A few months back, I posted about the challenge of keeping my house clean. Well, I’ve done something about it. Now I don’t know if I should feel guilty or relieved!!
Shortly after that post in May, a friend of mine told me about someone she’d recently hired to clean her house. She was very happy with her and said just having her come once a month was helping her out a lot. So, I checked into it. I thought what could once a month hurt?
Hana’s been coming to our house since about the middle of August now. And it’s not just Hana. She brings at least two others with her, sometimes three. Last time, she even brought her husband!! They get through our house in no time at all. And I’m checking – things are getting clean!!
We also opted for every other week instead of monthly. It’s just too nice knowing we don’t have to go longer than two weeks to have a clean house.
The guilty part
I don’t work anymore. Should I be able to keep my house clean?
I think the main point is not “should I” but “do I want to”. Yes, I should. I want a clean house. But as I pointed out before, there are simply too many other things to do. So, it’s more about not wanting to do it. And when you don’t want to do something, it tends to slip to the bottom of the priority list.
I know it’s just the two of us and we don’t even have pets anymore. I do feel a little guilty that I’m not a better housekeeper. But hey, is it all my responsibility?
Tim encouraged me to hire her. Was it because I wasn’t cleaning often enough (and he thinks I’m a slacker) or because he didn’t like cleaning his bathroom either?
I bet Tim doesn’t feel guilty about having someone clean our house. Why should I?
The relieved part
I think there’s more relief than guilt. Now I know our house will be getting clean. Is it done exactly the way I would do it? No. I know they do things pretty fast, much faster than I would. But it’s good enough. And what’s wrong with good enough?
It leaves me with more time to focus on the bigger cleaning projects. I don’t resent doing those things as much, now that they’re not another add-on to the everyday cleaning.
It’s funny, too, that once the house is cleaned, I work harder to keep it clean. I’m more inclined now to sweep the floor regularly and keep things in order.
It’s so much nicer now when we have company. I know the house is no more than “two weeks dirty” and I can do what’s needed to freshen it up for guests. It relieves a lot of stress from something that should be enjoyable.
What do you think?
Should I feel guilty or relieved? I said before that I didn’t retire to become a cleaning lady, even in my own house. I still feel that way.
One way to look at it is this. We pay to have our outside work done. We don’t have to mow the lawn or shovel snow. I don’t feel guilty about that.
Why is it any different when you have someone take care of the inside?
I rest my case. And relieved it is!!