Our housekeeper quit a few days after I left for Thailand. Bill reports that the house is currently drowning in pet hair.
I'm in the process of screening a new housekeeper, but it's tough trying to do so from halfway around the world. So far, Craigslist has gotten us a shortlist and I'll do interviews beginning the day after I get back.
In the meantime, I'm working on modifications to the cleaning schedule. (Our housekeeper comes in every day, Monday through Friday, for 2-3 hours.) We have a series of spreadsheets that outline daily, weekly, and monthly tasks, and it's seemed to work pretty well. Here's the latest version.
I'm always curious to see if there is a better system out there. What are we missing? (After using this schedule for the last year, I feel pretty confident that we've got the basics covered, but you never know, right?) Anyone have suggestions or sample ideas to share? I've already scoured Pinterest and don't see anything obviously better than ours.
PS: I just want to note that I am 100% appreciative of the luxury of having a housekeeper, let alone a daily housekeeper. Just like living in The Manor, it's a privilege I am grateful for every day. I am so very, very extraordinarily lucky.
PPS: We discovered that a daily housekeeper that we hired directly was about the same cost as hiring a cleaning company to send their team once a week. Best discovery EVER. Might be worth checking out, if you're interested in whether it would work for your home.
PPPS: I have much to say about raising kids in this kind of atmosphere -- it's something that I really wrestle with. How do I teach them to be responsible, to be grateful, to be humble -- and above all to appreciate that very, VERY few people have the economic privileges that we do? Tackling that subject is probably too much for today, so I'll save my reflections for another time.