E.F. asks from Sachse, TX on June 28, 2009
How Clean Should My House Be Before Hiring a House Cleaner???
I've been considering hiring a house cleaner because I just can't keep up with everything. I keep putting it off b/c I feel like I need to clean just to have the house cleaner come!?!?! Sounds silly, I know... Any comments, advice, personal experience, etc... would be really helpful!!!
H.D. answers from Dallas on June 29, 2009
I felt the same way you did. When my cleaning lady came out for my quote I picked up but did not clean bathrooms or dust. The cleaning company's are way to over priced. I am using a lady that comes every 2 weeks and does a GREAT job. I have 4 kids and a husband. She charges me 100.00 every 2 weeks. It has taken such a load off me.My lady does the microwave, dishes, & even wipes out the oven.
R.P. answers from Dallas on June 29, 2009
You don't have to clean - just pick up. Anything you leave on the floors, counters, etc. will get cleaned around, which defeats the point of getting it done.
L.K. answers from Dallas on June 29, 2009
I clean homes in the Garland area, and I just prefer if the clutter is picked up. If you just don't have the time, I just stack whatever is in the room into a central location. Hope that helps you!
C.C. answers from Dallas on June 29, 2009
I totally understand your feelings about that. But, as someone who cleans other people's houses.... I see where they "pick up " before I come. One of the people I clean for is my sister, and I tell her all the time, "stop trying to clean before I get there, that is what you are paying me for."
Here is the thing. When hiring someone to come in and clean for you. The most important thing that helps us is to have things picked up. What I mean by that, is by picking up the toys and putting them where they go, picking up clothes off the floor, etc.. will save you money as the house cleaner is then not having to spend her time doing all that picking up, they can spend their time, vacuuming, dusting, etc... which is what you probably really want to pay for. I have been in homes where there is a ton of clutter all over the kitchen counter. Well, I am afraid to move anything in fear that the people will not find it. I want to organize all that clutter for them, but they may not want that. But, it is difficult to 409 the counter tops when all that is there. And, when I do clean around all that clutter, I feel like it is still messy when I leave.
One lady I clean for, I will surprise her by bringing in little inexpensive baskets from the dollar store and rearranging a kitchen drawer that is full of pens, ketchup packets, twisty ties, keys, coins, etc..... I don't say anything to her, but she will text me later and thank me for doing that. Or, I have taken some boxes and containers and opened up all the kids fruit snacks, etc, and put in the bins so it is easier for the kids to get to, easier for Mom to see that she is running out of snacky stuff, and keeps the kitchen pantry more organized with less boxes, etc.
Most of that stuff, "cleaning people" don't do...but, as a busy Mom myself, I know that those "little" things help.. and sometimes, it is harder for us to do them ourselves.
The main thing you probably want someone to focus on is, bathrooms, kitchen, dusting, vacuuming and mopping... So with all this said, just pick up those areas so that who ever you hire, can get in there, do their job so you are paying them for what you really need... cleaning.. not picking up.
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L.B. answers from Dallas on June 29, 2009
If you have the money try starting out once a month and see how you feel then. It does not matter how clean your house is or not... if you are under stress and feeling it's not where you want it, then try having someone come just once a month. That might help you have peace about it.
Also there is a difference between neat and clean, & organized and neat.
I am a Professional Orgaizer and Family Manager. I recommend a wonderful company that can clean your home... and leave it like you walked into a luxary hotel.....it's priceless
Maid for Cleaning www.maidforcleaningtexas.com
Hope I've been of help,
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H.H. answers from Dallas on June 29, 2009
I will personally come over there and wring your neck if you lift a FINGER to clean anything before someone comes over to clean! STOP! What is OK is to pick up clutter and stuff so it is easier to clean. The first time or two I had someone clean I picked up the piles of paper, displaced items, etc. just in front of her so that she could get to the places that desperately needed a deep cleaning. Once you get a handle on the cleaning aspect with someone's help then it gets a lot easier. Don't be embarrassed! All of our houses have looked MUCH worse at some point and time. I promise.
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C.C. answers from Dallas on June 29, 2009
I work full time and clean homes for extra income. Believe me I've been introduced to clients who could have cared less if their bathroom hadn't been cleaned in a year(literally!) and also clients that have a busy schedule and keep their houses tidy but needed a person to make sure the toilets and tubs are scrubbed, the floors were mopped and the sheets were changed. For the sake of communication, have a list of exactly what you would want her to do. Also
how often you want her to come. That way if its a big job, she can do it in shifts, such as clean the ceiling fans and blinds, mop and vacuum this time and next week we'll work on the kitchen and laundry. I would just straighten the house, then explain to her what your goals are. Also make sure you exchange emails and phone numbers. I'm very flexible and if my client is needing to entertain I come the day before or if she has family over, she calls and I schedule for the following week. She appreciates that. Good Luck and Happy cleaning!
L.E. answers from Dallas on June 28, 2009
I clean houses for a living and it really not a problem with me unless u r paying by the hour then i guess it would be faster
E.C. answers from Dallas on June 29, 2009
I understand. My husband and I tidy up the house before our house cleaner comes. We feel that they can spend more time cleaning than trying to clean around stuff. What you could do is pay them to do a deep cleaning the first time - they probably will charge you more if you haven't cleaned your house in a while anyway. Then after that you will just have to keep stuff picked-up.
T.K. answers from Abilene on June 29, 2009
As a former house pro...you are not the only one to ask, and really there is a bit of tidying up that needs to be done if you don't want to go broke!
Interview a minimum of three companies (CHECK REFERNCES) before deciding who you want to go with.
I worked for a company that came in the first time with a large team and we did a "spring clean"...we did it all top to bottom, then all we did after that was upkeep. Some tasks are a monthly task...others weekly and others can go every other week. A good company will be able to break this down for you.
Do you want laundry done? do you want dishes done? making the beds? This can be as simple or as complex as you want...just remember the more you want done the more it costs.
Basic rule of thumb...If your pet peeve is the floors don't make them spend two hours picking up the babies toys before they can even start...If your marble things can only be touched with this special stuff the dealer sells you, make it available and make sure we know how to use it. Once you get into a routine of knowing that the cleaning crew will be here on Tuesdays, you can make sure to have the areas to be cleaned available to them. If you want the kitchen cleaned...don't make them spend two hours on a weeks worth of dishes first...yes I had a client that did that and then wondered why we were there so long, she saved the dishes for the cleaning crew!
Bathrooms are quicker and easier if all towels and rugs are in the wash before we start, If you want them to use your products...make sure you provide it and tell them to let you know when it is almost gone. Most cleaning Teams have special products to use though. Basically if all you want is someone to come in and dust, vacuum, and mop the floors, make sure there is a path to get those things done...it is hard to dust around a weeks worth of laundry piled around the things to be dusted...and then to be picked up to do the floors.
Make a list of what you really don't have time to do and then start the interview process and tell them that this is what you want, no more...no less
Now you make me want to go clean... thanks a lot! have fun!
P.G. answers from Dallas on June 29, 2009
Just move the clutter so they can clean :)