A couple of years ago when I found out my brother and his wife hired a cleaning service to come twice a month I will admit I was a little jealous. They could afford it since they both worked full time and that was also the reason they did not have a lot of time for household chores if they were to spend any sort of time together. I would not have had any reason better than being tired of cleaning up the same messes everyday and with only one income there were many other things on which the money could be better spent. Still I feel like I never get past the surface of new messes and consequently the deep cleaning does not happen as often as I would like, so there is definitely appeal to the idea of some helping hands.
Fast forward to this past summer when we moved across the country, we found out my husband was deploying again and that I was expecting a third baby. He had been home for my pregnancies and births for our first two kids and I felt a little disappointed that I would not get all of the pampering and extra help I would need during those often overwhelming times. I do not remember how it came up, but one of the first families I met who was getting ready to move raved about her cleaning lady. Knowing we were a few months from deployment and that a baby would mean more laundry and kids to care for on my own, I asked for her information to tuck away just in case.
One of the blessings of pregnancy is that you can rationalize a number of things you would not otherwise consider and with the deployment just around the corner and my nausea and fatigue at it’s worst I contacted her earlier than I had planned. I was able to grab an opening for every other week that had become available. She has come twice now and it is fantastic to have the “dirty work” done more thoroughly than I would be able to get done with the kids at home, plus an extra wipe down of all the daily messes.
As lovely as our dear cleaning woman is with her dusting, vacuuming, mopping and scrubbing, there are a few things she does not do. She does not do the laundry, dishes or polishing of our wooden furniture. I also need to maintain the daily sweeping, wiping and cleaning so unfortunately, I cannot toss my cleaning supplies aside. Some new products I have been able to try are Seventh Generation’s new specialty cleaners, their hand care dish liquid and Natural Laundry Detergent Packs. It is nice to have some specialty cleaners for wood and stainless steel that do not smell overwhelmingly strong and toxic, and the pre-measured laundry detergent pods have been great to toss in our every day loads. They are also boring and white, so they do not have the candy-like appeal that many of the detergent packs have been having for young children.
What did you, or do you plan to, rationalize during pregnancy? I have got to say that a cleaning lady as my splurge this pregnancy has been a lot kinder to my waist line as I am trying to be stricter about healthy eating and I gave into some extra hands instead!
You may also want to check out the Cleanhouse Challenge “an interactive experience designed to educate consumers about keeping a green, healthy house, while incentivizing them with coupons and prizes” which is hosted by Seventh Generation and Real Simple through October 31, 2012.
Product samples were provided to facilitate the review portion of this article. No monetary compensation was received and the views and opinions are my own.