I don’t know about you, but I hate cleaning. I see lots of blogs about keeping our nests clean and tidy, about how to be retro mummies, or how to clean your house like a demon – but I don’t read them because I loathe anything to do with housework.
I avoid it at all costs.
Perhaps I should be reading them? Because my ironing stacks up like the leaning tower of Pisa. The floor which I vow to vacuum and mop properly early in the morning gets a quick five minute once over while the dinner is cooking, just before I hang out the washing which has been sitting in the washing machine all day long.
Please don’t tell He Himself.
I also spray the house with a nice aromatic fragrance just before he walks in the door.
Gah, I’m hopeless. I would like to be better, but there’s just so much more I want to do with my short time left on this earth than spend time cleaning up and dusting the furniture.
I need to learn how to save money and afford to hire a cleaner I reckon.
In a podcast interview I did at YTravel Blog about the pros and cons of bringing up children as global nomads , I hinted about how important it is to grab life by the horns and take responsibility for what we do and what we want in life.
So thinking about money and happiness, having more time to work on my blogs, and spending less time on the domestic drudge, I’ve been plotting to find a way that I could legitimately afford a cleaner.
I’m taking charge. Yes, I’d like to live the good life.
What do you think? Cut out all the little extras that add up?
Are you with me?
7 ways to save money without really trying too hard
- Borrow books, DVD’s and magazines from the library instead of buying or renting them.
- Quit the cappuccionos and brew our own coffee (remember to take a flask to the beach and watch the sea or the scenery from a park bench instead of watching it from a cafe for instance)
- Get organized and make and pack lunches – ours, husbands, older children’s (if we still have them around).
- Once a month cook a gourmet meal at home, and have a romantic night in instead of going out to an expensive restaurant.
- Buy cheaper cuts of meat and cook meals in the slow cooker during the week.
- Don’t drink wine during weekdays.
- And this one … I already do. Quit the gym membership and buy a bike, some light weights, a yoga DVD and a yoga mat. What I don’t do, and I should … invite friends to come and work out with me instead and have a chinwag over a coffee afterwards.
I guess we could always make sure that our guests bring the wine! Here’s a doormat I saw (ahem, and bought!) at a wine estate recently.
What do you reckon. How much could we save – enough for a cleaner once a week?