I had some precious household helpers when I worked full time with parents living with us. The time they saved me from routine cleaning gave me extra after work time and weekends to spend with the parents. Wouldn't take anything for the memories of time spent with them. The helpers also would come and stay on weekends so DH and I could slip away for a weekend. We both are retired now, and parents have passed. I use FlyLady's (flylady.com) approach to cleaning so I don't have to spend a whole day or weekend cleaning but our home is always presentable. Maybe in the future I will hire someone to help with cleaning but the time being all is good. I have a cleaning plan, work my plan and have time to sew too.