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a bargain luxury

March 23rd, 2010 at 09:09 pm

As I wrote earlier I got a cleaner again after I retired. I asked myself if I had tons of money what would I change about my life, and the only thing I could come up with was to get my house cleaned once a month. My upstairs is about 600 square feet. 2 bedrooms, a bath and a 10 x 10 storage room that I turned into my craft room. The 2nd bedroom and bath are only used once a year or so. My craft room is too messy to have anyone in there and my office has things piled around that I'd just as soon not have people look at, so I only have the cleaners clean the stairs and landing. The downstairs is around a 1000 square feet. Living room/dining room, kitchen/laundry, a half bath, master bedroom and master bath. I have the cleaners do all the downstairs, around a 1000 square feet total.

Two cleaners come and they finish in about an hour and 15 minutes. They charge $25 an hour, so $62.50. I feel that this is a huge bargain. I hate house cleaning and having my whole house clean at once is wonderful. It's also a luxury since I could do this myself, I just don't want to. Smile

After the cleaners leave I usually start a new jigsaw puzzle on my dining room table. This gives me plenty of time to complete it before they come back. Last month though I had a 1000 piece puzzle that I got from the trift store and it was missing 2 pieces. It was only 1.99 and provided many hours of entertainement, but it was disappointing to have the missing pieces. I often buy jigsaws from the thrift store and garage sales and this is only the second time that I've had missing pieces.

The new puzzle is 1000 pieces and called Wildflowers. A bunch of individual boxes with a different type of wildflower in each box. It would have been a lot more interesting if they had labeled each box. It was a gift from someone and looks fairly simple. I like really difficult puzzles that are least a 1000 pieces. I figure if I'm going to start a puzzle I want a challenge that will take me some time and make my brain work Smile

I finished reading my book Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. Supernatural - very good. This is a really good series.

5 Responses to “a bargain luxury”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    I have two girls that clean my house every week and I love it!

  2. Analise Says:

    I have my CA house cleaned twice a month and included this "luxury" in my retirement budget. Like you, I could do it myself but just don't want to, especially since I am allergic to dust.

  3. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    I have a cleaning lady once every two weeks. Even while unemployed. It has saved my marriage.

  4. elisabeth Says:

    Loved Moon Called. Her new book came out today Silver Bourne. I am trying to resist buying and wait until the library copy comes in.

  5. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    ah, this is such a tough topic. I can't bring myself to hire someone to clean my house, but get very bent out of shape and resentful when the hubby and kids do not do enough to help (nor do it as good as I want).

    Fortunately, I am getting less and less worked up over it with age. For example, dishes can stay in the sink one night (only a couple small ones)! Or I just don't care if the nice downstairs is dusty (I HATE dusting). And believe it or not, the kids' rooms don't have to be fully neat and tidy (I get on their case only about once a week or even longer now!!) WHEE just in time for them to become teenagers in a few years. UH OH!

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