Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cleaning house

Yesterday, I had to mop my own floor for the first time in almost a year. Don't hate me.

Of course I've spot-cleaned the floor during that period. And I've vacuumed and dusted and cleaned toilets and sinks and most any other housecleaning task you can imagine. But a full-scale floor mop? Nope.

But yesterday, Tuesday, the usual day our houseboy comes, was Eid, the major holiday to mark the end of Ramadan. So our houseboy didn't come. Since the girls and I had already prepped the house for cleaning, though, we decided to - gasp! - do it ourselves. How novel.

So we broke out the broom and the vacuum and the Dettol and the mop and went for it. I was immediately reminded of all the things I dislike about trying to clean floors with the "help" of small children. Miriam kept whacking things with the long broom handle. Magdalena dragged her blankie through a dirt pile. Both of them walked through a freshly mopped section of floor, leaving little footprints. Then they fought over who got to mop which stair. It brought to mind all over again how awesome it is that a dude comes to our house once a week and cleans it while the girls and I walk to the library and then go home and read books together.

Of course I know that sweeping and mopping and vacuuming are valuable skills to teach children, and I promise I'm not neglecting that (as evidenced by yesterday). My kids are definitely aware that it takes work to clean a home - it just so happens that a lot of the work is done by an Indian guy instead of mom. And for now, I'm taking advantage of this season of life.


Crys said...

You are such a lucky girl!!! And i think it is totally amazing that all kids pull the same things when "helping" mop the floor :)

Suzanne Bubnash said...

My helper is here this morning, a 2x/month deal. Considering that I cleaned 100% by myself for over 30 years, there's no guilt involved. And if it was as inexpensive as your guy I'd have help every single week, year in and year out. Enjoy!!

Amanda said...

1- I hate you.

2- I only mop after the kids go to bed, and then it's always messed up as soon as they wake up, so why not let them help?

3- I don't really hate you, but I am extremely jealous.

robin said...

i'm glad i'm not the only one who doesn't mop. stinkin' florida and its tile floors. they kill me. i go months without mopping (sweeping and spot-cleaning aside. i hate it.)

now, let's talk about cleaning the showers...

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