The woman who helps me with cleaning has ADHD
The woman who helps me with house cleaning and I have worked out our expectations of each other. She has high energy for cleaning for three hours; after that, the proportion of distractions to work increases sharply. She says she has adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Three hours is enough to make the difference I want to see anyway and is affordable for me. I’m pleased she doesn’t want pay for more hours. Even though she talks on her cellphone while she works, that doesn’t affect the cleaning result. Her conversation moves rapidly to a new topic without finishing the previous topic, but that’s OK because she’ll circle around the topics and tie up the ends left loose. She is nice to my dog; that’s an important qualification for the job. She has enthusiasm for doing the tasks I dislike, such as cleaning the crumbs out of the toaster oven. I raised the rate from $10 to $15 per hour with some conditions– her cellphone ringer has to be off so I don’t hear it; she can’t phone me to reschedule the day or start time more than once per engagement (raising the rate immediately reduced cancellations); and she is careful to not put newspapers I’m not finished with into the recycling. When she’s done, every surface is super clean– except for a can of ginger ale from which she drank half then left on a table.