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What kind of service can I hire to unfuck my habitat for me?

I've been depressed and my apartment has gotten totally disgusting. If it were just floors, toilet, oven, etc. I'd hire a regular cleaning company. But I have piles of dishes, rotting food in the refrigerator, dried cat pee on the floor, stuff like that. I just cannot deal and I need someone to help. What kind of person/service am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2016 - 22 answers

Alternatives to FlyLady

Do you know of anything that's like FlyLady but isn't FlyLady? As in, an app/service/website that gives you a daily schedule of cleaning and neatening your habitat so that you take baby steps from having a messy apartment to one that's hopefully less so? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Mar 9, 2016 - 8 answers

How to split the work with cleaning lady?

If you hire help for housecleaning, I'd like your advice on dividing the cleaning work with your helper. I have someone come in to clean the house every three weeks. Most of what she does is "fluff" the house. That would be great right before hosting a party, but I'm beginning to feel like it's not the best use of her time. [more inside]
posted by SandiBeech on Dec 4, 2015 - 19 answers

Is it pooping?

I clean house for a friend every other week. Her office chair, with its standard plastic caster wheels, is leaving chunks of black, sticky goo on the floor. It then, of course, gets rolled through the gunk, repeatedly, and I have a huge mess to scrape up with a butter knife. How do I fix it, make it stop, something, without damaging or replacing the chair? (And if those ARE the only options, please recommend some cheap high-backed office chairs.)
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Sep 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Can an inveterate slob change? Can an obsessive compulsive relax?

My boyfriend doesn't want to move in with me because of my woeful housekeeping. Some things seem totally reasonable (I definitely shouldn't leave shoes on the stairs so he can trip over them), others I find baffling (a necklace left on the kitchen counter, putting my coat over a chair). We have horrible fights about it- and I'm not sure what to do next. [more inside]
posted by Dwardles on Aug 4, 2015 - 76 answers

Storing household items in an attic

Our house has a large attic space that is easily accessible via a door at one end. It's not completely finished, so it's not climate controlled, but it's fairly safe from bugs/critters. What can I safely store up there for long periods of time? [more inside]
posted by checkitnice on Jun 12, 2015 - 10 answers


Help me be a grown up, part 342342: What are the solutions that have made a household chore significantly more convenient or less annoying for you? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on May 27, 2015 - 67 answers

New Mom, Overwhelmed, Needs Help in Sacramento

Help me help my niece-in-law. She and my nephew had a beautiful baby boy in July, and she returned to work full-time in December. She is feeling overwhelmed, and I am trying to come up with practical solutions to take some of the load off. [more inside]
posted by ereshkigal45 on Jan 7, 2015 - 23 answers

How do they do it?

What are some best practices that hotels use (housekeeping/food service etc) that I can use for my apartment living? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Oct 2, 2014 - 19 answers

Hotel Housekeeping Issue

I stay at the same large corporate hotel that is part of a large national chain every week. Every other week or so, I find hair(s) in my stack of clean towels (in different rooms, on different floors). These hairs do not match my hair length and color. Is it worth it to complain to housekeeping? I question if my complaint will make a difference since the hotel is so large. What is the best way to raise this so that my issue is heard and acted upon?
posted by seesom on Aug 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Teach me how to keep my floor clean, like I am a small child.

Us: old farmhouse, wood floors, golden retriever, crawling baby. There is dog hair everywhere and the baby gets into it and I feel like I'm going about this all wrong. What do you do with your floors, and pets? The floors aren't very fancy, if that helps. Not as bad as the last AskMe about wood floors, but no high polish and lots of cracks that could really be tighter. I'd just like to keep everything clean and tidy so that baby can roam and my feet are happy. I grew up with carpet so this is totally foreign.
posted by checkitnice on Aug 18, 2014 - 25 answers

How to clean house like the professionals.

Between bad timing and desperation I hired a professional housekeeper to clean before family arrived for the holidays last year. She left the place looking better than when I first moved in. How can I do this on my own? [more inside]
posted by adapt on Jun 15, 2014 - 30 answers

Max-force cleaning plan and the products to achieve it

After a tumultuous nearly two years of apartment living following my separation, my kids and I are finally moving into a townhouse. (Yay!) It's a rental, but one I hope we can stay in for quite a while - it seems pretty fantastic! I have a week between when I get the keys and when I have movers scheduled, so I'd like to take the opportunity to get the place cleaner than it's ever been. Hoping to come up with a really solid cleaning plan, and a list of all the products I need to get it done. Suggestions and tips are more than welcome! [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on May 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Bathroom cleaning hacks for older homes?

