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AIBU?

To hire a cleaner

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MoreBushThanMoss · 15/01/2017 12:14

... To help once a week?

I have a 4 month old vPFB, I am not working at all, and DP works full time. We have one very big hairy lurcher and live on a narrowboat.

I've always been fine with the inevitable coal dust, dog hair, muddy engine room floor etc that our lovely life entails- and managed to keep things "acceptably clean" - if a bit... boaty.

Since the baby was born, cleaning has gone right out the porthole. Babies need an astonishing amount of input, it turns out, and cleaning on a boat is a big task because although the space is small, it gets grubby fast.

I've asked DP if we can get a cleaner for 3 hours a week - and he's agreed.

But AIBU to feel like we need one? Or should I be able to juggle baby and boat work better?

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KoalaDownUnder · 15/01/2017 12:17

If you can afford it, and your partner is onboard (see what I did there? Grin), it's always okay to get a cleaner.

That's my motto.

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CrimsonKing · 15/01/2017 12:20

I couldn't live without mine. Do it.

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MoreBushThanMoss · 15/01/2017 12:21

Excellent motto.

More of the same would be lovely. Like "when you're breastfeeding, cake thrice daily is a must" or "dirty nappies are daddy's job" Grin

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Twinkladdictmum · 15/01/2017 12:22

I have my own scissors but i dont cut my own hair. See what im saying?Wink

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StillSmallVoice · 15/01/2017 12:22

I love my cleaner. I haven't vacuumed a floor in two years, which leaves plenty of time to look at MN. Go for it.

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Astro55 · 15/01/2017 12:23

Grab the chance!!

Who wouldn't like a bit of help -

Make those phone calls!!!

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MoreBushThanMoss · 15/01/2017 12:24

I love you all almost as much as I love vPFB.

Thank you mumsnet.

lies down sobbing with relief, throwing the floor polish out the side hatch into the canal

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hesterton · 15/01/2017 12:26

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OneWithTheForce · 15/01/2017 12:29

Of course it's ok. It's ok to pay someone else to paint your house or cut your grass or valet your car too. It's very very fine.

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MoreBushThanMoss · 15/01/2017 12:30

I've lived on a boat for years, and DP has never lived anywhere else for 30 years (!!!) - the dust has settled in our laugh lines Smile

We'd hide in the back cabin while the cleaner is in- our boat is v traditional (we have a working pair, with the motor converted for living, and the butty as DPs studio) so lots of space to put the baby and the dog and myself - without getting caught in the mr muscle crossfire!

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ailPartout · 15/01/2017 12:44

moving out of his way as he cleans round the boat?

Ah, bless you...

@OP

As Koala said, why not?

We've had one for over a decade and can't imagine living without one. Besides which, I'm not really sure where loo roll is, how the dishwasher or washing machine work.

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icy121 · 15/01/2017 13:05

Love having cleaners. Ours seem to be some sort of South American chain gang run by a lady who manages them, but they come in on a Tuesday and blitz the place in an hour. One irons all of DPs shirts that are left hanging up, and they also change the bedding if I leave fresh sheets out Grin it's the highlight of my week.

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ShizerMinelli · 15/01/2017 13:26

Agree with everyone - go for it!

Although, must add, that when our cleaner comes I bundle up the babies and the pooch and head out for a couple hours, coffee, park, mooch round the shops etc.

Gives us all a blast of fresh air and we arrive home to what feels like a brand spanking new house! It's the best feeling. And that way, seen as you've already been out for a few hours, you can all stay in and lounge for the rest of the day admiring your sparkly home!

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