Thursday, April 29, 2010

If you could hire one household helper ...

When my son was younger, he used to say that if he was rich, he'd buy me a butler. Why a butler and not a maid? I'm not sure, and he doesn't remember the reasoning behind his imagined gift. But I've often wondered, if I could have a household "servant," what kind of helper would I want?

A housekeeper? A gardener? A chauffeur? A personal secretary? A personal trainer? A handyman? A nanny?

Rich or not, many moms would by necessity select a nanny or some other reliable child care provider, for either full-time or occasional use. So in this fantasy game I'm not considering child care assistance to be a luxury, and I'm removing it from the choices.

After much consideration, I've decided that my fantasy household hire would be a chef. This talented chef (or cook, I don't care which) would shop for and prepare meals, snacks and beverages for my family of five people, each of whom wants individual attention paid to his or her particular dining needs. I love to eat, and I want to eat healthily, but the demands of feeding and cleaning up after a family have sapped my enthusiasm for cooking.

A household chef. That's my pick. What's yours?


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12 comments:

Alexis said...

I would be all about a housekeeper, someone who comes say twice a week to keep the bathrooms yuck free, the kitchen scrubbed and the carpet vacuumed. I love a clean house, but I like playing with my kids, cooking and actually using the time they are asleep to relax vs. cleaning like a crazy person, even more. The daily tidying and maintaining is not hard, but the real "cleaning" is a tough task. To have that huge, and time consuming, task off my plate would be a dream come true!

mustangsabby said...

I would really like a housekeeper who could keep the place tidy, dishes, vaccuuming, dusting, that sort of thing. Then I would have more time for my children, my husband, and hobbies like scrapbooking, gardening and writing!

Stephanie said...

I love the chef idea. I'm debating between chef and housekeeper. Either way, it would be so nice to have someone else worry about one of those aspects so I can focus more on the kiddos.

Melissa said...

As I look at your comments, and the dust bunnies blowing across my floors, I'm thinking maybe it would be better to have housekeeper. But as I sit here paying bills at my computer I'm thinking about how nice it would be to have someone in the kitchen who can brew up another batch of the homemade iced tea my family downed within an hours of me making it, and who would prepare dinner for my kids (one wants pasta, one isn't hungry, the third only--always--wants cereal), and then bring me a delicious, non-fattening gourmet meal that I can eat while I work. Decisions, decisions.

Laina said...

My pick would not be a chef because I LOVE to cook. I watch the Food Channel obsessively and I love to make new recipes. For me, I would easily choose some kind of maid or housekeeper. I despise cleaning and tend to put it off till it needs to be done.

Work at Home Dad said...

I prefer to have a housekeeper. I can take care of my kids and cook for them but in terms of cleaning the whole house I need someone to do that.

BENEDICTA said...

A HOUSE KEEPER FOR SURE.I LOVE TO MAKE MY HUSBAND AND BOYS MEALS.WILL YOU SEND ME ONE?

Diana said...

I love to cook, but a lot of my household labor goes into meal planning and food preparation. Statistics state that women spend something like 30 minutes a day in food preparation. I wish. I spend more like 3-5 hours a day if you include preparation and clean up for 3 meals (that's not including planning a grocery shopping). It's a daily grind and it would be great to get some help with it.

BB said...

I actually think I would like a chauffeur for me and my kids. I spend so much time in the car, and if I had a driver I wouldn't have to pile all the kids into the car in order to drive my oldest to school or to a friends house, etc. The driver could do that.

Judy said...

I would like to hire a "mom". Someone who could do everything, so depending on the day, I could have a break from different things.

Judy said...

I would like to hire a "mom". Someone who could do everything, so depending on the day, I could have a break from different things.

maids Eden Prairie said...

Most homeowners would have a housekeeper because they are too busy to clean their homes. Housekeepers will be in charge in the overall cleanliness and organization of the entire household. In having such help, trust and reliability are very important for a harmonious working relationship.

 

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