Thursday, November 5, 2009

I wish I knew how to quit you

So – my great dilemma of the day: How do I break up with my cleaning lady?

(Oh god, I am SUCH a snotty white girl.)

Seriously though. When baby gets here, hubster and I are going to be tightening up our budget in many ways. Not commuting downtown on the expensive GO transit system and subway will help.

(Not being a sucker for Christmas at Starbucks will also help. Today is the third day in a row I've gone by to treat myself to an expensive beverage, mostly because I love their Christmas cups.)

Anyway. So we've decided that it would be ridiculous to continue to pay someone to come clean our house every 2 or 3 weeks, when I'm fully capable of doing it myself. (We also won't really have any spare cash floating around since I'll be on E.I. and broke and all).

The only reason we have a cleaning person now is because we're both busy with our full time jobs and regular errands and house stuff and so on, that when the weekend rolls around, we either have very little time to do it ourselves, or we're just too exhausted to do a proper job from top-to-bottom.

Enough rationalizing though.

Now, how do I break it off in a nice, polite way? Sure it sounds like it's easy enough. Just say "I'm going to be home on maternity leave, so we'll be doing our own cleaning". Simple.

But for some reason I'm terrified of sounding like some snobby, privileged 30 year-old to my 60-something cleaning lady. I don't want to be all "We'll no longer be needing you dah-ling... but thank you for your service thus far. Please be a dear and see yourself out, m'kay?"

I think too much. I know.

Anyway. I'm sure I'll come up with something polite to say and say it at the right time. But in the meantime, I'll be Classic Hez and will be festering over what she'll think of me, how I'll come across and whether or not she likes me.

Ah, paranoia. It suits me so well, no?


  1. i wouldn't worry too much about it :)

    it's a business transaction - you pay her for a service and you stop when you don't need the service anymore :)

  2. But worrying is what I do! I'm good at it. :)

  3. You will not have any time to clean. You will never have four consecutive hours to clean anything. Keep the cleaning lady! Best money ever spent even if on mat leave EI.


  4. 4 hours????? You and I don't do the same kind of cleaning! I certainly don't have any expectations of getting 4 consecutive hours to clean my house from top to bottom!

    While I'd love to keep the cleaning lady... it just doesn't fit into our budget, unfortunately!

  5. But the cleaning lady will give you four hours! You won't even have a few minutes. I gave up after mopping with Elliott precariously swinging back and forth in his sling. You need time to do the basics like eat and sleep.