5/13/11

Why I Love "Every Other Friday"

Have I ever mentioned how much I love my cleaning lady? So much so that when she was ill a few months ago and had to skip one of her bi-monthly cleanings of my home, I was sorely tempted to run to the drugstore and buy a giant bottle of Robitussin and make a batch of chicken soup for her, but I don't know where she lives. And a few years ago, when my husband and I were going over the monthly budget, he casually (and innocently) asked, "Do we really need to keep the cleaning lady? We can clean the house ourselves and save some money!" I looked him straight in the eyes and said, "I will cut down on food, clothing, and Starbucks before I give her up. I'll even start selling stuff on eBay again to cover the expense if it comes down to that. Don't mess with me on this honey." I think he also caught my unsaid statement of "We?!?! When the h-e-double-hockeysticks do YOU clean around here?!?!" I love my husband, really I do, but the man hasn't picked up a toilet bowl brush in the 10 years I've known him...and from the state of his apartment when I met him, it's been a lot longer than that. "We!" indeed. Needless to say, he hasn't brought up firing the cleaning lady as a way of cutting expenses again, LOL.

As a busy mom who works outside the home, I take great pleasure in this "extra" my income allows us to have. It truly does give me more time to spend with my family, especially on precious weekends, rather than have to spend half a Saturday cleaning. Knowing my house is clean also unburdens my conscience when I spend a few hours in my quilting studio vs. with my hands in rubber gloves or mopping the floors. Not to say that I don't do "maintenance cleaning" in between her visits, but there is not much more that warms this tired mom's heart than to walk into my house every other Friday and be greeted with the fresh smell of...well, a clean house! Call me "elitist", a "pampered princess" or even "spoiled"...yep, I'll own the last one. But all I know is, every other Friday if my husband were ever to ask me if it was him or her to go...he'd only "just" make the cut by an embarrasingly low margin. :-)

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10 comments:

  1. My way of handling a similar "discussion" was to make a list of every thing that needs to be done to run a house .... Listing what I did and WHAT HE WOULD BE EXPECTED TO DO without the cleaning lady coming in on a semi-regular cleaning. He blanched when he read the list. ( I of course gave him some really nasty tasks.. like cleaning the bathrooms.) I had also broke down the time spent on the various times. Needless to say when the house gets totally out of control, he now takes it upon himself to call the cleaning lady telling her I need a break and the house needs a cleaning.

    I think I have him well trained... ONLY TOOK over 25 years.


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  2. LOL I love it Nonnie! Yes, sometimes they need to be practically knocked upside the head to "get it" and understand the "house fairy" doesn't come in the night to clean the house for us.

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  3. I know what you mean. When my hubby comes out with, "We need to....," I know it's a new project for me!

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  4. I agree with Jane and Mary Sarah...when the husband says "we" it always means ME.

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  5. Oh Tanesha, I could really relate to this post. I recently got laid off and as a result I had to stop using my house cleaner. Ugh!!! The funny thing is that the house cleaner was a guy. He wasn't very good at cleaning but I just LOVED the idea of a man cleaning the house for ME! LOL!
    Ann

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  6. I feel you on the cleaning lady thing! I really want one! I have a small two bedroom apt but with a toddler and a husband, working and going to school full time, i think I deserve a cleaning lady, man, whatever! I am going to show my husband this post. Something has to change!

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  7. I can relate to this post. The time saved from not doing the house cleaning can be spent on family or other important tasks.

    How did you go about finding your house cleaner?

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  8. Florence - when we bought our house the previous owners recommended her so we kept her on.

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  9. Good thing you took a firm stand against your husband’s thought of firing the cleaning lady to cut some expense. I hope that’s the last time he brought that up. With both of you working on weekdays, I guess the last thing you need is to cut your precious restdays that you spend with the family, just because you have to do chores.

    Bob Wolfe @ The Maids

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