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Cleaning Your Home With a Team

Ok, so here you are.  The woman who has been cleaning your home has finally given her notice.  She has been with you for the last 15 years, basically since she graduated high school, and here she is expecting her second child.

It’s been nice having one person clean your home.  She was fairly reliable, showing up every week and taking about four to five hours to clean your home the same way you would.  Sure, it took some training to get her to do it your way, but it was worth it.

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What are your options for replacing her (like you could ever replace her)?  Angieslist has a good comparison of your options, here.

You could search for another woman; maybe on craigslist or in the local news paper, but that seems so last century.  Besides, the world is a much different place since you last hired a home cleaner.

The other option is to hire a service.  The nice part of this option is you know that they are most likely insured and there is a certain amount of security involved with inviting them into your home.

A reputable cleaning service will background check their employees, have liability insurance and can be dependable and reliable.  Some will send the same people each time (usually two or three), so you have a sense of continuity on each cleaning.

The down side to this is that where it took your previous woman four to five hours to clean your home, the cleaning company can usually have it done in an hour to an hour and a half.  This may lead you to believe that they did an inferior job or skipped some things you wanted done, but in reality, two or three people naturally can do the same job your previous cleaner did in 1/3 or 1/2 the time.

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It may also be disconcerting to have a group of people in your home versus one person.  Whereas your previous cleaner was pretty silent in her work, save for the vacuum, a team will normally communicate during the cleaning (“Don’t forget the stainless polish.”, “Did you do these stairs, yet?”).

The decision is a personal preference and one you most likely will lose some sleep over.  It is your home, after all.  Best of luck to you!

Selling Your Home?

Fantastic!  According to Donna Wheeler from Edina Realty we are in the middle of a Sellers Market.

And, as it happens, with the exception of chiropractor, we happen to know a LOT of Real Estate agents.

There’s Donna, Jon, Carla, Sara, Tim and Teresa, just to name a few.  Don’t make us get out the Rolodex.

Now that you have a Realtor your next step should be to call a professional cleaning service.  Why, you ask?  Because every day your home sits on the market is costing you money and one of the surest ways to get it sold faster is to get it cleaned.

As homeowners, we tend to take our homes and our regular cleanings for granted.  Everybody does the basics; clean the bathroom, clean the kitchen, dust, vacuum, etc. but there are areas that tend to get neglected.  Try this: go to your bathroom and pull out any vanity drawer and move everything inside of that drawer out.  See what I mean?  You can also try this with your refrigerator drawers.

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Once you have your home on the market you will most likely do some de-cluttering and once that happens, areas that were neglected tend to pop out.  And let’s not kid ourselves.  The folks checking to see if your home is their next home will be looking in every nook and cranny.

That’s where a professional cleaner can come in handy.  We know where to look and what to do to help your soon-to-be-ex- home shine for the upcoming showings.  Cobweb swinging from the chandelier?  Not when we’re done.  Cotton swab behind the toilet?  Nope!  Toothpaste in the sink?  What toothpaste in the sink?

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So, when you’re ready to put your home on the market, just remember; a good cleaning service can actually pay for itself when it comes to getting your home sold.

What a tangled web.

Spiders.  While our logical side realizes that they are beneficial for controlling indoor insects such as mites and flies and such, our subconscious shudders at the mere thought of them, not to mention the ick factor of running into a cobweb.  We know quite a few people who would just as soon squash one as look at it.

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Surely there must be some happy medium between the above picture and allowing spiders to completely take over your home.  Until we find it we have a few tips for controlling spiders in your home.

  • Vacuum on a regular basis to remove the spiders, the webs and their egg sacs.
  • Remove any clutter that provides hiding spaces for the spiders and their prey such as unneeded stacked papers, boxes and paper grocery bags.
  • Store items off the floor and away from walls.
  • Dry out and ventilate damp areas of your home to make them less desirable for spiders.

Maybe these tips could be used just for the most inhabited areas of your home and leave areas like the garage, crawl spaces, etc. to the spiders.  We think spiders are beneficial but would hate to see this happen.

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Our own Dream Team

Do you remember the USA 1992 Olympic Basketball Dream Team?  Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and a host of others.  Men considered to be the absolute best in their field.  The standard for a professional basketball player.  They were the first and, in my humble opinion, the best Dream Team ever.  And I don’t even follow professional basketball.

We here at Freedom Cleaning Services have our own Dream Team.

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After over eight years in business we have built a team that exceeds all of our and our clients expectations each and every day.  They are a thing of beauty.

