I Fired my Housekeeper…

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“Good things happen when you get your priorities straight.” Scott Caan

I fired my housekeeper. Those of you who know me know what a big deal that is! You know how long and hard I fought for the “privilege” of paying someone to clean my house. It took me at least 25 years to break the Hubs down and get him to agree to this and once I did there was no going back! No going back, at least, until I took a good hard look at where my money was going. Paying someone to clean my house was probably one of the most self-indulgent things I’ve ever done in my life. I felt a good bit of shame when I thought about it because it really was selfish but what’s done is done. Since Doctor Who isn’t a “thing” in my world, there’s no turning back time to change anything. Moving on…

So now that I’m back to cleaning my own house again, I’ve had to figure out how to do it efficiently since I’m still as busy as I ever was. Once the Hubs got over the shock of me agreeing to fire the housekeeper, he agreed to take on some of the house cleaning chores. That was HUGE for me, since during the time before we had a housekeeper I was primarily responsible for keeping everything up. Between the Hubs, Sonny and me, we’ve divided up the chores so that everyone is contributing to keeping the house neat. It’s not perfect by any means but I couldn’t be happier! Now if I could only figure out a way to keep the dogs from shedding…

I’ve decided the best way to proceed is to stick to basically the same 2x/month schedule we had with the housekeeper. While I’m not a drill sergeant about it, we all know what we need to do and when we need to do it. My primary housekeeping job is the bathrooms. As much as I love them, there’s NO way my guys could clean bathrooms the way I think they need to be cleaned. Thankfully we only have 2 (at least until the basement is finished, but that’s a WHOLE other story…) so it only takes me about an hour 2x/month to get it done. It amazes me that I couldn’t find the time to do this in the past! 2 hours a month! D’oh!

One of the great time and money saving cleaning hacks I’ve discovered is the Vinegar & Blue Dawn hack. Vinegar is well known as a great natural cleaner and it is also a natural disinfectant. Not hospital grade disinfectant but it’ll kill some germs. Anyhow, I mix equal parts of blue Dawn dish liquid (it has to be blue for some reason but I’m good with that) and vinegar and put it in a spray bottle. It’s a little messy so I don’t use it on everything but I do use it on my bath tubs & shower. You could probably use the vinegar by itself but the Dawn helps it stick to the shower walls. Spray and leave for a few minutes, then rinse. The vinegar smell is not overwhelming, and I can’t remember the last time I saw my shower so shiny! It’s the little things, right?

Before y’all start thinking I’m the nastiest housekeeper this side of Oscar’s trash can, for the toilets and sinks it’s bleach all the way, baby! Lysol makes a good cleaner with bleach, and you can usually find coupons and sales at your grocery stores regularly. I stock up whenever I see it on sale.

I had been using paper towels but that got pretty costly pretty fast. The Hubs is a car guy and he usually has a pretty good supply of microfiber shop towels on hand. I’ll snag a few from his supply and keep them separate from his so that I’m not cleaning with greasy towels. Occasionally I’ll accompany him on his trips to the auto parts store or the hardware store and the microfiber towels they sell are usually a pretty good bargain! If you need something with a bit more scrubbing power, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are daBOMB!

So, what are some of your time saving, money saving cleaning hacks? Please share in the comments!

Be well and God Bless…until we meet again.

 

Author: olderwisermoneymiser

I’m a 50-something wife, mom, and full time accounting administrator sharing my journey from work to retirement.

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