I always have been and probably always will be. I just don't have that piece of brain that motivates one to organize and clean. Maybe that's why I like to play with databases? The forced order. Hmm.

Like many computer geeks, I'm a creature of habits. Mostly bad ones.

My home directory is littered with junk and my apartment is no different. But for the first time in ages, I came home to a clean apartment this evening!


All praise the Merry Maids. I'd post a picture, but you really wouldn't appreciate the difference. Really.

What did you get yourself for Giftmas? :-)

Posted by jzawodn at January 06, 2004 07:57 PM

Reader Comments
# Simon Willison said:

But if you let someone else tidy up your stuff, how on earth are you going to find things when you need them?

on January 6, 2004 08:03 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

That's the great thing. They don't move it much, they just get the crap off it. :-)

on January 6, 2004 08:22 PM
# Scott Johnson said:

I need to call those folks. We have MoreHands.com here, too. But have I ever called? No.

Not only am I unmotivated to clean, but I'm too lazy to even call a maid. '-)

on January 6, 2004 09:09 PM
# justin said:

you can always judge whether a geek is a slob or not by the amount of console windows open - lots = slob.

on January 7, 2004 06:30 AM
# Ryan Dooley said:

I'm a little un-nerved by the 'Maids... after reading Barbara Ehrenreich's book I'm not sure what to think. She spent a month or so doing a tour of duty with the 'Maids and now I don't know.

Lord knows I'm a slob as well... well, not so much of a slob as a packrat who likes piles. Of course once it (whatever it happens to be) is in a pile neither I or my wife can find it ;-)

on January 7, 2004 07:03 AM
# someguy said:

>you can always judge whether a geek is a slob or not
>by the amount of console windows open - lots = slob.

Does "konsole" with multiple tabs count?

on January 7, 2004 07:21 AM
# Betsy Devine said:

I read Barbara Ehrenreich too, but it didn't motivate me to spend an extra 8 hours a week cleaning my own house. It motivated me to offer cookies and fruit to the kids who come here and clean it for me every week. They're not MerryMaids but a little local group of new immigrants running their own small business. Their lives wouldn't be better if I refused to hire them, and neither would mine!

on January 7, 2004 08:02 AM
# Courtney said:

Smart man. And you don't have a sig other why? ;)

on January 7, 2004 08:53 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Beats me.

on January 7, 2004 09:09 AM
# Michael Feldman said:

Help! My wife comes back tomorrow after a month in South America. The house is a disaster area! I don't know where to start! May have to move and tell her the old place burned down.....

on January 7, 2004 09:26 AM
# david said:

Easy way to keep clean..don't take too many things out / use only the things you need and put them back right away when you stop needing them..

I don't think I could ever let anybody clean up after me ( except family maybe ), let alone get into my house..lots of things that could happen in you home..maybe i'm a little paranoid..but yeah.

on January 7, 2004 02:30 PM
# Satisfied Customer said:

I've used a few different professional maid services and more than I can count---personal services, I am forever conditioned to use Professional maid services--most likely for the rest of my life. I have found that there are certain things I liked about the professional services, each offering the same thing. However, achieving the ultimate goal of making me a returning customer slight a bit differently.

The one that I have been continously impressed with is a company I found by doing a Google search under the keyword, Maids or house cleaning. The BIGGEST thing that stuck out with this company is the fact that they offer a Full Money-Back Guarantee if a customer calls them within 24hrs of the cleaning and state your dis-satisfaction. I have called back not to get my money back but to give them a second chance to get it right, I'm mindful that I too am human and make my share of mistakes. The other outstanding thing that I like is the fact that they only send one person to clean into my house, that is such a relief as I feel a bit of accountablity is set on any person who steps into my home to clean. If something got missed, broken or stolen it's a pretty easy guess who might have caused the situation. I also like that they never park their car in my driveway, my person who cleans always has her car parked along the side of the road, that is so nice since the others usually leave a fresh reminder that they've been to my house even before I get into the door by the nice puddle of oil that was left behind. Like I said, I've found good things in the services that I have used, the best one so far that I have enjoyed consistently is CottageCare. Their website is www.cottagecare.com and they are largely noticed in North America. Their webpage map shows this to be true with offices largely in the North and Canada.

They say it best when they say "Freedom From Housework...It's A Fabulous Feeling!"

Enough rambling...hope you enjoyed!


on October 11, 2005 07:23 PM
# John said:

Not everyone enjoys cleaning after themselves... There are those that would rather let their mess pile up for weeks before they get the urge to clean... whether your living space is wide or not, it does not matter if you are not the cleaning type...
if you are based in Minnesota, we have a maid services company called Mint Victoria Inc. based in Chanhassen that employs house cleaners for those who don't have the time to do their own cleaning or just don't know how to do it..
feel free to browse through the site at:

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