How You Know When to Hire Professionals

Is it Time to Hire a Cleaning Company?

Whether you’re a busy professional, parent or just a person with too much on their plate, there is no shame in admitting that you need help.

Especially when it comes to keeping your environment clean. Everyone already knows that a clean space is a happy and healthy one too, so why not reach for a helping hand when you need it? Everyone’s case is different. Perhaps you’re a perfectionist who has never dabbled with letting others take over. Outsourcing cleaning services could be a new thing for you, one that even seems scary. The only thing holding you back from perfecting your cleaning skills are the proper supplies. Quality cleaning services mean quality products. They may have access to professional equipment that is not available to everyone. Another scenario could be that you are not a perfectionist, but you still need a clean environment. You know that cleaning is not your forte, so realize that you need some extra help. No matter what the situation, it is often that there is just too much to do in too little time. The desire to clean is still there, but the resources aren’t. So what are you to do? Luckily, professional cleaners are experts in providing convenient and efficient service. Here are a few more reasons why professional cleaning services may be the best thing for you:

Consistent Quality

  • With cleaning services, you can expect a consistently clean environment. Scheduling is up to you, whether it’s once a week, once a month or once in a while.
  • After finding the right services, you can expect the quality of cleaning to remain. As long as you maintain a schedule, you can expect a clean space all the time!

Professional Cleaning Equipment

  • High quality cleaners come with high quality equipment. Professional cleaners have access to products and supplies that are a little more high tech than Windex.

You Can Focus

  • Outsourcing cleaning gives you more time to focus on what matters. For businesses, this can mean generating more revenue. As individuals you will no longer have to divide your time between what you want to do and the cleaning that you have to do.

Wide Variety of Service

  • Cleaning services like Lemieux’s Cleaning Company provide a range of services. It is important to communicate what you need from your cleaning service so that they can customize their duties just for you.

How You Know When to Hire Professionals

Alright, so you made the leap and decided it is time to hire professional cleaners.  What’s the next step? In order to ensure you have the best possible experience, it is important to research cleaning businesses before testing them out. Here are a few things to consider along the way:

Quality and Affordability

  • The two go hand in hand. Consider the old adage, “you get what you pay for,” in your search. There may be a reason some businesses charge more than others. However, working within your budget is also important.

Communication

  • Do you prefer working with a large company or a small business owner? The size of the company plays a part in how fast you get a response.

Customer Feedback

  • A company’s reputation should definitely play a part in your research. Utilize online resources as well as referrals.

Common Interests

Experience, Insurance Coverage and Background Check

  • Are they experienced? Research the company’s background and ask about the staff arriving onsite. Make sure that they have the proper insurance coverage and take the time to know the staff.

The time is now! Don’t wait to get a healthy and clean environment.

What Type of Cleaner are You?

Whether you are considered a “neat-freak” or perhaps the one to always leave your dishes in the sink, anyone can place themselves into a specific category of cleaner.

When taking a closer look at the cleanliness scale, we found that there are various types of cleaners: Clean and Organized, Organized and Messy, Disorganized and Clean and Disorganized and Messy. Perhaps you can identify with one or multiple categories. Or perhaps you don’t know what type of cleaner you are at all. We examined these types a little closer to help.

Clean and Organized

The ideal clean and organized person keeps a tidy space. It is one where everything has it’s own place, and there is a schedule made in order to maintain this level of clean.

Examples:

– You may find this type of cleaner dusting a neatly stacked pile of color-coded books in their living room

– Dishes are always immediately washed after they are used

– Beds are made after waking up

– They may keep a schedule to keep them on track with cleaning tasks assigned to specific days and times

Pros and Cons

Well the obvious benefit is that everything will always be clean. Clean and organized people can maintain a neat and comfortable space for themselves and any visitors. The potential problem is when cleanliness becomes an obsession. Some people are clean and organized by nature while others feel a compulsion to have everything in a specific place. This may cause tension when living with other people who do not share the same compulsion. Also, cleaning may overload your schedule and become more of a chore than a lifestyle.

Organized and Messy

While these characteristics seem contradictory, there is room for both if you are this type of cleaner. An organized and messy cleaner likes things a certain way but does not always pay attention to every detail to maintain cleanliness.

Examples:

– Ignoring laundry that is piling up on the floor until laundry day

– Making lunch the night before but skipping making the bed in the morning

– Filing away papers in a binder that is used as a coaster the next week

Pros and Cons

Being organized is helpful in order to stay on track and not lose important belongings. However, being messy can overtake the organization you have worked hard to maintain. At times it may feel like taking one step forward and two steps back.

Disorganized and Clean

This type of cleaner may be the most relatable. Disorganized and clean people are not obsessed with having everything in the right place, but simply want things to be clean enough to feel comfortable.

Examples:

– A closet full of clothes where nothing is categorized, but everything is on a hanger

– Going through a cleaning frenzy but accidentally tossing an important piece of mail that was in a pile of trash

– Running late to a meeting on recently moped, shiny floors

Pros and Cons

Again, the space will be clean which is important. However, without a schedule the cleaning may not always be consistent. Cleaners like this may end up misplacing important items without even realizing it.

