10 Feb 2012

The trials of an undomestic goddess

I'm facing some of the most torturous months of my life - my Indonesian helper/ domestic assistant has gone home for a long holiday - 4 months all in. I always thought that I'm a fairly efficient person, but it seems not. Now that I have to do all the work myself, I realise that my helper is a super efficient domestic goddess, not unlike Nigella Lawson. She cleans, cooks, helps me garden, feeds and cleans the cats and the fish pond and to add to this golden list she also bakes cookies and other desserts. And me? After a morning of vacuuming and mopping of the downstairs area, my whole body is aching and my hair is standing on end, my t-shirt all sweaty and sticky and my temper is up. And I haven't even started cooking. I haven't touched my ipad for hours and my iphone is making noises -Fb calling, Farm Story is calling and so is City Story.

And if anybody tells me that being a home maker is a breeze and all you do is lounge around the house and read magazines I'll whack them on the head. Yes, doing housework has made me a teeny bit violent - all that exercise does you good you know... think of the kilos you will lose without even going to the gym...

Now that Yattie has gone I realise how much she pampers me... when I wake up, breakfast is ready and served, the house is clean and the only thing I need to think about is what to have for lunch or dinner. She even remembers where I left my keys or my favourite earrings!
So from now on I will prepare my house work as I used to prepare for a major exam - with a time table. I draw up a simple plan - Monday - vacuum and mop downstairs living room and kitchen, Tuesday bedrooms, Wednesday bathrooms and so on. I didnt plan for distractions of course - neighbours dropping by for a bit of a chat ( I live for that by the way), sisters who call unplanned, trips to the grocer etc... Oh dear... what about the cooking? How long does it take to cook? And there are such things as bathing the half dozen cats that share the house with me - that alone will take me all of 2 hours!

I never knew doing housework is such hard work ... but then I know I was never a domestic goddess and never planned to be either. I sure hope the time will fly and Yatie will be back soon...

3 comments:

naida said...

Wow Kat, you sound like a busy lady. I myself hate housework, but when I come home from work, I begin my second job- cooking and cleaning.
You will get the hang of it! It sounds like you have a good plan.
Good luck! I suggest playing music in the background as you do your chores, that always helps put me in a better mood :P

The Chair Speaks said...

Know how you feel my friend. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed myself doing everything alone. Think I should quit my job.

Kat said...

Yes, I do that when I do the ironing - even dance sometimes!