Thursday, December 14, 2017

This Cleaning Lady Thing

So my cleaning lady called to ask if she could come in Monday rather than our agreed upon Thursday.  I had cancelled last Thursday because the city chose that day to shut off the water to this building.  I keep a supply of water in old 2-liter soda bottles and juice bottles, but thought that to be too awkward for her first time here, especially since there were floors to be mopped.

I have to say I think I will like this cleaning lady thing.  Never in all of my 71 years have I had someone in to help with household chores.  My kids all had chores to do when they were young - wash and dry the dishes, haul out the trash, clean their rooms.  But to have someone deal with everything else is pure bliss.

The lady did a wonderful job.  My nasty old kitchen floor shines and my bathroom sparkles.  The dust is gone from my bookshelves. 

I think I am being spoiled.  And I like it.  :)

28 comments:

  1. Wahoo!! Soak it in....you deserve it!!

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    1. Thanks, Mary...I am loving every minute of it!!

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  2. I am so glad it's all working out!! I would pay someone to dust...dusting is my most hated chore lol! Wait I have an 8 y/o....hmmmm I see dusting in his future.

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    1. Jenn...I think this is going to work out well. And a dust rag in the hand of an eight year old is a good thing. :)

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    2. Jenn,
      And, he is so close to the baseboards, anyway!

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  3. I am so happy this cleaning lady worked out so well. Yea! And you certainly deserve it.
    Cheers, SJ

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    1. SJ...I'm tickled pink so far. She does a really thorough job of it. It is such a relief to have a clean apartment again. I have to admit it was making me a bit crazy seeing what needed doing and not being able to do it. I hope she stays with me a good long time!!

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    1. You are right, Rob. I still am not thrilled with people coming and going from my home, but the results seem to be worth it.

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  5. I'm glad this is helping. After all the years of you working so hard, it's nice to see that you can enjoy retirement a little bit more now.
    Do you think she could come to my house?

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    1. David...You know how frustrating it is for me when I can no longer do the things I need to do. This is helping more than I thought it would.

      And no, son, you can not have my cleaning lady. She is all mine. :)

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  6. Happy it is working out for you.

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    1. Thanks, BW...It sure is making life easier for me.

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    1. What a nice thing to say, K. Thank you.

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    1. Linda...I hope you do. If nothing else, the peace of mind in having a clean house even when limitations or illness prevents a person from doing the work themselves, is priceless.

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  9. You've inspired me to look into the cleaning service that our local senior services center offers. It's on my 'to-do' list for January. I'm finally at the point, too, to recognize I need some more help.
    It's pouring rain today but no snow (Yea!). Yet. The forecast yesterday predicted snow for today. It still could arrive since it's cold.
    Hope all is well. SJ

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    1. SJ...I am so glad to hear that you are looking into getting some help. I didn't realize what a big difference it would make to have someone doing the chores that I just plain can not do any more. I have never been one of those persnickity homemakers who obsesses over a speck of dust. I have always been satisfied with a clean but lived-in look. But the more my physical limitations prevented me from doing even the basic cleaning chores, the more embarrassed I became that my apartment wasn't nearly as clean as I would like. And I just could not fix it myself.

      I am loving the fact that I no longer stress over the cleanliness of my apartment. It would take me a couple of days to do what the cleaning lady does in just three hours. That five minutes at a time thing just plain sucks sometimes. Because I don't have to do those chores myself any more, I have the time to spend doing the things I enjoy. I still wash my own dishes and do my own laundry, but those are things that I can do without too much effort. Even though I still have the physical crap to deal with - the leg problems, arthritis, etc. - life has become so much better with the home health care and the cleaning service. Find a service, SJ. It is so worth it.

      The weather here has been warmer than usual, but come Thursday we are looking at a major snow dump. Maybe. They don't know for sure. I guess we will have to just wait and see what happens. :)

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    2. Thanks so much for the encouragement Vicki. I know so well that 'five minutes at a time' deal. I've shared before that when I was first sick, I used a service. And then I got better so I stopped having someone come in. But, really, I still need the help.
      The seniors services has help, I just need to make the call.
      So - it started dumping snow mid-morning!! The noon forecast said it should clear by tomorrow but more is headed our way Thursday. Looks like we'll be having a white Christmas after all!!
      SJ

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    3. Make the call, SJ...It is so worth it.

      Still don't know for sure if the snow will hit here or will go around. It will get cold, however. Think I would rather have the snow.

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    4. Hi again. I checked on the cleaning service yesterday and they're full. They're not even taking a wait list. I'll keep checking back though.
      Snow is still on the ground with more coming today!
      Cheers, SJ

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    5. SJ...Don't give up. I don't know how things work in Canada, but my service is through the county, rated according to income. My kids checked out several options before deciding on this one. Perhaps there is more than one service there. Good luck.

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  10. It would be nice to have a cleaning lady, but there's a stigma associated with that kind of work here, though I don't know why, and it would be about impossible to find one. Especially one that would come way out here in the woods.

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    1. Harry...I wouldn't have gone this route if I were physically able to keep up with the housework. But even so, there are those here who look down on those who clean for a living - and there are many more who don't. I know this because I spent many years cleaning office buildings for a living and saw for myself how the cleaners are treated. It was mostly good.

      Your are right about your location. I doubt anyone would come out that far and if they did, I'm guessing it would cost you an arm and a leg! I'm lucky. The lady who helps me is just a few minutes way.

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