Pssssst! We have a dirty little secret!
We’ve been without a maid in Mumbai for the better part of a month.
When I mention that to anyone who lives here… or has lived here… they are aghast! It is unimaginable that one survives without ‘help’.
“How are managing?” “What about all the dust and dirt?” “What happened?!”
And for those who are unfamiliar with life in India:
“What is the fuss about?” “We’ve never had a maid!” “You had someone clean for you?! I want that!!”
Truth be told, it made us realise how lazy we’d become.
Earlier, I would see something and think
“Must remind her to clean that spot!”
The bed would be left rumpled and crumbled with pillows tossed all over.
The dishes would pile up in the sink.
Now we just do it before even giving it much thought.
However, I have an admission. The breaking point was the floors.
We can be democratic about the dishes. Dusting even. Watering plants.
We know he’s helpless in the kitchen with cooking and equally so with laundry.
But he more than makes up for it in other ways.
You see.. my partner is a self-confessed ‘compulsive cleaner’. Which means when the mood strikes, watch out! I’ve never seen my 20-year-old toaster oven shine until he got his hands on it!
However… the floors… the sweeping and swabbing… that’s the killer.
So after a couple of weeks, we found a solution. Borrow help twice a week for under an hour just to do the floors. That’s it.
Now don’t get me wrong. We are still looking for reliable reasonable help. As soon as either of us gets into a manic schedule, our present state of domestic bliss will be shattered.
Until you live here, you cannot comprehend the extreme level of dust ‘n dirt and how much accumulates in a single day! Or the delightful, amusing, sometime exasperating symbiotic relationship between ‘helper’ and ‘helped’.
However, for now, we remain ‘Maidless in Mumbai.’
PS. Just because it seems oddly appropriate… Here is a little Winnipeg Punk flashback with Propagandhi‘s “How to clean everything”.
It was shared today by a Bandra buddy in response to ABCD vs CBAD “You don’t belong here!” with a comment that made me grin ear to ear!
“Iconic Canadian Punk band…… If they can be Propa Gandhi so can you. You’re a Bandra Bugger men.”