Saturday, December 8, 2007

It's a small internet

On Thursday I received an email from a senior editor at Consumer's Digest. He said he had been Googling for a story about people who have used a cleaning service, and apparently he happened upon this one. How weird is that? He asked if I'd be interested in talking to a reporter. I was in St. Louis, so when I checked my email that evening, I replied that I would be happy to chat with a reporter. He wrote back to tell me who would be contacting me.

So the reporter called today. She was super nice, and we talked for almost half an hour. I just talked about my experience with Merry Maids and why I stopped using them. The bottom line on that is this...Since you have to have the clutter put away for them to clean, it wasn't worth the price to have them come and basically just wipe down the shower walls, kitchen sink and counters, dust, and vacuum. I'm not trying to be derogatory toward them, but in my situation, it wasn't what I needed. I need someone to come in who knows where I keep my kitchen stuff and will put away my laundry...that kind of thing. I need a mini-me, really.

The reporter's going to let me know when the story or report or whatever runs in a few months. I'll let you know.


  1. Sounds fun! I had MM for about 3 months, too - and was not thrilled at all. It's a lot of work to clean for the cleaners - and it's deflating when they don't do a great job.

    Let us know when the article runs - can't wait to read it!

  2. Merry Maids who don't kill spiders? I hope you gave them a scathing review.

  3. Michelle-Cleaning for the cleaners...doesn't make sense does it?

    Carole--I should have. Instead, I just smooshed the spider and saved the day.

  4. Oh, so you'll be famous now! I never understood why people had maid service when they always felt the need to clean before the maid came.

  5. Shannon--I don't know about famous, but it is going to be fun to see how the story turns out.

  6. Forget the merry maids; call 1-800-MOM.
    I just discovered a site that will be of interest to you and your friends.
    It's a large health site.
    There's a section on Down Syndrome. Go to: "Mental Declines Are Not Inevitable", the 2nd section on the page. I found it very interesting.

  7. Mom- If you want to make the 5 1/2 hour trip to come up once a week and clean, be my guest.

    As for that link, some might be interested in it...I find it a bit on the quack side.


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