Budgeting

How to Afford a Cleaner

It can be really useful having a cleaner. It can take a lot of stress away from the household if there is someone that comes in and helps out. Even a few hours a week can make a big difference in lifting the burden of having to face keeping the house clean and tidy all of the time. However, a cleaner costs money and it is therefore necessary to think about how you will find the money necessary to be able to pay them.

Spend less

It might be that you will be able to spend less money on other things and free up some money to pay for a cleaner. To do this it can be a good idea to take a look through your bank statement and see what you spend money on. If you use a lot of cash then you will not be able to see exactly what you buy so you may need to write down everything that you are buying so that you can look at a list. Either way, you will be able to search through and get a better idea of where your money is going. This will enable you to identify whether there are any items that you are buying or have bought that you can cut back on. It can be difficult thinking about cutting out things that you buy because it is nice to treat ourselves. However, we all have a budget that we have to stick to and we need to prioritise our spending. So, if you want to employ a cleaner then you will need to make sure that you can afford it by giving up spending on other things. There might even be things that you did not really realise you were spending that much money on that you could easily give up. Otherwise you might be able to get some things cheaper and then you will free up some money that you can use to pay for a cleaner.

Earn more

An alternative way is to earn more money.Perhaps you will be able to work for the time that the cleaner is working in your house rather than you doing it. If you hourly rate is higher than theirs then you can work the same number of hours as they do and you will be able to earn enough to pay them and have a bit extra left over. It may not be easy for you to work more hours though, but you might be able to do some work unrelated to your job. You might be able to do a bit of freelance work or take on a second job to pay for it. This might sound like a big effort and you will have to decide whether you think that it is worth doing this or not. It will very much depend on whether you can free up money elsewhere and how much you dislike cleaning.

Get others to help

As an alternative you might be able to get your family to help out. If you have children then you may be able to get them to earn their pocket money by helping out with the cleaning. If you have a partner living with you then you might be able to get them to do their share and help out. You may even be able to make it into a fun family activity or give yourself a reward for doing it. If you keep on top of it then it can be a lot less daunting. If you keep things tidy, then you will not have to do this all in one go. If you clean surfaces in the kitchen after you cook and keep on top of the washing up after each meal it will make things easier too.

So, although there are things that you can do to afford a cleaner, you may find that if you change your routine you might be able to manage it more easily yourself. If you really cannot bear the thought of that then you will have to decide whether you will be able to spend less or will have to earn more in order to afford a cleaner. Spend time finding out how much they charge and then you will know how much you will need to pay out in order to keep your house clean. Obviously, it will be more expensive if you have a bigger house and if you need them to come often. You might decide that you need one a few times a week or that you can get away with once a fortnight. It will all depend on how quickly the mess accumulates and how much you can cope with doing yourself. You can always try different arrangements and see which one works the best for you.