Y’all, I finally did something I’ve been wanting to do for over two years now. I’ve hired someone to clean my house on a weekly basis. Not only that, but she’s also going to do my grocery shopping for me, and do any necessary food prep (i.e., washing/chopping/bagging veggies) for that week’s recipes so that my time spent in the kitchen cooking meals each day can be a bit more efficient and streamlined.
I know it probably doesn’t seem like a big deal to some of you, but for a fiercely independent person like me to finally admit that she needs help with normal life things like cleaning and grocery shopping, that’s a big deal. Heck, I’ve only just now gotten to the point where I can admit that remodel-related things are too much for me, like leveling the breakfast room floor with new concrete. And after watching that process (that took three men), I’m so glad I didn’t attempt that myself!! I would have been a puddle of tears covered in concrete! 😀
But I finally came to the realization last week (with quite a bit of urging from Matt) that with all of the work I do around here (remodeling + DIY projects + writing a blog + taking care of Matt every day), I deserve to treat myself and have some regular weekly help around here.
And after dragging my feet on hiring someone for over two years now, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders! Not only will I have help, but I’ll have help from someone I really like and trust. Someone I know is a hard worker and will get in here and get stuff done. And most of all, I’m excited that it will free me up to work on the house more.
And the way it came about is kind of interesting.
When Matt finally urged me to just pick up the phone and call a cleaning service, I went to Angie’s List and found the top-rated company in our area and tried to make an appointment. She wasn’t in the office, so she took my contact info and said she’d get back with me the next day to schedule an appointment. I never heard back from her.
So last week, I made an appointment with another locally-owned cleaning company. One of the owners came out and gave me an estimate. And while she seemed perfectly nice, and I know they could handle the job of cleaning perfectly fine, I thought the prices were too high. I mean, their prices were quite a bit higher here in this small-ish city of Waco than what my bonus sister Cathi pays to have her house cleaned by a reputable company in the DFW area. So that disappointed me.
I know I could have called around to other companies, but I just kept thinking that none of them would do everything for me that I needed/wanted. I really just wanted to find a trustworthy woman who I could pay to do the two specific things I needed — cleaning and shopping.
So yesterday morning, Matt and I were talking about it again, and I said, “You know, if I could hire any person I wanted, I’d hire the manager at [a restaurant close to our house where we eat frequently].” And he said, “Well, ask her! You never know.”
So after our conversation, I headed over to the restaurant and asked her, and she was interested! I think she was also a bit shocked that I was asking her pretty much out of the blue, but I just explained that every time I was in there, I was very impressed with her work ethic. She works extremely hard, and she works fast. She’s a manager and has been with that company for 20 years, so I know she’s responsible. She’s friendly and has a great personality. And as a bonus, she works with food everyday, so the shopping and food prep shouldn’t be a problem for her.
She came over yesterday to see the house, and we chatted for probably an hour. I had to laugh, because she said, “Kristi, when you told me that you work from home, I pictured you sitting behind a computer all day long. I had no idea this is what you meant by working from home!” 😀
Ha! Yeah…explaining what I do for a living can be a tricky thing. 😀
As it turns out, she lives about nine streets over from me. And while she was here, she said that her mother-in-law had worked in the hospitality industry for many years, and that if I was okay with it, they might be able to do this together and get it done faster and split the money. And her mother-in-law lives three streets over from me! So I asked her if she’d like to call her mother-in-law and invited her over to see the house and meet me. She came right over, and the three of us chatted for a while and worked out a schedule.
I love it when things work out. I’m really hoping that this does work out for the long run, and that it doesn’t become too much for her with her normal work schedule. I don’t think she would be easy to replace.
Things seem to be going my way lately! I think I’ve found “my people” for remodel-related stuff. I found super dependable concrete guys who can also do other remodel-related things. (They came back last Monday and hauled away all of my piles and piles of construction debris and about 30 bags of filled contractor bags at a very reasonable price.) And now I have someone who can help me weekly with cleaning and grocery shopping.
And now I’m thinking I could really get used to this. 😀 I already have someone who mows my yard twice a month. Heck, who else do I need in my life?
What types of things do you pay to have done on a regular basis? Do you have someone clean your house? Do yard work? Walk your dog? What else have I been missing out on all these years? 😀 And how do you go about finding reliable people? Do you use Angie’s List? Referrals from friends and family?