Outsourcing our 'domestic demands'

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Registered: 10-02-2006
Outsourcing our 'domestic demands'
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Thu, 03-13-2008 - 10:55pm

About 10 yrs ago I was listening to a VP at my company (fortune 500) and realized that she had it all - the career/kids/husband (not in any particular order).

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Registered: 10-24-2007
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 1:01pm

>>So, you recognize that if you see doing all your own housework as one of many ways to help instill personal responsibility in yourselves and in your kids, and the choice to use it or not as essentially value-free.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 1:04pm

You posted:


">>In our case, it's 90 minutes every two weeks. Surely it's no biggie to plan a trip to the grocery store or a playdate for that short a time?<<


6 minutes a day....to me the hassle (if hassle = unnecessary annoyance) of even having to be there at a certain time to let them in, and to leave certain areas dirty for a day or two because the cleaner's coming on Friday and that's what they're planning on doing, would outweight the benefit of saving myself 6 whole minutes a day."


My response:


But this is a fallacious argument, because you cannot do any kind of serious deep cleaning in six minute increments.

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Registered: 12-29-2004
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 1:09pm

I guess I'm no closer than before to really seeing your personal objection to hiring a cleaner.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 1:10pm

"Everyone that

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Registered: 10-24-2007
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 1:12pm

If your cleaning service

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Registered: 03-17-2008
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 1:15pm
It does with the pers. resp. of keeping your own house.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 1:18pm

"If your cleaning service

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Registered: 10-24-2007
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 1:18pm

>>I guess I'm no closer than before to really seeing your personal objection to hiring a cleaner.<<


It's not an objection, it's a personal preference.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 1:21pm
You are uncomfortable with having servants, basically. Many people are, so I can understand that. Perhaps because I have also worked as a servant, it does not bother me.
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Registered: 07-17-2007
Mon, 03-17-2008 - 1:26pm

"Everyone that I know who has a cleaning service (a few people) has to prepare the rooms that are to be deep-cleaned - de-cluttering surfaces (even if the clutter is clutter that is meant to be there and will be put back after cleaning), for example. "

We do pickup the night before our cleaning lady comes. I tell the kids we pay her to clena not to pick up the house. For those of us on the sloppier side of life, it is a good thing. The house gets a thorough pick up once a fortnight and then gets deeper cleaned. Otherwise, we would be knee deep in junk. For me, at least, it keeps the house semi respectable.

One of the other reasons we have a cleaning lady is the I get migraines from the cleaning supplies (no matter how environmentally friendly) and DH doesn't really have the time.

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