HAVING a cleaner used to be the preserve of the middle classes but a young mum who only earns £14,000 says spending £2,000 on a “humble mum” who cleans her loo is #thedream.
A recent study found that millennials are splashing their cash on luxuries like a housekeeper rather than saving for a house deposit.
Mum of one Lisa is a care worker on £14K per year but spends £2K on a cleaner[/caption]
But despite millennials being coined as the most ‘hard up’ generation, this mum, who lives in rented accommodation in Bromsgrove, clearly doesn’t mind splashing her cash instead of saving for a house deposit.
Lisa Barron, 35, from Worcestershire, is a senior care assistant and earns just £14,400 a year – a fair way below the national average of £28,677.
She lives in a rented three-bed semi with two bathrooms along with her six-month-old baby daughter and husband Chris Sanford, 34.
Chris is a chef, earning £18,000 a year, but the pair spend £2,000 a year on a cleaner.
She told Fabulous Digital: “I first got a cleaner over two years ago. I was working a lot of shifts and felt constantly tired and the house chores were always getting on top of me.
“So, I decided to try a cleaner out as a one-off, but it made me so happy I kept her on. I would actually look forward to the day she came.”
Lisa describes her current cleaner as a “humble British mum-of-two, she’s in her late 40s and has a definite mother hen vibe”.
She added: “She makes us feel safe and we trust that she will look after our little home.
“I usually leave a key for her and she will let herself in but as, I have a baby, I’m often at home and she’ll hoover around me.”
The cleaner has even helped improve our sex life
But Lisa is adamant its a luxury she deserves, but she did have reservations.
She says: “My husband was reluctant to begin with, given that neither of us earn high salaries, however, he could see how exhausted I was and how much needed doing.
“Neither of us had the time or energy to take care of the chores and it became a competition of ‘whose turn it was’ and ‘who was doing more’.
“The first time we had the maid we both loved it. It made life easier and less stressful.
“We have such little time together and we don’t want to waste that doing chores, or arguing over chores. You know what they say: happy wife, happy life!
“My least favourite jobs, the ones I’m so grateful we don’t have to do anymore and we would battle over, were cleaning the toilet, cleaning the windows, taking the bins out and changing the bed.”
Lisa says the worst of part of household chores, other than doing them, is how often they need doing.
She said: “I felt like it was a groundhog day of chores. When time is constantly lacking and I feel so tired, the last thing I want to do after a long, hard day at work is come home and clean.
“Having a cleaner isn’t common place amongst my friends and family. People would make jokes about me having delusions of grandeur.
“But the way I see it, we all choose how we spend our money.
“When we first got a cleaner, both Chris and I thought there would be a lot of guilt involved in paying someone else to come and clean our home.
“However, once we started noticing the difference it made to our home and relationship, the guilt eased off.”
Lisa says her and her cleaner are very comfortable around each other and she’ll hoover around herShe adds: “When the cleaner is finished it’s genuinely a little boost in my week. I see that time as ‘bonus time’ – almost like having a bank holiday.
“Knowing that every week I’ve gained an extra four or five hours motivates me to use that time well.
“So, sometimes I’ll make my partner a special dinner, or I’ll go out and see my friends or go for a walk with my mum.
“Most of our free time put in to our child, but we do manage to have a little time to ourselves every now and then. The cleaner has even helped improve our sex life.”
People would make jokes about me having delusions of grandeur
Lisa appreciate that £2,000 is a lot to spend on a cleaner. She said: “When you add it up, it pinches a little and I do sometimes question my choice.
“However, knowing that to be the best version of myself; it means not being exhausted, not being snappy, or nagging, so it’s money well spent.
“Many people have questioned my logic, and at first I felt embarrassed, I felt like I was doing something stupid but I guess this is my guilty pleasure.
“Money is and has been tight for a while, we have often discussed cutting out the cleaner, but we know exactly what salary we are getting and have complete transparency on our outgoings, we both agree it’s money well spent.
“We want to work to live not the other way round.
“We are still renting at the moment and are separately saving to buy a house.
“But that may take a few years, so I will enjoy my clean little rented nest until we can buy.
“If someone said to me: ‘young women with cleaners are divas’ I would say: try it for a month, use that extra time to spend quality time with the people you love, and then get back to me.”
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