Contracting out

by DaniGirl on September 29, 2006 · 34 comments

in Working and mothering

I have exciting news: the cleaning lady starts on Monday. Isn’t that the best news you’ve heard all week?

Beloved and I are not completely in agreement on our need for a cleaning lady. To his credit, he did an admirable job keeping the place tidy (if not spotless) while he was home with the boys during the summer. He insisted we could continue to do the cleaning now that he’s teaching four days out of five, but when I found out I was pregnant it sealed the deal for me. We need a cleaning lady.

We had someone coming in for a couple of months when I first came back to work after my maternity leave with Simon, but Beloved took over the cleaning that summer when he was home and we muddled through the next year or so doing (gasp!) our own cleaning. Or not, and living with the filth.

Beloved’s argument against hiring someone was “we’re not rich,” and I do get where he’s coming from. Not that I’m overly fond of cleaning, and I certainly don’t have issues with the idea of having someone else pick up after me. Please, if I could find someone to chew my food for me I’d pay them for it these days.

We finally compromised, and she won’t be doing a full cleaning, just coming in for two hours every second week to concentrate on sanitizing the bathrooms and kitchen and do whatever else she can get around to. Frankly, aside from the additional cost, the main reason I don’t have her cleaning the whole house is that I’m worried about keeping the place tidy enough for her to clean under the clutter. (How sad is that?)

Now that I’ve gotten Beloved over this hurdle, my next goal is to convince him of the other members I’ll need to complement my personal staff: a chef, a gardener, a personal trainer, a nanny, and a masseuse. Hey, I’m worth it!


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1 Batman September 29, 2006 at 1:39 pm

I’m totally jealous! I’ve thought about hiring one for years now but I can’t convince myself to open up the wallet. Good for you.

2 Batman September 29, 2006 at 1:39 pm

I’m totally jealous! I’ve thought about hiring one for years now but I can’t convince myself to open up the wallet. Good for you.

3 Suzanne September 29, 2006 at 2:25 pm

Don’t forget a personal assistant to run all your errands for you!

4 Suzanne September 29, 2006 at 2:25 pm

Don’t forget a personal assistant to run all your errands for you!

5 suze September 29, 2006 at 2:49 pm

oh…I so want a cleaning lady, but with just the two of us, it’s so hard to justify. so instead, we just live with the filth until we get fed up, do a frantic clean, and then repeat every few weeks or so…
enjoy the freshly sanitized bathrooms!!

6 suze September 29, 2006 at 2:49 pm

oh…I so want a cleaning lady, but with just the two of us, it’s so hard to justify. so instead, we just live with the filth until we get fed up, do a frantic clean, and then repeat every few weeks or so…
enjoy the freshly sanitized bathrooms!!

7 Fryman September 29, 2006 at 4:38 pm

My wife thinks she already has a cleaning lady….me. I’m cheap, around most days, and a sucker for her baby blues.
Ok, in reality M stays home, which means she does the majority, but weekends still seem to contain at least a couple hours of serious scum removal. And I always end up being laundry guy. But we manage…
This post brought back painful memories for me…my mother yelling at me every second week to ‘clean up your room before the cleaning lady comes’…couldn’t appreciate the irony of it all until I was much older.
Oh, and D, go for the masseuse next…

8 Fryman September 29, 2006 at 4:38 pm

My wife thinks she already has a cleaning lady….me. I’m cheap, around most days, and a sucker for her baby blues.
Ok, in reality M stays home, which means she does the majority, but weekends still seem to contain at least a couple hours of serious scum removal. And I always end up being laundry guy. But we manage…
This post brought back painful memories for me…my mother yelling at me every second week to ‘clean up your room before the cleaning lady comes’…couldn’t appreciate the irony of it all until I was much older.
Oh, and D, go for the masseuse next…

9 Lugina September 29, 2006 at 4:42 pm

I had a cleaning lady for a while. She quit and got a “real job” with benefits. I miss her so!!! Although I have to admit, it was A LOT of work picking up clutter so she could clean – I hear ya loud and clear!! We haven’t replaced her because it’s hard for me to have a “stranger” in my house.

10 Lugina September 29, 2006 at 4:42 pm

I had a cleaning lady for a while. She quit and got a “real job” with benefits. I miss her so!!! Although I have to admit, it was A LOT of work picking up clutter so she could clean – I hear ya loud and clear!! We haven’t replaced her because it’s hard for me to have a “stranger” in my house.

11 nancy September 29, 2006 at 4:56 pm

Hey congrats, it is GREAT news!!
drumroll….
MY new cleaning also starts Monday!!! We had one when the boys were babies, then it ended when they were about 2….and the house hasn’t been cleaned since so it’s time.
And money WELL WELL WELL spent if you ask me.

