When I was a kid, like most kids, I was given chores with specific instructions. Certain tasks needed to be completed on a weekly basis. To keep things fresh and fun (yeah right), the chores were mixed and matched. Therefore, the list remained consistent, but the jobs were traded off each week. My brother and I might have been responsible for five things on the list every week (one for each weekday). Our parents divvied up the rest between themselves.
I've learned that when dealing with kids, the more detailed instruction given, the better chance of actually seeing that the job gets done.
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Shake all curtains before cleaning
Dust all furniture
Dust all items on furniture (i.e., vases, picture frames, collectibles, candle votives, etc.)
Dust all tabletops and surfaces -- including coffee table
Dust all electronic equipment (i.e. TV, cable box, VCR, internet router, etc.)
Dust picture frames hanging on walls
Wash coffee table top
Clean closet mirror doors
Vacuum all rugs
Wash dog bowls -- refill white one with water from Sparkletts dispenser
Put dishes and utensils away in organized, proper locations.
Clean all dirty dishes in the apartment.
Empty trash and replace trash can with new trash bag
Wash trash can cover
Thoroughly clean counters
Clean sink and faucet
Clean fridge -- inside and out
Clean microwave -- inside and out
Wash floor (use light amount of dish soap or orange cleaning solution)
Clean Shower walls
Clean faucets and shower doors
Sink and Countertops:
Thoroughly clean countertops -- remove items from countertops to clean counters
Clean sink and faucets
Clean toilet -- inside, outside and top
Shake mats or rugs outside before replacing on clean floor.
Vacuum all rugs
Dust all surfaces (note: please do not rearrange papers on desktops)
Dust appliances and electronics (i.e. TV, DVD player, stereo, speakers. Important note: DO NOT TOUCH computers)
Dust all shelves and shelving hardware.
Dust all items on shelves.
Remove all dirty dishes, mugs, etc and wash them.
Organize folded laundry in bags (socks, jeans, tank tops, t-shirts, long sleeves, etc. should all be separated. Towels and bedding should be separately organized.)
Please use ONLY the detergent provided. It is natural and hypoallergenic. No dyes or fragrances. Thank you.
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Seems fail-proof yes? Maybe if you're a kid. (granted, a child would only be responsible for two or three items on this list)
This is the list I left for our house keepers yesterday. Not kids. Professional private house cleaners. A referral from a neighbor. They've been with us for six or eight weeks already. This list was my last attempt at actually getting what I'm paying for.
It's only for 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room and small kitchen (very small). We don't ask that they clean the stairs or the loft, the patio/balconies or anywhere outside. We don't ask them to water plants or put our laundry away. We don't ask that they replace bath towels. And we sort our own dirty laundry and pack it up ready for their arrival. Plus we have a dishwasher. Oh, and as you notice, they don't clean our desks (hopefully).
How much of the list do you think they completed? Nevermind, I'll answer -- ABOUT HALF
And which do you think they did not do? I'll answer that one later. I wanna give you a shot at having some fun here. Well, fun for you. Not-so-much for me (as I'm left with the rest of the list).
But wait, there's more! Now tell me ...
Those of you who clean houses: What would you expect to get paid for this service every other week?
Those who hire house cleaners: What would you expect to pay for this service every other week?
Those who clean your own homes: How much do you think you're saving by not hiring this service?
And, those who already know what we've been paying for this service, hush now. I get it! I still believe it would be worth it, if the job got done, consistently. But not to worry, changes are being made.