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Thread: Should have done this a long time ago!

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    Senior Member MisDixie's Avatar
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    Should have done this a long time ago!

    Last fall I had a huge health scare. Once I got home afte 3 weeks in the hospital I said I was going to get help with the household cleaning. So here I am 7 months later and I finally hired a cleaning lady! Should have done it right off the bat. She spring cleaned my kitchen and I couldn't be happier!!!! Going to start coming every Thursday and doing all the things I don't do, YIPEE more time for quilting.

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    I had a cleaning lady when my kids were pre-drivers, in many activities, had many social outings, and my husband I worked jobs requiring more than a 40 hour work week. I loved having that cleaning lady! Once the kids could take themselves to all of their activities I became the cleaning lady again. :-(

    I am so glad you took the plunge! That is great.

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    I had a cleaning lady when I lived in Japan about 33 yrs. ago. I loved it!! I need one even more now!!
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    I hired a lady about 5 years ago. At first she came every 4 weeks - then it was every three weeks and now it is every other week. My husband was giving me a hard time about it in front of friends and his friend asked him which chore he wanted to take over - cleaning the showers and toilets or mopping all the floors? Since we retired he thought it was foolish that I pay to have it done, but I have enough chores to keep me busy - he mows the lawn once every 4 to 6 weeks, might take out the trash once a month. He is not lazy but has other things to do with the youth group, playing in a band on Sunday and the practice on Wed. nights. In 40 years of marriage, he has mopped the kitchen floor once, never cleaned a toilet, and I do believe he vacuumed a few times in those 40 years. No I am not keeping track but I love having someone else do those chores. I do not let her wash our clothes or changes our sheets - haven't been able to give that up - but having her clean the kitchen, bathrooms and dust and vacuum the house is wonderful. I do the light work between her times - usually have her come and do a "Spring" clean once a year - but for the most part it is wonderful.

    Tried so hard to get my mother do hire someone, but she said she just couldn't - she would rather it not be done because she was not physically able to clean. I would clean when I would visit, but she lived near Seattle and I live in the southern most part of California.

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    My DH is great around the house. Cooks, dose laundry, dishes, just's don't get him to vaccume. I swear he reverts to a 6 year old and only dose the center of the room! LOL! Its the other stuff that dosn't get done. All the stuff I used to be able to do. I am not able to climb and tire easily. By the time I finnish work at school I am toast. I am still shaking my head that I didn't do this sooner.

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    Boy, I could use one myself. Been cleaning all day and still have the main bathroom to do. My Step-dtr is coming for a few days!

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    My DH does all the cleaning. I work full time and he does not. Fishing season my house isn't nearly as neat. I have to do the bathrooms, he cleans them, but hey, men don't see what women do apparently. I clean the bathrooms and other things that he might not notice on Saturdays. I spent last Saturday home alone and did a LOT of cleaning, but when he came home he couldn't see the stuff i did and thought I didn't do anything. I cleaned houses for a living for a few years when we were first married. Didn't bother me to clean someone elses house, but I can't bring myself to let anyone in to clean mine. Maybe I will change later in life. LOL.
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    Good for you to realize you need the help. So far I am able to still do it.
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    hooray! i keep saying i'm gonna do that, too.
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    There are drawbacks to having a cleaning lady. I was brought up with live in help as a child, and don't have a clue how to clean.. It probably takes me twice as long as someone that was brought up with chores.. My mom, and dad worked full time, and wanted the weekends to do fun stuff with us.. We also went to private school, and didn't get home until 5:00.. I figured out how to do the laundry, as an adult when I moved out.. I'm now in my fifties, and am ready to have one help..

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    And thats the ticket, realizing I needed the help. I am on the last of the spring break from school and all the stuff I planned on doing just didn't get done. Too tired after last weeks trip to the big city. Got a few more days and need to sort out the clutter and I will be able to have my new hire do the job without too much trouble. Heck if it keeps me and DH in check for tidying up after ourselves, that could be a real good thing.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    Good for you to realize you need the help. So far I am able to still do it.

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    Im so gllad you got the extra help, im glad i did. Lifes to short, eat cheesecake and leave the crumbs for someone elze to clean up!

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    I found a nice cleaning lady 18 months ago for my Mom...she has COPD and MANY other things. She can't do the cleaning anymore and I can't do it for her...hard enough to do my own.
    Now, I'm going to have her come here for a couple of months....I just got out of the hospital with pnemonia and don't have any energy... plus when I am recovered....I will be having knee replacement.
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    Makes me wonder why we wait so long to do stuff like this for ourselves?

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    Funny this subject came up cause i just yesterday hired a cleaning lady. I can no longer do the cleaning like I use to and I no longer want to. so am looking forward to having some one else do it. The people I hired are professional cleaners and come how ever often you want them . I can't wait for the next week to come a nd they can get started.

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    Had one once for about 6 months when I worked full time, but I would "clean up" before she came.....dumb, I know..so now I do it w/help of daughter......not perfect but life is too short to keep dust bunnies from hiding under the bed!

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    So glad that you were smart enough to realize you could do better for yourself by having someone else do the cleaning. I also have COPD and somedays it takes me all day to do what I used to be able to get done in a couple hrs. My husband would surely commit me if I said i wanted to hire someone.....he recently announced we aren't going to use the landscaper to mow the yards anymore-its a waste of 80.00 a month...the grow season hasn't really started but the lawns have needed mowing for 2 weeks. I used to be very OCD about cleaning, I have slacked off alot , my energy is better used on sewing, reading, gardening-I now clean once a week if I feel it needs it. Enjoy your day.
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    Good for you! :-) I'm glad you found a "keeper!" My cleaning lady was a parent of one of my students. I knew I wanted her when she organized my school closets. Had to wait two years before she had an opening. She is now one of my best friends...she knows where all the dirt is! :-)
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    I had a cleaning lady come in twice a month. She did all the things I hated, windows, bathrooms, etc. It was great. Would love to have her back, but we moved to Reno making it a long drive from Wisconsin!!! Sure miss her.

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    My husband used to do all the cleaning. I did the cooking. We both worked full time. Then when he retired, he also took over some of the cooking. I am retired now, after a serious illness. His preference is to eat out most days and he recently hired someone to help with the cleaning. My back and my stomach thank him.
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    I had some precious household helpers when I worked full time with parents living with us. The time they saved me from routine cleaning gave me extra after work time and weekends to spend with the parents. Wouldn't take anything for the memories of time spent with them. The helpers also would come and stay on weekends so DH and I could slip away for a weekend. We both are retired now, and parents have passed. I use FlyLady's (flylady.com) approach to cleaning so I don't have to spend a whole day or weekend cleaning but our home is always presentable. Maybe in the future I will hire someone to help with cleaning but the time being all is good. I have a cleaning plan, work my plan and have time to sew too.


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    You have me considering it now - sounds really good to me!

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    Years ago my hubby was putting me through college. He worked as a truck driver. All his co-workers said he'd put me through school and I'd leave him. He just said "Nope, never happen, she hates dishes and laundry too much to get rid of me." Too true.

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    I had help with cleaning,until I retired. Now I'm doing it and the quality has dropped off. My DH idea of cleaning the bathroom is to flush!LOL! It's Ok for people to write their names in the dust,as long as they don't date it!
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    Good for you to get help with cleaning.
    Whenever my husband asked what I wanted for Christmas the only answer he got was "a cleaning lady". I now have someone come every 2 weeks. I love it!

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