Hiring someone to clean your home is a big deal. You’re not simply letting a stranger into your personal space. You’re trusting them with your safety, comfort, and one of the most important aspects of your wellbeing – cleanliness.
You may not think cleanliness is essential to your life, but studies show otherwise. However, while cleaning is important, it’s also time-consuming. Like a starving beast feasting on our leisure one minute at a time.
So cleaning is usually among the first household chores to get outsourced. Yet are you choosing the right person or company for the job? Are you asking the right questions before you make up your mind or do you simply go with the lowest bidder? If you’re not sure, then you’ve come to the right place.
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Our domestic environment is more important than ever. Especially now that many people are working from home, maintaining a clean and organised home has become a matter of both personal and professional responsibility. And it goes deeper – it’s also a matter of productivity.
A 2011 study at Princeton University shows clutter makes it more difficult to concentrate. So if you’re working in a messy room, you’re not going to be as productive. If your pay is based on results and not simply time, then you might actually be losing money by not taking care of your cleaning.
Even if productivity is not a factor, wellbeing definitely should be. A 2010 study published in the scientific journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin showed the way we talk about our homes matters. They used linguistic analysis software to divide study subjects into groups after self-guided tours of their homes.
What they found makes perfect sense – women who described their homes as cluttered and full of unfinished projects were more stressed and more likely to be depressed than women who described their homes as restorative and restful.
What about sleep? A good night’s sleep can make all the difference. It allows you to replenish your energy and face the world with a renewed sense of purpose. Bad sleep, on the other hand, can make you feel exhausted, stressed, and unmotivated.
But what can you do to improve your sleep? Surveys show 75% of people sleep better on freshly cleaned sheets. So the answer is simple – change your sheets more regularly and make your bed in the morning.
Cleaning isn’t just about cleanliness. It’s about wellness. So when your home is messy and cluttered, it’s hard to take on life’s challenges. That’s why a clean home can be one of the most important resources for restoration.
It’s almost impossible to relax in a messy environment. Because all the clutter contributes to your stress, you can spiral even further into a vicious cycle. Your home is messy because you’re stressed and you’re stressed because your home is messy.
Cleanliness is a form of self-respect and care. You care for yourself by caring for your environment. So break the cycle. Or, if you can’t do it yourself, find someone to do it for you.
This point is pretty straightforward. To answer this question, you first need to answer several others. If you’re clear with your needs, then you can go ahead and make a decision easily.
Answering these questions will make it clear whether hiring someone to help with domestic cleaning is for you.
You’ve decided to move forward with outsourcing your cleaning duties (otherwise, you wouldn’t still be reading). Now what?
Now you need to figure out what matters most to you in terms of service. Once you know your preference, it will be pretty obvious whether you should go with a cleaning company or a self-employed cleaner.
As we’ve established, cleaning isn’t just about cleanliness. You’re not paying someone to dust off your hallway mirror or scrub your toilet. You’re paying for reduced stress, better sleep, and a better overall sense of wellbeing.
With this in mind, there are several factors you should consider. Here’s what I mean:
Cleaning, as you can see, is a complex service. It’s more than scrubbing surfaces with a mop. The question is – should you hire a self-employed cleaner or a company?
There is no right answer. There’s plenty of capable, professional, courteous and all-around great self-employed cleaners. There’s also plenty of shady, no-good companies who are only interested in getting paid.
However, there are certain pros and cons you should take into consideration before making up your mind.
Why would someone want to work as a self-employed cleaner instead of working for a company? Different strokes for different blokes, but a few trends emerge if you take the time to ask around. Some of them are pretty legitimate:
Some, though, are shadier than a trenchcoat-wearing guy in a dark alley in Westminster at 2 in the morning. Those include:
Dishonest self-employed cleaners are relatively rare. But it’s still a good idea to protect yourself by signing proper documentation.
You should also bear in mind self-employed cleaners wear many hats. They are cleaners, they do their own accounting, and marketing, and sales… Which can be a lot for a single person. Oftentimes, this comes at a price.
Hiring a self-employed cleaner instead of a company is usually cheaper and there’s a reason for that. Even if you find the right cleaner for you, there’s still a bunch of cons you need to take into account. Then again, if you’re looking for a low price, you can’t find lower than a self-employed cleaner. The question is are you willing to take the risk to save a few pounds?
Working with a cleaning company would be the more expensive option, but there’s a reason for that. Cleaning companies offer a division of labour, and so everyone can be an expert at what they do.
You have cleaners who only focus on cleaning, marketers who only focus on generating leads for the business, accountants who only focus on accounting, etc. If run well, a company is like a well-oiled machine.
Hiring a company is more expensive, but also offers a ton of benefits. At the end of the day, the difference in price comes down to peace of mind.
While it’s not always easy to make up your mind about whether or not you should invest in outsourcing your cleaning needs, I hope this article has made the decision easier.
Hiring a self-employed cleaner is usually cheaper, but it does come with some downsides. Hiring a cleaning company is more expensive, but there are benefits attached to the higher price tag.
In the end, there is no right answer – just one that works for you.
Disclaimer: Samyx Cleaning is a cleaning company and this is a cleaning blog. None of the advice above should be interpreted as medical advice. If you have any medical or mental health problems, make an appointment with your general physician or a mental health specialist.
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