I’m 99% certain that the majority of you will agree with me when I say that I HATE cleaning. I do as little as I can to keep the house clean and relatively tidy but often put off jobs that need doing because there’s something more interesting to do (watching paint dry and waiting for a pot to boil spring to mind here ;-)).
But I’ve got a new secret weapon that helps me to keep the house looking spick and span without even needing to lift a finger and I guarantee that you won’t guess what it is….
Actually, it’s not a what but a who….
She’s like my little cleaning fairy and I don’t even have to ask her to do it.
I finish work most days at half past two so I’m back in time for the kids getting in from school but one day a week I work a late shift so I don’t get home until eight o clock. For the last few months, I’ve been coming home from work on my late shift to find the house spotless- and when I say spotless, I mean it.
She cleans the house from top to bottom including hoovering from top to bottom, dusting, putting clothes away,recycling, washing the sinks as well as just generally tidying up. She even carries a pack of wipes around (she asked me to buy them for her bless her) and gives the windowsills and any where else that needs it a good wipe.
Mr Frugal says it takes her about an hour and a half to two hours each week because she does that much!
I thought for the first couple of weeks that she was after something and I deliberately didn’t reward her too much as I think that children should help around the house without expecting a reward or a payment but she’s just doing it because she says that she wants to!
She says she just gets in a cleaning mood and she likes to help out so she does it without expecting anything! I know, how weird is that?
I can’t let her do it every week without any reward though so I do take her for a Costa to thank her and this week I paid her £10 to do it as it’s the first time I’ve ever actually asked her to do it. And as a bonus, she cleaned the skirting boards all downstairs for me and even f
orced helped Master Frugal tidy his bedroom!
Like I said earlier, I think children should do jobs because they’re part of the family and we should all chip in but if I have the money and she’s doing something so over and above what I could ever expect her to do then I’m actually happy to pay her like I did yesterday.
How do you feel about paying children to do jobs?
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