Cleaning for the Cleaning Lady

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My cleaning supplies, gathering dust.

I'm not the only person who does this, right? Cleaning for the cleaning lady?

It's just that, it's been so long. I'm kind of nervous.

When I decided to be a stay at home mom, one of the things I gave up was our cleaning service. Oh, sad day.

It started when Jim and I were a young couple back in Atlanta. Both working full time, coming home late, and looking at each other to say, "Isn't it your turn to clean the bathroom? It is disgusting." For the sake of our sanity, and our young marriage, we invested in a twice-a-month cleaning service. Jim said it was worth it, just because it made me so happy. It really did. To come home and find your house all sparkly and fresh smelling - and you didn't lift a finger! - well, it is joy. Pure joy.

Our cleaning lady in Richmond, Sylvia, was my all time favorite. First, that big old house was hard to clean, because it was a big, old house. I was so grateful for her. Then I got pregnant, and she fussed over me in the most delightful way. She loved to see Big Guy when we first brought him home, and I was sad to leave her when he was only 3 months old.

Well, today, I'm getting a real treat. Our first-ever, professional cleaning of this house. A deep cleaning, to be exact, by Maid Perfect.

Can't you hear the angels singing?

I've spent Monday and Tuesday getting ready. I found a home for some boxes that were dumped in our living room 3 months ago and haven't been moved (not naming names . . . ) and I really, truly, cleared all the mail off the counter. Shoes are in the closet, toys are in their bins, laundry is off the floor! I know Hubby thinks I am a bit crazy for staying up late to clean out the corner where our household "filing" goes, but man, if that area is dusted and shiny when I get home, I may do cartwheels down the hall!

Okay, that is a stretch.

But I am skipping out the door with the kiddos this morning, feeling mighty grateful. Can't wait to get back home, and smell the Pine-Sol.

Which I didn't pour.


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5 Responses to “Cleaning for the Cleaning Lady”

  1. OH I am sooo jealous! We used to have a twice a month cleaning lady I miss her! (insert sigh) Just like you, we said goodbye to ours when Daniel was a baby. But, I used to do the same thing. You have to pick everything up and put it away - they are there to clean, not put stuff away. I tried to explain that to Kevin, but he still thought I was crazy. I didn't care though, there is nothing better than coming home to that Pine-Sol clean! Enjoy!!!

  2. Ohhh, enjoy. There's nothing better than coming home to a clean house that you didn't clean :)


  3. Well, it was even better than I imagined. I'm still wandering around, touching shiny surfaces like I've never been here before.

  4. I LOVE cleaning lady day!!!! Glad you are enjoying!!

  5. So jealous I'm speechless. And happy for you!