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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.

Woman Cleaning Toilet

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.

Team

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!

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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.

Dream Team

 

 

 

 

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!

Spreading Kindness Part 2

Ok, so this is the post I originally intended to write.  When you think about businesses and kindness what type of business do you generally think of?  I’ll bet it probably is not a cleaning or maid service, is it?

If you live in Minnesota, where we are located, you might remember Joan Steffend from her days as a news anchor at KARE 11.  If you live elsewhere in the country you might know Joan from her work on HGTV’s Decorating Cents.  I was reading a story about Joan the other day.  It seems that she has been busy, post Decorating Cents, with a new project; Peace Begins With Me.  There was a quote from Joan in that article that stuck with me.  It is simple, yet powerful.  “Remember who you are. Be who you are. Share who you are. Change the world.”

What does this have to do with us, as owners of maid or cleaning services?  We all have many opportunities to make someone’s day (even though your clients may already say that you make their day).  We have the opportunity to make someone’s life a little easier, a little better simply by doing what we do.  Perhaps you have heard of Cleaning for a Reason, the organization that provides free cleaning services for women undergoing cancer treatment.  Recently one of our C4R patients asked if there was a service in Sioux Falls, South Dakota that participated with C4R because a dear friend of her family had recently been diagnosed with cancer.  There was not.

Or perhaps you have heard of Cleaning With a Meaning.  Founded by Kara Anderson, a service owner undergoing her own battle with cancer, Cleaning With a Meaning provides free home cleanings to families with sick children, enabling that family to focus its attention on the child and not on household chores.  These are just two examples of opportunities we have to positively impact others in our communities.  There’s also, Cleaning for Heroes, the organization that provides cleaning and other household services for disabled and elderly veterans.  All of these require a small portion of your time and very little, if any, actual outlay of money on your part.  But the kindness you provide is invaluable.  Mardi and I joined Cleaning for a Reason in August of 2008 out of a need to give back.  It has been the most rewarding thing that we have ever done and it has had little or no affect on our bottom line.

There was one other quote from the article about Joan Steffend that sums all of this up.  “We are all connected in seen and unseen ways. Science has caught up with that spiritual philosophy. What one person puts out energetically is felt by all. It ripples around the world,”  Today I challenge you to start a new ripple with your cleaning or maid service.