To me, all-white rooms (and maybe this is a bad analogy, but I'm going for it) are kind of like communism: a great idea in theory, but in real life, they just don't quite work. Pretty, and pretty high-maintenance. Some of these are beautiful (I love the last photo in particular), but if you have a) a pet, b) children, or c) dirt on the bottom of your shoes, forget it. Beautiful but (at least for me - props to anyone who could keep everything THAT white) completely impractical. And that second-to-last photo looks like the activity room of a sanitorium. No thanks.
Apartment Therapy Chicago | All-White Interiors
|1/31/08 12:02 PM|
I'm not sure if my faceless testimonial will help lessen some of your guilt, Grace, but I hope it does. There is NOTHING wrong with hiring someone to help you clean and organize your house. I am a highly organized person and can honestly say that I clean more thoroughly and better than most people I know. When I have time to do it, I actually find cleaning to be quite therapeutic (and even a good workout!). I did not grow up with a cleaning person and recall telling a friend just a couple of years ago that I would never have one. However, as a career woman with a full-time job in addition to night & weekend freelance work, I recently began to reconsider my position on this. My free time is limited, to say the least, and I have become less and less willing - and even able - to spend my weekends slaving over my bathtub (and because I do a good job, it takes that much longer). I have a two-bedroom apartment that I share with a roommate who scrubs her organic vegetables but not much else, and so this week, I finally decided to hire someone to come in once a month to clean the common areas of the house (bathroom, hall, dining & living rooms, and kitchen). She starts next Monday, so maybe I'm getting ahead of myself here (although I don't think I am - she was referred to me by two separate people in my building who have been with her for years and who LOVE her), but for $80 a month, it is FULLY worth it to me. My roommate and I will continue to be responsible for our respective bedrooms, laundry, dishwashing, etc. We will provide all of the cleaning products and tools.
Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | On Hiring Cleaning Ladies...
|1/22/08 10:21 AM|