canning the housecleaner

I did something crazy a few weeks ago.  I let my housecleaner go.  He was great.  No complaints there.  But I had been thinking about it for awhile and just decided to go ahead and do it.  It was really a bit of luxury for us and great while it lasted.  Originally he came every two weeks and then we went to every three weeks with my supplemental cleaning in between.  I loved coming home on those Thursdays to a clean and refreshed house.  Chris cleaned for us for about a year and before that, at our other house Barb also cleaned for a little over a year.

Why would I do this??  I honestly can't say that I had any inclination that the stock market was going to go below 8500 points and I was taking advance steps towards tightening our budget at home.  A general tightening of the budget was in my mind, and I also wondered if it was really necessary for our tiny family of two to have a housecleaner (the house, except for the bathrooms, never gets that dirty anyway).

But there is another part of me that felt that I lost touch with my own house.  Is that weird?  I think there is a benefit to being engaged with your home and something both meaningful and practical that is lost when everything is left to the hired help.  When I am the one scrubbing the bathroom floor I notice the that caulk along the base of the tub needs to be done and I make a mental note of it.  The housecleaner is not necessarily going to notice and even if he or she does they may not remember to tell you about it.  On a less practical note is not the scrubbing and dusting just as much a part of making a home as say the decorating and cooking?

I am not implying by any means that I am noble or deserve a pat on the back because I am back to cleaning my own house.  I am just glad to be an active particpant in the 'keeping' process again, I guess.

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