I am not the best housekeeper. I take forever to do things, because I want them done perfectly. This comes back to bite me; I take too much time to clean, so I don’t clean, which then means it takes longer to clean when I do. Ugh.
To add to the mayhem, we’re not very good at picking up and putting things away, so in order to even begin to clean, we first have to organize and de-clutter. So basically, we have to clean to clean. We work so hard on the organizing bit that we have no more energy or time to do the actual dusting, vacuuming, etc.
The cherry on the pile- Chris decided recently that he doesn’t want to do floors anymore, because he has been doing them for the last 4 years. (Also, because, with a dog, there is hair everywhere, and I’d like him to move the furniture to get it all up.) I can’t do floors because of my back; the motion just sends it all out of whack. So if we want a squeaky clean house, Chris has to take that part. And over the years, chores get old!!
So, yeah, I have a lot of excuses…. and I’m not even writing them all down, because I’m starting to get embarrassed.
Nevertheless, a clean house is very important to us for many reasons, but especially for our own mental health, so we had to do something. We decided to stop living in a mess and hired someone to clean for us.
This was actually a really, really hard decision. Here’s why I felt I couldn’t have something this good:
- I haven’t earned it. It’s like being the boss before I’m the administrative assistant. You know, I haven’t worked my way up the ladder by getting good at it myself and then passing it off.
- I don’t deserve it. Like I should make myself do it because we aren’t old enough, rich enough, etc…
- It’s being lazy/undedicated/some other lame word. We’re adults and should figure out how to do this ourselves and take care of our own you-know-what.
- We don’t have the money.
#4 is actually based mostly in reality, because we do not have a lot of disposable income. But it came down to this… Should I feel guilty all the time over not taking care of the house (which I did), or should I find a solution (which I did)? Learning what I have the capacity for and what to let go of will be a lifelong process, but something had to give NOW.
I did the math and, while my numbers might be fuzzy, figured it out! I’ve had a babysitting job every Friday for the last year and a half that I’ve thinking of quitting so that I have a proper 2 day weekend. I sat down one day and contemplated whether I would rather babysit and have my friend clean or stay home and clean it myself. Instead of staying home and doing something that I really don’t like and am not good at, I now make $2 less per hour babysitting than I pay my friend to clean.
Let me tell you; it’s been life-altering! For example:
- When things are clean, it’s just easy to keep them clean!
- We straighten the house at least once a week in preparation for cleaning, but more often than not, we do it every day for our own pleasure. It is a joy to have a clean house to come home to- not just on Fridays but every day.
- I even enjoy babysitting now WAY more than before because I know that my hard work is allowing me something really special when I get home.
- We’ve also had people over more often (and spur of the moment!) because we don’t have to run around cleaning before everyone arrives.
Chris summed it up two weeks ago when he said, “I love having a cleaner. The house looks amazing, and I’m not even tired.”
So, feel free to stop by any time… The house will be spic and span!