In an ideal world, hiring a cleaner would mean living in a sparkling show home, clutter free, child free and perfect every day. In reality however, just moments after the cleaner leaves, the kids have already caused havoc, the dog has trodden mud everywhere and your partner still can’t see why it’s necessary to clean up after the cleaner has already been. Sound familiar? As much as we love to dream, a cleaning service isn’t a sort-your-life-out service, and we have to take responsibility for our own organisation in order to make the most out of hiring a cleaner.
As great as it would be to employ someone to sift through your old junk, the formal title of a ‘De-clutterer’ doesn’t actually exist… yet. Until then, and you could be waiting a long time, you do have to unfortunately de-clutter your own home. Yourself. Greeting your cleaner with a cluttered, unorganised mess isn’t helpful, and you’ll find that most cleaners find it difficult having to navigate round plies of rubbish and clutter.
To make the most out of your cleaning service, move clutter off of surfaces and organise it away into drawers or storage. This way, cleaners don’t have to worry about touching, breaking or accidentally throwing away something important to you, and they’ll be able to clean more easily too.
The in-between stage
You know, that time when if you hadn’t hired a cleaner you’d probably clean up but you can’t really justify paying for a cleaner if you also have to clean? We get it. And we understand it, but that doesn’t mean you should live in a messy home. Cleaners do help with a thorough overall clean, but they can’t possibly clean enough to keep your house immaculate throughout the whole week.
Depending on how often your cleaner comes, it’s probably best to do a bit of light housework here and there. Wipe down kitchen surfaces and hoover every few days, just because you’ve hired a cleaning service for some help, it doesn’t mean you can get lazy!
The kitchen is arguably one of the more difficult places to keep tidy, and it’s essential every day use means it’s not long before the mess starts to pile up, and this includes the washing up. In 2014, most of us do own a dishwasher which can be a huge help, but it is surprising how many people still expect cleaners to wash up a LOT of dirty plates and cutlery. Cleaners will often wash up a few items, but washing and cleaning up the kitchen regularly in between visits is essential.
By following these three simple rules, your cleaners can focus on more rigorous cleaning and pay more attention to detail. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to clean up whilst meandering through clutter and dirty plates, so dedicate a small amount of time each week to get the small jobs done. Chances are your cleaner will thank you too – and giving them free reign and space to clean will produce more noticeable results.
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