OT - Bite the bullet and get maid service
I know I should, but the extremeful frugal part of me is screaming nooo, just do it yourself!
DH wants it, but has left this decision in my court. I know I should. No one helps me with any of the cleaning. And, although DH hates clutter, he doesn't see an inch of dust in front of him. Plus, I had developed some really horrible allergic reaction to my house in the first trimester of pregnancy and could no longer vacuum, let alone be in the house. I was only able to get DH to vacuum on a regular basis because I told him I had to move to my parents' house for a while because I couldn't deal with the wheezing, coughing, red eyes, etc. just from living there. My condition is better now - I got new carpeting and I think being in a different stage of pregnancy helped. But, DH no longer vacuums regularly and although I no longer get an allergic reation from being in the house, I do still react from vacuuming.
But, I priced out cleaning services and the average is around $150 for a bi-weekly cleaning, plus twice the amount for the initial cleaning. And, this doesn't include my basement, so it's not the entire house. It's hard for me to want to shell out over $300 a month for maid service, especially since I'll still be vacuuming high traffic areas between cleanings. But, at the same time, I don't want to be the only one cleaning, which is the current situation. I can't force anyone else in the house to help. DH would rather pay the money than clean himself. So, if I don't get the service, I have to do it myself.
Also, I feel like a lot of the work is getting items off the floor and countertops to clean and it's something I'd still have to do before the cleaners come. Plus, do I stay while they clean? Do I just trust them and leave the house?
So, does anyone get maid service and can shed some light on whether it's worth it? Can anyone help me rationalize spending the money for it?