How much cleaning should I do before the cleaning person arrives?
October 9, 2013 10:49 AM Subscribe
I'm becoming irrationally anxious about the housecleaning service that's happening at my apartment this afternoon. I don't know what's reasonable to expect, how much prep I should do beforehand or how much I should manage the person they're sending over.
posted by under_petticoat_rule to home & garden (20 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I booked 3 hours of cleaning through an Angie's List special offer. It's for 3 worker-hours of cleaning. I get the impression they're sending one person for three hours.
The apartment is 1100 square feet, mostly one big room with a couple of bathrooms (it's a loft). Laminate floors everywhere except the bathrooms, which have tile floors. We have a lot of windows but I know that's usually an extra (if the service even does windows) and I don't want them to touch the windows.
The problem is that there's a lot of clutter. Everywhere. There is no horizontal surface that isn't covered with old mail, grocery bags, project parts and equipment etc. The idea behind getting a cleaning service is that it would take some of the housekeeping burden off me and my SO, but I'm feeling now like it's forcing me to spend the next four hours cleaning up in order to get any kind of value out of the cleaning service. The clutter has to be removed for cleaning to take place, and there's no way the cleaning person will know where to put things unless I oversee the whole operation, in which case I might as well do it myself.
I'm uncomfortable with telling people what to do, and I generally feel like service people do the minimum they can get away with (or less) - I have had plenty of experiences with various service people where they have been useless or worse.
Should I just have them clean the floors and the bathrooms? Do I need to spend half a day cleaning before they get here? How am I supposed to interface with the person who come to clean in terms of degree of direction and supervision? How can I feel less stressed out about this?