Over the years we’ve had a few cleaners on and off. It’s something that I’ve struggled with; I love the idea of a clean house, I’m not so keen on the idea of paying someone else to do it for me. It seems the height of privilege and laziness, but on the other hand, a shower that I don’t have to scrub? Winning.
I know I’m not alone. It’s hard to both ask for help, and also admit you can’t do it all. Women seem to particularly struggle with this. But then again, look at any man who is lost and how long it takes them to ask for directions and maybe it’s both sexes…
But with work ramping up for both of us over the past few weeks, and little sign of it slowing down as I’m about to jump into a new job, it was time. The dust bunnies were starting to out pace Hugo and I was worried the shower would actually come alive at any moment.
We ended up giving the team at Helpling a try. They’d contacted me before to let me know about their service – which is kind of like an online ordering system – and it sounded like something that might work for us.
There’s no commitment to your booking, so you can have someone come as a one off, or semi-regular, super regular or just when you’re frightened to use the bathroom. Whatever. They’ll even do those extra jobs like oven and fridge cleaning, which well and truly fall outside my realm of ability.
The girl that came to help was here for three hours last Friday and after a crazy week of travelling, it was an absolute delight to come back to a sparkling clean home. She had dusted, taken on the bathrooms, not even our skirting boards were safe.
She even stuck little green stickers on the toilet paper, which raised a debate in our house about which way was the *right* way for it to be hung.
Do we need a regular cleaner? Possibly not. Most weeks we seem to manage ok. But even if we had a little ‘helpling’ once a month to do some of the bigger jobs, it would go a long way.
Tell me, do you have a cleaner? And more importantly, which way IS the right way to hang the toilet paper?
Disclaimer – This post has been bought to you in collaboration with Helpling.