Yesterday I spent the first afternoon of the new year cleaning my room. It took HOURS. Admittedly, it was no Collyer brothers situation, but there was still a lot of reorganising, putting away and dusting going on. Incidentally, how horrific must the second brother’s death have been? Blind, hearing what happened and being trapped? I first read about these guys when we were up on the Gold Coast visiting my grandparents when I was 15 and was old enough to start reading their books. That summer I first read ‘A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich’, (ironically, while sunbathing on the beach), and ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ which was about the Collyer brothers. What a summer of bliss. Anyway, my room is now homogenised, sanitised and reorganised, so the new year can begin!!
This year I’m going part-time at work, though the way the timetable has worked out it still means I’m going to be there 5 days a week… I just have Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings off. (I’ll be teaching a double period of year 7 English Friday afternoons… can you imagine how much I’ll be looking forward to coming back in for that each week?) The thermomix business needs more time for me to throw at it so I’ve taken the extra ‘day’ to be able to do the bookwork, run around and see people I need to, attend meetings and also get more things done around here. I’ve discovered that a veggie garden needs more attention than mine has been getting, and waiting till the summer holidays to do things means that there’s not much to harvest. Oops.
I’m also going to be hiring a cleaner.
I’m freaking out a little bit about it. Well, ok… a lot. I still feel that with 5 able-bodied adults in the house we should be able to keep this place in a state resembling “Fit For Human Habitation” status. Apparently we can’t. The boys are fabulous in every other regard. They’re no trouble, they do the right thing and they don’t cause me an instant’s worry. (I hope I haven’t put the mozz on myself… I just knocked on wood.) However, they seem to be incapable of initiating any household chore themselves. Sink full of dishes? Just keep piling them up! Clothes need washing? Just leave them on your floor or throw them in the laundry. They’ll get done somehow! Lawn need mowing? I’ll get to it after this game. Or tomorrow…!
I’ve been away from home a lot this past year and I’m tired of coming home and acting like a witch when I walk through the door at the end of a loooong day and little or nothing has been done. As I said, they’re such good kids in every other way and I’m starting to feel like they’ll be dreading to hear the sound of my key in the door. So in the big scheme of things I think I have to do something to promote harmony, so I’m going to outsource. Weird because before I went back to teaching I myself was a cleaner (and a damned good one. People were very unhappy when I quit to go back to teaching) so the wheel has come full circle. The housework is doing my head in, plus I really hate doing it, so I’m looking for a cleaner as soon as I tidy the laundry up. I figure the best benefit from having one is that the day before she comes we’ll all tidy up so that she can actually clean. I used to have cleaning jobs where they’d hire me for 3 hours and the first hour and a half I’d simply be putting things away. I could never understand that because it seemed like a huge waste of money to me.
I realise that I’m starting to look forward to the prospect of having an ordered space to come home to, though I’m still dragging my feet about actually contacting anyone to start. The whole ‘hire someone to do housework’ thing doesn’t fit in with how we’ve lived our lives up till now and it seems weird. Still, as my sister said, if I use the time I would normally spend cleaning to generate more income, then I may as well outsource it. Especially because I hate it so much. So I’m going to give it a go.
Anyone know a good cleaner?