Hubby and I have a cleaner come in once a fortnight. Today, just as she was finishing up a couple of our friends arrived, we'll call them Aiden and Abby.
Abby cleans places like schools and offices as her job with a larger company.
They can both be a little flaky at times (not turning up for visits without contacting us, etc) but we're well used to it, and they are such lovely people we ignore that quirk.
This conversation happened after Cleaner had left.
I've declined similar offers before and had it go really badly, i've also accepted them in the past and had nothing but trouble, which is one reason we decided against it.
While they were here Abby offhandedly offered to clean our house for half of the cost of our contracted cleaner. She really enjoys cleaning and would save us money.
Later on Abby contacted me via facebook chat asking if we would like her to clean our house for the price she offered.
This is how I replied:
Mr Phoenix and I talked about it and we've decided, for now we'd like to stick with Cleaner, for two reasons really, neither of us like "employing" friends, we've both had bad experiences, and also Cleaner is insured, i'd hate if an accident happened and either you were hurt or something was damaged. We like you too much to risk it really Sorry hun. x
Though i may take you up on it to help me out with some reorganizing.
I'm awful and this house is too cluttered.
She seemed happy with this replying that she understood and she didn't mind helping me out on a one-off basis. (Which will be of great help to me.)
I then followed up to see if she was still coming over tonight, she said yes and that's been it.
I tried to put my e-hell training to use letting her down gently. I know i don't have to justify our decision but in this case i decided to because we are such good friends and a flat No thanks would have felt harsh.
I feel this went well, much better than my wavy, noncommittal responses to others in the past.
So, how's my spine doing? Still shining up ok?