A housekeeper has told National Geographic how she and her husband lived their lives until they retired, and how they’ve never regretted their retirement.
The couple of 65 retired from the hotel industry, and she has been caring for their house for years.
“We just want to have our retirement as easy as possible,” she says.
When they retired in 2006, their home was in terrible shape.
They moved in with a friend who had taken over the housekeeping duties, but that didn’t last long.
The owner of the house, who lived in a smaller house with a lot of other houses in the neighborhood, was unhappy and left.
“She had all the people in town, the neighbors, she was the head of the household, the one who made the decisions.
It was not a happy home,” she said.
“The next year, I went into my old home.
I couldn’t get my mind off of it.
I thought, ‘This is what I’m going to do for a while.'”
The old housekeeper stayed in the house for a couple of years, before she started her own business.
Now, she says, she’s grateful for the opportunity to work with her husband.
She says she can’t wait to start working again, but she does have a couple things to think about before she can do that.
“I don’t want to lose my job, because we are so fortunate to have worked so hard for so long,” she explains.
“But also, I have to work on my business, because I’m retiring in the next year.”
She says that the first step in making her own retirement plan is to figure out the budget.
“So I just put together a budget and work from there,” she explained.
She is not a big fan of the traditional 401k.
“They’re not the right way to retire,” she laughs.
“You don’t get any security that you know what you’re doing.”
She suggests a combination of traditional savings accounts, and a 401k plan.
The former housekeeper is not only retiring, but also selling her home.
Her plan is that she sells the home, then will rent it to someone else.
But she will continue to live there.
“If someone is looking to move in, I’m not sure they should have to wait for me to sell it,” she joked.
The housekeeper also plans to retire early to start her own job, but with a smaller retirement plan.
She’s working to save money so that she can pay off her mortgage, but even though she’s in the process of doing that, she is nervous about how she’ll be able to pay it off in a few years.
In fact, she has a few questions for her future husband.
“What do you think he’ll do when he’s retired?” she asked.
“He’ll have to figure it out for himself.”
For more information about the old house, visit http://www.greenhouse.com/oldhouse.html