They each come to us from very different backgrounds and experiences and yet they work together seamlessly as a team.  I know, that’s how it should always work, but some times it isn’t easy finding several individuals that work together well.

Some, like the talented Rose Krause (far left in the picture above) come from other cleaning companies and bring a unique perspective to what we do, offering advice and insight on how to make our cleanings better.  She has a heart as big as the outdoors.

077Others, such as Lorene Gronskei (third from left) bring natural leadership talents.  Gently guiding the team to give their all in any situation.

Some bring a sunny disposition and an amazing work ethic, such as Miss Jenna Johnson (third from left).  Jenna has a work ethic rarely seen in a 20-year-old Biology student.

And others have several of these talents rolled into one, like Carmela Lyons (far right) who comes to us from Seattle and has an eagle eye for detail.

Each has their own hardships and challenges at home but cheerfully put them aside to work together as a team to accomplish one goal; to give our clients a home cleaning experience.  Dream team, indeed!

Living Guilt Free

So there I was; trying to come up with another ad to post for the company.  What to write to grab someone’s attention?

My go-to theme had been (for way too long) “busy families”.  Were people getting tired of hearing about how busy they are?  What other reason would make someone think twice about hiring a maid service?  (I was going on the assumption that money wasn’t the issue because if it was, they wouldn’t be looking for a maid service.)

And then it hit me.  Guilt.  Most people (women, especially) see cleaning house as something they should be able to do and hiring a maid service to do it seems either A) Like a waste of money, B) Lazy, C) Self-indulgent or D) All of the above.

Think about it, though.  Do you feel guilty having someone cook you a meal in a restaurant or having someone grow the produce you buy at the farmer’s market?  You can cook and you can grow vegetables.  

Perhaps you feel bad about asking someone else to do what you are physically able to do.  Nonsense.  While it may not have been what they dreamed of when someone asked what they waned to be when they grew up, the people you hire to clean your home depend on the money they get from cleaning for you.  It feeds their family and it frees you up to do other things (I know.  I’m back to busy lives, again).

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Perhaps you feel guilty asking someone to do what some might call “degrading” work.  I can tell you without a doubt that those of us who do this type of work do not feel “degraded”.  We know that what we are doing is important.  You and your family have a cleaner and healthier home and this frees you up to do those things that are truly important to you.  Both of those have real value.

So the next time you feel as though you need some real help around the house, stuff that guilt and pick up the phone and call a maid service.  Trust me, everyone involved will be glad you did! 

 

 

 

 

“There’s a way to do it better. Find it.”

We have always been all about making families’ lives easier, here at Freedom Cleaning Services.  

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Why do we think this way?  Because we are a family-owned business.  We know what it’s like to deal with the demands of family life.  The kids have school (and all that that implies like, homework, activities, sports, etc.), you have work; both the kind that pays and the kind that comes with owning a home.  Sometimes the demands on your time seem endless.

Originally it was all about the cleaning.  We were proud that we could take a chore that might take someone several hours to do over a weekend and give that back to them, to their family.  Several hours that could be spent reading bed-time stories or going to the park or having a date night.

And then it became about the health.  We spent a LOT of time trying different cleaners that claimed to be green.  We felt it was necessary to provide not only time and a clean home, but a healthy home as well.  We finally landed on Restore Naturals as our cleaner of choice.  We know them to be green PLUS they are made right here in our neighborhood.  Since we can pick them up, we aren’t wasting resources by having them shipped to us across the country. 

A couple of months ago, we were thinking about the process everyone had to go through to get a price quote from us.  You had to go to our website, and fill out a form.  This would be emailed to us and then we had to figure out what it would cost.  This could take upwards of 24 hours.  At that point we would email you back with a price range.  If you felt that the price was within the range you were expecting to pay, you would invite us out to your home and we would walk through with you and listen to your needs and wants.  At the end, we would give you a firm price and if you liked it, we could put you on the calendar.  *whew*!  That process could take several days.  We decided that if a family is busy, why would they want to take several days to get a price and schedule and book a cleaning?  

So, we built our new page and we are very proud of it!  Here our potential clients can do in a few minutes what used to take days to do.  Get a price, schedule and book a cleaning and pay for it.

I keep thinking about a quote from Thomas Edison.  “There’s a way to do it better.  Find it.”  

We will always be looking for ways to “do it better”.  Be more helpful to busy families.  Give them more time.  Clean better, more healthy, more efficiently.

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Question of the Week; “What’s that pink stuff in my shower?”

Ever see some pink or orange film in your shower, toilet bowl or pet food dish? Wonder what it is? Wonder no more!