Like pretty much every working mom I know, my house is not as clean as I’d like it to be. Not by a long shot.

There are spider webs dangling from the ceilings, furry tumbleweeds in the corners, dusty shelves, bathtubs overdue for a good scrubbing, etc. Between working (yes, from home, but still working) and kids, I simply don’t have the time or energy to be Mr. Clean. For years, I’ve done the best I could to wrangle the mess and maintain at least surface presentability. But inside, I think to myself, It’s not clean enough and I hope no one notices.

No longer, my friends! I have finally taken the step I’ve always dreamed of but never quite had the budget or chutzpah to take: I hired a cleaning lady. She starts next Monday with a “deep, whole-house clean,” followed by biweekly maintenance cleaning.

I am thrilled about this for a number of reasons. Obviously, it means my house will be truly clean from top to bottom. And I don’t have to do it, so I can focus on what I really want, like growing my business and enjoying my time with family and friends. Bonus: The cleaning lady — who was heartily recommended by a friend who’s been her client for years — is a self-employed working mom/grandmother. I feel good about supporting WMAG-owned businesses! (Cincinnati readers, let me know if you want her name and number.)

A professional cleaning service may not be for everyone, or in everyone’s budget. But it’s less expensive than a lot of people think (I’m paying less than $100 a pop) and will free me of a household burden I’ve dreaded for so long. I can’t wait to stop worrying about my dustbunnies and cobwebs, and start feeling secure about the state of my house!

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