Domestic Help versus Doing it Yourself

Dawana over at A Bittersweet Existence is pregnant. And pregnant women tend to get fidgity, bored and fiesty. Sometimes all at the same time. Last week, Dawana was sitting around being all three of those and thought that writing posts that were based on one random question bouncing thru her head would be a good idea. I see her tweet and said to her… we should go head to head with the same question! I mean we’re obviously very similar (I mean, we like each other so that’s similar, right?!) yet very different. I live on the East coast, she lives in the Rockies. I am a redhead and she wants to be.

Sounds good to me!

Today’s post is the first question that popped into Dawana’s head. I’m thinking she’s frustrated based on the question:

If you could have any household helper, what would it be?
Nanny, Maid, Personal Chef, etc.

That’s an easy one.


Why? Well, because? Why not? Okay.. not good enough.

I don’t need a nanny anymore. Lucky for me, my offspring are now either old enough to stay by themselves or stay together when we go out. The only 2 things I ask of them when they do stay alone is 1) Don’t kill each other and 2) Don’t call me. Especially if #1 has happened. Just pack your bags and go.

A personal chef would be nice, but since the Rooster works from home AND is an amazing cook, I’ve got that covered. I’m sure the Rooster would like to have a personal chef, but this is my story – not his.

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So, of the 3 options Dawana gave me, that leaves me with a maid and to that I say “yes – give me two please”. Again, since this is my story – I get to make this maid any way I want so I would want a maid who was here every day. She doesn’t have to be here all day but to have someone magically find places for all of the girls crap, tidy up daily, deep clean weekly and rescue me from the pile of laundry that we affectionately refer to as Mount Laundress, I would weep in gratitude.

No more walking by the laundry room to this:

Piles and piles of clean laundry. If this is really Mount Laundress, I’m thinking it’s more of a volcano than a mountain. Mountains are happy places! Volcanos are full of fire and eruption.

See… we don’t mind DOING laundry. Washing and drying is a piece of cake. Somehow, that’s where it gets stuck though. No one wants to finish it. Not me or the Rooster (we’ve been doing it for over 30 years) and certainly not the wee hens. It’s beneath them. So my maid would come in with the smile on her face, feather duster in hand and magically – all would be right with the world!

So yes, dear Dawana… my choice is a maid.

What would your choice be of the three?


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May 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Include me in the wants a maid group. I can grow my own food, cook my own food really well, but cleaning, decluttering and organizing….I’m miserable at it.
Great post love the topic!
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May 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm

OMG this made me spew out my drink through my nose! Thanks for inviting me over here. My own Mt. Laundress is comparable, so put me in the “maid please” category too. We also recently discovered pajamas that were at least 3 sizes too small, still circulating. The maid can also do sorting too, right?

    May 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Oh the shrinking clothes make me nuts. Weren’t these too big for you like – last week?! You know where I’m coming from with 3. My oldest said to me today… “it’s not MY fault you don’t spend money on yourself”. Talk about spewing things out of your nose.

    So glad you stopped by and even gladder (is that a word?!) we connected at Social Slam!!
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May 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I keep looking for my house elf, but he hasn’t shown up yet, and there are days when I seriously need one.

With respect to your volcanic spewing of clean laundry – um, hello? McFly? You’ve got THREE laundry folders just waiting to be told the whereto and whatfor of this one.

Growing up as one of EIGHT kids – mom had her smarts on early when she delegated our dirty laundry to us. If you were tall enough to reach the dials (that included using a footstool), then you were old enough to do your own laundry. End of discussion.

Nothing clean to wear? That’s too bad. I guess you need to do some laundry.
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    May 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    We have not enforced this the way that we should have. Buffy mentioned on FB that her age was 10. I need to baton down the hatches on this one, I think. My kids are going to LOVE you guys πŸ˜‰
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      May 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Maybe I’ll write my own post about laundry memories. Ahhh – trips down memory lane, won’t mom be thrilled? I can write it as my mother’s day post πŸ™‚

      And – really – no names need be mentioned to your three little hens. I’d prefer to stay anonymous on this topic!
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May 3, 2012 at 8:24 am

Thanks, Liz!! This is a fun one… I mean really, think about it. A maid could fill the bill for all those categories. Is that cheating??
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May 3, 2012 at 7:39 am

I love your writing Kristen. Count me in the “maid” category too!

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