Archive for January, 2010

What’s a Busy Mom to Do?

January 31, 2010

It’s six o’clock in the morning.  You hit the snooze button for the last time.  No time left to catch a few more zzz’s.  It’s time to plant those feet on the floor.  Hair needs to be combed, clothes need ironing and breakfast needs to be cooked.

You enter the children’s room and see three pairs of sleepy little eyes staring out at you from under their warm blankets begging for “just a few more minutes.”  Before you can even respond your husband comes running in to ask, “Honey, which tie should I wear?”  With barely the time to brush your own teeth, you are headed out the door to drop off the kids, commute to work or start the days errands.  Thus begins the morning for most of the nations busy moms’.

If you are a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) you don’t have the leisure time that some people may expect you to have.  If you’re a work-at-home-mom (WAHM) or a mom who works outside of the home, your time is equally limited. Having been all three of the above, I sincerely understand the issues that face you all.

Our spouses like to have dinner ready when they arrive home from work, the house needs cleaning, dishes have to be washed, and laundry has to be done.  Some families may employ a live-in housekeeper or nanny to assist them with the domestic duties of the household.  Others, when budgets are tight, seek a more economical means of getting these things done while still allowing time for self and family.

May I suggest you take a  look at www.flylady.net?  This website offers helpful tips on getting organized including, How to Clean Your Home in 19 Minutes.  Not only is the site informative…the site owner has a great sense of humor!

Below I’ve listed additional resources that you may find beneficial in maintaining your sanity.  🙂

Work at Home Mom         www.wahm.com/

Mommy Savers                   www.mommysavers.com/

Working Moms Refuge      www.momsrefuge.com/

For Moms at Home          www.4momsathome.com/

…if you decide you want to consider other options, give us a call!

Solano Maids…”Simplifying your Life!”

707-235-5483

Who’s Cleaning Your House?

January 8, 2010

The state of the economy has forced everyone to keep a close watch on their wallets. Yet, people still have the need for certain services that are considered “luxuries.” House cleaning is one of these services.

As unemployment rates continue to skyrocket and the number of people out of work increases, ads for house cleaning are being posted daily on boards such as Craig’s List.

Below are some things to consider when you are selecting a cleaning service, whether it’s an individual, an independent company or a franchise.

There are many cleaning services that will hire cleaners and not take into account the persons background, check their references,  search for a past criminal history, or identify current drug use.

If your cleaning service’s employees are cleaning while you are not home, your keys are provided to the cleaning team as well as alarm codes and other personal information. Therefore it is important that the cleaning service you use has thorough hiring practices in place.

Do they conduct reference as well as criminal background checks? Not the type of background checks you can run for free on the internet. Are they using a reputable company that can perform the thoroughness that is needed? Ask them.

Drug screening? Does your cleaning company perform pre-employment as well as random drug screening of their employees. Ask them.

Is your cleaning company licensed and insured? Ask them.

Do they cover their employees with workers compensation insurance? Ask them. Homeowners must understand that they put themselves at risk when their cleaning service does not carry this insurance. If a cleaner is injured at your home, you can be sued!

All these items are REQUIRED by the State of California. Cleaning companies are required to pay employment taxes on wages and should not pay their employees under the table. Ask them.

Don’t be afraid to ask for proof of insurance, references from past clients, as well as be present for the first cleaning so that you will know who is in your home.

Take the time out to investigate who’s cleaning your home…you may be surprised.