I know, I know,….the topic itself makes people roll their eyes. But for me, it’s a new problem.
You see…I didn’t know the BEAUTY of the “housecleaners” until last year. The topic of “cleaning for the cleaners” didn’t apply to me. But….as my number of children has grown, and my activities/responsibilities have grown, I felt the need to slide this one in the budget. And….I DON’T regret it. If you can make it happen, do it! Especially if you can find a service that you like.
I am definitely a “cleaner before the cleaner”. I have the philosophy that money and time shouldn’t be wasted. If I am paying by the hour for cleaners and I can do a few things to make their job easier and faster, than I’m going to do it. Since they are going to be cleaning my WHOLE house in a 2-3 hour period, ( come on, I could NEVER do that), I have developed some “housecleaning etiquette” that we try to enforce in our humble abode. I thought I would share a few ideas with those of you who utilize a housecleaner or a service. Don’t forget, preparing for the cleaners is a “team effort” here. Some of these tasks below are done by the kids. Obviously, this is just my opinion…Here goes:
- Clear off all items on your kitchen counters that can be stored quickly. I have an “office area” in my kitchen. The mornings that the cleaners come, I put all my files/paperwork in the cabinet under this area.
- If you want to have them do something extra, make it easy for them. This morning I asked the girls to wipe down my fridge as well (not something they normally do), so I removed all the kid pictures and magnets so they could do it. I have decided that I want them to use my mop and floor cleaner, so I make sure the mop and cleaner are in their bucket in the kitchen when they arrive.
- Leave out a basket on a kitchen island or someplace visible for “little things” they find under the couches, or behind stuff.
- Put all shampoo, conditioners, and other bottles in your shower under the sink. I also shove the bag of kid’s bath toys under the sink as well. It eliminates their need to take them down and then replace them in the bathroom.
- Only have them clean what is important to you. The rest is not worth your money. I don’t have them regularly dust my kid’s rooms or make their beds. Their dressers are too kid-cluttered and their beds they make themselves. I simply have them vacuum out their rooms. However, I hate seeing how dusty my washer/dryer get so I make sure that room gets vacuumed out, and wiped down.
- Leave a notepad in a regular place every cleaning for messages. I leave messages for my cleaners about areas that need extra addition or areas that I cleaned over the weekend so they can concentrate on other areas.
- Think about ways to leave little “goodies” for your cleaning people. If we bake cookies or a special dessert during the week, we package some up for the cleaners. I let the kids write little thank you notes as well. Sometimes it’s just nice to be surprised.
I hope you have found this list insightful….maybe not. Maybe you just enjoy walking out the door when the cleaners arrive and you are content with leaving your house “as is”. Either way, I’m sure all of us LOVE the smell of “clean” as you re-enter the house. So…..join me in a glass of wine as we toast the smell of Lysol that fragrances my house.