Women folk have stepped up their game and have conquered the hallowed realms of corporate, academic, entrepreneurship worlds. Be it board rooms or space ships to the moon – women are everywhere and striding far ahead of their male counterpart. Yet there is one sphere where their conquests have paled in significance and they seem to be depending on another section of the sisterhood to bolster up their team.
Yup I am talking about the Maid!
From sweeping the house to cooking the food to taking care of children – maids are needed for everything. In fact they have become far more important than having a man in your life.
But with greater power comes greater responsibility! No scratch that. With greater power comes greater price tag!
I have been living on my own since two decades now and have seen the ups and downs of the maid system. In early 2000, there was an influx of maids and they were available cheaply and at any time one desired them to come in. Cut to 2010 and the maid force seems to have either shrunk in numbers or we have started hiring more than one maid to do the job.
I am a single person family unit and I have two- one for cleaning and one for cooking. Seems maids have added diversification to the game. A maid that mops and cleans is not hired to cook and vice versa.
The nuclear family living is now off setted by single living as more and more people seem to be joining this bandwagon; whether it’s because they have never married or gotten divorced/separated is the normal trend of society these days. Also there are couple who are choosing to be childfree and lead married yet single lives for personal satisfaction and career growth.
So in this setup, the need for two maids per person seems baffling – right?
I mean if there are 4-6 family members, one can understand the need to have more “womanpower” to cook clean and manage the house. A single person should be more efficient and sufficient to finish their chores by themselves.
That’s where the catch is. Empowered working women seem to have realised the value of their time and would rather engage in meaningful pursuits of academics or business running than manage household chores.
This is where the maid comes in and this is why they have suddenly become so expensive to hire. Not just that, an efficient worker who comes on time and doesn’t take too many offs is valued far more and therefore paid far more too.
Apartment buildings seem to be witnessing maid wars these days as people try to buy off a good maid with higher pay, just to make their life easier. When opportunity is this golden, the maids have surely every right to cash in and that’s whats happening these days.
In past six months, I have had hired a cook thrice as they would join initially since they didn’t have work, but gradually they worked out more houses to work in and figured out the ones that paid higher and left mine to join more of those.
I am not sure how long this current one will last till I start searching for another one again. But one thing is for sure, even though I love to cook, I need daily help to assist in the cooking chores. And yes I am ready to pay a little more to have this additional help to ease my life.
I wonder if you do agree with me on this? Whats your take on the importance of a maid in your life?
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