Disorganized and Messy

There are plenty of these types of cleaners, or I suppose “non-cleaners” out there. This is a lifestyle that is hard to break because there are often no schedules or habits formed to maintain a clean environment.

Examples:

– Not washing dishes because there is no place to put them when they are clean

– Keeping clothes in the dryer until you need to wear them

– Letting trash overflow because you forgot to take the bins out for the garbage truck

Pros and Cons

Unfortunately there are not many benefits to being disorganized and messy. Unless you are using time not spent cleaning to get things done, an environment such as this will actually slow productivity. If one thinks of cleanliness as a reflection of themselves, they may be more inspired to spend more time cleaning.

There is no wrong or right type of cleaner. However, no matter where you find yourself on this scale, you can always make changes that will lead you to a clean lifestyle. The goal is to create a comfortable environment that enhances your life.

How a Clean House Reflects a Clean Mind

We’ve all heard it before: a messy house equals a messy mind. For me, it was repeated from my parents as they offered a long list of reasons to keep my room clean. Then I remember relaying the same info in college to my roommates when we fought over the need to establish a chore wheel. You may have not thought much about it before, but the truth is that your environment reflects and affects your well being. So if a messy house means a messy mind, than a clean house could mean a clean one.

A messy house is not always intentional. As you look around your space and its varying levels of tidiness, you may start to ask yourself why and how you allowed it to get so messy in the first place. Most people do not want to live in a cluttered environment, but still they push aside their feelings and let the dishes pile up in the sink. There are various reasons for this. According to Aggie MacKenzie, a British expert on housekeeping and commentator in the blog “The Connection between a Clean Home and High Self-Esteem,” a home embodies a person’s psychological mindset. For some, letting things clutter around them could be a result of childhood deprivation, or even caused by a tragic event later in life like getting fired or losing a loved one. Internal struggles are often projected onto our surroundings. For MacKenzie, “no one is immune.” Meaning no matter your financial or social status, everyone is prone to letting their houses become a mess. For better or worse, dirty homes don’t discriminate.

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So by now you could be gaining more perspective on the issue. But what if you haven’t faced any major tragedies or you remember your childhood home being cleaner than a hospital room? Any number of reasons could be used to excuse the mess in your home. For some, it could be that they feel too busy to clean. Perhaps work and other activities come first on their list of priorities, so cleaning has been put on the back burner. Luckily, just because you do not have time to clean your house does not mean that it will have to stay in that state. There are many options, including hiring professional cleaners to help you maintain a clean environment however often you need it. What you may not realize is that a messy space may hinder your ability to stay busy and productive. When you get ready to start your day and you are unable to see the carpet underneath piles of dirty clothes, you may not feel so up to checking everything off of your to-do list. A clean space will allow you to be more productive because you will feel more comfortable. The thoughts of “I need to wash those” or “I need to vacuum now” will not be constantly running through your mind, so you will be able to focus on other things.

Just as your mind has tricked you into thinking that it is okay to live in an environment below your normal cleaning standards, it may even justify reasons for keeping the clutter out in the open. Lesya Li explains this phenomenon in her article “Here’s Why Messy House Equals Messy Mind.” Li keeps the clutter because “I think that all the things from the past somehow bring me something sentimental and meaningful,” and describes her clutter as “What Ifs and One Days.”  Basically, we keep things around because if we put them away then either we think that we’ll lose them, or we will never use them in the future. The truth is that most of the clutter stays exactly where it is. I understand this firsthand. No matter the size or condition, I always find myself collecting materials I could use for art projects and storing them in my home. For example, I kept boxes of empty mason jars in my living room in order to remind myself to use them. The reality was that I never touched them. Yes, keeping the boxes out in the open helped to remind me that they were there but knowing that I had all of these materials just became a burden and I ended up feeling bad for letting them sit for so long.

Now it could be clicking: a clean house reflects a clean mind. Okay, I feel like I have a pretty clean mind but still, I let my house be dirty. Why? If you have yet to relate to the reasons listed above, there may be one other thing to consider. Subconsciously, you may believe that you do not deserve better. One of the top motivators for me to clean my house is when I have someone staying with me. I want to impress them along with creating a space where they feel comfortable. So why don’t we want the same for ourselves all of the time? Our level of cleanliness directly reflects how we value ourselves. Even if it is not apparent, maybe we think that we do not deserve an immaculately clean place. Maybe we have made excuses to keep the mess around us, but you could really be keeping the mess around you because that is the state in which you are the most comfortable, that is how you are feeling about yourself at the moment. The truth is that we all deserve better. The first step to boosting your self-esteem is creating an environment that reflects how we want to feel inside. It is similar to the concept “we are what we eat.” The foods we eat have a direct effect on how we feel and the same goes for a clean space. So consider yourself a guest of your environment, don’t wait to impress other visitors, but strive to impress yourself. Chances are that you will notice a beneficial shift in your mood. This could be a new concept, so don’t hesitate to seek out professional cleaners that can help you achieve these goals and even give you tips on how to get started.