hiring a maid to clean your apartmentTo clean or not clean, that is the question. I couldn’t have said that better if I was William Shakespeare.

But seriously, are you going to clean your apartment yourself or farm that out to somebody else? Here are the pros and cons.

The biggest drawback – you have to pay for this! But think it through – what would be smarter, an extra hour of overtime at your day job or spending an extra hour at home scrubbing your toilet?

But another problem – a paid helper will never clean it like you would. If you’re a slob like me, that’s a big plus! But for the persistently particular, maybe paying somebody else to do something only you can do is only going to lead to frustration.

Either way, you’re going to have to declutter before the cleaning help comes. They’re only going to clean stuff, they’re not going to clear away your junk. And maybe once you’ve cleaned the clutter, you’re more than half way to cleaning up your pad anyway.

Now for the pros.

This is the easy, fun part. No more soap scum, scouring or scrubbing. No vacuuming, no dusting. One less chore to clutter your weekend. Not to mention making moving a breeze. After the movers haul away your stuff, the cleaning contractor does the rest.

If you want me, I’ll be dialing Merry Maids.