What is Mommy’s Helper house cleaning and how does it work? Right now, there are lots of families who don’t have time to do housework and need help.
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What is a Mommy’s Helper Package
What is a mommy’s helper package and how does it work? There’s a house cleaner that wrote into the show and she was questioning a show that we did earlier about tidying up before the house cleaner gets there. A lot of times, house cleaners will get to a house and it is too dirty for them to actually clean.
There’s laundry strewn about. There are toys everywhere. There are dishes in the kitchen sink, and the house cleaner’s like, “What on earth am I supposed to do?” Because they came in to do weekly chores and the daily chores have not been done.
Daily and Weekly Chores
Daily and weekly chores, what is this? It breaks down to this. There are daily chores which are the dishes. You eat some food. You put the dishes in the sink. Wash those dishes, tidy them up, put them inside the dishwasher, emptying the dishwasher and, put the dishes away. That would be considered a daily chore.
If you go inside a bathroom and there are towels on the floor, you would hang them up and, put them in a hamper, which is also daily chore. If there’s stuff strewn about on the vanity, that’s considered a daily chore. After you’ve done putting your makeup on for the day, or you’ve brushed your teeth, or you’ve done your shaving for the day, wash the hairs out of the sink, wipe the toothpaste off the sink, and the basin, and the vanity, that’s a daily chore. Put the makeup away or put the little brushes away, that’s part of a daily chore too.
The House Cleaner Usually Does Bi-Weekly Chores
The house cleaner should not have to come and do all those things. It’s not that they shouldn’t have to, it’s that they come to do weekly or bi-weekly chores, in most cases.
Making the beds, that is a daily chore. You use the bed every night, you get up, you make the bed. Squeegeeing the shower down. That’s a daily chore. So, there are a lot of daily chores that homeowners do, and then they pay the house cleaners the big money to come in and do the weekly chores.
That would be scrubbing out the bathtub, and scrubbing out the toilets, and wiping the toilets down, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming the floors, doing the bigger weekly or bi-weekly chores.
Parents Can Get Overwhelmed With Daily Chores
So there are some families that have lots of daily chores, and it’s overwhelming to the parents because the parents have a lot of kids, or a lot of animals, or a lot of work, or they have a lot of responsibilities.
So, there are homeowners that say, “What about the daily chores? Who do we hire to do those?” There are house cleaning companies that are franchises, and a lot of them only do weekly and bi-weekly chores. They don’t do daily chores.
There are a lot of independent house cleaners that are willing to do daily chores because they want to be paid on a regular basis. They have bills to pay and they don’t work for a company, they work for themselves. So, their schedules are a little bit more flexible and they can come in on a regular basis and do the daily chores.
Weekly Chores Break Down Into Daily Chores
So, a lot of times, the weekly chores break down to daily chores. They’ll come in every single day, for an hour every morning. There are house cleaners, that’s all they do, is mommy’s helper packages. We call it mommy’s helper because they come in and they help mommy. They could also come in and help daddy. The name of the package is mommy’s helper package because that’s the name of it, but it’s mommy and daddy helper packages.
So, what they might do is, they might swing by every morning from 8:00 to 9:00 in the morning. You’ve got the kids out in the door for school and there’s stuff left all over the counter from breakfast. So, the house cleaner would come in. They’re only there for an hour.
So what they’re going to do is they’re going to make the beds, pick up the clothes, tidy everything up and, put the breakfast stuff away.
House Cleaners Can Help With Morning Chores
House cleaners can help parents in the morning. They’re going to put the milk in the fridge. They’re going to wipe up all the crumbs and all the spilled milk. But they’re not going to mop. They’re going to put the stuff in the dishwasher. They’re going to start a load of laundry, and then they’re going to be gone.
They’ve tidied up the house quickly. They picked up backpacks. They picked up last night’s pajamas, or shoes. Just tidied everything up, and then they’re gone. They were only there for one hour. Then tomorrow, they’re going to come back and they’re going to do the same thing all over again.
You Should Still Have a Regular Cleaning Service
When you get home from work tonight, the house is not going to be clean, it’s going to be tidy, and its a good idea that you have a regular house cleaning service at the same time. So, what this means is, let’s say that the mommy’s helper person comes in in the morning.
Then you have your house cleaning company come, let’s say at the same time or an hour later. So, when they come only once a week or every other week, they’re going to come in and do all the other chores.
The mommy’s helper person might come in and they might wipe down the bathroom vanities, scour out the sink, or something like that, but they’re not going to be doing the toilets. They’re not going to be cleaning out the tubs and the shower. That’s going to be reserved for a weekly or a bi-weekly chore.
Mommy’s Helpers Do the Quick Stuff
So, Mommy’s Helpers are going to be doing all the quick stuff. Maybe they do squeegee down the showers or something, but it’s going to be a quick job, 50 minutes to an hour every morning, or they might only come two or three days a week. It depends on the setup, and on the family. It depends on what you need, and if your budget will allow three days a week, or five days a week, or whatever.
They Can Also Help With Laundry
Now, there are households with lots of kids and that have lots of laundry. So, when the mommy’s helper person comes in, one day they might fold yesterday’s dried clothes. So, they might have taken some clothes from the wash. You started a load, as the parent when you went to work.
They come in and they take the laundry out, they put it in the dryer. It’s dry by the time they’re ready to leave. Tomorrow when they come back, they’re going to go ahead and fold that and put that all away.
There’s a rotation, and if they’re coming every day, they’re going to be rotating those chores every day, so everything gets done. But all the tidy stuff in the house gets done, and it’s awesome because there are mommy’s helper people that will come in, and sometimes they just pack lunches, or they throw stuff in the Crock-Pot so that it’s ready by the time that you get home for the evening.
It Depends on the Scope of the Job You Need
It really depends on the scope of the job you need, and a lot of that with an independent person is negotiable. When I say independent person because a company that has lots of franchises, and they have lots of branches, and lots of people that are out, have a specific set of tasks that they do. So, to say, “Can you throw some food in the Crock-Pot or whatever, here are the groceries?” that person is not going to be able to do that.
But an independent person, absolutely, and they have set up their businesses to do that for you. So right now, during COVID especially, when people are trying to get back to work, or they’re in the other room working, and they have stuff that’s piled up, and they’re in a rush, it’s a really great opportunity to get another person to come in and be an extra set of hands, where they can help you do household chores.
So that is a mommy’s helper package. It’s super exciting. It’s a little bit more expensive than regular house cleaning because you’re bringing in somebody five days a week, and so you’re going to be paying them for the five times that they’re there. So, it’s a little bit more expensive, but you get to buy back your time. It gives you more time to focus on your business, or your family, or whatever it is that you like to do.
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