I thought I knew how to clean bathrooms? But my new bathroom is a dust-sink, hair-trap, and I can never seem to get the porous white sink, tub, and toilet to appear clean, despite frequent cleaning. Looking for practical hacks or product recommendations from people who have similar vintage or antique bathrooms. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Apr 3, 2014 - 14 answers

$20, SAIT?

How much do you pay your cleaning person? After years of Mefite testimonials I’ve finally decided to take the leap and hire someone to come in and clean biweekly. Currently we’re doing a halfass job, which induces lots of guilt and then frantic cleaning rampages when company’s coming. I’m excited to finally be in a position where this is an option, and have a friend* who is a fantastic housekeeper and is looking for some extra cash on the side. Regular tasks will include dusting, floors, kitchen, bathrooms, and she’d occasionally do more extensive jobs, such as windows or scouring the cabinets, as needed. Because this is a casual arrangement between friends, she doesn’t have established rate. [more inside]
posted by spinturtle on Apr 3, 2014 - 35 answers

...next to godliness

I'm a terrible house cleaner. I want to be better at it. Not just better at having the motivation to do it, because, as I've realized, part of the problem is that I just never learned. I want more efficient, thorough techniques for cleaning house: how to properly clean a floor, how to properly clean a shower, how to organize... I welcome blogs, books, hacks, podcasts, whatevs. Anything that'll make my house cleaner.
posted by outlandishmarxist on Sep 2, 2013 - 21 answers

Best vacuum for cats? Difficulty level: on a budget

I recently got a really wonderful cat! While my old cheap-o vacuum did just fine before getting the cat, it is now seriously out if its league. I clearly need to replace the vacuum with something more powerful, but the prices of vacuum cleaners scare me (I am a student and so money is tight). Any suggestions on vacuums that will get the job done with pet hair but not totally break the bank?
posted by rainbowbrite on Aug 19, 2013 - 26 answers

Seeking an app to track housework

We're looking for an app to streamline our current system. In an effort to curb our chronic clutter, my husband and I have devised a point system for household tasks. We earn points collectively (not in competition with one another), and redeem them for mutually enjoyable activities and purchases (a dinner out, a 6-pack, a trip to a museum, etc). We've been keeping track of points on paper, which is a bit tedious and generates a little clutter itself. It's also easy to forget if we marked points for a completed job, as we a just using hash marks to expedite point tracking. [more inside]
posted by deadcrow on Jul 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Got a job cleaning hotel rooms. Said I had references and experience. I don't. Help.

Got a job cleaning hotel rooms. Said I had references and experience. I have neither. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2012 - 11 answers

I Wasn't Sent by the Agency, Sir: Hiring an Independent House Cleaner?

Help me hire an independent house cleaner. [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on Oct 31, 2012 - 19 answers

How can I prevent my duvet cover from balling up in the dryer?

How can I prevent my duvet cover from balling up in the dryer? [more inside]
posted by monkeymike on Oct 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Do I need a cleaner or an organizer for my disaster of an apartment?

Do I need a housekeeper / cleaner or an organizer? I think I'm somewhere in the middle but there's no one in the middle apparently, so which way should I go? (USA, DC area) [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Aug 30, 2012 - 14 answers

I wish I could be a completely different person.

I have so many problems--I'm so far from being the person I want to be --that I don't even know where to start. If you were me, what would you do this week to try to build up to some change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2012 - 45 answers

Milwaukee Estate Lawyering and Maid Service, Inc.

A few recommendations needed for a new resident of Milwaukee. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Jul 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Academic housekeeping tips?

I've just finished my Ph.D. coursework. I need a brief mental rest from serious work! But I'd like to continue being at least marginally productive. Can you help me think of "academic housekeeping" tasks to do that will pay off in the long run? [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot on Jun 18, 2012 - 23 answers

Male characters good at keeping house

Where can I find male protagonists in fiction who are good (but not overly fastidious) at keeping house? I watched Weekend last night and felt one of the protagonists (Russell) was a good example. Hikaru Murakami's protagonists would be excellent examples as well. [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Jun 17, 2012 - 11 answers

can't believe I'm asking this

Dear Ask MetaFilter, I never thought this would happen to me: requesting recommendations for a private house cleaning service in Durham, NC. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Mar 6, 2012 - 3 answers

Do I have a chance in hell of keeping my white laminate furniture presentable?

