Sunday, August 9, 2009

My petty complaint

I know I shouldn't really be complaining about this, but I'm going to anyway.

I have a housekeeper who cleans my house every other week (even though she should, in fact, live with us, because my boys are wild and crazy and make a huge mess every single day) and she is a lovely lady. Very sweet, caring and giving - always bringing the boys gifts for Christmas, letting my boys follow her around, and putting up with us, generally!

She is great at what she does. For the most part. But there is this one thing she does that drives me insane, and I complain about it every time.

She washes our clothes, irons, and folds them perfectly. However, it is the way in which she stacks these perfectly ironed and folded clothes that drives me insane!

Instead of piling things in a way that would make sense, like: bottom sheet, top sheeet, pillow cases, towels, and then a pile for Christos's clothes, and then a pile for Dimitry's clothes, and so on - she does this:

Pillow case
Underwear
Dimitry shirt
Bottom sheet
Towel
Dimitry shorts
Pillow case
Bra
Towel
Christos pj bottoms
Towel
Loukia jeans
Dimitry onesie
Christos pj top
Pillow case
Dimitry onesie
Christos shirt
Dimitry shorts
Loukia shirt
Towel
Bottom sheet

Get the picture? I end up spending a good half hour having to make organized piles so I can then put everything away in the room in which they belong. This totally irritates me. So much so that I try to do all the laundry before she comes so I don't have to deal with these ridiculous, totally out-of-order piles.

Wouldn't this drive you up the wall, too?

36 comments:

MamaNeena said...

If I was paying her and I wanted it done another way - yes it would annoy me. Mention it to her - I'm sure she'd fix it! And, yes this makes you a little weird but we love you anyway!!

Mouthy Housewife said...

OMG, she is obviously insane and probably dangerous. Who does that?! I think you should report her to some kind of a laundry folding agency.

kelli said...

I totally do the same thing. When I fold my clothes every piece is grouped according to child then according to piece of clothing - so each child has a bottoms pile, a tops pile and a pj's pile. Makes putting it all away MUCH easier! That would totally drive me nuts! You should definitely mention it to her so she changes how she stacks your clothes. You pay for it, it should be done the way you like. I am sure if she knew she would have no problem with it.

LZ @ My Messy Paradise said...

I actually get annoyed when anyone else touches my laundry...I like to put it away myself, so not sure it would really bug me, but it just sounds bizarre. Does she put her underwear in the liner closet? Onesies in her closet? Just seems like common sense to me...

Chantal said...

My husband does that! It does drive me nuts. But then I clean my house, and that drives me nuts too! Some day I will have a cleaning lady! Some day!

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

Ugh, I did an entire post about the laundry thing. It makes me crazy when it's not done "right" (read: my way).

Amy said...

Sorry, Lou, I'm stuck on the fact that you have someone who does your laundry...

You are hilarious. It would bug me too, but I deal with it rather than do laundry myself.

So, yes, maybe a bit petty, but it's what we all love about you!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Right now I'm looking at two mountains of laundry that I need to fold and not relating at all.

BUT I'm am a total fanatic about "how" my laundry is folded and organized (and have no problem refolding things in front of well meaning people (my MIL) who try to help). So can imagine how annoying that would be!

Elaine A. said...

The short answer is "yes!"

Do you feel like you can talk to her about it?

Honestly, I'm not even sure I could have anyone else do my laundry. Well except for my mother... ; )

Crystall said...

Oh I WISH I had this issue. Anyone...anyone....want to come do my laundry?
Actually, my husband and I had agreed to get some "help" with the housework a while back but I decided to stay at home with the children instead of returning to work--and, do the laundry....and stack it meticulously in piles according to owner and go crazy on an everyday basis.
You're paying her to do things YOUR way. I agree with you. That would bug me too for sure!

Christy said...

Yes, it would. Simple solution? Leave her a note asking her to stack in a certain way. That's what I do with my cleaning ladies - I hate confrontation so I wimp out on the face to face and just leave notes for them!

Gina said...

Do your own laundry! Problem solved! :)))

April G. said...

Poor thing! Did you say she even "irons"?? That must be horrible for you! No all kidding aside. House cleaners make me crazy so after many trys...I don't have one. If this is your only complaint, she must be just fine!

Jummy said...

That's wonderful that you have a cleaning lady who you seem to like and who likes your family.

