|My regular readers (that are really growing from months to months!) know that my wife is on maternity leaves with two kids at home. I would really be able to keep her at home and offer her the option of going back to school. This is why I made created my $1,500 project. However, today, I am going totally the other way with this post. I am actually trying to find a housecleaning lady to help us out in the house.|
|While it is not creating money, it will actually take more money away from my wallet every month. I think money is not the only thing in life and that our life quality is more important than anything else. Nonetheless, having a housecleaning lady is not an easy choice to make for many reasons.How people will look at you
In order to understand fully this point, you have to know where I live. In Quebec, the average income per person is around 25K to 27K CDN (which is now the same thing as USD!). More than that, our population has been influenced by politicians and religion for a good hundred years to believe that money is evil and that we were born to live modestly. In French, there is an old saying that goes like this: “Nous sommes nÃ©s pour un petit pain”, literally it gives: “We are born for a small bread”. So basically, small is beautiful and we do not deserve better.
This is why we asked ourselves how our entourage will look at us if they knew we were thinking of having a housecleaning lady. They would probably see us as being lazy or unable to manage our career, our children and our household. Or, the other way, it might creates jealousy. In the middle of that, we would probably find some people that would understand and agree with our decision. Nonetheless, we decided to keep it quiet for now. Anyway, what’s happening in our house, should stay in our house right?
Why purposely increasing our payment?
At first glance, it seems that we just found another to spend more money. Especially if we consider the fact that my wife is at home for the next year and could handle the house by herself. But is it not as simple as that. I personally can not help her much to keep the house as I am full time working, full time MBA and full time blogging. My blog (and other internet project I’m working on presently) are part of my plan for creating more steady income. I rather work on my MBA and my blog and increase my income than cleaning my house. This leaves her all alone to take care of the house and the kids (we are not a big fan of daycare so my son goes only two to three days a week and my little one stays at home). She is able to do everything, but that keeps her busy on a full time basis. This is not really what we want. I would rather see her taking more time for her and for our children than cleaning the house. And we could do a lot more thing over the weekend! So we then decided that a lady could come once a month to take care of the big cleaning and we would keep the house clean in the meantime.
Our first try
We found a housecleaning lady about two weeks ago. She came home to make an estimate and so we can judge if we like her or not (after all, she will be in our house while we are not there). Every thing seemed fine, she looked fast and efficient, this was perfect for us. We still required to speak with other clients just in case. We received a really good feedback from the two of them. Our new life could begin already! Not really!
She was asking $60 and was cleaning our three floors for that price. We thought it was a bit expensive but we also considered that our house has a decent size (2,400 sqft with the basement). She took three hours to go across the house. My wife was pretty impress how fast she could go. Once she left, we notice that she skipped a lot of places and was cutting corners big time. I can tell you that she will not come back home! We were expecting a good service, especially for $20 an hour!
We will continue trying
I believe that if we can afford it, we should use our time to do more fun stuff than staying inside the whole weekend to make our stairs shine! Our energy could be put in activities for our family and therefore increase the quality time we spend together. We sometimes forget about ourselves as we are so concentrating living this non-stop-breatheless life. I think we could get some rest from this task. It’s like big companies, it’s all about outsourcing to concentrate on the real things (in my case, the real thing is my family!). So we will keep on going and search for a good housecleaning lady that actually take good care of cleaning everything. I’ll keep you posted!
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