Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bulldozing the House

On Friday I discovered the sheer pleasure of having your house professionally cleaned. I decided as a Mother's Day gift to myself, I wasn't going to clean during the weekend when the weather was going to be so nice and all I would want to do would be to hang out with Sonya and hubbs. So after getting a couple of recommendations I was able to schedule a lady at the last minute.

I had been warned that this lady had "a crew" and would power through the house in an hour or so. I answered the door and there were 5 of them. Five women looking at me like "well?" I welcomed the crew and told the head lady what I wanted done, which was the basic cleaning. While I was telling her, the other women had already started cleaning out under the kitchen sink (which I pity them as it is a mess of extra paper and plastic grocery bags, cleaning supplies and coffee grounds since I always spill them every freaking morning). My house had been invaded in a matter of seconds and I immediately felt like an outsider in my own freaking house. Since there were so many of them there was pretty much a lady working her ass off at every corner of the house. I kept trying to dodge them with Sonya, determined to find a space where we could hang out and not feel like a loser that I was being lazy about not cleaning while these women literally, did my dirty work. Ha, that was fun to write.

They were there for an hour and half. Once they left, I walked back into the house from the garage where I had been acting like Sonya and I were helping hubbs fix the lawn mower and it was like I had discovered a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I wanted to cue the harp, I could hear the music playing and birds chirping. My house looked freaking amazing. Baseboards sparkled, you could see through the glass door of our shower (they must of used Oxy Clean and not my Scrubbing Bubbles), our kitchen floor glimmered. It was such a great feeling to have your house so clean with the blink of your eyes. I immediately realized that I have been missing out.

Come to find out that a ton of people I know have regular housekeepers that come weekly or biweekly. Where the heck have I been? Am I the only one giving up hours on weekends to clean? I would love to have a regular housekeeper, I guess I could start by getting various quotes from people, but that sounds like a lot of work too. In the grand scheme of things, is it worth giving up some of my shopping money for a housekeeper? Any of you ladies use a housekeeper?

8 comments:

MarvelousMOM said...

Oh that's awesome. I'd love to have a regular housekeeper if we could afford it!!! I hate cleaning so much.

Not So Perfect said...

I have never had a housekeeper but I really really want one. I would probably be the type though that would think it was necessary to clean before they came. I am lame like that.

Do they do laundry?

Multi-tasking Mama said...

I clean literally every day. I can't stand having a dirty house. I would LOVE to have someone come do it for me but I also feel like I would be wasting my money. Doing it every once in while for a treat like you did is a great idea.

Jiff said...

I would love to have a housekeeper; however, it just isn't in our budget right now.

I bet having someone come in and clean once a week or two would ROCK. I could use that time with my daughter since she's in daycare all week already.

Marni's Organized Mess said...

I do! I DO! ...and she is pretty good! She hasn't been the BEST lately, but she is back through the company I hired her on for, which went out of business. Maids etc. I know you're close, but I don't know how close, but Martin Lopez is now her supervisor....

Our house is 2700 sq ft and its two girls and they take about 2 hours and cost me EIGHTY BUCKS!!!! I cant believe how friggen cheap or worth 80 bucks. I mean, I wouldn't clean this house myself for $80, better yet, $40- HALF OF THAT!?!?!

Christy said...

No housekeeper, but we do have a lawn service.

Jeninacide said...

I used to have housekeepers come in and clean, but then I realized that they really weren't doing such a good job consistently, so I stopped having them come. Now my house is dusty.

Lainey-Paney said...

We used to.

But you know what---I don't just want a housekeeper. I want that 5 gal service you had! An hour & a half, and it was AWESOME? I want thaaat!