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I am stuck in one of those places where there is no good solution.

In our house, I am the slob. That does not mean I am a slob, but my threshold for dirt/messiness is somewhat higher than Rich's. Very seldom does the house make it to the point where I feel like cleaning. And frankly, I dislike cleaning. I don't mind putting things away as much (books on the bookshelf, clothes in the closet, cat toys away, etc.), because  everything looks so much neater when you're done, but the actual cleaning, which makes less of a visible difference, I hate. And I hate it twice as much when someone makes me do it when I don't think it's necessary. Rich will occasionally announce that we need to spend the next hour or so cleaning, which I never want to do. He likes to get everything done in one big push; I have more of a "5 minutes here, 10 minutes there" approach. Interspersed with rewards for myself, if I'm doing it all in one day.

Furthermore, I was raised by a woman whose philosophy was, "there are some things it's worth paying someone else to do, and cleaning is one of them." Hell, yeah.

Right now, he's stressed out about the upcoming fireman's test, and the house does get on his nerves when it's messy, so he asked me to help him stay on top of it for the next month. Which I totally understand.

So, now that my raise finally came through, I'm more than willing to get someone to come in and do the cleaning stuff every week or two weeks. Except, Rich hates the idea of a stranger coming in and cleaning. I think it sounds like the best thing ever. I wouldn't even mind being there while the person is cleaning, since he can get remarkably paranoid, though I wouldn't mind handing over a key to someone who came vouched for. But the main point is, he wants me (and himself) to do it, and I'd really prefer someone else to do it. Because I hate it, and frankly, when you force me to do something I hate, I do a freakin' half-assed job anyway. So if I pay someone, not only will I be happier, but it will get done better. But bringing someone in will just stress him out more, which is the last thing I want to do right now.

Sigh. I hate cleaning. This sucks.



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Jun. 30th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Pay Rich to clean!

I know I'd take that deal.
Jul. 1st, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
I'm so with you on this because I HATE cleaning house. But I (like your hub) also don't like having random housecleaning people in my home. Currently I grit my teeth and bitch under my breath while swabbing toilets and dusting and running the vacuum.
Jul. 1st, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
I have no problem whatsoever with random cleaning people. I love them, because their presence means I don't have to clean.

And I'm willing to only have them over while I'm home - which the cleaning people probably don't like much, but understand, I'm sure.
Jul. 5th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
That's a shame. I always think that outside cleaning help has saved more marriages/roommateships than not, but Rich would have to be into it too.
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