There are a few reasons why we have never liked the idea of a live-in maid, but the major one would be that our privacy would be severely compromised. With the initial trust issue to deal with, coupled with the fact that there would literally be a stranger in our midst at all times, we felt that the price we had to pay for someone to “take care of the house” just wasn’t worth the while.
At one time, for the sake of having a clean house, I considered hiring the hourly maid-cleaning services. I even made a few phone calls, but somehow I never got around to doing it. The thought of having to be there to supervise each and every thing that is done for 4 hours straight overwhelmed me.
So I did what little cleaning and scrubbing I could, making sure the important things like the floor and bathrooms were relatively clean. But there was only so much I could do, especially now with two kids to handle too. Plus, I sometimes had to take a self-declared rest because my hand eczema sometimes acted up, resulting in my inability to do much. It was lately that I began to feel that so many other *important* places in our home were being neglected; the kitchen, the balconies, some nooks and other crannies…
I finally decided to engage some hired help in the form of a freelance hourly maid, who provides house-cleaning services for a very reasonable fee. More importantly though, she was recommended by a friend of mine, so she’s more or less “tried and tested”.
But having had absolutely NO experience whatsoever with maid cleaning services, I had the urge to clean and tidy up a few things around the house the day before the cleaner arrived, just so it didn’t look too messy. My husband thinks I’m crazy, as if I was getting the house ready for a guest…but that’s how I was. Haha…you don’t expect me to dirty the house on purpose, right?
And yesterday, was trial run day. She arrived at about 8:45a.m. and I asked her to tackle the kitchen stove first. She didn’t just do that…she also wiped the cabinets and countertops clean, wiped the windows and walls of the kitchen and then proceeded to clean the balconies. She was independently efficient and worked quickly, plus the results were nothing short of marvelous!
I was impressed.
I definitely could not clean so many things in the same 4 hours all by myself. I had no regrets and I am very pleased indeed.
My kids were also visibly impressed by how nice everything smelled (although I don’t understand how different it is when I cleaned up, since I used the same detergents :P), and hubby was also very glad. The best part was that I didn’t need to deal with itchy hands which I sometimes get when working with detergents. (I’m allergic to rubber gloves by the way, so I can’t wear them while I work)
Looks like we might be making this a regular fixture…