tidy/clean before the cleaner turned up

pixiefish Sun 13-Mar-05 20:44:40

i used to. when i worked full time and when i was on mat leave. now that i only work 2 days i keep on top of it just about. To me , spending time with my baby is far more important than a showhouse so i keep house tidy as i go and blitz when it gets bad

Aero Sun 13-Mar-05 20:45:37

absolutely ditto BH! Would love to have someone to help with the cleaning, but would feel I'd have to tidy up etc before she'd arrive!
Having three kids though, I feel cleaning/tidying up every five minutes is a bit futile tbh, so wouldn't be worth the money as place would look like a bomb-site as soon as she'd walk out the door.

happymerryberries Sun 13-Mar-05 20:47:19

I have a cleaner. I didn't have one when I was a SAHM, but now that I am working outside the home full time we need one. Our cleaner is wonderful and I couldn't cope without her.

LGJ Sun 13-Mar-05 20:48:31

I have both, and happily go without nights out and new clothes to pay for it.

Mind you DS is sadly, an only child, so it is easier to keep on top of, once she has been in.

lavenderrr Sun 13-Mar-05 20:49:43

but with a one year old, do you know anyone that extravagant..

Steppy1 Sun 13-Mar-05 20:54:49

Yep, I'm afraid I do indulge in a cleaner (and have an emergency ironing lady when the b & b ironing builds up !)...though I do run a B & B, run two "mum" related businesses, teach a couple of step classes a week. Funny, seeing it written down makes me realise how much I do do as I do consider myself a SAHM...I try and work all above to fit around DS & DD

hoxtonchick Sun 13-Mar-05 20:56:37

we have had a cleaner since i went back to work part-time when ds was 6 months. we are very happy with her. i feel no need whatsoever to justify myself.

pixiefish Sun 13-Mar-05 20:57:43

lots of my friends have cleaners. i don't think its extravagant- it just means that the parent gets to spend more quality time with their child. each to their own- i'd have a cleaner again but i can't afford it at the moment

LGJ Sun 13-Mar-05 20:58:36

Did I mention the dog walker !!!

AuntyQuated Sun 13-Mar-05 21:00:15

everyone is allowed their extavagances
good on her i say

lavenderrr Sun 13-Mar-05 21:01:10

SPARKLER1 Sun 13-Mar-05 21:03:53

I wouldn't like a cleaner myself. I wouldn't feel comfortable with someone else invading my privacy. I like do it myself then I know it's done properly. Fussy bugger aren't I?

Bearess Sun 13-Mar-05 21:04:03

I don't think it's necessarily an extravagance - everyone's situation is different.

lockets Sun 13-Mar-05 21:04:39

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lavenderrr Sun 13-Mar-05 21:08:34

guess it's just a feeling of when you have a baby the looking after the house goes with it, between the two of you...only meant that what's an hour a day cleaning with a baby...but hey am entitled to go on too (we never could afford it so it just seems extravagant really)

SoupDragon Sun 13-Mar-05 21:28:03

I have a cleaner and I don't care what anyone thinks.

I hate cleaning, she'll do it for money. Everyone's happy.

PuffTheMagicDragon Sun 13-Mar-05 21:31:37

I would love a cleaner.

When the house is more presentable I will get one .

dinny Sun 13-Mar-05 21:32:37

would LOVE a cleaner.

Xena Sun 13-Mar-05 21:37:22

We do have a cleaner and we do tidy before she comes but not clean. I work as a childminder 8-6 tues- fri and on mondays 8-9am and 3.30-6pm. It means that I get time on a monday to spend with my DD's (DS at school) before I had a cleaner I would plonk DD1 in front of the TV and madly clean and tidy from top to bottom.

katierocket Sun 13-Mar-05 21:44:30

i have a cleaner and she's great. Only comes once a fortnight but does a fab job. I HATE cleaning, it's boring and crap and would rather spend my time doing something else (even tho can't relaly afford it)

maisystar Sun 13-Mar-05 21:46:13

god, i wish

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