Monday, May 22, 2006

Sparkle



We hit this house from top to bottom and outside over the weekend. Spring Cleaning. I can't believe how much we were able to get done, and were still able to squeeze in the Children's Festival, Jack's summer haircut, (his hair looks like baby chick fur) blowing bubbles, drawing with sidewalk chalk and digging in the sand table. Today I'm looking into hiring some help with keeping this place clean. It sounds so decadent (to me) but it has to be done--with the addition I simply can't keep the place up--to tell you the truth I would rather be blowing bubbles, digging in sand or drawing with sidewalk chalk. Plus, during naptime I would prefer working or reading, rather than scrubbing and sweeping. I'm starting to feel like a scullery maid. And it's not a sexy feeling.

10 comments:

early hours of sky said...

Yes, yes, yes and it doesn’t sound decadent it sounds like survival. Oh and I still think you all should come here this summer and Jack can make beautiful art with me.

Suzanne said...

We were talking about your part of the world this weekend. I might take you up on it--I wonder how far away you are?--maybe by train, plane or automobile. xo

Radish King said...

actually you are both closer to my house. it's much more practical and I have an ocean nearby and only 40 square feet to clean. I try to make the cats clean my house but have so far been unsuccessful since all they want to clean is themselves and each other.

Simmons B. Buntin said...

Yes, I think we'll be getting a maid this fall, as well. With Billie teaching full-time now, I think it's the only way to keep our house even remotely clean....

michi said...

nothing wrong with getting help with housework. i did it, and there are no kids, and there isn't a huge house, but for a while i simply had no time.

drawing with chalk sounds like a good idea. much better than cleaning ...

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Pamela said...

I had a housekeeper one day a week and loved it. I gave it up when I started my MFA in January and my house is now a wreck. My husband has volunteered to clean all summer long and I am going to scrimp to find the money for another housecleaner. I hope I can find somebody reliable. I think we pay well (at least I think it's big bucks--$15/hour, 8 hours a week, one day or two half days). However, we have (as my son used to say) LIBERTY AND DUSTING FOR ALL.

Go for the housecleaner. It is vital, especially since we are all messy, which I prefer to think of as artistic.

LitByFire said...

I've only just let go of the once a week cleaning lady, since I'm now living alone and I don't mind cleaning up after myself.(I'd rather hire someone to do the yard, since I can't even start the mower.) It was a great thing to have her when I needed her!

I have a small house, but all this land and I think you should all come here and we'll have huge endless dinners out on the grass and people can crash anywhere in the house--sunroom, study, living room--or put up tents on the grass. We can have bonfires (I think: if I get a permit from the fire department.) And Sam and his friends will be startled and amazed that the old folks are having so much fun. (He'll be upstairs with his girlfriend with the door locked...)

LitByFire said...

PS -- and everyone bring the kids and we'll caravan down to the lake.

gina said...

I have someone help me twice a month with Romulus' fur and the floors and bathroom. I can't keep up with it though I'm a compulsive cleaner (Romulus is VERY furry). --Which is why I need help around here. To keep me from o/c-ing on filth. I wear myself out with it to avoid doing *real* work. But if I'm paying someone else to worry for me, I'm not allowed to think about it and I'm free to do other things. Works better than therapy and drugs--you wouldn't call those things decadent, right?

xo

Suzanne said...

OK let's do some kind of round robin at everyone's house this summer. Tell me when and where and what to bring.
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Honestly, y'all are right, bring on the help! We can't afford NOT to, enough with the scrimping.