Let’s Get Real: I Probably Should Hire a Housekeeper

Probably the number one thing I’ve had to learn, since becoming a somewhat stay-at-home-mom, is to cut myself a break. And yet, even though I DO do some work outside the home, I’m having the hardest time admitting that I am not a super hero. That I just can’t keep all of these balls in the air without some outside help.

Do any of you have “help?” Some folks I know will pay some of the high school girls at their church to come over once a week and play with their kids, while they get some work done. Even that would help. But what about a housekeeper? I’m not going to lie: I want one. BADLY. What’s your experience? Can you recommend it?

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  1. Nice timing: I’ve been talking about this at my place, too–and a housekeeper is coming to my house for the first time on Thursday. Like, in 3 days. I’m a little iffy as to whether she’s coming to check things out or actually cleaning. I’m hoping it’s for cleaning. 🙂

  2. Brandon Barkley

     /  March 19, 2013

    My in-laws got us a special “deep cleaning” as a Christmas present. It was such a great gift. We’ve lived in our house for 3.5 years and I’ve NEVER washed my baseboards before (at least not the ones that weren’t OBVIOUSLY dirty)! 🙂

  3. Absolutely get a housekeeper! I’ve had one for years and it’s totally saved my sanity. Cleaning for 4-6 hours on a Saturday to have it all clean at once (what I prefer and what I did for years) is for the birds! I work full-time now so I have the money to budget for it and don’t have time to sacrifice to do it. I already don’t spend enough time with my kids during the week. The last thing I want to do is clean on the weekends. When you have a little one at home, it’s nearly pointless to try to clean anyway. Now, if I were not working AND both my kids were in school, sure, I’d have the time and space but really? It’s not my strong suit and I’d rather spend my time with my strengths.
    I will say even with a housekeeper, my house is still a mess half the time. I’m constantly straightening up and vacuuming so it’s not a cure-all by any means. But it is nice to hit the reset button every 2 weeks and know it’s not all up to me when it’s not one of my strengths anyway.
    Mine comes tomorrow and I can’t wait.

  4. Hilary

     /  March 25, 2013

    Well, in this day and age we all have domestic help–our dishwasher, crockpot, washing machine and dryer! I read that in “Large Family Logistics” by Kim Brenneman and thought that was a great point. I don’t have any outside help but it did occur to me that I could have my children help so….my 9 year old cleans bathrooms (3) and vacuums the downstairs, my 6 year old vacuums the kitchen and my 4 year old does bathroom garbage and recycling. That is a huge help to me and I can keep up most of the time. Of course as I write this everything is a disaster but I give myself (and the kids) a break.


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