Tuesday, September 28, 2010

bye bye, rugby nanny

RN has found a real job so she's not going to be helping me anymore. :( she is/was wonderful with arden. i know she would gladly babysit in the future, which makes me happy. arden always seems glad to see her. when i'm in the house, i can hear them playing and talking. RN is a natural. i can't wait for her and her wife to have a baby :)

so, after today i need to decide if we get another helper or... a cleaner! i think i'm leaning towards a housekeeper. someone to come like once or twice a month. i know, i know. i'm home virtually all day. but man, it is hard to stay on top of things. i get one thing done, only to need to do another thing, and then the first thing needs done again, along with three others!! argh! it would be nice to have help with the basics: dusting, sweeping, mopping, bathrooms. i'm going to look around on our neighborhood email list to find recommendations.

anna and i have divided up two major tasks in our house. she handles dishes, and i handle laundry. i hate dishes and get easily overwhelmed by them. i think it's working ok so far. i would love to hear what you all do. is there a division of labor? do you have a task list? do you do certain things on certain days to keep organized?

i would love a housekeeper to help us out, but i need to make some serious adjustments to what i'm doing regularly. bring on the advice, readers!


  1. In a sort of unspoken way, we've divided the labor too....laundry, grocery shopping, pet care for me, household maintenance and cleaning for S. We are looking into a 2x/month cleaning person, though. The deep cleaning gets away from us, and I HATE CLEANING. :)

  2. Our division of labor is mainly based on our natural tendencies. I'm a bit of a neat freak, so for things to be up to my 'standard', I need to be the one to tidy them up, vacuum, wipe surfaces, etc. Nutella does 98% of the cooking/baking. I handle laundry most of the time. We split dish duty, garbage duty, and other odd jobs. And mostly we do things as the need arises.

  3. We divi things up too.

    Whoever wakes up first puts clean dishes away.
    The person who wakes second washes morning dishes.
    One makes dinner, the other does dishes.

    I do most of the laundry, but we both iron and put away.
    She cleans the kitchen and bathroom while I do the living room, dining room and bedrooms.
    We share the dusting.

    We try to spend a couple hours each weekend cleaning so the apartment stays in good condition. I don't love cleaning, but I like living somewhere clean. If we miss a weekend it's not the end of the world since it really hasn't been that long since it was last done.

  4. right now, i do it all! ;)
    previously, we had a sort of unspoken division of labor too, based on who hated which chores less!
    a housekeeper sounds lovely!!

  5. Divide, conquer, and keep a strict schedule is the only way we can get anything done. It's also excellent for baby as they like predictability.

  6. We divide labor, too. We don't have a little one so it's not as hectic. I do the dishes since we don't have a dishwasher and I know they will sit for days if I don't do them. Tracey does trashes and inspects the food in the fridge since I'm paranoid about getting sick. I do most of the other stuff since I'm a little OCD about cleaning.

  7. iza does the bathroom, garbage, and recycling, kitty litter

    i cook, vacuum, wash the floor, dust, laundry 2-3 times a week

    we go out shopping together.

    I have one day off, so that day i do alot of cooking, and the floors, and the laundry.

    i am too ocd about stuff, her and i both do the dishes

    i say split it, so everyone knows what to do. lol