There is a clear division of responsibility in our house. I cook, grocery shop, my wife does laundry and cleans. As I’ve said before, mostly because she cooks wrong and I clean wrong. We both have different expectations that the other can’t meet.
Groceries and cooking are fun. Cleaning the house, and doing laundry are not.
According to an online survey conducted by the Merry Maids, two-thirds (67 percent) of Moms say the best Mother’s Day present they could get would be having someone clean the house for them. Additionally, according to the survey, more than one third (34 percent) of Moms stated that hiring someone to help clean the house is actually more of a necessity than a luxury.
So, on this Mother’s Day weekend, the boys and I teamed up with Merry Maids to get things done for Mom.
AND Merry Maids‘ national home cleaning expert Debra Johnson, provided us with the secret ninja skills needed to get things done up to Mom’s specs.
Do not be in a hurry when vacuuming. Slow vacuuming will allow a vacuum cleaner to do its best work by vibrating carpet fibers which allows dust to be released and contained in the vacuum.
Even when bags are used to line trash cans, spills may occur. Cleaning inside the trash can is important to assist with odor control and to discourage insects.
Instructions learned, and coupons cut out, we got up early on Mother’s Day and made Mama her favorite coffee and breakfast,
gave her some chore coupons (along with her Mother’s Day Journal filled with handprints, and cards, and letters).
The coupons were greeted with very generous “yay!” by my wife who, as she does every weekend, had spent Saturday doing laundry, tidying bathrooms, and picking up the house. The vacuuming had been missed.
Then, while Mama enjoyed breakfast in bed, we went back downstairs to clean up the breakfast mess, and empty the dishwasher.
Then Mama came and put her feet up while we vacuumed all around her. “OMG, I thought you were just saying that you were going to do that,” she said as she came downstairs to the sound of Charlie vacuuming.
“No, Mama. We are going to do this for you,” beamed Charlie.
The idea is that now that we know how to clean properly (thanks Merry Maids), and have shown that we can do it up to an exacting Mom’s standards, will we do it more often? Maybe.
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