I’m just going to throw it out there… we can’t afford to hire a cleaning service to come in each month! After becoming a new mom, many people have recommended that I “hire out” as a way to limit the stress and pressure I put on myself. Here’s the thing, hiring out costs money!
As a family with two parents working in an office downtown and one child in daycare (soon to be two kids), we really have to watch our money! We’ve taken a financial health class (Dave Ramsey), have taken on a whole new approach to budgeting, and guess what… we still can’t afford to hire out. Well, at least it’s not how we’re currently choosing to spend our money.
Figuring out how to keep a clean home as working parents has been a process. I have tried a number of different methods, have created a gazillion calendars, and have tried my hardest to create a realistic plan. After months of trial and error, we’ve finally found a routine and system that works for our family and house.
We live in a 3 1/2 story townhouse, have one child, and a small dog. For us, we divide and conquer. Yes, there are some days we don’t get our “every evening” to do’s completed, but for the most part, we’re working to stay on top of this schedule. In the end, it saves us a lot of money as house cleaning services are pretty outrageous, in my opinion, here in the DC area.
I will probably splurge before the baby arrives and pay to have the house overhauled, just like I did before we had Magnolia, but I’ve been really happy with this cleaning schedule!