All About Life Without Maids

With most families being dual-income-with-kids, outsourcing home cleaning and home economics to domestic helpers is almost a way of life for Singaporeans. Come in and discuss issues pertaining to maids and home management.
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Much happier without my maid
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Missing my maid
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IJJ
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Post by IJJ » Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:47 am

daisyt wrote:
smurf wrote:trying to organze a little spree for roomba and scooba from usa, think cheaper there. anyoone want to join? :D
hi smurf, I am interested. But I want to see the demo first before I make the decision. I would be going to their office at upper cross street tommorrow to look at the demo. Then I would let you know again. Thanks for organising. :D
Me too. I am going to take a look at the demo before I decide. If we purchase from US, does it mean we have to use a transformer to recharge?

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Post by cmm » Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:07 am

IJJ wrote:
skunk wrote:
IJJ wrote: How I wish someone invent a reliable marketing and cooking robot to help me with preparing my family meals. :wink:
there's such a thing....it's known as "husband" lol
Oh that! Mine works well with my kids, playing and fooling around with them. Come to cooking, he has no clue where to start. :wink: :wink:
Hey IJJ, I've got the "same model" as you lol

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Post by shadow » Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:57 am

My maid left abt 2mths ago. I send my 18mths and 4yr old DDs to cc and my 9yr to student care. Since then, my expenses are double. My DH travel frequently so I hand to do everything myself.
Frankly, I am exhausted even with meticulous planning from cooking to cleaning. If the kids are sick, all goes haywire. Not much time to play or tutor my kids.
Even when the maid was around, my kids are train to put dirty clothe in the laudry basket and utensils etc in the sink. At times, I will also make them cleanup their room.
I agree that back in the old days, our mums can manage without maids. Back then, we have good neighbours and most mums are not working and can help out. Plus they don't have much choice like now.
Anyway, I am getting a maid again.
Just sharing.

Shadow

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Post by smurf » Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:17 am

have to use transformer to recharge, but heard that the transformer is only few dollars. I more keen in scooba. but wonder if it's cleaner than using mop?? :? cos after all, it's a machine robot leh.

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Post by tankee » Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:42 am

skunk wrote: ... i didn't get a dryer because it makes ironing harder hehe

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the trick is to take out the clothes from the tumble dryer immediately and hang them up using hangers .

give it a try.


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Post by skunk » Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:49 am

smurf wrote:have to use transformer to recharge, but heard that the transformer is only few dollars. I more keen in scooba. but wonder if it's cleaner than using mop?? :? cos after all, it's a machine robot leh.
it can never be as clean as using human hands, but good enough, unless u want hospital-grade clean hehe.

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Post by skunk » Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:51 am

tankee wrote: the trick is to take out the clothes from the tumble dryer immediately and hang them up using hangers .

give it a try.
that means still need to hang....hmmm it might not cut down on my labour much. I think it's great for large families, in case of rainy/damp days, die, no clothes to wear because not dry yet lol

for my tiny family i think no need, since me and my wife are naked most of the time at home...baby also naked....we're a nudist colony lol the only things wearing clothes are my dogs in their fur coats.

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Post by Emelyn » Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:19 pm

I am a FTWM with 3 kids (5yo, 8yo, 10yo) without a maid.
My youngest is in childcare. And my other 2 boys are currently in student care (newly join).
We don't have a part-time maid.
We do tingkat.
DH will cheong home by 6pm to cook rice and heat up the food.
While I pick up the 2 older boys from the school/ student care.
We will eat dinner, wash up and bathe... and by 8pm.... it is homework time. Whole family will sit together.... either DH do work with the boys and I handle the youngest girl... or vice versa.

Lights off for the kids by 9:30pm, after story time.

In between, I will steal time to handle the laundry or do a quick mop/sweep of the floor.

DH will go to work later on Wed and Thur mornings (he can work flexi-time) to vacuum & mop the floor, and wash toilet respectively. Then I reserve my Sat morning for marketing, furniture cleaning, vacuum and mop, plus whatever. And Sun night is for ironing.

I also try to cook on Sat lunch and Sun lunch. Sometimes also Sat night when my brother's family & dad come over for dinner.

Recently there are some changes to the boys' care arrangement....they used to be cared for by a close friend. We discussed about the maid option again... not because of housework or the cost.... but for the boys. But we decided to give Student Care a try first..... if really really no choice.... we may get a maid just to make sure that the boys are well taken care of.

But the thought of having a maid ........... sigh......

Regards

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Student Care

Post by buds » Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:27 pm

Heyya Emelyn, long time no see.
Hey! Good to know you've finally
secured the older children into a
student care. Can PM me details
on the centre, fees and routine?

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Post by tankee » Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:40 pm

skunk wrote:
tankee wrote: the trick is to take out the clothes from the tumble dryer immediately and hang them up using hangers .

give it a try.
that means still need to hang....hmmm it might not cut down on my labour much. I think it's great for large families, in case of rainy/damp days, die, no clothes to wear because not dry yet lol

for my tiny family i think no need, since me and my wife are naked most of the time at home...baby also naked....we're a nudist colony lol the only things wearing clothes are my dogs in their fur coats.
the hanging is not to dry it as it is already dried up the tumble dryer.

the hanging is to "straighten" the clothes and for most material, eliminate the need to iron; others only minor touch-up ironing is needed.

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