Re: Fees for participation
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007 11:46:10 -0800 (PST)
Hi Sharon and all!

Just to clarify ... I didn't mean the cleaning team didn't like
cleaning.   They very much like cleaning.

My question centers around why cleaning public areas is so low on a
community's task ladder.  Our CH cleaning team has had only one new
member in seven years altho' it has lost members during the same time
going from a team of 6 to a team of 4.  I think it has something to do
w/ it being a never ending "chore."  And that the results are
invisible.  The environment only becomes visible when something gets
really ... uh ... gross.

Ann Zabaldo

On Dec 13, 2007 2:19 PM, Villines Sharon <sharon [at]> wrote:
> On Dec 13, 2007, at 1:29 PM, Ann Zabaldo wrote:
> > Other efforts to address the lack of participation
> > by the community in helping w/ the cleaning such as HIRING someone to
> > help have been rebuffed by the four person team.  They don't want to
> > spend the money.
> I respectfully disagree with Ann. They do like cleaning and they like
> their team. Yes, they could use some help, particularly with the
> furniture moving, etc. And the deep cleaning is still a problem and
> people don't clean the tables well after meals. And I still declutter
> 2-3 times a week and straighten up the mail area daily.
> One reason they don't want to hire anyone is that they don't believe
> the hired help will clean any better than the team does. Or they would
> be very expensive. I don't think $5,000 would do it in DC.
> But we still have the cleanest commonhouse on the circuit according to
> Graham Meltzer. And as she notes, we use it a lot. Right now we are
> working a 9,000 piece puzzle so I'm in the commonhouse many hours a
> day (obsessed -- I took a vacation to do this) so I see how many
> people are there and in and out during the day.
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing,Washington DC
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