Spring cleaning this and Spring cleaning that - I don't need a reset! My house looks just fine.
I wasn't even swayed to pick up a broom when I noticed people online posting before and after pictures of their deep cleans.
It was only when I saw my best friend thank "Handy" for her Spring Clean, that I got curious. I called her up and she told me that she'd just signed up with Handy, a site that connects you with background-checked cleaning professionals in your area.
She wanted to do a deep clean to stave off the inevitable Spring allergy season, and honestly, I could relate. I never used to get them growing up, but now I'm super sniffly come April.
She gave me the name of her Cleaning Pro that she books through Handy, but told me they all had great reviews. I said no.
It all really came down to price - it's 2020, who can afford a cleaner these days?! I just wanted to see, so I plugged in my zip code, and my plans were surprisingly affordable. I wouldn't have to rearrange anything in my budget...
I still didn't think I needed it, but my friend at least pushed me to clean out my closet. She knew I hadn't been able to close one of the doors for a long time.
Fine. I went upstairs and did a purge - the jacket with the broken zipper had to go, the robe I got from a relative that was 2 sizes too big, the ratty towel that never smelled right even after a wash, boots that were so '90's it hurt, the jeans with holes in the inner thighs - they all had to go.
Tying up the trash bag for Goodwill, I vowed that I needed to do this every year. In my closet, I could now see my favorite jeans that'd gotten balled up in the corner, my fancy white blouse I don't wear enough, and so much more.
I still thought it was silly to get a cleaner - but I couldn't get it off my mind. What else was I missing that was right in front of my face?
I started to realize there was a huge value in doing a deep clean and throwing out the stuff I don't use anymore, and you know what? I wanted to see what my home looked like dust-free. I never identified with my super clean-freak friends or television characters, but maybe they were onto something.
I don't know if I liked the idea of someone I didn't know coming into my home, but I could be there and at least introduce myself. Plus, I read Handy does background checks on all their cleaning pros, so I felt comfortable letting them into my home.
I also wouldn't get locked in to too many cleanings - I could choose weekly, biweekly, or monthly frequencies - whatever worked best for me.
That sounded nice - also, if I needed to reschedule a cleaning, I could just go to the website or app and move the day or time of the cleaning super easily.
I decided Handy was for me. I don't clean enough and no amount of shaming myself would make me clean more. I'd become too comfortable living in dirt for too long.
I never knew a professional cleaning service could be so accessible to me and my budget, but I found Handy at the right time in my life to help me do it. Spring Cleaning, here I come.
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