Not Ready To Commit? No Problem!


Many people feel perfectly comfortable maintaining their own home on a regular basis. But there are times when our schedules can get overwhelming or major changes occur in life that just might require that we seek help with cleaning our homes. If you ever feel like scheduling a once in a while cleaning, you are not alone. Only a small percentage of Americans have a regularly scheduled housekeeper. Below, you’ll find some instances where it may benefit you to consider hiring a cleaning service.

Expectant Moms
As the arrival of a new baby nears, it may become more difficult to physically complete the day-to-day chores. Many moms-to-be might even find themselves “nesting” and wanting to add the final touches to the nursery, or readjusting furniture throughout the home to fit the new arrival. This may be a crucial time for the family to rely on outside help so that they can instead focus on other details such as adjusting to and preparing for the new changes in their life.

Surgery Or Short Term Disability
Though friends and family members will likely step in to assist with daily activities, do yourself and them a favor and save the hard stuff for a professional. Your loved ones will appreciate being spared the messy stuff.

Extended Guest Visits
It may be a good idea to consider hiring a professional cleaning crew to help prepare for an extended visit. While it’s true that we may have a guest room ready for guests to temporarily reside in, very often this room is overlooked during the dusting or vacuuming simply because it isn’t used often. Even though the room isn’t being used, dust or pet fur can still travel in this room via cracks in the doorway or even air conditioning/heating vents. Worse yet, one thing we don’t often consider is how this room might be the most comfortable dwelling in the house for creepy crawlies due to the lack of human traffic. Think about it … if you were a spider, wouldn’t hiding under that warm, fluffy, undisturbed pillow sound cozy?

Extended Guests Depart
Of course it would make sense to hire a group of professionals to help with the cleaning details once guests have left. Not only will the guest room require a detailed cleaning job, but your guests are surely to have used your bathrooms, kitchen, and family rooms as well.

Holidays—Before And After
Let’s be honest, preparing for the holidays can be time-consuming and although fun, it can also be quite stressful. Between decorating, planning parties and meals, gift shopping, and preparing for guests, all while trying to maintain your regular schedule, it’s safe to say that it’s not just the time change that makes our days feel shorter! Save yourself some of the stress and hire a professional cleaning service to alleviate some of the stress so you can focus on a dazzling and fun holiday season for you and your guests.

Have you found other times in your life when you realize that hiring a cleaning service is more convenient for you? Let us know! 

Why Hire A Housekeeper?

When it comes to housekeeping, it’s fair to say that in all likelihood, it’s probably on the bottom of the list of things you’d rather be doing. There may also be some hesitation due to privacy concerns, fear of loss, or financial reasons. This is when using a Housekeeping Referral Agency can benefit you. As opposed to picking a random name out of the phone book, an agency can provide you with a reputable housekeeper that comes highly referred by clients and others in the industry. You can rest your fears aside and trust that the housekeepers referred to you have many years of experience and are completely reliable.

If you’re still on the fence as to whether or not hiring a housekeeper is right for you, read on to find out more of the many reasons why people opt to outsource their home chores.

Save Time & Energy
After a busy work week and full weekend filled with social activities, who has the desire to spend their free time cleaning their house? Take the time to unwind, read that book you’ve been meaning to get to, go on a hike, or whatever it is that makes you sigh with contentment while someone handles those tedious tasks for you!

Save Money
Yes, you read that right! Believe it or not, hiring a housekeeper will save you money. You’ve heard the phrase “time is money.” Well, consider how valuable your time is and how much money/time you’re throwing away when you’re dusting, mopping, scrubbing, and more. Not only will you be saving time and money by hiring a professional to clean your dwellings, but you also have the opportunity to focus on other tasks that you simply do not have time to do when you are cleaning your home yourself. If you’re curious as to whether it’s financially worth it to hire a housekeeper, do the simple math: calculate your hourly rate times the number of hours it would take you to do your weekly chores.

You Don’t Like Cleaning
We’re not all cut out for removing cobwebs or scrubbing toilets. Save yourself the pain of doing those icky chores and hire someone else to do it for you instead. Or focus on the chores you don’t mind doing and have the housekeepers focus on the ones you dread!

