Is hiring a house cleaning service worth it? Like most people, if you’ve ever sat up at night after a particularly harrowing battle with your kitchen and/or bathroom and wondered if the process of hiring and vetting a cleaning service is worth the hassle – we have some wonderful news for you. It turns out that hiring a cleaning service can not only do the bare minimum of making your surroundings more pleasant, but studies also show that having a trusted service come in at a regular interval can make your home both happier and healthier too.
For the obvious reason, a house cleaner will ease any stress or anxiety you may have about the state of your home.
Let’s face it – being in a less than cleanly environment takes its toll on our mental, physical, and emotional well-being. You just feel better when your house is clean. In the same way many people find it hard to focus with a cluttered desk at work, you can feel stifled and anxious in your own home when you look around only to find build up in the sink, or grease on your kitchen cabinets. Not to mention the dread and anxiety that can ensue when your mother in law unexpectedly drops by and you know shes silently judging your less than regular attempts at home maintenance. Who needs that kind of negativity in their life? No one.
There is also the positive physical effects of a well maintained home.
Who wouldn’t want the best possible environment for their family to thrive in? The air inside our homes is at the mercy of contamination by common pollutants such as pet dander, dust/dust mites, and mold. The EPA had this to say about the air quality inside American homes:
“Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors. Indoor allergens and irritants play a significant role in triggering asthma attacks.”Asthma Triggers: Gain Control – EPA.gov
There are simple measures to take like making sure you change the air filters in your home, and using HEPA standard vacuums to make sure the air your family is breathing in is safe, but by far the simplest way to make sure you have the best possible air quality is regularly cleaning out bacteria, viruses, and potential irritants. The EPA recommends at least a weekly vacuuming of all rugs and furniture, as well as damp dusting and immediate clean up of any common mold to drastically rid your home of these common pollutants.
Creating free time for yourself WILL make you happier.
Maybe you fall into the common thought process of house cleaning services being a luxury afforded by only the very wealthy. In a recent article by Time magazine, it was conclusively summed up that individuals who spent money to buy themselves more free time were happier and less stressed overall. This was true accounting for all ranges of income and in several countries including the United States. The number one resource you can never get back is your precious time. When considering if hiring a service is right for you, take into account the opportunity cost, calculate how long it would take you to perform the job yourself and multiply that by your hourly rate based upon your salary. For instance if you make $100 per hour and it takes you 5 hours to clean your home that house cleaning would cost you $500.00 to do yourself, on the other hand a team of professionals might be able to do the same job in 2 hours for $150.00, that is a savings of $350.00. Chances are also very good that not only will professionals do a more thorough job, but overall it is more cost effective than cleaning your own home. By budgeting for a cleaning service you will not only have a cleaner home, but you’ll have time to actually start reading that novel you’ve been meaning to get to, or play outside with your kids. It’s a win-win no matter how you look at it.