Work-Life Balance

One Year Anniversary

No, I’m not talking about wedding anniversary but this week is our one-year anniversary of living without a maid.

I used to perceive that having a maid is a necessity for a full-time working mother. When my Indon maid left us a year ago, I was a little depressed. We frantically searched for a replacement after her departure, but we had no luck. We were hit by the low maid supply issue at that time.

V and I worked very hard to keep the house from falling apart. Besides juggling our full-time jobs, we had to keep the routines going, manage the house chores and take care of our son. I’m very grateful to my parents-in-law who continued to help us during this period. They take care of our son when we go to work.

One year has passed, and I’m glad to say that we are still functioning very well without a maid. I agree that doing the household chores can be tiring, but it’s all well worth it considering all the other advantages.

This is my typical daily schedule now – without a maid:

6:30am: Wake up as early as 6:30am, prepare myself for work, prepare breakfast for the boy and prepare him for school.

7:40am: Leave the house. Drive the boy to school. School starts at 8:00am.

8:30am: Start work.

6:00pm: Leave the office. My parents-in-law’s house is just ten minutes drive from my office.

6:15pm: Reach my PIL’s house. Play time with Little Edison.

6:45pm: Dinner time

7:30pm: Shower, pack up and ready to go home by 8pm.

8:30pm: Back to our home-sweet-home.

9:00pm: Study time

9:45pm: TV and family time

10:30pm: The boy goes to sleep, and I catch up with some house works

11:15pm: Time to call it a day

A positive mindset and a “can do” attitude got us out of this rough patch. I think I should call for a celebration this weekend to reward ourselves for one year of hard work.



Sin Yee March 29, 2012 at 3:47 PM

🙂 you are balancing it very well.

Emily April 2, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Thanks, SY!

Susan April 3, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Way to go! We have survived without a maid too. Though we have a slightly unkept house, and erm unironed clothes and maybe even evil dust bunnies lurking around, we get lots of opportunities to teach Sophie to pick up after herself. Same goes for the hubby too 🙂

Emily April 3, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Hi Susan,
You are right. Maidless is good for the kids, and our wallets too!


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