*minor off topic: We have a cleaning person who comes every two weeks to scrub things for about 2 hours. I loves it. I was away for several months that the cleaning person was unaware of. After I was back for a couple months the cleaning person commented to my husband that "Your wife must be away. The house is much messier" My husband simply didn't have the heart to explain that the oppisite was true.
OT: Deetee, maybe my brain's not working right. In your last paragraph it sounds like you're saying that your DH does the cleaning. Why did your cleaning person think the house was messier, not knowing you're away? I'm all confused!
Sorry that was a little confusing. Basically, I was away for 4 months (home only on weekends) and during those 4 months the cleaner got used to the house being tidier (as my husband was in charge). Then I came back and the house got messier and the cleaner thought the messier house meant that I had left for a while (when the oppisite was true).
Now, most of that is not because I am a terible slob, but I don't care as much about being "judged" by the cleaning person. I hire her to clean the counters and the floors so I do not wipe the counters etc.. before she arrives. I de-clutter so she can clean and that's about it. My husband likes to clean the house for people and therefore actually cleans the house for the cleaner.
Also to clarify further, both my husband and I have noticed that it is easier to keep a clean house when there is only one of us at home. When we are both home, we simply do more and mess up the house. I think I do more cleaning than him, but I also do more messing up than him (Cooking dinner or breakfast as opposed to sandwiches and cereal).
Oh, okay! Got it. I like the fact that since cleanliness is so important to your DH, he's willing to pick up the dustrag and get to work. And doesn't want someone to have a negative impression of you! Not that you'd probably be bothered by the cleaning lady's opinion of you anyway