Should I book a cleaner?

In short. Yes!

If you can afford it, give it a go for 6 months and see if it works for your family .

Do yourself a favour and just book the cleaner – I’ll save you the research: Absolute Domestics are a decent agency – or ask around. Cleaners cost between $25 per hour (cash in hand) – $40 per hour for an agency cleaner.

I have two cleaners – once a fortnight a three hour deep clean $90 (bathrooms, windows etc.) on the opposite week I have a ‘Mother’s Helper/Tidier’ who helps out with washing /tidying /organising for two hours at $50.

This costs our family $70 per week.*

There is still a great deal of daily cleaning, washing etc. that I need to do to keep the house running but the extra help keeps it to a manageable level.

It also helped a lot with the feeling of simmering resentment that was building up by bearing the full brunt of the child rearing and household chores/mental load and working.

I have two children (3 and 5) I’m at work 20 hours per week. My husband works up to 60 hours per week and his contribution towards the housework and child rearing midweek is minimal. He bulk cooks for our family and is a devoted Dad on the weekends.

We were both putting in 100% effort but there were still gaps that needed to be filled.