Tuesday, February 2, 2016

How to Keep Your House Clean (almost) Painlessly

How to Keep Your House Clean (almost) Painlessly

When my daughter left home for Bible school at age eighteen, her younger brother and I divided the house cleaning chores she usually did. I noticed that my son completed his chores every week. But mine languished. 

Of course, I was paying him to scrub toilets and mop floors, while I did it for free. Since I hate housework, it’s no wonder I wasn't motivated by love for a clean environment alone.

Two decades later, I set aside money for house cleaning, and then gave it to my husband and myself on days we did heavy cleaning. I still didn’t enjoy the chores, but since I knew there was a bit of green waiting for me at the end of the day, I was more motivated to clean.

These days, we split the chores up between the three of us--my husband, my son and myself, and mostly get them done before the dust police come to arrest us. I use what money I might have paid us to go out to eat--a favorite sport we all enjoy. 

I've also hired cleaning ladies to do the jobs for me that I hated or didn't have time to do. We pay people to make birthday cakes, build houses, and fix cars for us when we don’t feel competent. Why not have someone do the dirty jobs we don’t WANT to do, or don’t have time to do?

How do you keep your house clean? If you have kids at home, do you pay them to help do the dirty work? Have you ever hired a cleaning lady?