12 nancy September 29, 2006 at 4:56 pm

Hey congrats, it is GREAT news!!
drumroll….
MY new cleaning also starts Monday!!! We had one when the boys were babies, then it ended when they were about 2….and the house hasn’t been cleaned since so it’s time.
And money WELL WELL WELL spent if you ask me.

13 Sue September 29, 2006 at 7:50 pm

Awesome! I would love a cleaning person to come in and do the icky jobs like the bathroom and floors. *sigh* This will not be happening any time soon.
You so deserve a break from icky house chores!

14 Sue September 29, 2006 at 7:50 pm

Awesome! I would love a cleaning person to come in and do the icky jobs like the bathroom and floors. *sigh* This will not be happening any time soon.
You so deserve a break from icky house chores!

15 Chantal September 29, 2006 at 8:09 pm

We had a cleaning the entire time we lived in Stittsville. The only reason we don’t have one now is because I’m too lazy to interview news ones since ours went on mat leave. Now that’s lazy!
Woohoo for you!

16 Chantal September 29, 2006 at 8:09 pm

We had a cleaning the entire time we lived in Stittsville. The only reason we don’t have one now is because I’m too lazy to interview news ones since ours went on mat leave. Now that’s lazy!
Woohoo for you!

17 Sharon September 29, 2006 at 9:50 pm

WQahhhhhh! I want one too. Someone to come in and clean the batrooms and the tubs and the floors. I can handle the rest.
Jealous. Soooo Jealous.

18 Sharon September 29, 2006 at 9:50 pm

WQahhhhhh! I want one too. Someone to come in and clean the batrooms and the tubs and the floors. I can handle the rest.
Jealous. Soooo Jealous.

19 Barb September 29, 2006 at 11:52 pm

As soon as our renos are done I will have someone coming in as well…so hopefully by 2008 I’ll have my own cleaning lady too…..Home renos are slow when doing them ourselves….

20 Barb September 29, 2006 at 11:52 pm

As soon as our renos are done I will have someone coming in as well…so hopefully by 2008 I’ll have my own cleaning lady too…..Home renos are slow when doing them ourselves….

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23 twinmomplusone October 1, 2006 at 8:36 pm

Yoo Hoo!! Congrats!!!
more drumroll here…
we’ve had a cleaning lady for a month now!!! Actually, its two of them that come togeher. And for an hour or so after they’re done, the house is SPOTLESS! And I can’t hlep emitting a HUGE sigh of relief.
had one when the twins were babies, could rationalize having one then, but she retired when they were 2 years old and supermom that I am I figured I could do it all…well, I had to give my head a shake and admit that there was nothing wrong with a little help.
enjoy!

24 twinmomplusone October 1, 2006 at 8:36 pm

Yoo Hoo!! Congrats!!!
more drumroll here…
we’ve had a cleaning lady for a month now!!! Actually, its two of them that come togeher. And for an hour or so after they’re done, the house is SPOTLESS! And I can’t hlep emitting a HUGE sigh of relief.
had one when the twins were babies, could rationalize having one then, but she retired when they were 2 years old and supermom that I am I figured I could do it all…well, I had to give my head a shake and admit that there was nothing wrong with a little help.
enjoy!

25 Anonymous October 2, 2006 at 1:50 am

Lifestyles of the rich and busy. 🙂

26 Anonymous October 2, 2006 at 1:50 am

Lifestyles of the rich and busy. 🙂

27 Julie October 2, 2006 at 1:52 am

Oh, that last comment was mine, forgot to add my info. Duh.
Julie

28 Julie October 2, 2006 at 1:52 am

Oh, that last comment was mine, forgot to add my info. Duh.
Julie

29 Her Bad Mother October 2, 2006 at 2:27 am

A friend of mine has this theory that we all need to get over our nonsensical fear or inhibition about paying for services. We spend dollars upon dollars for all sorts of STUFF but recoil at paying for services – when really, we’d probably all be happier getting stuff done instead of buying more stuff. So, buy less stuff, and pay someone to keep what stuff you do have clean. Makes more sense.

30 Her Bad Mother October 2, 2006 at 2:27 am

A friend of mine has this theory that we all need to get over our nonsensical fear or inhibition about paying for services. We spend dollars upon dollars for all sorts of STUFF but recoil at paying for services – when really, we’d probably all be happier getting stuff done instead of buying more stuff. So, buy less stuff, and pay someone to keep what stuff you do have clean. Makes more sense.

31 Phil October 2, 2006 at 4:56 am

We need a “clutter lady”… Do they have those?

32 Phil October 2, 2006 at 4:56 am

We need a “clutter lady”… Do they have those?

33 Amy October 3, 2006 at 2:18 pm

I love my cleaning lady- we live in China and the cost of a house helper full-time is less than $100/month. It’s one perk of living away from the comforts of the USA.

34 Amy October 3, 2006 at 2:18 pm

I love my cleaning lady- we live in China and the cost of a house helper full-time is less than $100/month. It’s one perk of living away from the comforts of the USA.

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