In my first marriage, we had a maid come once a week until I finished my nursing clinicals, then we let her go. She was great, too! After I graduated college, I went back to cleaning my own home which I love to do anyway as I was raised in a "hospital clean" environment. My parents hated filth, and had my five siblings and I constantly cleaning. Out of six children, I am the neat freak. I mean...my siblings keep a neat and tidy home, too, but everyone always says that my home is so clean it should be in the Good Housekeeping magazine. :chuckle One friend of mine was over one day for lunch. She dropped something off of her plate onto my kitchen floor, and picked it up and ate it. I said to her - You don't have to eat that. It fell on the floor - and she said, "Your floor looks clean enough to eat on, so I have nothing to worry about, Renee." :chuckle I am the Mom who goes to visit her three daughters and CLEANS everything in site! They LOVE for me to visit just to get their house cleaned.
My current hubby is a neat-nik too, but not as obsessed about it as I am. Cleaning is invigorating to my system. It's such a sense of accomplishment to go from seeing my home "dirty" to seeing it clean.....smelling the freshness....Ahhhhhh!!!
Every home I sold that we lived in when my girls were small looked like it had never been lived in before. Our homes sold in LESS than ONE week after hitting the market....I kid you not. Stone truth! The carpets all looked brand new because I did NOT permit shoes to be worn in my home...not ever.