Work-Life Balance

Part-Time Cleaner to the Rescue

We’ve been living without a domestic helper since a year ago, and I must confess that it’s really a challenge being a maidless working mom.

A lot of times, I wish that I have 28 hours a day. I will spend the extra hours doing the household chores and spend more quality time with Little Edison. But God is fair, no matter how rich or poor we are, each and every one of us gets the same 24 hours a day.

My close friends and my mom, especially, often ask me “Are you sure you can manage without a maid?” My reply is a YES, because it’s our final decision of not employing another maid after our Indon maid left a year ago.

I’m glad that V is willing to help out with the household chores and my parents-in-law to look after Little Edison while we’re at work. I’m most thankful to my mother-in-law who cooks for us on weekdays, so I don’t have to worry about meals. Otherwise, we’ll be eating a lot of take-aways – which is definitely not healthy for Little Edison.

Although we can still juggle it, with a strict time table for household chores and lesser “me time”, I soon realized that getting a part-time help to clean our home is indeed necessary to maintain my sanity.

My first attempt to find a part-time cleaner was in Jan this year – before the Chinese New Year. But I had no luck. All the agencies that I’ve called told me that their weekend slots were fully booked.

Three months later, I tried to look for a part-time cleaner again. This time, I called up almost all the part-time cleaning agencies that I can find on the internet. And finally, I found one who can work for me on Sunday afternoon.

She started her first day of work at my place last Sunday, and I’m very pleased with her work. She managed to accomplish more than what I’ve expected within three hours. I can finally put aside my pair of gloves and take my much-needed break.

In my next post, I’ll share with you about how I manage the household chores with my part-time cleaner and a few part-time cleaning agencies that I’ve talked to. If you’re also considering a part-time helper or have been searching for one, please stay tuned with my next post on part-time cleaner.

Lastly, before I end this post tonight, I have a small announcement to make. 

Our Little Smarties has been selected as one of the

Top 10 Best Family Blogs at the Singapore Blog Awards 2012.

I’m very humbled and flattered that this blog has made it to the Top Ten along with many awesome parenting bloggers. In my next post, I’ll urge you, my dear readers, to vote for my blog in this contest.

Thanks in advance!



Huey ling May 22, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Congrats on yr achievement. Will definately vote for you. Yes, it is not easy with no help on chores. For me even im sahm, chores is also my burden. I have no help here, have to handle the 2 kids, have to worry about their 3 meals, cook for them, etc…..

Emily May 22, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Hi Ling,
Thanks for your vote.

I found the PT helper from Budget Cleaning Company that you recommended to me last time. So far so good. You can consider getting one too. It’s really tough managing two kids and all the household chores. You’re really a super mom! 🙂

Sin Yee May 22, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Congrats !!! keep your blog going !

Emily May 22, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Hi SY,
Thanks a lot! 🙂


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