ADVICE / 57
today’s question asked: “how do you keep your house clean as a freelancer?”
i think bri and i will be on the same page here: we don’t.
after working all week, the last thing i want to do is clean. it feels like such a waste of those precious hours of free time. it’s not worth it to me. i also don’t want to waste that time arguing with my husband on who’s turn it is to scrub the bathroom. so last year after many “it’s your turn” disagreements we decided to hire a house keeper. best money we’ve ever spent. my favorite days are now tuesdays because when i come home from work our apartment is sparkling. we pay her $90 each time for a 1 bedroom apartment around 800 sq ft in brooklyn. my friend down the street pays $60 for the same thing but i like and trust my lady. she makes these little ocd arrangements of things around the apartment when she isn’t sure where things should go.
before we got help i would just put in the extra 5 minutes to clean up my work station wether it was on my desk, the living room floor or the kitchen. wherever. bri and i wrote about this a little bit ago. just taking those extra minutes made it easier the next day. there wasn’t a mess for someone to look at and get annoyed by.
clothes piled in the closet…that is a different story…
yes, i admit it. i used to be the messiest kid in the nation. my mom is the NEATEST and would get so mad when my closet would fill up with clothes and i would just walk on the pile to get to the other side. some people hate cilantro, i hate hanging up clothes. it’s my weakness while i have grown up a little bit and don’t usually leave a pile on the floor, i am still not great at it. i told myself i would eat out 3 times less in the month (and just cook at home) and hire a house keeper once every two weeks. some weeks i barely have time to even hang out with a friend, and i decided it was time to splurge and get some of my free time back. and like katie said, before the house keeper, there were fights with my guy. this helped that too.
so, do you splurge on cleaning help? or do you have a cleaning routine that works for you? i remember a friend told me once that she loves to clean, that it’s her favorite activity when she’s overwhelmed. this shocked me! it’s funny how different people can be, huh?