More people are beginning to understand how much their time is worth and want more of it. The ability to spend an extra few hours each week doing the things you truly enjoy, makes it worthwhile to contract out regular cleaning tasks to a professional maid. It used to be a luxury for only the rich to hire a maid. Now-a-days, with more dual income families working long hours, having a maid can make life more pleasant and tolerable.
Finding the right maid is a great challenge. Every individual has different needs. Most people prefer a maid that does more than just vacuuming and dusting. The greatest challenge is finding someone you can trust.
Do a google search: Google will bring up many companies to choose from. Angie’s list, Yelp, Home Advisor, Thumbtack. These companies are simply advertisers that can help you find a company or an individual to clean your home. You can check their online ratings, and see if they have a website.
The first place I would start while searching for a maid is to start with a company that has a phone number. There are many “Maid service online booking platforms,” that offer a cleaning service, but most of these platforms do not even meet with their “hired” “professionals” in person. Since their “hired,” workers are contractors, they are paid a percentage that often can fall below minimum wage.
Most importantly who do you call when something goes wrong? Who is accountable when there is no one to talk to, no one to blame. It’s probably better to work with a small local business than a large “platform.”
If you choose a local business, you should call them directly and ask questions to make sure they are the best fit for you. Are you worried about your security? Keep security cameras in the house. Make sure that the workers have been met in person and vetted.
Make sure they fit your budget. You should check to see if they charge an hourly rate or a flat rate. You may want to check that the maid company that you have discovered offers a plan for recurring service. Typically, recurring service cycles are monthly, weekly, or biweekly service.
It’s also best to see what procedures are offered to keep consistency in their work. You should check to see that they schedule the same maid each time. You should also make sure there is someone to contact in case you have an issue with the appointment.
Another way to start your search is by asking neighbors, friends and relatives for recommendations for their favorite independent cleaner or housecleaning company. You might find that there is a local favorite who doesn’t appear high up in internet search results.`
Home cleaning is a lot less overwhelming if you have a plan. If you divide chores up into specific time blocks, or even days, they will be a lot easier to tackle. Don’t forget to make fun chore charts for the kids.
With housework, there will always be something else to clean and organize. It’s important to know when to quit. When wiping down a cupboard door, resist the temptation to pull everything out of that cupboard and reorganize; save that for another day.
No time for a full mopping? Try giving your floor a good spraying with your favorite cleaner, then go over it with a mop. Depending on the cleaner, you may need to then spray your floor again with just water, and mop again to remove any residue.
Every grueling task is easier when music is involved. Find yourself some good music to clean to, you’ll find that time goes by much faster. In no time the CD is over, and your house is clean.
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A clean house may be the first thing people see as they come to visit, but what are they smelling? An inviting smell in your home is just as important as keeping it clean. Here are some things you can use:
Laundry baskets aren’t just for laundry anymore. You can get them at almost any dollar store, and they can really speed up housework. Here are some ideas:
When cleaning a room, put all the things that don’t belong in that room in a basket. Then put the baskets in the rooms that they go in.
Use a basket to carry dishes from the dining area to the sink.
Use baskets to separate magazines.
Give each household member a basket. When cleaning, line up the basket in the room you’re cleaning and put belongings in corresponding baskets. Have each family member put away the tings in their basket.
Decorative baskets are a great way to hide clutter. Tahke a trip to your local dollar store and invest in some fancy baskets of all sizes. Use them to organize. Here are some things you can use them for.
Don’t be afraid to use paper plates and plastic utensils. This reduces the clean-up time to almost nothing. You can even dress up paper plates with wicker holders, and utensils with colorful ribbon.
Got a big window that needs to be cleaned super quick? Try only pulling the blinds up halfway and only cleaning the bottom half of the window. As stated earlier, vinegar and newspaper work well in a pinch.
Making the bed will make any room cleaner. It doesn’t take very long, and it really pulls the room together. It helps to have a thick, lightweight comforter that can easily be thrown on without a lot of smoothing or tucking. Pillows really make a bed look good as well.
The Living room is usually the first thing that visitors see when they come to your home. It’s also the room that can get the messiest. This next set of tips will help you keep your living room cleaned and inviting.
Wiping down the sink and counter is easier if you first fill the sink with hot soapy water. Keep dipping your washcloth or sponge into it until everything is clean. Don’t forget to dry everything so it’ll really sparkle.
Cleaning the Bathroom is something that nobody likes to do. Unfortunately, it needs to be done, not only to make it look better, but to eliminate germs that can cause illness. Below you’ll find a few tips to make cleaning your bathroom more effective and easy.
Cleaning the toilet is a grueling job, but fortunately, it can be done fast. Here are a few steps to follow to get it done quickly.
Mirrors can be very tricky to clean because if you don’t have the right tools, they can look worse than before you started. Make sure youuse glass cleaner (usually blue) or vinegar and use paper towels or newspaper to wipe them (not cloth as it will leave residue).