In 2017, Hurricane Irma passed directly over our house in Central Florida. It was a pretty scary time for us, but in the end, we were thankful that the only major damage to our property was some wind-driven rain that entered our back bedroom and soaked (then molded) the carpet. As a result of all that, I’m very familiar with issues that unwelcome water can cause to a home. (It also stays in the forefront of my mind because my husband works in homeowners insurance and is always sharing his nightmare claim stories with me!)
There can be several causes for flooding and water damage, including torrential rainfall, sewer issue, broken sump-pump, burst pipe, or damaged appliance. No matter the cause, the effect is devastating and unbearable. Water damage can ruin your furnishings, the structure and foundation, and other prized possessions occupying your house.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here on the blog yet, but about a month ago, we lost our Taffy girl.
She was SUCH a great dog. We adopted her from the SPCA, and when we got her home, we discovered she was already completely trained. She barely bothered the cat. She survived through us bringing twins home. She was the happiest dog ever. We miss her SO VERY MUCH.
Yet, we are dog people. We adopt, we don’t shop. And my husband has been going on FOREVER about getting a chocolate lab, like the one he grew up with.
So…without further ado…meet Trixie!
She’s another rescue. She’s about a year old, from what we know. She has the sweetest disposition, but still she spent her first week with us destroying the house. Cue doggy school to learn some manners. She’s doing much better now!
Cleaning the house is worse than a tedious chore; it’s a LARGE NUMBER of tedious chores — vacuuming, dusting, mopping, scrubbing, and everything else that needs to be done to keep your home clean. However, even though it’s tedious, someone has to do it. Where it gets difficult is when you’re too busy at work or with your family, and by the time you can get around to cleaning your home it’s a complete mess. If you find yourself in this kind of situation more often than not, you might be thinking of hiring a cleaning service sometimes to do it for you when you can’t.
From a homeowner’s perspective, hiring one person to do the job is cheaper. However, there’s only so much an independent cleaner could do. Especially if you want things to settle quickly, you will need the help of a cleaning service that gives you all the benefits you are looking for.
Sure enough, homeowners are putting their trust in professional home cleaning companies. The reasons are obvious, but let’s take a gander at why these businesses have become so sought-after.
We talk a lot about cleaning here on the blog. I happen to think cleaning is pretty important, myself. But that’s just me! I also happen to think there’s nothing wrong with asking for a little help when you need it.
If you are sick, you go see a doctor, or when your car breaks, you just don’t leave it there and buy a new one. So, why there are certain areas of life where help is deemed “okay” and others where it is ridiculed is a mystery to me. Nonetheless, I will try and debunk it with help from Maid This,who was kind enough to lend us a hand in understanding misconceptions about hiring a cleaning service, and how to deal with them.
Too good to get your hands dirty
There are people who think that you are lazy or spoiled if you don’t want to get your hands dirty. In reality, those people lead different lives and their schedule probably allows them to do this job themselves without needing any outside help ever. On the other hand, there are people who need to work, take care of their family and do bunch of other chores on a daily basis. For them, adding cleaning, which takes a lot of time and energy, can be overwhelming.
These days I feel like I’m constantly behind on things. Cleaning included. Anyone else with me? I feel like I get one area of my life caught up and nicely in order, but while I’ve been working on that, three more areas have burned to the ground! (A little bit of an exaggeration, but do you get what I mean?) When does it end?!
Of course, there are ways we can all help ourselves catch up. It just depends on our current situation. For me, I’ve been thinking more and more about hiring someone to come clean our house.
Now, don’t get me wrong: I’ve done this before. I used to get overwhelmed with cleaning certain areas of the house (like our huge walk-in tile shower) and call a cleaning service to come out and do it. But that was when I had tiny twins, was working part time, and I felt like I had justification to call a company. When I started staying at home with the girls last year, I figured I could handle everything myself, no problem. But let me tell you: with 2 2-year-olds around here all the time, it’s HARD! And hiring someone to come in and clean would be SO helpful!