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What Spring Cleaning Means to My Clients

What Spring Cleaning Means to My Clients

Spring cleaning time has come which means a very busy season for me. All of my clients want the spring cleaning treatment, although some of them have very different ideas of what that actually means. For the few sane ones I clean for, we do the usual deep-cleaning routine—wiping inside the cabinets, decluttering, washing curtains…

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Ironing to the Oldies

Ironing to the Oldies

Today I go to my eldest client’s house. Well, it’s not a house. She lives in an independent living community. It’s really just a big hotel-looking building with little apartments in it and a rec room for bingo. It’s a very nice place but I always feel like I’m walking back in time when I…

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Why You Need a Ladder to Clean a Bachelor Pad

Why You Need a Ladder to Clean a Bachelor Pad

Today I clean the “BroZone.” It is the bachelor pad of a my youngest client, a 25-year-old weightlifter and personal trainer. I did not give his apartment this hideous name. He did, along with some of his other meathead buddies during an all-night brainstorming session fueled by Budweiser and protein shakes. They were so proud…

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If People Weren’t Complete Trainwrecks, I’d Be Out of a Cleaning Job

If People Weren’t Complete Trainwrecks, I’d Be Out of a Cleaning Job

I have ten clients on my roaster at the moment.  It’s a good number for me as I work by, and for, myself.  Everyone keeps telling me to hire some people and grow my business into some cleaning empire, scrubbing the world of filth and coffee stains, but I’m happy where I am.  And my…

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Fifty Shades of Grey Just Got Cleaner

Fifty Shades of Grey Just Got Cleaner

Some years back, I got a phone call from a couple.  I will henceforth refer to them as Mr. and Mrs. Grey (which will become absurdly apparent shortly).  I was still advertising on Craigslist at the time. “Cleaning and Organizational Specialist” was my title and “Discretion” was my mantra.  They took that to heart and…

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Does This Cleaning Job Come With a Hazmat Suit?

Does This Cleaning Job Come With a Hazmat Suit?

Today, I’m cleaning Midge’s house.  She is one of my favorite clients but also the one I need insurance for, or a Hazmat suit. Midge is a short, sweet, 50-something divorcee living alone in a spacious condo in a gated community.  She also has a penchant for vodka and covering sharp objects with towels. Every…

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