I Want A Maid (And You Do Too!) – Housecleaning Review & Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a six hour cleaning service in exchange for my review.  The opinions shared are my own.

For the past twelve years, I have been a SAHM. I left my career to raise my children and tend to household chores.  The idea of a housekeeper always appealed to me but it seemed like a luxury item when I had no income to support that added expense.

However, when I started blogging full time and growing a business, I had less time to tend to the housework.  With trying to juggle my life as a mother blogger on the run, my house became more and more neglected.

As business grew, the laundry and dust bunnies grew.  My floors were sticky.  Our two and a half bathrooms began growing science experiments. The household chores would pile up and I couldn’t figure out how to get it under-control or how to tackle it all.  Things were beyond the FlyLady or chore charts for my kids.

My family needed an intervention and FAST!  After all, my husband hired someone to take care of our lawn. It only seemed fair to find some to help with cleaning the house since we were both working now.

Then as if someone heard my cry for help, a cleaning service reached out to me and offered a four hour housecleaning in exchange for a review (valued at $50 an hour).  Basically, she “maid” me an offer I couldn’t refuse and I swept up that opportunity.

The cleaning began with a quick tour of my home.  For this first visit, Christina IWantaMaid owner, assessed the rooms and targeted my specific needs, which was the dust and mildew in my shower.  I barely have enough time to maintain a level of tidiness and with my allergies, I simply can’t dust or handle mildew at all.

The two person team divided and conquered my bi-level home.  As they cleaned, I hid away in our office, the only room not being cleaned, to avoid the dust in the air. My sinuses couldn’t take it.

One housekeeper cleaned the master bathroom shower (the most tedious and most serious troublesome spot in the house), while the other dusted and wiped all the surfaces in my home.

To clean the entire house, they used the same earth-friendly solution, a mixture of water, vinegar (the ultimate cure all), baking soda and essential oils and a steam mop. I loved that that used the very same cleaning agents that I use!

They cleaned each room (our four bedrooms, living room, dining room, family room and kitchen) from the skirting board to the ceiling fans and even tackled the dust bunnies behind the couch and entertainment unit!  Christina even cleaned, tidied and organized my laundry room which was a lovely surprise.

This first cleaning was only supposed to take four hours, but given the filthy state of my home, the process took nearly six hours.  And the results were incredible!  I loved that they removed my hard water stains from my shower glass doors.

clean shower

Even my kids were impressed!

“I’ve never seen our house so clean! It’s so shiny!” Eight year old Emmalynn exclaimed.

“My room is so tidy and organized! Will they come back and when?! Twelve year old Allana asked.

The housekeepers were definitely a hit!  And just like my kids, I hope they can come back again.  Next time, we’ll be better prepared with a few tips from IWantAMaid.com.

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20 comments

  1. Karen says:

    Holy! I am a Work-From-home RUNNING Mom of two and I can relate! Because all of my at-home time is spent with “office duties” or “kid-duties.” So, housekeeping is last on my list. And I, too, have a husband who farmed out the lawn duties to a weekly service. Why am I not hiring a housekeeping service?! Listen, floors are the worst, because I also have two huge dogs that are in and out and in and out and in and … hold on, I think I have to let them out …

  2. Pamela says:

    I so need help. I work 11 hour days and I am gone for 13 hours. By the time I get home, I just want rest and go to bed. I have one teen and cats. the most troublesome spots in my home I would have to say the kitchen or the dusting, maybe the bathrooms. I wont even talk about my son’s room or mine for that matter. the dusting and floors are the worst.

  3. Raffi says:

    The problem with my master bath is that my husband shaves his head. Men’s shave gel is so messy! It leaves yucky residue on the shower floor. I scrub and scrub with a Magic Eraser… when I find the time. Other than that I find that our new house is easier to clean than our old house even though it’s twice as big. Maybe because I have more pride in it 🙂

  4. Samantha says:

    I think it’s the dusting…I always manage to do a quick clean, mop, vacuum but by the time I straighten up the kids rooms and kitchen I’ve run out of time and everything is a mess again. This would be a dream come true.

  5. Heather Schuster says:

    I suffer from extreme allergies and asthma so my hubby cleans. Bless his heart, he doesn’t do the job the way it needs to be done. My bathrooms need it bad as well as a deep dusting through the bedrooms and living areas.

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