I have this problem. (One of many.) I'm house-keeping challenged. I blame my ADD. See, every time I try to clean a room, I get side-tracked by some small insignificant detail in the room. For example: I might go to put something away and notice the drawer where it belongs is a mess. So I start cleaning out and organizing the drawer. Then realize that to properly organize said drawer I need a drawer organizer. Which means a trip to the 100 Yen store. Which may take a few days to get to. And wherein (when I eventually make it) I will be sidetracked by all the cool stuff, buy supplies for an art project I'll never complete, and forget the drawer organizer.
So you see, my home is never very tidy. (But I'll be darned if my drawers and cupboards don't look AWESOME!)
I thought it was pretty bad!
Then I got pregnant.
Got morning sickness.
Took lots of naps.
Got a nasty cold.
Got over the cold.
Got the flu.
Didn't shower or get out of bed for two days.
(ad nauseam, if you will)
And weeks ago I gave up even trying. The kitchen makes me sick. The bathrooms make me sick. Thinking about cleaning anything makes me sick. So I've stopped all that nonsense.
And it turns out I must have been accomplishing something before, because things around here have actually gotten a lot worse.
Doug helps all he can (with only a slightly disgruntled air) but he's only home for so many hours. And he's already doing all the cooking.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
I called in the heavy artillery.
I hired a Mamasan.
What is a Mamasan? A Mamasan is a magical being.
A Mamasan is a Japanese lady--usually an old lady--who will come to your house and work wonders.
She is (usually) hired to babysit or clean.
She (usually) rides to your house on her bike.
The standard fee is (usually) 5,000 yen/day. (Roughly $60.)
And she (usually) wants lunch. Or in some cases, coffee or a Coke.
My Mamasan (whose name I wrote down but now can't find the paper) came at 8:30 a.m. last Monday and left around 14:45. (2:45 p.m.) I got her a Subway sandwich. (Like I said--I don't go in the kitchen these days.) She brought her own Instant Coffee.
While she was here she cleaned the kitchen, the bathrooms, straightened the bedrooms (made the beds) and vacuumed all the carpet.
While she was here, I left and did my Visiting Teaching!
Talk about a win/win.
She's coming again next week and I can hardly wait.
I know it wont last long. Doug is too cheap and my nausea is easing somewhat. But I'm going to enjoy it while I can.
And on a totally unrelated note:
Isn't this a cute family tree Max and I made? It includes three boys, two parents, and six grandparents.
That makes three whole things I've accomplished in the last 3 months. Hire Mamasan to clean: check! Visiting Teaching: check! Help with school project: check!
Good to know I can still pull my own weight around here!!!
(Oh yeah! And Write Blog Post: CHECK! I'm totally awesome!!!)