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Q - Like many folks these days, my wife and I are strapped for relaxing time — juggling several jobs leaves us with little time at all (or desire, or motivation) to clean our apartment. We feel a bit guilty saying that we need help but the truth is, we think hiring a weekly cleaning person will save our sanity. Our friend in LA gave us the idea and, it seems like a great "escape" right here in our own home. The problem is, we don't know anyone who has hired a cleaning person in Boston! Any references or advice would be greatly appreciated...

We already feel a little weird wanting someone to come clean our 1000 sq ft apartment but we have absolutely no idea where to find said someone or how much to pay. Our friend in LA pays $30 per visit but we have a feeling its a different situation out there. Thanks Apartment Therapy! The thought of being able to come home to a clean house and actually enjoy our small amount of free time just sounds so great. Frank and Jen

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