I think because you are paying for a service, you should feel comfortable telling her that you'd appreciate it if she organized your clothing a certain way (maybe just in piles by who they belong to). I think as long as you're respectful about it, she won't take offence, and might even feel good knowing that she's doing things in a way that makes you happy.

To use another example, if you wanted your house painted, you wouldn't buy 5 buckets of paint, hire a painter and say, "Please paint this house", you would say "Use this colour paint on this wall in this room, use that colour paint in that wall in that room", etc.

Good luck! Let us know how it works out :)

mommygeekology said...

You know, it would totally drive me nuts...

But then again, I'd rather not do my own laundry. So feel free to send her over to my place, since you're doing your own now!

Scattered Mom said...

I'd just ask her to do it the way you want. :) You are paying her, after all.

MrsSgt said...

Hi, I found your blog through Between Lightning's link.

I have a little OCD when it comes to the laundry too. I can not put different family members clothes together in the wash, it bugs the hell out of me, so each persons clothes are washed on their own. Everyone has their own coloured basket so it makes things easier for me to sort, fold and put away.

Maybe you could try a system like that with your house cleaner?

Lady Mama said...

I'd probably do a cartwheel at the fact that someone else had done my laundry and ironing! But yes I get your point - it would drive me batty too. Definitely leave her a note telling her how you want it done.

WeaselMomma said...

Yes, that would make me crazy, but better than doing it all myself. Have you asked her to separate the individual piles? Or to at least keep linens separate from clothes? Just a thought.

CaraBee said...

If that's the way you want it done, ask her to do it. She is your employee. Are you weird for wanting it that way? No. Am I totally jealous? Yes.

Actually, we had a cleaning service, but after they stole my jewelry( and I think some meds, too), I'm a little gun shy about letting anyone into my home.

Quirkymom said...

My cleaning lady puts the laundry away as well, solves the problem! There is the odd shirt she puts in the wrong closet, but for the most part it is easy enough to figure out!

questionablesanity said...

Ugh, I'd lose my mind! But then, I'm also the type of woman that keeps my shopping cart perfectly organized while I'm walking through the store, so... I'm probably a little weird.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Yep. I'd go all insane. I HATE sorting laundry!

2 Little Irish Boys said...

I group everything as well. She must just stack it up as she folds it--very strange why she wouldn't sort. Isn't it funny how people do things--or in your case, not funny!!

ModernMom said...

LOL I say leave her a bunch of laundry baskets with "linens", "Christo" "Master Closet" on it. She will get the hint!

Wendy@RuensOnTheRun said...

That is so strange, and yes it would frustrate me too!

Nap Warden said...

Yep...it would bug me.

Chelle said...

Lol...too funny! I would just let her know how you want it done...that way it won't bother you and you can enjoy someone doing all of your laundry and ironing for you :)

Julie said...

you're complaining about your cleaning lady that does your laundry, irons it AND buys your kids gifts at Christmas?

Wow. I wish I had your problems! ;-)

Smart A$$ Mom said...

SHE DOES WHAT?! No, freaking way!

Okay, really-I'd give my left toe for someone to do the laundry.

Well, maybe not a toe. Then I'd look silly in sandals.

Lola said...

get a small basket for each of you ie. one for the boys, one for you and hubby and one for household laundry. and yes, if you are paying her, she needs to do it your way.
on a side note, I am very anal about my laundry (really long legs will give you a dryer phobia) and have so many exceptions to the rules that I would NEVER let a cleaner do the laundry...sigh

jennster said...

um.. LOL.. i honestly have dont' know cause i can't imagine having a housekeeper who does my laundry for me. clean my house, yes. but wash my clothes, no. don't ask me why-

McMommy said...

I think you should get 4 baskets. Tell her you want Dimitry's stuff in one, Christos' stuff in one, yours & your husband's in one, and one is for other household items like sheets, towels, etc.

Mommy Lisa said...

I would FREAK OUT with a capital F. I barely wash socks with towels let alone fold and stack them together.

WHO DOES THAT???

Jessica said...

hahahahahahaha Dude, that's ridiculous! I wonder if she's thinking, "These people are really nice, but they're rich and so I'm gonna stick it to 'em and fuck with their laundry piles" hahahah. (Pardon my French) hahaha

Loukia, you're hilarious. I'd be irritated, too!

Ticklemom said...

I have the same problem with my cleaning lady! Only she doesn't wash the clothes, and I never ask her to fold the baskets of unfolded laundry in my room (we all have them somewhere!). And she doesn't clean so well. And she breaks things... I think I need a new cleaning lady!

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