people watching tv

Netflix and Clean?

As I’ve said before, I prefer to clean when my clients are not at home. It’s easier, faster and I can zone out to Youtube videos on my phone about Search Engine Optimization and how to write the perfect blog post (riveting, and captivating, an edge of your seat blog, I know). Unfortunately, this is…

vacuum cleaner fails lady vacuuming with no hose

Epic Cleaning Fails

Let’s face it, cleaning is hard. Mistakes can be made and accidents can happen. And some of those can be hilarious. Here’s some of the funniest cleaning fails on the internet that were captured on video. 1. Cleaning with kids and animals Kids love to help, bless their hearts. It’s just sometimes you’ll be cleaning…

cadbury easter bunny with basket of creme eggs

4 Funny Easter Commercials That Will Make Your Day

Easter is a time of great celebration for many around the world and what better way to celebrate than with some funny (some creepy, and some confusing) Easter ads! 1. Shake-An-Egg Coloring Kit, 1979 Who doesn’t remember Shake-an-Egg and its lovable spokesbunny Dudley Rabbit? This was the company’s very first commercial in 1979, before decorating…

lady ironing from 1950s

Ironing to the Oldies

This is the first post I wrote about my client, Ole Ironsides, last year. I had to take it down due to some technical difficulties, but I have ironed out the kinks, so to speak and have republished it for your reading pleasure. I go to see my eldest client today. I like to call…

scary looking run down house on hill

Cleaning Scary Places

In a continuation of my “spooky” and “creepy” October theme, I’d like to tell you about a very scary place I had to clean. It’s a different scary then when I found all the little cat coffins in the Cat Lady’s house (you can read about it here). Don’t get me wrong, most cleaning is…

person holding happy birthday cake with lit candles

Happy Birthday To Me

Last week was my birthday. Unfortunately, with a pandemic in full swing, I didn’t partake in my usual week of birthday festivities which would have included dunking booths, cotton candy machines and me sitting on a homemade throne with my droves of fans lined up to shower gifts upon me. Oh wait, I think that…

Rosie the robot maid chasing George jetson with vacuum technology

Cleaning Technology

Are We Really Headed For Rosie The Robot? Technology has always had the intention of making our lives easier. Just the invention of the washing machine saved the backs, fingers and time of countless women (and men) who used to scrub clothes with a wash tub and board. The invention of the washing machine also…

mechanic under car

My Mechanic and Me

I have a great relationship with my mechanic, namely because I can’t afford a car that doesn’t brake down once every few months. So when I called him to tell him I needed a few things done, he made me a proposition. No not that kind! You all have been stuck in the house too…

mean looking lady black hood

Queen Karen Comes Calling

I got a call from a potential new client the other day. “Hello!?! Is this the Cleaning Lady?” “Yes.” “Oh, thank god! I got your number from [insert old client’s name] and I am desperate for help. My cleaning lady just walked out on me and I’m frantic!” Can you say red flag, and why…

The Cat Lady

The Cat Lady

Many years ago, when I was first starting out, I cleaned a house for a self-proclaimed “Cat Lady”. She rescued homeless cats or saved them from shelters. Which I’m cool with. I love cats. I’ve had a few over the years, and thank gooodness I’m not allergic. Because when I started with her, she had…

father with child cleaning bathroom

Thanks For The Help

I’m mostly back to my regular schedule and my clients couldn’t be happier. While I, on the other hand, continue to question my life choices (being an Astronaut is looking pretty good right now). I don’t think one of my clients actually cleaned a thing during our hiatus, and it seems that if I was…

man sitting at desk in office room with other empty desk around

The First Day Back

I was sitting and contemplating the other day about how I haven’t cleaned a house, except for my own, in a month and a half. What I’m doing for Midge doesn’t really constitute as physical labor but more of mental gymnastics. What would it be like to go back to my full schedule again? Will…

picture of fire

Midge Finally Did It

Yup. Midge finally did it. She almost burned the house down and nearly killed herself in the process. Without going into too many details, I will say it was negligence on her part. The love of cooking, alcohol and prescription drugs do not mix in an elderly woman living alone. She is alright, thank goodness,…

pink grey abstract art swirly

A Long, Strange Trip it Will Be

A lot has certainly happened since the last time I posted. The world, it seems, is slowly grinding to a halt. My city has just closed the parks and beaches. Restaurants are only open for takeout and grocery stores are changing hours and procedures. Meanwhile, the internet is ablaze with keyboard cowboys, who, without having…

Covid-19 spelled out in pills

The Coronavirus Hits Home

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I know there have been some very dramatic changes to all of our situations since my last post due to the coronavirus. Of course, I can only speak for my self, but I know that my state is like many others in their concerted efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19….

multi colored candy hearts valentines day

A Very Train Wreck Valentine’s Day

As with most holidays, each of my client’s celebrate Valentine’s Day a little differently. Some are young and single, some divorced, some widowed, and some married. So this week has been spent helping some of my little trainwrecks prepare for their special day. Coincidentally, I came across this very illuminating map which proves that maybe…

red wrapped christmas gifts in front of christmas tree

All I Want for Christmas…

With Christmas right around the corner, I get a lot of questions about Christmas presents and clients, giving and receiving. Fellow cleaning people just starting out want to know if they should give their clients presents. And the lay people, if you will, want to know if they should get their cleaning people something. Yes…

plate with checkered orange napkin on it for thanksgiving

Thanksgiving for One

The weeks before Thanksgiving are a very busy time for me. Some of my clients will have family in town and will need a few extra hours of my time. Some previous clients will call and want a one-time deep clean before the holidays. And of course the rearranging of schedules to accommodate me taking…

picture of hurricane from above

Hurricane Guests 101

DOs and DON’Ts of Being a Hurricane Guest in Someone Else’s House This post will be a little different from the rest of my cleaning and client shenanigans. I have been through many hurricanes over the years, some very destructive and some preparing for days only to get a light breeze. And I’ve always opened…

picture of just red shoes on person's foot on hardwood floor

A Word About Floors

I hate cleaning floors. Out of all my housecleaning duties it is my least favorite, mainly because it takes the most time and most of my clients are completely anal about them. And rightly so, for the most part. If a house is completely clean, but the floors are dirty, the house will still appear…

Messy room with lots of clutter

The Hoarder, The Final Spin

Parts One and Two here. The homework assignment I gave to the hoarder seemed to work, as she dove into the house with extra zeal. We went through the boxes again and managed to get a pretty large donation pile. Nothing sparked “joy” for her as much as not dying under a mountain of unopened…

a hoarders house room full of junk

The Hoarder, Part 2

Read Part 1 Here / Part 3 Here The first day I worked at the Hoarder’s house, I realized things were going to be a little trickier than I thought. I brought a bunch boxes with me to set up “Donate,” “Keep” and “Maybe” boxes. I decided to start in the living room as I…

abandoned room filled with junk

The Hoarder, Part 1

I used to work for a hoarder for about five years. She contacted me when I still advertised on Craigslist. When I answered the phone, she burst into tears. “I’m sorry,” she sobbed. “I thought this would be easier.” “It’s all right. How can I help?” She explained to me her situation. She had been…

blades of grass

Spring Yard Work Time

In addition to cleaning the Bird Lady’s house and decking her halls with ungodly amounts of Christmas decorations, I also take care of her small backyard and flower beds in the front. This is not a job responsibility I look forward to, mostly because she refuses to buy the right equipment, like yard equipment. So…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *