Please save me from my slovenly ways! Hurt the cats though and I will return the favor.
September 10, 2012 8:29 AM Subscribe
I'm a slob. I need a cleaning service. I'm totally willing to pay for a cleaning service. But I can't get over the idea that I'll have to clean before they come (which seems very contradictory and silly) and most importantly, I can't figure out how to trust random people alone on my house with my pets. How do other people do this?
posted by cgg to home & garden (32 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
Single woman, working 50+ hours a week, and my natural state is basically 'slob'. It's not frat-house bad, but there's always a pile of dishes in the sink, laundry on the bedroom floor, stuff on tables, etc not put away, floors need washing, carpets need a good vacuum, the sink and tub need attention, etc etc. I don't think I've ever really dusted. It's embarrassing and I hate it, but it not so much that I'm actually willing to clean just for me; I just do what I have to do to get away with the bare minimum. People coming over sends me into a crazed panic. I want a cleaning service. I can afford it, that's not the issue.
The issues is two fold. I have three cats who I love more than is probably healthy (and what I do clean is for them - the litter boxes are always clean!). There is no way on earth I'm leaving them home alone with a stranger without setting up a half dozen nanny cams. I know the chances of ending up with a cat-hating cleaning lady who would actually do them harm is minuscule, but if something did happen I would never be able to forgive myself. Ideally, I'd want to hang around just for my own piece of mind, but my apartment isn't large (1 bdrm, 770sq ft) and that would just be... weird, right? Do other people just trust the help not to kick their cats?
My house is also kinda cluttered. Like I said... I'm a slob. Do I need to pick it all up before the cleaning lady comes? Ugh. What happens if I don't?
Basically, I want to do a little work as humanly possible, keep my cats as safe and unfreaked out as possible, and have a decently clean apartment. How can I accomplish this?