Today, we have a cleaning lady coming to “assess” our house. Dave and I mutually agreed that we could squeeze a monthly deep clean into our budget, so we’ve started shopping around. So today, I’m going to invite a stranger into my home to tell me how messy it is, and how much I’m going to pay her to clean it.
Maybe I’m being a bit of a drama queen here. I mean, I’m absolutely thrilled that we are able to afford a little help. But I can’t help but think my “Stay-at-Home Mom Card” is being taken away from me…or at least being scrutinized a bit. I am the first to agree that raising 3 little kids is hard. I certainly don’t sit on my couch eating bon-bons all day. And add to that a 3,000 square foot house that just always seems dirty and cluttered. And then there’s dinner, and grocery shopping, and laundry….don’t even get me started.
And I do realize that my awesome JOB, as a stay-at-home mom, is to raise my kids. But also to keep house a little, you know? I feel like I should be able to handle the dust bunnies, loads of laundry, and vacuuming. After all, I have my monthly cleaning calendars and short bursts of time when children are sleeping or playing nicely. And I’ve got Dave and the kids that help out a lot too…the kids even have chore charts and age appropriate daily responsibilities. But it’s the deep cleaning that I struggle with.
So admitting that I need a little extra help with scrubbing showers, cleaning baseboards and washing windows isn’t all that bad, right?
But. Even I know I shouldn’t, I feel like the cleaning lady will always be judging my dirty, cluttered house….and thinking, what does this lady do all day?!?!
So this morning, I am cleaning. To impress the cleaning lady.