I've been browsing Angie's List frequently these past few months, getting ready for our big house remodel project. (Did I forget to tell you? WE OWN A NEW HOUSE!)
It is more than half as big again as our current condo, and it has three bedrooms. I can't tell you how excited I am to not share a bedroom with a child...soon, very soon! :) (First we have to fix it up. So "soon" will probably be 2-3 months. But still!)
But back to what I meant to write about. In browsing Angie's List, I found an amazing deal for 3 hours of deep housecleaning. I had been feeling so overwhelmed, and on top of it all had worked a 3 day birth (and thus had some extra money in the budget) so I bought it. Monday morning a team of lovely women came to my house, asked a couple of questions, and got to work. I took the boys to McDonald's and the park and came back three hours later.
My house? It SPARKLED. The place was spotless. When they said "deep cleaning", they meant it...they had cleaned the baseboards, people. And the overhead fan. And the bathtub! My stove, which used to have black crud crusted around the burner I use most, looks almost new. They even stripped the beds and put fresh sheets on them.
I feel like a heavy burden that I didn't even know I was carrying has suddenly disappeared. I love living in a clean house. Everything seems easier! This morning after we finished school, I got out my old set of chore cards and actually did six of the "seasonal" cards. Now my bathroom not only looks clean, it is actually clean inside the cabinets. You can't see it, but I know it, and that makes a difference to me. Tomorrow I think I may wash the curtains. :)
So to any other moms who have been feeling dragged down and unable to get ahead: if you can afford it, hire a house cleaner. It isn't just for super rich folks...and it is totally, totally worth it.