Many of my friends and colleagues have mentioned that they have hired a cleaning lady to take care of their homes for them. I think that is GREAT — for them!! They have found a way to help make their lives simpler and if it works, then who am I to say anything. To be honest, I’m not.
Sure, I could hire someone to clean my house and it might lighten my work load, but I don’t. The reason has nothing to do with spending money to have it done (as I am a believer that sometimes, it is worth spending money to make your life easier). The reason I don’t is self-satisfaction.
You see, I am someone who actually doesn’t mind cleaning my house. That doesn’t mean that I think it is fun (as it is anything but). For me, it is a feeling of accomplishment. I love how clean the house smells when I am done each week. I love to admire how the floors sparkle and the mirrors shine (even though that will change the minute my family walks through the door). Yes, I could enjoy this even if someone else does it for me, but that is only part of it.
For me, it the accomplishment that I took something that was dirty and cleaned it. I used my own two hands and made it sparkle. I put forth the effort myself so I can enjoy the rewards. I’ve had people do things for me before, but the level of satisfaction was less. Not because they didn’t do a good job (as they did), it just didn’t feel the same.
Not only does it make me feel great to take care of my house myself, I am working to teach my children how to do this too. I want them to learn how to dust and vacuum. I am teaching them the value of hard work. Part of growing up is learning how to take care of yourself, which includes your home. My kids know how to do many chores. They don’t get any instant gratification from doing this (we don’t give allowance or rewards for doing the things which are expected), however, they will benefit from the knowledge as they grow and especially when they are out on their own.
Again, I am not saying hiring someone is wrong. I don’t believe that it is. If it works for you, then that is just great and I am happy for you. However, for me, it just doesn’t work and is something I can’t do.
Do you hire someone to clean your house? Why or why not?
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