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. I believe that there if you find a way to make your life eaiser, than it may be worth the money to do so.
The reason I don’t is self-satisfaction.
You see, I am someone who actually doesn’t mind cleaning my house. In fact, I pride myself on keeping a very clean house.
That doesn’t mean that I think it is fun. Not even close. 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.
It is the transformation of something that was dirty and making it clean again. 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, because 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, as we do not give an allowance for things they are suppose to do. However, 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. Not at all. 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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