Does having maid service make a person spend thrift? Well, in my mind it does. I feel I am perfectly capable of keeping my house clean and so I should do it myself. But these days things are very busy at work. Also, ever since I got hooked to blogging, it seems like I have very little spare time on my hands. I don’t want to spend that spare time on cleaning (and gasp cooking, but that’s a whole other story). So, around Mother’s day, when I saw a coupon for 25% off for maid service slid under my door, I gave in and called the number. The quote was quite reasonable, especially considering that it was an insured and bonded company! So I quickly set up an appointment for one-time cleaning for the next weekend.
On the weekend, three maids showed up. They went straight to the master bath and started scrubbing and cleaning. Let me stop here a bit to expound on the complexity of different cleaning chores. If you are used to doing the chores yourself, you will agree with me that not all the chores are created equal. Some (like dusting) are really easy and in a way relaxing. But cleaning bathrooms and making sure that they sparkle all the time – now, that is really a lot of hard work. Of all the cleaning chores around the house, I dread cleaning the bathroom the most. But the maids attacked the problem with gusto. They set about cleaning every nook and corner, chattering away and humming along as they worked, until my bathroom looked the way it did before I started getting lazy! I was so relieved.
To cut a long story short, they went through the rest of the house with the same enthusiasm and thoroughness. Sometimes I wonder if I have border-line OCD, and one of the places it manifests is in keeping the house clean. It felt great, for a change, to have someone else do the hard work, while I got to keep the pristine clean house.
Back in the home country, it is very common for everyone to have a maid who comes in once or twice a day and cleans the house. The maid usually spends a couple of hours in each house, and has several houses lined up throughout the day. It is sort of a regular day job with a fixed schedule. And costs a heck of a lot less than what it does here in the US. So, while I am used to living in a clean house, I am not very used to doing the work myself. When we came to the US however, I realized that maid service was well out of my reach. So, I never opted for it thus far. And even this time when I did have the maid service, it was meant to be a one-time treat.
But now that I have got the taste for it, I am extremely tempted to sign up a contract for maybe monthly or at least bi-monthly cleaning. But it feels like a lot of money to spend. Maybe I am still comparing it with the cost of having a maid in the home country. I feel that since I am physically fit enough to clean the house and do not have any kids to mess it up too bad, it is just not justified to pay the maids for the chores I am supposed to be doing. What about you all? Do you have maid service? Is it really non-frugal to pay the maids to do the chores that I am perfectly capable of doing? Or am I being too much of a miser by not allowing myself the luxury of freeing up a few hours every weekend?