There’s a lot to be thankful for in my life. I’ve spoken before about friends and about family. Today I’m thankful for something simpler: my ability to pay a housecleaner. Once each month, someone cleans my apartment for me. For some people this sounds like an unimaginable luxury. For others, once a month would never be enough. For me, this has been a wonderful experience.
I am perfectly willing to live a less-than-spotless home (actually, I prefer it.) What I am not willing to do is to spend entire weekend
days cleaning, then resting from said cleaning. Scrubbing the tub can wipe me out for hours. I can’t clean all of the floors in one day. By the time I spend 4 Saturdays getting one part of the apartment clean, the rest is disgusting. Instead, I can save my time, energy, and joints
by having someone else do all of this. Having someone come more often might be nice, but since I live alone with no pets, and I’m not a total slob, once a month works, and it’s more affordable. She is coming tomorrow with her group. They will accomplish in a couple of hours what it would take me many Saturdays to achieve, and they definitely do it better than I would.
Could I spend the money on other things? Yep. Do I want to? Nope! Sure, I could eat out more, or put the money towards a trip. There are so many things I could spend it on. But for less than the cost of many cell phone plans, for less than what some people spend drinking each month, for less than a fancy meal, I never have to clean. Ever. At all. Sure, I wash dishes between her visits, and wipe down kitchen counters. I do not vacuum, clean floors, scrub the toilet, clean the tub, dust, or do any of those other exhausting, pain tasks. I don’t miss it a bit. Do I feel guilty? Not at all. Sure, I used to feel some middle class guilt, but I don’t any more. She saves me pain and exhaustion. I pay her in a down economy. When I do the math, I come up with 2 winners and 0 losers. Works for me!
As I said, I am so thankful for my ability to hire someone to clean my house. And I’m grateful for the wonderful job she does. I’m very excited for her visit tomorrow!