House Cleaning

Get the Gift of Time with a Housecleaning Service
The holidays tend to create a whirlwind of stress on many different levels. Besides shopping for groceries and gifts, baking holiday treats, and preparing for visits with friends and relatives, you probably find it challenging to find the time to thoroughly clean your house. Consider hiring a house cleaner or cleaning service. Hiring someone to do the "dirty" jobs will give you more time to do what you want.

Housekeeper Search Made Easy
Housekeeping is as easy as talking to your friends. Or get online to go through the offerings of many reputable cleaning services in no time. Once you have found your housekeeper, think about and discuss your expectations. You might list the areas that are straightforward, easy to articulate and demonstrate, and are first in the line of sight:

  • focus on common rooms
  • start by cleaning top to bottom
  • clear clutter to organizational basket
  • dust all ceilings, counters and tops of cabinet surfaces
  • deep clean bathrooms and kitchens
  • vacuum
  • scrub floors
  • clean appliances
  • launder sheets and towels
  • replace all sheets with proper winter bedding
  • clean light fixtures
  • clean inside of windows

Cleaning Services Are Efficient
A housekeeper can help relieve stress and give you hours to spend on other necessary and desired tasks. Because a housekeeper is a cleaning professional, he/she is able to accomplish cleaning tasks in a fraction of the time it would take you. So you can devote your time to what you do best--that big project at work, helping your kids succeed in school, or decorating for the holidays.

The start of the holidays is also a good time for routine maintenance. Here's a quick checklist to get your year started on the right foot:

  • check smoke detectors and replace batteries
  • launder beds and turn mattresses
  • clean and organize kitchen, stock up on baking supplies
  • change out furnace filters
  • clear out the dryer exhaust
  • schedule a furnace inspection
Spending the money on a housecleaning service you save time--time that could be spent on Play with your children, decorate your home, bake for friends and visitors, go shopping, and wrap gifts. Give yourself the gift of time.


About the Author
Alicia S. Isero is a contract freelance writer. She has worked in Executive Education and Alumni Relations at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business for over 15 years. She has extensive background in professional development, event planning, marketing, collateral design, and building relationships.

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