Friday, August 27, 2010
One thing about cleaning jobs is that lots of people you work for will ask you to do something extra. I had a nice lady ask me to clean out her fireplace. The problem was the fireplace was full of sooty ashes and she had a white rug. I thought about it and declined. I just knew I'd get the soot on the carpet.
A woman once asked me to babysit her boy for a week as she couldn't find anyone else. He was about 8 years old. The first day, he looked at me with anger and said something nasty, I don't remember what. The next day his mother told me he had pushed the vacuum down the stairs and it was broken. I thought about that, and I realized the boy was angry at the world. I thought, "I'm going to smile at him no matter what he says or does." Well, by the time my shift was half over he was following me around talking to me nonstop. I was so happy I had decided to overlook his faults.
Same lady: "Could you clean the boat house?" I said I would, and trundled down the hundred of steps to the lake from the huge hill she lived on. I reached the boat house and it was filled with spiders and their webs. No wonder she wanted me to clean it! But I needed the extra money so I did it, even though spiders make me physically sick.
At a different home, the lady asked me to clean her chandelier. It was an enormous, beautiful creation hanging over her dining room table. I thought, "If I try to clean that thing I will break it." So I said no.
I liked the people I worked for. I especially grew to love that little boy. So, if anyone you know needs a job, tell them to start a cleaning business. They will never be bored, and I'll bet they get lots of work.