It’s time. It’s time for me to stop cleaning for other people.
I have been cleaning for a living for a lot of years. I worked as a school custodian at the Catholic elementary school that both of my boys attended. When Adam moved on to high school, I stayed as the custodian for a few more months. And then it was time to move on and let another mom take over.
Moving on, for me, meant working for myself. I started cleaning houses again (I had done this in the past). I built up a nice client base and worked part time, making my own schedule. It was great! I clean for great people, and it has truly been a pleasure getting to know new friends. I also clean for two family members.
My hands and my knees have been bothering me for some time. The knuckles on my hands are red and swollen and stiff after a day of cleaning. I have osteoarthritis in both my hands and both of my knees. It’s bad enough now that I don’t want to do anything around my own house after cleaning at another house. My hands hurt. It’s not even just the cleaning anymore. It hurts to do any writing, it hurt to rake the leaves this fall. It hurts to shovel. It just hurts.
So, it’s time. I gave my cleaning clients notice way back in October. I wanted them to have as much time as possible to find a replacement for me, a process which I would, of course, help facilitate. And now, it’s almost here. I have 6 days of cleaning left. This week will be the first week of lasts. Last time cleaning for three different people. And next week will be the last time cleaning for the other three. I finished for one other person a few weeks ago who was a once a month cleaning job.
I will miss helping these people keep their homes clean. But, I am truly grateful for new friendships. And for how amazingly supportive they have all been. I have been blessed!
My hands and knees will appreciate less wear and tear from all that cleaning. I’m hoping that by giving up my cleaning jobs, I will have slowed down a bit the progression of the osteoarthritis. I know it won’t ever go away, and I know it will get worse, but, maybe, it will slow down now.
So what’s in store for me now? Well, first, I can handle things around my own home a little better. And second, I will be building my Young Living business. I am a #diamondrising. I am excited to see what the future holds.