September 7, 2010

Why I’ll Never Hire a Housekeeper

Ever since I was a little girl, the epitome of success was whether or not your home had a hired housekeeper. I'm not sure where the conception began, as now, I can think of at least twenty better depictions of success that don't involve a dustpan and broom. And although one of my life rules is to "Never say never!", I have a feeling housekeeping is a service I'll forever forgo.

Here's why:
1. It may be the only exercise I get.
It's true; I'm the laziest gal you'll meet. Aside from my daily yoga, my idea of exercise is a trip to Target. In my car. But hey! I'm getting out! And walking aisles! That's got to burn calories, yes? No. But what does burn calories? Vacuuming. Dusting. Laundry, scrubbing floors and washing dishes.

2. The pre-cleaning phase amazes me.
I have many family members who employ regular housekeepers, and I find that the routine is always the same: they clean so their housekeeper can clean. Yes. It's true. They like to call it "pre-cleaning": the stage where you de-clutter, sort and fold so the housekeeper can get to the real work. To me, this seems insane. Why not take it one step further and throw a sponge on the counter since you're already focused on the task?

3. I love a challenge.
For me, life is about two things: doing what you love, and doing what you love to hate. Cleaning falls into the latter category for me, as there's nothing that I despise more than dusty, allergy-induced Saturday mornings when I'd rather be brunching. Yet I have to admit: I get the craziest rush from cleaning my home. Sure, I'm exhausted after a marathon cleaning session and never want to see a rubber glove again, but the feeling of accomplishment that follows is not unlike climbing Mount Everest for me. It's an adrenaline rush I'd miss if I simply handed over the mundane task to someone undoubtedly more capable.

So, what about you? Do you currently have a housekeeper? Would you ever hire one: why or why not?

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2 Responses to “Why I’ll Never Hire a Housekeeper”

  1. Kerch McConlogue Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 7:19 am

    My mother told me she was "entirely too old before she figured out that all her problems could be solved if she just had a cleaning lady."  Hey.. there was no PC in the 60s.  As for that whole pre-clean thing, I told my first house keeper that I thought that was nuts. She told ME that "Most people want the cleaning person to come BACK!"  And then we had a long and friendly relationship — with NO pre-cleaning!

  2. Kristin ~ Bien Living Design Says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Housekeeper all the way…it is a must in our household!