Professional Help = Professional Results
Housekeepers are experts in cleaning even the toughest jobs and are equipped with years-long practiced knowledge that will lead to your home looking and feeling like your own perfect sanctuary. Whether your preference is to use commercial chemicals, or you opt to go with a more natural, environmentally friendly approach, there is no task that housekeepers can’t handle.

Customize Cleaning Needs
Maybe you don’t mind changing your bed linens, but you absolutely dread cleaning your stove. Housekeeping services offer a variety of options to help you get your home back in top shape. From small scale jobs such as vacuuming and dusting to more intense projects such as carpet cleaning and window washing, no two homes are the same. Work directly with your housekeeper to create a customized cleaning plan to meet your needs.

More Time-Saving Laundry Tips

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As promised here is another handful of housekeeping tips to reduce the time you spend in the laundry room.

  • Keep a bath towel in your laundry room to throw in the dryer with something that needs “ironing.” Set your dryer for a 10 minute spin, and you are good to go. (If the wrinkles are bad, lightly spray the item with water or put a damp wash cloth in the dryer with the item).
  • Clothes dry faster if you pop a tennis ball or two into the dryer with the wet clothes.
  • Have pants that can’t go through the dryer? Hang them upside down. The weight of the top of the pants–which is now at the bottom ;-)– will pull out all or most of the wrinkles.
  • Keep a bag or box in the laundry area for those lone socks that always seem to show up in the wash. At the end of the month you will have the joy of witnessing socks reunited with their mates. Hey, you’ve gotta get joy where you can find it!
  • Vinegar makes a superb fabric softener. Just pour a cup into the fabric softener section of your washer. Vinegar also makes your towels more absorbant, and actually deoderizes your wash too. (I know that’s counter-intuitive, but it’s true–trust me!)
  • Yes, you can keep your dark colored clothes from fading. Before the first wash set your washer to the small load setting and add 2 cups of salt and 2 cups of white vinegar to the water, agitate and then add the clothing item. Run it through the wash cycle and then launder as usual.

Now, it’s your turn. What makes “laundry day” easier for you? Please share.

When it doubt, Zen it out!


As the summer is approaching rapidly, we all get swept away with vacations, managing busy schedules, and taking children to and from activities. Here are some tips to keep up with self-love and self-care.

  1. Do one thing at a time – during these busy months, it is easy to get carried away, but it is essential to take things one day at a time in order to avoid overwhelming yourself
  2. Do it slowly and deliberately – “say what you mean, mean what you say” this should apply to every part of your life, try and catch yourself when you find that you’re doing things without a purpose
  3. Do it completely – don’t leave things unfinished, because they can turn into a burden and eventually, your life will end up consumed by the things that you left unfinished
  4. Do less – in order to stay sane, only take on what you can chew. Simply because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you should do it.
  5. Make space – as the saying goes, “cluttered house, cluttered life”, start picking out the necessities and don’t worry about the rest
  6. Smile – it’s scientifically proven that when you smile, you automatically feel happier, and healthier too!
  7. Make cleaning and cooking a time for meditation – these everyday tasks may seem like a chore, but use the time to enjoy yourself and to be alone with your thoughts

Self Care: De-Cluttering Your Mind

Simplifying shouldn’t be complex. Little changes in both behavior and thoughts make the greatest impact. Here are a few steps to help get you started.

