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.