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I always find it stressful when she is coming (once a fortnight in case you were wondering) but I don't want to give her up (although the money would be better used somewhere else at the moment!).
When I found out I was having twins, one of the first things I did was start a 'cleaner fund'. Never having been a fan of the mop and bucket, I figured that having someone come and clean the floors and bathroom and dust the shelves once a fortnight would be money well spent.
I don't think I realised how integral it would become in my life.
The fortnightly cleaning visit is like hitting the 'reset' button. Everything finds its way back to its home, all the surfaces are cleared and even the piles of washing get folded AND put away. For one afternoon a fortnight my house looks like I wish it would all the time. Ah. The bliss.
Within three hours of the cleaner leaving however, someone inevitably spills their juice all over the floor, someone else brings a spade load of sand from the sandpit and drops it on the loungeroom rug and the afternoon tea preparation messes up the kitchen benches again. It isn't meant to be, I think to myself.
But those few hours, before the chaos comes, those are three of the best hours of my fortnight. A decluttered, sparkling clean home.
My cleaner cancelled twice this week. She was coming on Monday but was ill and rescheduled and then cancelled today. I cleaned up for her twice! Stressed myself and the rest of the household twice, but alas, she couldn't come. I took full advantage of the work I had done this morning and vacuumed and mopped the floors while the twins have been having a sleep. The place looks great. But it isn't the same.
Someone else's cleaning efforts are always more appreciated than my own.
Do you have a cleaner or do you clean your own house? What is your best tip for getting more out of a clean house? How do you stretch your cleaning mileage?