  • Breathe – this may seem to be the simplest of tasks, but too often it goes over looked. Just by taking 5 minutes to focus on your breath, you are allowing yourself to take a break from everyday life. Simple breathing exercises clear your mind and enhances focus and productivity.
  • Slow Down – life is busy, we’re always running around and often we find ourselves performing tasks without thinking about it. With such a busy world, it becomes difficult to step out of our comfort zones and truly think about what is necessary for our personal happiness. Therefore, eat slower and savor each meal, walk slower by getting to know your surroundings, and simply put more effort into living in the moment
  • Drink Water – such a simple and little change that simply doesn’t occur to many people. When you add water to your daily routine, you’ll feel better, and even look healthier… The benefits are endless
  • De-clutter your surroundings: How can you have a clean mind with a dirty house? This may seem like a daunting task however, The Clean Sweep is here to help make the process easier and our housekeepers have even passed along a few tips and tricks in earlier posts… Check them out!
  • Volunteer – they say “it is in the giving that we receive”. The best way to reach a clear mind is to help others – it is good for the community, for the people who you are helping, and it is even good for yourself. By helping in little ways, you can make new friends and you might even find a new passion.

While you take care of your mind, let The Clean Sweep, an East Bay referral agency; take care of your household needs. We are here to support you, from a traditional housecleaning to window washing, to move in/move out cleaning.

3 Steps to a Cleaner Year

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We’ve just come through the busy bliss of the holidays and often times – our bank accounts, nerves, and homes reflect it. With the New Year comes New Year’s Resolutions and one of the famous ones is the resolution to keep a clean home. For some, this can be a daunting and time consuming task and that’s why The Clean Sweep is here to help. In addition to professional help, our housekeepers have crafted a list of things that can help you clean your home one step at a time.

  • Downsize – While Christmas has come and gone, we’re sure that it has left a mess in its path. With new toys, clothes, shoes, and books for each member of the family – rooms can appear to be a bit cluttered. Consider instituting a new post-holiday rule, for every new item received, two items have to go. By implementing this rule, you will cut down on holiday clutter and be able to donate your unwanted items to families in need.Once you’ve finished with gifts – move onto holiday decorations. Were there any decorations that you didn’t use this year? Or do you have any decorations that have been worn down by years of use? Chances are you won’t need them next year.
  • Organize – Divide and conquer! Before you hop to it, dividing your home into sections makes the task much more manageable. Once you’ve decided where to start, take each room one at a time.Here are some general organization tactics that our housekeepers recommend.Label – when you know what’s in boxes, it is much easier to find things and to know where to put items when they are no longer needed.

    Donate – As you’re going through the house, it is almost guaranteed that you will find some things that are no longer useful or necessary, these items are perfect for donation! Gently worn clothes, toys, and shoes, are perfect items for donation.

    Throw out – Get rid of items that are no longer useful to you – and that would not be useful for others. If you longer need something, or if it no longer has a place in your home, get rid of it.

  • Set a Schedule – Now that you’ve organized and cleared out clutter, cleaning should be a breeze. When cleaning, clutter is what makes cleaning seem difficult and overwhelming. We recommend starting your organized new year cleaning routine by setting aside an hour multiple days a week to get the job done.For example: Laundry is Monday nights; bathrooms are Saturday morning; trash is Sunday nights, etc. This ensures nothing is overlooked. It also spreads the work out into more manageable chunks of time throughout the week.

Christmas Preparations

Christmas Blog Post

I don’t know about you, but the holidays always sneak up on me every year. No matter how early, or how late I start, there is always someone that I forgot to buy a gift for, or in making my grocery list – there is something that I left off. Can you identify with my angst?

So. after Christmas last year – I made a list of everything that I needed to remember for Christmas this year. It has made such a difference in how I approach the Holiday season, so I thought that I would share it with you.

  1. Who do I need to buy gifts for outside of my family (gardener, teachers, friends, co-workers, etc.)?
  2. Do I need to restock any gift supplies (tissue paper, ribbon, wrapping paper, gift bags)?
  3. Do I need to buy anything to decorate the house with for next year?
  4. Did I run out of something I need to replace?
  5. Are there appointments I need to make? Like getting your housecleaned for instance…
  6. What worked or didn’t work this year that I would like to do better next year?
  7. Did I come across any decorating or food ideas that I would like to try next year? (Write them down before you forget!)
  8. Are there any gift ideas that I want to remember for next year?

Now, the most important step: record your answers, ideas, etc and put them somewhere safe! So that when next year comes around, you will be a pro. I think that these tips are rather useful and may I be the first to wish you Happy Holidays, 2015!