Monday, February 20th 2006
Even the Windows are Clean

(Before I jump in here, let me clarify something about my Big Run-In With The Law: I had to sign something promising to call the judge by a certain date. Not optional. Yikes!)

On with the post…

I was greatly excited last week to find new housecleaners. Housekeepers, maids? I don’t know. But I go through them way quickly, as some don’t like me, I don’t like others, and still others? Don’t clean floors. Really. Some DO NOT clean floors. Whaaa?

Anyway, I like the new ones, they like me, and they do floors. Which is important, because if my floors are dirty, it just feels like the whole house is dirty.

They’re a married couple and lovely. But today they arrived an hour late and in a fight. Can you say, ‘awkward?’ He had forgotten the cleaning rags, and she was furious with him. I got them some of mine, tried to lighten the mood, no dice. Then she came over to me and asked if she ‘had to clean’ a certain room, since it was especially messy with ‘stuff everywhere.’ (It wasn’t, actually – she should see that room normally!) What do you say? Um, ‘yes you do, because that’s why you’re here?’ Seems snotty, huh? I smiled and said ‘of course not.’ Because, hello? She’s mad. And technically, of course, she doesn’t have to clean anything she doesn’t want to and I am so blessed by her superior domestic skills and please please don’t go away and make me find someone new! I’ve looked, and some of those other people DON’T CLEAN FLOORS, y’all.

So I packed up the babies and got myself out of there as quickly as is possible for one mom with a purse, a diaper bag, one toddler and one baby in a big carrier. Which, of course, is NOT fast enough. But we tried.

They were in a slightly better mood, collectively, when we returned a couple hours later. I hope this works, since I really, really  like them. And? Smiling and saying, "of course not’ was totally the right move, since sometime after my departure she cleaned the room she found most offensively messy and it looks wonderful now.

I’m certain things worked out between them, and this is not the norm. They have 12 kids. Yes, 12. And surely they’ve had bigger issues to resolve with raising those kids than forgetting a few minor supplies.

At least, that’s what I’m telling myself, because I really really like them AND they clean floors.

(And windows – inside and out! Who does that?!)


21 Comments on “Even the Windows are Clean”

February 20th, 2006
9:42 pm

I want a cleaning person – or persons. Want to send them over here? I don’t think the outside of my windows have been cleaned since we moved in.

February 20th, 2006
10:08 pm

I am the cleaning persons!!!

February 20th, 2006
10:13 pm

I used to be my mom’s housecleaner until I started working full-time again. Her insurance paid me since she is disabled and can’t do most of the work herself.

Before I worked for her she had some doozies for house cleaners. One of them stole her camera. Another stole silverware. Another would sit in the basement and read.

After I left, she finally found a good housekeeper who she likes and who doesn’t steal from her. Can you believe the nerve of someone to steal from a disabled person? Rrrggghh!

February 20th, 2006
10:22 pm

In our old neighborhood, we were proud to say that ours was the only house with the tile shower intact. Yes, all the other tile showers in our culdesac had cracked and worse. THEN I hired someone to clean the house, and guess what? The shower tiles cracked. The moral of the story is there’s something to be said for lax housekeeping…

February 20th, 2006
10:23 pm

Forgot to add a congrats on finding decent help :-)

February 20th, 2006
10:25 pm

Wahhhh, you have people to clean your house.


February 20th, 2006
10:37 pm

Wow! good for you.I hope it works out. I have the same problem keeping good help. I’m beginning to wonder “could it be me”? NAH. No way. ;D

February 20th, 2006
11:52 pm

I must say I am jealous, too, but I won’t hold it against you ; ) Hope it all goes well. Thanks for stopping by today!

February 21st, 2006
4:11 am

You have cleaning people??!! So so jealous right now.

Thanks for stopping by my place.

February 21st, 2006
7:01 am

Man, I’d like a job like that! (the ones who don’t do______ ) “I’m a professional housekeeper. You pay me, I clean. Only I won’t clean.”

At A Hen's Pace
February 21st, 2006
8:52 am

See–you do know someone with more kids than you!

February 21st, 2006
9:48 am

Man, it’d be nice to have a maid. But, yeah, they’d have to clean floors b/c I DO NOT like mopping. Or folding clothes. If I could find somebody to do those two things, life would be good! Well, life is good anyway, but you know what I mean!

Mama B
February 21st, 2006
12:14 pm

I’m definately looking into getting a housekeeper. The tough part is finding a really good and honest one.

February 21st, 2006
12:24 pm

I want a cleaning person! They would have to do floors and laundry. But man, 12 kids! Wow!

Corina Bowen
February 21st, 2006
12:50 pm

Oh, I am so jealous! How many times do they come in a week- month?

February 21st, 2006
1:37 pm

Well, that worked out well. Nicely done, K.

I’ll have to share my cleaning lady’s story soon. I’ve been meaning to, but just haven’t. I will tell you the moral of the story, however; You never know how God’s going to use you in someone else’s life, so show some grace and patience. Sounds to me like you did just that.

February 21st, 2006
3:47 pm


I musn’t comment on this post.

Just kidding, KEWL for you!!!

February 22nd, 2006
8:28 am

Wow! Your new blogskin looks fantastic! I love the colors — and the design is WAY fun. I feel like I’m already reading your mom-lit book. Hope your writing’s going well.

February 22nd, 2006
12:00 pm

wish i had some cool ideas for the costume – but i . don’t. sorry. but i AM excited to hear what happened. i’ve discovered something new that may revolutionize my world; hot glue gun. yes. seems like that could start something fun. :)


She Lives
February 26th, 2006
8:53 pm

She’s Got a Housekeeper – Part 1

A recent post at HolyMama about housekeepers triggered some housekeeper thoughts of my own. I asked mine if I could share her story and she sort of shrugged and said, I don’t care in that semi-surly way of hers that

Cary Frank
November 12th, 2008
11:03 pm


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