by Ms. S on March 24, 2009

Until my daughter was born, I lived a pretty teenage-type of life in many respects.  My husband and I worked intensely and over long hours in Manhattan; and not just during Monday through Friday but on weekends as well.  As such, neither one of us had much energy to take care of our personal responsibilities.  A cleaning service cleaned our apartment, I can’t remember who did our laundry, we either ate out or ordered delivery in, and we lived in buildings that had the appropriate people to address repairs and maintenance.

Once our first daughter was born, I began to focus more on our domestic affairs.  As I write this, my daughter is 2.5 years old and I still have a steep learning curve ahead of me!  However, over the past couple of years, I have become a lot more concerned about which cleaning products we use, avoiding VOC paints, being more mindful of what my children may be inhaling or absorbing over long periods of time (such as chemicals from mattresses, cotton, sheets, and pajamas), minimizing use of plastic,…

Another area that has been very challenging for me is domestic help.  Issues related to domestic help have taken considerable time.  As I have recently had the time to get to know other mothers in NYC, I have been relieved to learn that I am not alone.  It’s a big issue for many City families, and I’m sharing what I wish I knew sooner about everything related to running my household.  Follow my journey at The S File — Running A Household!


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