Leave or Stay When The Maid Comes to Clean?

Leave or stay when the maid comes to clean? Lots of homeowners wonder how effective their maid or housekeeper will be if they are not hovering. The House Cleaning Guru, Angela Brown busts a myth on productivity for house cleaners and looming bosses. Want to get more from your money spent? Leave the house. Watch your maid from the home security camera if you have to see what’s going on. Avoid micromanaging and stay out of the way so they can do the most efficient job.

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Hey there, I’m Angela Brown, and this is Ask a House Cleaner. This is a show where you get to ask a house cleaning question, and you guessed it, I get to help you find an answer.

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Question: Leave or Stay When The Maid Comes to Clean?

Today’s question comes from a woman who has hired a house cleaner and she wants to know; “Should I leave my house when my house cleaner comes? Because my maid always makes me feel uncomfortable like I don’t belong in my own home. So, like, what is the protocol? What am I supposed to do?”

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 Question: Leave if You Want Productivity From Your House Cleaner

Looming Boss, Leave When your employees are workingAlright, the answer to that question is this; Yes. Leave your house when the house cleaner comes.

Now, I want you to think for just a second, let’s pretend that you work in an office. And you go to work, and you sit there in the morning, and you do a whole bunch of things. You might check your email, or you might do some last-minute reports or something that you have to do for your boss.

You’re working under a deadline, and your mind is preoccupied, and you’re trying to hurry and get your stuff done. But what would happen if your boss came into your cubicle and pulled up a chair and just sat down and just kind of watched and observed you while you were working?

Would that make you feel a little bit uncomfortable?

I mean, maybe you’re going to do all the exact same tasks you were going to do otherwise.

But just having someone sit there over your shoulder watching you, makes you a little bit uncomfortable.

And it’s not that you’re doing anything wrong, but it’s that you work better when you’re on your own. Because you know what you need to do. And you know what priorities, and what multi-tasking you can do.

And having somebody sit there, you almost feel like you’re being judged.

We Don’t Want To Tell You to Leave Or That You’re In the Way leave while maid cleans, under rug with vacuum

Well, that’s the same thing in house cleaning.

Now, I know when maids and house cleaners come to your house, there’s a certain specific set of tasks they are required to do while they’re at your house.

And so even if you’re in the other room, they still feel like they’re being judged or that they have to spend a certain amount of time in a particular room.

Now, here’s what we don’t want you to know as the homeowner when we come to clean your house as house cleaners, we’re going to rip your whole house apart.

We Have To Move All Your Stuff To Clean Under and Around It – We Don’t Want You Micromanaging The Process

cleaning supplies strewn about on hardwood floorWe’re going to lift up the cushions of the couch and the sofas and the easy chairs, we’re going to vacuum underneath there. Yep, we’re going to lift up the rugs. We’re going to be vacuuming and moving underneath those. We will pick up stuff and move it around. Our cleaning caddy has a bunch of supplies in it, and we’re just going to plop it right there in the middle of your living room floor.

And we don’t want to have to worry that you’re going to come in with something in your hands from outside or from the other room and you’re not going to see the cleaning caddy there and you’re going to trip over it.

Those are the things that we’re worried about.

Ever Want to Tell The Family To Leave And Give You Some Space?

kids playing in kitchen, leave and go outside while Mom makes dinnerHave you ever tried to cook dinner? And you’ve got all the stuff out on the kitchen counter and you’re cooking stuff, you’ve got stuff on the stove. You’ve got something in the microwave, and you are kind of multi-tasking to do all these things.

And then the kids run in and out and they’re playing tag, and the dog comes in… what you really wish for is that everybody would just go outside and give you a little bit of space so that you can do what it is that you need to do.

And as house cleaners, we feel the exact same way.

Now, one of the most interesting things about house cleaning is that you’re paying me and I’m on the clock, I want to work as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

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House Cleaners Need You To Leave So They Can Follow An Efficient Routine

And so, what that means is lots of house cleaners have a routine, where they pull everything out, they clean everything, then they put everything back. And they work their way out of the room.

As they work their way out of the room, they’re double-checking their work and crossing stuff as they go.

But if somebody is in that room the maid may have to come back two or three times in order to get that room clean.

And if people are milling around the house, they mess up whatever was cleaned.

And so, it just makes it difficult, because it’s like somebody’s watching you, number one, but number two, people do get in the way.

People Do Get In The Way – Which Is Why We Need You And Your Family to Leave During Cleanings

Maid working around a bunch of kids playing and a dogAnd it makes the job just a little bit more difficult. Because instead of working her way out of the room and then doing all the floors last. The maid has got to clean this room and then has to stop and mop the floor and then go take all her stuff to the next room and do it all over again that in the next room. And then clean the floor and then move on to the next room.

So, instead of having a great big system where you do the whole upstairs first, and the whole downstairs second or whatever it is, now you’re going room by room. And maybe she wasn’t going to fill her mop bucket up just yet because she is carrying her cleaning supplies in it.

Having people around produces weird little problems that make the chores longer to do.

Leave and Watch Your Housekeeper on the Home Security Camera leave while maid cleans, watch on home security camera

So, if are uncomfortable about leaving your maid or your house cleaner at the house to work alone. Leave the house, and watch them on the home security camera from your cell phone.

The home security system cameras are so smart now, they work with such high technology and apps that allow you to watch remotely.

If you’re a loomer or a hoverer – do it from afar.  And that way it just frees your maid to do the quickest, fastest job that they can do and not waste your time, and not waste their time and not forget anything.

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4 Tiny Kids to Clean Around – Arrgh!

I remember one particular family that had four small children, and they were all there, every time I cleaned.

And it was fine, I mean, that was their house, they live there. And I can’t actually make them or force a family to leave. But because they were there the whole time I had to clean one room and finish that room, and then leave and go to the next room. The kids would run in and out and I was constantly moving cleaning supplies so they wouldn’t get into them. And they wanted to help, and they would set up shop with their toys right where I was working. Then when I vacuumed the dog would bark like crazy and the kids wanted to help vacuum. 

And it took so much more time, and it wasn’t efficient and by the time I made my way around the house, the first part of the house that I’d already cleaned, was already messed up again.

Waaahaaa.

Leave And Go Run Your Errands

Woman at salonSo, if you have a choice, run your errands. Take your meetings during the time the house cleaner is coming.

Get out of the house. Go for a jog. Walk the dog.

Go meet the neighbors. Go out lunch with someone for a social or something. But yeah, leave your house cleaner, leave your maids to do their job.

It’s like if a painter came to paint your house and he was going to paint the walls, you wouldn’t stand there and micromanage the job he’s doing.

You’d just get all your stuff and get up and out because you don’t want to get paint on you, and you want to give them the space to do their job.

Same thing with house cleaners.

So, I’m sorry she made you feel uncomfortable, it is your house. And you have a right to stay there, but choose not to. Choose to be gone when your house cleaner is there.

And you’ll find that you get a much better job out of your house cleaner. So, it’s a better use of your time, and a better use of your money.

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Angela Brown, The House Cleaning Guru // Founder of SAVVY CLEANER // Author of the book: How to Start Your Own House Cleaning Company