Saturday, January 2, 2016

House Work Is Hard Work

I hate house work.  But I hate dust more.  There was a time when I was younger, a time when I have an abundance of energy, dusting and cleaning was something I do every weekend.  Everything was in their proper places, any spillage was wiped up immediately and any dirt or dust will be sweep away.  Bed sheets and blankets were washed every weekend and curtains every month.

Then I had my daughter.  After working in the office all day and coming home to take care of her took some of my energy away.  I was already in my forties and I needed help.  So I engaged a domestic maid to help out.  She did all the house work for me.  My house was spic and span, I go to work and earn some money, I come home after work and play with my daughter and we all go out and have a good time during the weekends.  Life was good.  I grew lazy.

As my daughter grew older, I felt that I do not need a lived-in maid anymore.  Everyone I know who has lived-in maids started hiring hourly maids from maid agencies.  It was cheaper and there's no problem like runaway maids, maids who do not know how to use electrical appliances, maids who abuses the elderly or babies and kids etc.  I too engaged one of those hourly maids to keep my house clean.

As the years passed, I grew more and more lazy and housework became more difficult to handle.  As the demands for these hourly maids grew, the fees charged by the agencies became astronomical.  It became too expensive to keep one coming every week to do the cleaning.  When it used to be once a week sessions, it became once a fortnight, then once a month.  Finally, I decided I don't need one anymore.  I started doing my own housework.

Although the heart is willing, the body is having a hard time.  Sweeping takes longer than before and at the end of it, I am sweating like a pig!  Mopping the floors & cleaning the toilets takes my energy away.  At the end of the day after finishing all the chores, I was exhausted. There is no denying it, I DO need domestic help to do all the cleaning.  I just don't have the energy to do it alone.

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