I’ve decided to get a cleaner.
I used to have one – she came for two hours every week, and hoovered, dusted, and cleaned the bathroom.
When my husband left, I had to let her go. This frustrated me – a lovely woman, very good at her job, and she had to lose 2 hours’ pay a week just because he’d decided to leave.
A year later, and I have a much better idea of how things are going to work out financially.
Also, I’m really busy – my hours in my new job have been increased from 25 to 30 and I’m doing overtime on top of that, I’m still running the business with my husband, I have a lodger now, I write this blog, I go to the gym every other day, and I still volunteer with the National Trust when I have a moment.
I like a nice clean house – but I can always find something more pressing to do than to actually hoover and dust it. And now that I have a lodger, I can’t just keep putting it off (which might be something that occasionally used to happen sometimes).
Don’t get me wrong – I keep it clean. But there are other things that need doing too. And besides, I miss our chats over a coffee.
So, I’ve contacted her again, and she can come for a couple of hours every other Wednesday.
It doesn’t mean I’ll be doing no housework at all. It will still be me that does the washing, and the ironing, and the cooking and the gardening. I will still wash the car and do the DIY and clean the oven and defrost the freezer. It will still be me that fills the dishwasher and empties it again. If the drains need unblocking – that’s me. If the garage floor needs painting (which it does) – me again.
And yet I know that there will be a reaction to the fact that I have a cleaner. That somehow I should be doing my own hoovering. I should be doing my own dusting. I should be cleaning my own bathroom. That doing this stuff is part of the deal if you happen to be a woman and that not doing it is just laziness.
Hah!! Lazy?? Seriously??
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