Home Economics: Can You Afford a Maid?

Many of us have been led to believe that hiring a maid or a domestic service to do the house-cleaning is frivolous and a waste of hard earned money. Maids are only for the rich, right? Why hire someone to do a job you could – and should – do for yourself, correct?

Well, that may be an outmoded assumption in this day and age. More and more homemakers are finding that it makes economic sense, and many simply have no choice anymore. The busy schedules of even stay-at-home parents leave little time for household chores, and for those with careers and children, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to stay on top of the daily cleaning routine.

One way to consider the question is this – would you work evenings or weekends at a second job at a rate that is less than what you make at your current job? Well, that is effectively what you are doing if you are spending your precious free time cleaning house. If you have a career and family, your “quality time”is already limited and it is difficult enough meeting the demands of career and home. We rush home to cook and spend time with our family and our busy lives leave little time for scrubbing the bathtub and mopping the kitchen unless we spend our weekends catching up, and of course that’s no fun, is it?

The daily stress level can be heightened by the sense of never being able to catch up on the chores, which can lead to disharmony at home and affect our performance in the workplace, as well. Even for the stay-at-home parent, it can be difficult to manage the children’s needs and to meet the many other household demands that face us all these days. Why not hire someone who needs the job and who can do the work more quickly and efficiently than you can?

A maid or domestic cleaning service can free your time up and give you peace of mind – one or two days a week of help from a professional can make a huge difference and it needn’t cost a pretty penny, either. For maid service and domestic cleaning London offers affordable, reputable firms in every part of the city.

Alfred Halfnight is a London-based freelance journalist with a mission to make you a better, cleaner, happier human being. Drawing attention to the peculiarities of life in the modern age is all part of the package.