Friday, May 20, 2011

Funsy Friday: Update on Scheduling!

Earlier this week I asked for help coming up with a schedule for housekeeping.  You were so sweet.  Besides the comments posted here, I received emails, inboxes, and facebook comments full of great suggestions. 





Some people thought getting it all done in one day was the way to go.  Others felt that a little everyday was the best option.  One person skyped me to let me know her vacuum theory.  Another person switched her schedule over from Excel to Word for me- a sweet (and rule-following) gesture.   All of them had seemingly workable plans.  And I so much appreciated the help.  I had great hopes that these schedules would make the difference. 

I tried.  I got some very strange virus.  I lay in bed.  (I'm no good with lie vs lay.  I think it's "lay" in this sentence as the past tense of "lie".  Feel free to correct me, but I'm only taking my Dad's word for it.)  I gave up cleaning.    Today, I hired someone.

Now before the lazy or cheap police start in on me, let's make a few things clear.  First, I hired someone to clean from 9-3 for $15 per day two days a week.  The household helper will clean, cook, teach Spanish, or watch the kids.  That, my friend, is better than a coupon!  Someone coming 2 days will alleviate enough of the work that I can easily get the rest of it done throughout the week.  With someone coming to help, I will be able to focus on other things- like homeschooling the kids and training the baby.

And I'm totally good with that.

6 comments:

Sara said...

Brilliant! I think that's a fabulous plan!

The Debt Free Fashionista said...

Good for you. I think as moms sometimes we expect ourselves to be able to "do it all" and that's not realistic.

panaMOM said...

Denise-
Did you hear the Amen from Panama????

Dawn said...

Oh my that is great!That's cheaper than a good babysitter. I hope it works well for you. I could never relinquish that much control to anyone especialy a stranger. I'm sure it will be great.

Autumn said...

What a great choice! If I had the extra money, I would hire a cleaner and if I lived in Panama and it was $15 - I would hire a cleaner! :)

Charity said...

In many countries (like the Philippines where I grew up) it was culturally the norm for expats and missionaries to have "house-helpers". It never let me off the hook as a kid as I always had my own chores... but freed my parents up more to mission work. :) I hope you are blessed by the help and that it can be a sweet friendship as well.