Thursday, March 17, 2011

My New BFF....

is the cleaning lady.  I LOVE a clean house, and in my single days mine was always pretty immaculate.  When we first got married, (and had never lived together beforehand), I soon discovered my hubby is pretty messy.  Not anything gross- but he leaves his crap out. Constantly. I try not to let it bug me, but it usually does. However, I remind myself that he is loving and sweet and great husband and father, and then I am less annoyed. Until I trip over his f-ing shoes for the 200th time, and then I am pissed off again... Anyway, when it was just the two of us, I could keep the house clean (the way I like it- not just clean, but perfectly clean and organized) about 90% of the time.  When our first baby was born, it went down to about 75%.  Now that we have a toddler and a newborn, it is like 10%.  My older son thinks it is his mission every day to destroy the house and leave toys everywhere.... therefore when he sleeps, I clean up, and when he gets up he re-does all the damage all over again.  This means I rarely have time for the actual deep cleaning I want to do- vacuuming, dusting, etc.

When I was still preggers, I saw an advertisement for a local, pretty cheap cleaning lady.  I was probably 8 months along, and couldn't exactly get down on my hands and knees to scrub the floor- well I probably could have, but getting back up would have been nearly impossible! Plus I didn't want to use the harsh cleaning products, so I asked my hubby if we could use her "just this once", and lucky for me, he agreed!  I was ecstatic!  I am one of those weirdos who actually likes to clean, but let me tell you, I enjoyed every second of watching someone else do it while I hung out with my son, reading a book and cuddling on the couch.  Pure. Bliss.

As a new baby gift after our little one arrived in January, my awesome and amazing and wonderful Nana said she was going to send me flowers, but thought I would like it more if she sent my the cleaning lady back!  Again, I was so thrilled!!  Someone else cleaning the toilets and tubs and kitchen floor?  Yes please!

Today she came again- this time as an early birthday gift.  I just can't tell you how wonderful it is to have a perfectly clean and pristine house, and I didn't have to slave all day getting it to look that way.  I could probably have done a better job- but who cares?!??  I have a toddler and a baby to look after- someone else can do the cleaning for once!! I do feel slightly guilty, but while she was working hard, I had a glass of wine and forgot all about that.  Cheers!


  1. Oooh I so envy you for having a cleaning lady! The only time I ever had a cleaning lady was when I was pregnant with our 7th baby and my grandmother felt so sorry for me for having my hands full with all the little ones and all the cleaning and she hired me a cleaning crew (3 women) who came into my home twice a month to detail clean. It was so nice...but I will admit that it was actually work on my part because the night before their scheduled visit, we would have to declutter like MAD. I had to CLEAN for the cleaning ladies! Or else they wouldn't have a surface to clean... things were always scattered everywhere. So, after about a year of the cleaning crew, we reluctantly gave them up. My husband was never really comfortable with having people come into our home and clean. He doesn't like hired help of any kind -- when he was growing up, his family WAS the hired help. So he feels very funny paying other people to do what we could do. I feel the complete opposite, however. To me, cleaning takes up a lot of my time. And if I can get someone in here to do it for me, it frees up my time to do other things. Plus, I am employing someone else who might really need the job. Perhaps one day we will have another cleaning crew. But for now, we have teenagers and preteens and elementary aged children. When trained well, they do a pretty good job!

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