How can I try to keep my white laminate furniture nice? [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor on Feb 13, 2012 - 9 answers

What to do about a friend living in an unhealthy situation? A friend lives in a house that is unclean to the point of being hazardous, and I don't know how I can help.

What to do about a friend living in an unhealthy situation? A friend lives in a house that is unclean to the point of being hazardous, and I don't know how I can help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2011 - 26 answers

Washing sheets before use?

Do you really need to wash new bed sheets before using them? [more inside]
posted by iivix on Jul 23, 2011 - 23 answers

Who do you use for housekeeping and dogwalking services?

Looking for 1) housekeeping recommendations and 2) dogwalking service recommendations in the San Francisco bay area. [more inside]
posted by cranberryskies on May 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Tipping the housekeepers

How much does one tip each member of a housekeeping team? [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Nov 30, 2010 - 5 answers

Houseflies of Horror

Is there anyway to trace the source of massive amounts of houseflies infiltrating my kitchen? It is a disgusting mystery. [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack on Aug 25, 2010 - 22 answers

The carpet tumbleweeds are taking over!

Upright vacuum recs? Our Oreck is well and truly DEAD. [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier on Jun 14, 2010 - 17 answers

Recommend independent or well-treated Astoria cleaners

Recommend a cleaning person or service in/near Astoria, Queens? If a service, one that treats its workers well. [more inside]
posted by brainwane on May 24, 2010 - 4 answers

What's the best investment to cut down on chores and keep the house cleaner?

Help me invest $1,000 for a cleaner house. Small child plus two full-time jobs + what seems like an awful lot of time spent cleaning = still distressingly filthy house. Thinking of getting a dishwasher, but given that pots and pans couldn't go in, not sure how much marginal gain there would really be. $1000 could buy a lot of other small things, like better toy and clothing storage, better system for dealing with muddy boots, that kind of thing. What's the most bang for the buck?
posted by Ausamor on Feb 14, 2010 - 39 answers

help! i'm a slob.

My apartment is starting to look like I'm trying to audition for the TV show Hoarders. The floor is covered in trash and I have not a single organizational system. How do I deal with this mess by myself and how do I learn to change my behavior? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2010 - 37 answers

Housemate doesn't clean up after himself. Help.

My housemate doesn't clean up, like ever. How can I do to make things work, or at least more bearable? [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Nov 16, 2009 - 41 answers

My comics are cluttering up my house.

Casual comics readers: What do you do with your old issues? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Jul 30, 2009 - 21 answers

Help me make a happy house

Is it possible to be a domestic goddess AND have a full-time job? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by cloudsandstars on Jul 22, 2009 - 27 answers

How do I begin clearing out all the trash in my house?

How do I begin clearing out all the trash in my house? [more inside]
posted by magazineaddict on Jul 14, 2009 - 17 answers

Most recommended roomba, hopefully sub-$200

Most recommended roomba, hopefully sub-$200 [more inside]
posted by lrodman on Jun 3, 2009 - 17 answers

How to deep clean vinyl floors

What's the best way to deep clean vinyl floors? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Mar 29, 2009 - 6 answers

Cleaning in New York

Please recommend/warn me about cleaning services and independent housekeepers in New York City [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann on Sep 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Keeping it Clean Here, Boss!

We need to replace two horrible bagless upright vacuum cleaners which make an unbearable amount of noise and are largely ineffective, with a good relatively quiet single unit. [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Feb 13, 2008 - 22 answers

How can I fire my house keeper?

So I've had this house keeper for a couple of years now. She's always done "good enough" work. I've had some complaints, but nothing serious. So last weekend, on a whim, I used another service and what a difference! They did a fantastic job all around. So how do I get rid of my current house keeper?
posted by jeff_w_welch on Feb 4, 2008 - 25 answers

Domestic Help - How Much?

Domestic help? How much? Laundry, dishes, beds, straightening up, occasionally driving the kids to the sports practices. [more inside]
posted by terrier319 on Dec 26, 2007 - 9 answers

Feather my bookshelf

After a run of reading somewhat serious, oftentimes depressing fiction and nonfiction, I'm looking for something more domestic. Have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA on Aug 29, 2007 - 19 answers

Clean and mean here on the Green

What are your favorite heavy-duty cleaning products and super-cleaning secrets? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Jul 11, 2007 - 28 answers

"This is not my beautiful house!"

Please recommend some upbeat songs about cleaning, housekeeping, etc. [more inside]
posted by joe lisboa on Jun 4, 2007 - 40 answers

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