It’s official now that we’re NOT going to hire a domestic helper. Some of you might be aware that our Indon helper left four months ago. After her departure, we tried to look for a replacement but we failed to find a suitable candidate.
The Husband and I tried very hard to keep the house from falling apart. I’m very appreciative to my parents-in-law who help us tremendously in taking care of Little Edison while we’re at work. It was tough initially, but as time goes by, everything has fallen into a routine beautifully. And now, we really don’t want to go through the hassle of managing a new helper again.
A few readers wrote to me and asked for advice on maid issues. This prompts me to write this post about the pros and cons of hiring a domestic helper. This is my two cents worth…
1. I save A LOT of money every month.
The helper’s salary and levy sum up to about $600 every month. There is another $300 – $400 for her food and expenses. Total is about $1000 savings per month! Imagine the amount of money you can save in one year. Well, I have my own investment plan now (will blog about it when the time is ripe).
2. I have peace of mind.
I don’t have to install CCTV in my house, worry about theft, runaway maid, child abuse etc. This is priceless.
3. I got my privacy back.
I can shower with the door open. I can leave my valuables everywhere at home.
4. Closer bonding with our children.
5. Kids are well-behaved without a helper.
I’m not sure if this applies to all children but it’s obviously TRUE for Little Edison. I rarely have to raise my voice now. In fact, I couldn’t even remember when the last time I did it.
6. No argument among family members due to difference in opinion pertaining to the helper’s duties, house rules and regulations.
7. Less damages at home.
I lost track on how many broken glasses, door stoppers, scratches on our parquet flooring etc contributed by our helpers.
1. I have LESS me-time now.
You should have noticed the reduction in frequency of my blog posting now. The sad truth is that I’ve rejected several media invites and advertorials which I very much like to participate due to time constraints.
2. I get very irritable with house chores sometimes.
I’ll rant like a kid when the toilet is dirty. I’ll get very irritable when the floor is dusty. But at the end of the day, I still have to clean them.
3. Running after our children in supermarket is UNGLAM.
Going out without a helper on weekends can be a hassle. No one to push the stroller, run after the kid OR carry the shopping bags now.
4. The house is not as clean as before.
That is all I have in mind now. I just have to “enjoy” doing my house works now.