Adulting is pretty nuts. I’m sure 18-year-old me would have probably thought by now, I would have a farm, a child and carpenter husband who built said farm. If you’re wondering, 18-year-old me had a pretty mind-blowing tarot reading which resulted in shockingly accurate information about my future. I’m serious, Miss Cleo (I don’t remember her name, it was probably Barb) knew very confidential information about my life that was and told me I was going to marry a man who would build me a farm and I would have a kid at 28. MAYBE she meant a baby goat (kid) but sadly that isn’t the case either.
What I’m try to get at here is if you’re reading this, you’re probably in your mid/late twenties maybe early thirties and saying “YUP, not where I thought I’d be right now.” But you’re also probably looking to your older or hometown friends who are and saying “damn, that looks hard” and it is. Getting older is hard regardless of what walk of life you’re in. This isn’t a shtick about our millennial woes but rather more of an ode to the things that we can all to do make like easier and creep into adulthood a little more.
For me personally, especially in the colder months, I’ve been at home more. I’m cooking, I’m taking baths, I’m on the couch, I’m hosting guests. I’m making a real mess.
So as an adult-ish person, I decided to occasionally hire a cleaning service to come clean my apartment. All three bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, living room, floors, shelves, all those annoying places you pretend don’t exist but dirt and dust know alllll too well. I googled and found what I believed to be the best place with the most reasonable price. Two Maids and a Mop was what I decided on. I knew the name, I knew they were a national reputable company and so I moved forward with the process.
Fun Fact: Two Maids is a small, women owned business that utilizes a Pay for Performance Plan where the maids are compensated based upon your rating each and every time that they clean your home. Love that!
I had my 1,200 sq ft apartment cleaned after my birthday party back in December. My apartment wasn’t trashed per say, but man it sure was sticky. On top of that, I really needed help getting all of the surfaces that I’d been avoiding for so long, think: microwave, bathtub, under the couch, etc.
The maids arrived while I was out of the house but I trusted them completely. By this time, I had used Two Maids and a Mop a few times before and knew their staff to be totally reputable and trustworthy. The cleaning took a little more than two hours and honestly, you would have thought they were there all day long.
To say my apartment was immaculate sounds like a stretch, but it really was.
You guys, THEY COMPLETELY CLEANED OUT MY OVEN. To the extent my roommate thought our building had come in and replaced it completely it was that noticeably clean. And honestly, this was ideal considering a few weeks before; I had set off the fire alarm with a grease drip that stained it pretty badly.
It was clear that Two Maids was a cleaning company that paid VERY special attention to detail of things many cleaners would overlook.
Par exemple: they vacuumed perfect lines into my favorite persimmon velvet chairs. I immediately noticed when I got back to my room and thought, “Wow do I need this every day?!” The simple answer is, yeah probably.
From there I was totally sold. Yes, I thought, I could clean the house and pocket the money I spent but also, when was the last time you really cleaned your apartment? It’s probably a quarterly activity that we both know you don’t put 100% into, yes, even if you are a clean freak.
For me, hiring a cleaning service once in a while (monthly, bimonthly, etc) is a good way to:
1. Reassess what you think you’re cleaning when you clean vs. how you actually clean
2. Adult a little more
3. Treat yourself to a fresh space
Now I KNOW many of you have fallen into the Mari Kondo life and have cleansed yourself of the things that spark joy and those that do not. While you’re at it, why not spark some joy by hiring Two Maids as a reward for your fresh new outlook on your home and the new year.
Full disclosure: I love this company and actually reached out to them for this collaboration. They are local, responsive, and women owned and operated. I like them even more now after the owner informed me they give back to the community by working with Cleaning for a Reason by donating free house cleaning services to women who are battling cancer. I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E.