I’ve mentioned around the web a few times that I pay for housekeeping, and I’m not ashamed by it one bit. I know this is a very unpopular topic in the personal finance space, especially when so many of us are pro-frugality. However, I think about it in a completely different way.
Like most people who work and have families, I place an extremely high premium on my time. It’s very limited these days as I try to squeeze in work during every baby nap and late at night. Every weekend, I spend close to 15 hours working while my husband watches our twins. If I get a free moment, you can bet I’m going to prefer snuggling babies to scrubbing toilets so without the help, not much would get done.
That’s not the only reason it makes sense for me to pay for housekeeping and why it might make sense for you too.
1. There is a Neat Freak in the House
I’m not trying to call anyone out but there are some people in my home who really value an environment that is squeaky clean. My husband and I both participate in cleaning during the day, but I’m a bit more lax when it comes to toys on the floor than he is. Now you might think that anyone can clean, but truthfully my housekeeper is a professional just like you and I are professionals at what we do.
She cleans so fast and does things I wouldn’t even think to do, like wipe down the fronts of cabinets and dust pictures hanging on the walls. She really deep cleans the home so that it’s sanitary, which is important when you have little ones crawling around and eating anything they find on the floor. Sure, I could do this instead of her but not only would it take me more time, I’d rather be in charge of a 30 minute tidy up every day than a full on house scrub.
2. I Earn More Per Hour than She Does
My housekeeper comes twice a month and cleans for about four hours each time. That’s eight hours of my month that I got back. In fact, it’s probably more because like I said she is a professional and so lightning fast with cleaning.
For me to do what she does would easily take me double the time. That’s now approximately 16 hours every month that I have saved. I value my time at about $100/hour, so that’s $1600 I could be earning.
Now you tell me which is more valuable: my time which I could use to write, e-mail with advertisers, set up passive income, or do the priceless act of snuggling babies or the $140 I pay my exceptional housekeeper every month. I come out ahead every. single. time. and I get a clean house to boot.
I admit, it’s weird at first to have someone in your home doing the chores you feel like you should be doing yourself. It’s even weirder to pay someone for this service when you’re a personal finance blogger. However, I simply put this expense under the general “help with kiddos” section of my budget, since she helps me keep the house clean for my kids’ safety and she allows me more time with them.
Again, I know it’s not a popular opinion in the personal finance space, but I’m not the only blogger who has embraced this small luxury. The fact of the matter is, when you do the math and know you are very productive with your work time, it’s more than worth the expense.
Have you ever considered hiring a housekeeper? What is your time worth? What are you willing to pay for housekeeping?