I’ve read about this happening, but it’s never happened to me before. The only person who has ever cleaned my house other than ourselves has been my mom. But I do hear about other people who are going through some life struggle (such as pregnancy, haha) and some friend comes over and cleans their house or does the laundry or watches the kids for an hour while they sleep. And I think, oh how nice.
Actually, what I think is, “I wish I could afford to hire someone to do that for me.” Because I have a hard time taking kindness and personal attention. (My labor with Lia, 9 hours of having and unselfconsciously accepting the uninterrupted attention of six people, is one deviant experience from the norm.)
But I got an email from my friend Yvonne…she is retired, newly widowed, wife of a former pastor on our staff. And she asked if she could come over and clean or do laundry or watch the kids.
And I thought, “No way!” I can’t let someone come in and do my cleaning!
And then I thought, “Rats, and the house is remarkably clean right now.” And if we vacuum on Wednesday, I’ll just have to do it again before Friday, and why waste the effort of doing it twice? The only things that are truly dirty are the bathrooms, and I would be absolutely mortified (as in, fall over dead from shame and embarrassment) if anybody looked too closely at them.
And then I thought that maybe this was a growing experience and I should embrace it.
So I finally came up with the solution of letting her help me with the kitchen New-Year-Cleaning. (Since spring isn’t going to be a good time, I’m doing it now.) I have been slowly cleaning out closets and cupboards and reorganizing them a bit at a time. I’d gotten through almost all, but not quite all, of the kitchen cupboards. So I thought that would be a nice congenial task…something we could work on together so I wouldn’t feel guilty about her doing all the work. 🙂
So Yvonne came over mid-morning this morning and she scrubbed the oven, the microwave, the stove, the cupboard doors, the sink, and even the splatters from the blender that have been staring at me for the last four weeks. Wowee!
I keep opening the oven just to look inside and admire the sparkle.
So thank you to Yvonne for a great morning of chatting, with the added benefit of a magnificently clean kitchen!!!!