I have been jetlagged and sick these first few days in India but I have had a chance to experience maid service to the nth degree. After spending 13 years in USA where daily maid service is only for the uber rich and weekly maid service is expensive and difficult to find, I spent the last week wallowing in luxury. I did have a cleaner who came once in three weeks and a maid who helped with the laundry and kitchen once a week and that felt like luxury back in Dallas!
DH and In-Laws have hired a nanny/housekeeper, a maid who comes daily and cleans the house and a cook. So, I have had to do NOTHING. The cook comes early in the morning and makes breakfast, lunch and dinner. The housekeeper takes care of packing lunches/snacks, getting my son's uniform and backpack ready, setting the table for breakfast which includes tea for DH, milk for the kids and different breakfast for the adults and kids. The maid comes during the day and cleans the house from top to bottom including making the beds! Can you believe that? I don’t even have to make the beds!!!
I got lucky with the maid and housekeeper. They are very good at what they do and they have a lot of energy and enthusiasm. In fact my second day here, they offered to open up the rest of the boxes, clean up the kitchen, offering suggestions, following directions and even after I was tired, they kept going on! They cleaned up the mess from the boxes, cleaned the counters, the maid did extra dishes, the housekeeper kept up the pace. The cynic in me is waiting for the bomb to drop. I was expecting the maid to take the day off the next day but she showed up! Wanting to open more boxes! She did drop a small bomb on me today though, she asked for half a day off on Sundays J. Well, considering most domestic helpers get all day off on Sunday it wasn’t too much to ask so I granted it to her J. Do I feel powerful or what!
The housekeeper works pretty hard. My in laws trained her well so she has a list of duties lined up each day. She is also pretty god at remembering and following directions so no complaints there either. This happens to be her first job so I guess she hasn’t learnt the ways of the world yet. She will probably get there eventually but for now I am enjoying having good help. The only catch with her is the whole I am possessed to being haunted deal. Frankly I think she has a deficiency of some sort which is making her hallucinate. I have a mystery on my hands and I will get to the bottom of it.
I am sure all of them are trying to impress the “lady” of the house. (I couldn’t resist calling myself that :P) but it’s working! I don’t think I will need all three in the long run (Hey, I need to do something to keep myself busy!) but right now I am enjoying all of it J