I have a secret to tell you: I called a Maid Service today. EEK.
Part of it is Linda’s fault. Ever since she wrote that amazing entry (which I can’t find now, I’m sorry. I have no concept of blog time and how long ago she wrote it.) about how clean her house was after the first time the service came to her home, I have been thinking: “Wow. I have never cleaned an appliance in my life.” I mean – I kinda clean the coffee maker sometimes. And the refrigerator gets cleaned a few times a year. But other than that? Nothing. Other things that I’ve not cleaned in my home: (brace yourself, this is going to get ugly) Bathtubs. Baseboards. Tops of anything taller than me. Picture frames. Blinds. Windows. Windowsills. Etc. Etc. I clean the basics. I vacuum and dust things I can see. I keep the house clean enough to avoid calls from the health department. But I do NOT do anything more.
So – I thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone come do the BIG stuff for me?” I mean – if they’ll clean the baseboards, I’ll feel like more was accomplished each time I vacuum. If they clean the tubs, I won’t be ashamed when people come visit. If they clean my blinds – MY BLINDS WILL BE CLEAN. And that – my friends – has never happened before. EVER.
I picked up the phone yesterday, and called them to come over for an estimate. I have NO idea how much I’m willing to pay for this. I know I’m mortified and kinda thought about telling MrZ not to tell his parents. I even asked the lady if they had marked vehicles, “If you do, I may need you to park in the garage. I don’t want my neighbors knowing I called you.” You’d think I was hiding a drug habit and needed my dealer to park down the street, for chrissakes. But still! It’s embarrassing! It’s admitting I can’t do it all by myself AND I DO NOT DO THAT WELL.
Funny thing is? The lady said it wasn’t the first time she was asked that.
So – they’ll be here Tuesday. I’m kinda feeling like I should clean before they get here because I do NOT want to be the one they talk about during their meetings.
“This one lady? Had never EVER cleaned her oven. And didn’t even know how to clean her blinds.”
I’ll let you know how it goes. Until then – do you have an idea how much this might cost? Can you brace me? Do you have a secret relationship with a maid service? How do you hide it?