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Help with Housework

Getting help with housework would relieve a lot of your weekly tasks however there are a few things to consider.

Should you get help with the housekeeping? Do you work a full time job?  How much is a clean house worth to you and your family’s sanity? Are you a very messy person who really loves a clean house?  I would love to come home to a sparkling home that smells like fresh linen and Pledge without putting on rubber gloves.  Delegating tasks around the house helps to lower stress and make lives easier, but I need to caveat “sometimes” lower stress and make lives easier. Do you like people in your home?

Average hourly house cleaning ranges averages at $25.00 – $35.00.  How many hours per week are you willing to pay for?  The average home probably would spend at least $100 – $150 per week.

It helps if the company provides a list of services that are provided.

Preparation

1. Remove the clutter so that the cleaners can have access.

2. Lock up or put away any valuables or important documents that may get accidentally discarded or stolen.

2. Make sure the cleaning company is bonded and insured unless you know and trust the person doing the job.

3. Put away the pets.

4. Make sure all equipment is working properly, such as vacuums, etc. (if the company does not provide)

5. Identify any special areas that need any additional attention. If the company has a list of services provided this will serve as an agreement and you will know what to expect.  Otherwise go over what is to be cleaned and what isn’t.

If you would like to do your own housecleaning and would like a list of items to be cleaned. If you are a domestic goddess capable of making Better Homes and Gardens an everyday reality then read on:
I picked this up at www.mollymaid.com:

KITCHEN

Wipe down counter tops and cabinets (start at immediate right of the stove).
Clean face of appliances (refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher).
Wipe down stove top.
Clean inside of microwave.
Soak stove drip pans and knobs in sink.
Clean inside and around sink.
Sweep and mop floor (go light on cleaning product in the water to avoid build-up).

BATHROOMS

Remove rugs/wastebaskets (if you haven’t already when vacuuming earlier).
Remove everything from tub/shower.
Place bath mat in tub/shower.
Wet tub/shower walls with warm water.
Apply tile and grout cleaner, allow to sit.
Spray/clean everything with all-purpose cleaner except toilet, vanity, shower/tub, mirror.
Fill bucket with ¼ cup all-purpose cleaner and water to prep for floor cleaning.
Stand on bath mat and scrub tub/shower walls and door (use grout brush in-between tiles as needed).
Apply tile and grout cleaner to tub/shower floor and scrub.
Clean shower rack/soap dishes.
Clean shower track.
Rinse off walls of tub/shower and dry with cloth.
Vanity: spray tile and grout cleaner in sink, soap dish.
Spray counter top with all-purpose cleaner.
Scrub sink.
Use grout brush along faucet and drain.
Rinse the sink and your rag.
Wipe the vanity countertop.
Wipe down cabinet fronts.
Clean mirror: spray glass cleaner on soft cloth and buff.
Shine the faucets.
Wash the floor with solution in the bucket.
Allow to dry.
Replace rugs, bath mat and wastebaskets.

BEDROOMS

If you’ve already removed clutter, dusted, and vacuumed the house and tidied your closets, your bedrooms will be basically done. To finish up, simply:

Return any furniture (chairs, diaper bins, etc.) that you put up to vacuum earlier.
Make bed.
Straighten.
Special projects: Organize your sock drawer? Fold laundry and put in dresser? Put a mint on your pillow?

WINDOWS

Use a streak-free glass cleaner (don’t spray on too much) and wipe with newspapers.
Clean large and hard-to-reach windows with a professional-quality squeegee.
Clean window screens by removing from frame and scrubbing with all-purpose cleaner mixed with warm water. Scrub each screen with a bristle brush, rinse with outdoor hose and insert back into window to dry.