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Old 03-10-2016, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Maui, Hawaii
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Congrats on finding a good person to help make your life easier and your home more useable with the new physical limitations you have now. Be careful not to start feeling as if you need to support her financially though, I mean don't spend more than you originally planned.


I would also try to never miss a chance to tell everyone you run into about what a great job she does so maybe she can replace her lost client.
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Old 03-10-2016, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Congrats on finding a good person to help make your life easier and your home more useable with the new physical limitations you have now. Be careful not to start feeling as if you need to support her financially though, I mean don't spend more than you originally planned.


I would also try to never miss a chance to tell everyone you run into about what a great job she does so maybe she can replace her lost client.
Good idea. Thank you. It is very hard for me to not help others. I worked nonprofit for most of my working years & it's just second nature to me. But, I know her daughter will help me with that. In fact, her mother & I got along so well, the mom told her daughter she'd work for me for free. Not gonna happen because I believe what comes around goes around, but it was sweet of her to say it.
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Old 03-10-2016, 07:02 PM
 
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For the wood floors I recommend one of those silly little swiffers. They really should make a larger size. They pick up dust bunnies, dog/cat hair and small "dirt" in one swipe. Dirt from the yard is another thing, but it sounds like you are getting that taken care of.


I vote for the Swifters, too
Actually they do make a small and large floor size, and a wet one---the pad is already wet with a cleaning solution, and it does work! If the floor gets a good scrubbing every 2 weeks. That's what cleaning ladies are for!
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Old 03-10-2016, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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This single man hasn't yet but needs to. The kitchen, dining room and living room all are part of one big space so it never gets completely done before I run out of steam. I'm thinking about shaving the cat.
Or exchanging the cat you have for a hairless one. LOL
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Old 03-10-2016, 08:56 PM
 
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For the wood floors I recommend one of those silly little swiffers. They really should make a larger size. They pick up dust bunnies, dog/cat hair and small "dirt" in one swipe. Dirt from the yard is another thing, but it sounds like you are getting that taken care of.
I'm not a fan of the swiffer because my floors are wavy. But I have a microfiber dust mop that's a workhorse. It's fluffier, and wider. And pull off the cover, toss it in the wash and there you go. I also have a fluffier microfiber Rubbermaid version of a wet jet.... Multiple cloths, toss in the wash.
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Old 03-10-2016, 10:57 PM
 
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Good for you, meo!
.....I will see how it goes with the cleaning/housekeeping on my own for a while after I retire, but I'm glad to see that other retired women have cleaning ladies/services, so I won't feel so guilty about it if I go that route.
Really? Guilty for what, exactly?
I have 3 people for an hour every other week.
They're fast and good so I just hang by the pool and let them do their thing.
It's FABULOUS!
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Old 03-10-2016, 11:01 PM
 
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OP didn't tie this topic into retirement, that I saw.

That said, there's no 'right' or 'wrong'. I've only ever used a housecleaning service twice in my whole life, once when my twins were newborn and once shortly after I retired. DH & I can afford hired help but between us we keep things tidy and clean enough.
My mom had someone come in weekly to clean the tiny garage apartment she lived in while working two waitress jobs to pay the rent. She valued a clean place and preferred working a 2nd job to doing her own cleaning.
Yay me, yay mom. It's all good.
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Old 03-10-2016, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Sorry bisquitmom, I figured I'd been on here enough & didn't want to go over my whole story. But, after the car accident I was declared disabled but, I am 62 so didn't include that. Guess I thought I'd posted enough for people to know me.
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Old 03-10-2016, 11:45 PM
 
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Sorry bisquitmom, I figured I'd been on here enough & didn't want to go over my whole story. But, after the car accident I was declared disabled but, I am 62 so didn't include that. Guess I thought I'd posted enough for people to know me.
Are you arguing that being retired or disabled means persons should be held to a different standard when choosing to hire household help?
If so I respectfully disagree. IMO no one should ever have to justify their choice. Legions of retired and disabled persons do their own house cleaning, legions of retired and disabled persons hire it out. It's not a right/wrong issue.
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Old 03-11-2016, 01:42 AM
 
Location: TX
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I really envy people that have any help with household chores at all, even a little bit!
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