I suck at cleaning the house. And Dennis has been bothering me about it for a long time. He's still at work and he might be having someone come to our apartment today, so I was feeling the pressure to clean.
Holy Grail of knocks on the door, Team "Philadelphia" knocked on my door- two undergrads raising money so that they can do things like hold Vacation Bible School for children and visit a Narcotics Anonymous in Philadelpia, wanted to know if they could "tidy up" my apartment for money.
I was kind of thrilled, embarrassed, and apologetic at the same time. My apartment isn't that bad. But it was pretty bad. Not quite hazardous but enough that I felt bad.
They did my dishes, cleaned my stove top, took out the trash, and cleaned our toilet. (I swept the floor). I gave them $35.
I couldn't figure out how much to give- they are doing it as charity and they asked. But I felt really bad- I was pulling out leftovers in our fridge that are so old that they were not only growing mold but the girl who did the dishes said "I can't get this mold off, I think I'm going to have to soak it."
They didn't vacuum or clean my shower or mop. So I figure that if I was overly generous, it's kind of okay. Team Philadelphia is going to do some good work over spring break and they did, after all, clean my toilet and stove.
If I was cheap, I can rationalize that I've never paid someone to clean my house before. I don't know the rates for housecleaning! So was I cheap??
(so to add to the list of groups we've helped- Team Philadelphia, Team Nicaragua, Team Florida, and Team Panama.)