First, discuss your wants and needs with the office to make sure your home specifics are well documented and clear. Make sure you inform us of any pet instructions, keys, alarms or other specifics about your household. If there are any trouble areas, or pet peeves, you should mention at this time so we can bring any special cleaning supplies and be prepared to address these issues on our first visit.
It’s fine to have a “To Do” list. Just email us at the office so we can make sure the schedule enough time to ensure it can get done. We are happy to address very specific items even room by room.
Hand down, clutter is the #1 thing that slows us down. Our house cleaners are ready to clean when we get there, we really want to start that dirty work, but first we have to pick up all the newspapers, magazines, the 1000 Lego’s your kids left out, bobby pins on the bathroom floor, cups and glasses, dirty dishes, clothing and shoes strewn all over that needs to be picked up and put away, before we even can start to clean.
Knick knacks are closely related to clutter. Now, I realize that knick-knacks can be treasured above all else, but knick-knacks are clutter as well, and just the fact that you have all these treasures causes extra dust and grime to built up in the general area. (It takes quite a bit of time to pick up and wipe down those 30 miniature vases on your shelf, so I know you most likely do not clean it very frequently, if at all)
We don’t mind picking all the stuff up- hey, don’t forget we are getting paid for it. But it is not the most effective use of your money and the time we should be spending on the real reason you hired us to come to your home.
Does this make sense?
What task is more important to you? Picking up little Alayna and Hailey’s clothes and the dishes in their rooms, and Tommy’s toy cars and lego’s, or really scrubbing that bathroom till it sparkles?
Of course, we do pick up all the clutter we find, it’s part of our job. But please be aware that it will cause your cleaning to take a bit longer, if the amount of clutter is excessive.