Clean Enough to Cry

In 2016 I started cleaning homes as a “side hustle". I had a full time job and I couldn't get ahead, so I cleaned. My client list grew and along with that my vision grew. I know it is important to listen to people and do what they ask so they feel heard and valued. This vision helped me scale my business. It scaled so much that I was eventually working two full time jobs: cleaning 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, rushing home to shower, and going to my temporary bar tending job from 4:00 pm until 11:00 pm. I worked 7 days a week. The business continued to scale so that, fast forward, I still worked 12 hours a day, but I only had the cleaning business and now a few employees.

So, I love my job, but there was about two years of my life there where I had no time to live beyond reacting to the needs of the business and putting out fires when they arose. I usually got home around 4 pm, took my dog to the park, then came back home to work, everyday until about 8:00 or 9:00 pm. I would walk through my house and force myself to ignore the fact that my floors were driving me nuts, I was chasing laundry, all these random things were out of place! I'm not sure what that makes me, but ignoring it in order to sit down and respond to emails is what I did!

We finally had a little break. My employees were cleaning totally independently, and we had room for more clients. I took the opportunity to schedule my own house in for cleaning (we are so busy now, this rarely happens!). At this point I still cleaned daily, still worked about 12 hours a day. I remember walking out of the house the morning of the cleaning, totally forgetting it was booked, and feeling desperation again about the state of my house (which wasn't that bad, but you know the feeling!). And don't get me wrong! I looove to clean! I just didn't have time and I put all of my super cleaning energy into my clients homes.

Enter Ella. The amazing Ella cleaned my house that day. When I got home I saw the clean floors, smelled the freshness, and the biggest weight that I did not know I carried was lifted from my shoulders and my brain. I could have cared less how perfect it was. It was done! I cannot describe that feeling, but you know it. When someone takes on that massive task for you, or even the smallest task you just can't get to, and completes it for you. It opens your mind! It opens doors! It lets you allow yourself to take a nap! That feeling is complete relief, it feels like someone is taking care of you. It's clean, all clean! It is totally clean enough to make you cry.

Cleaning is self care. No, wait – paying someone to clean for you is self care. You have a busy job, kids, sports, you never get to go to yoga. Or you don't take nice walks and calm your brain because your house is in chaos. When there is just too much to handle, the easiest thing to do is ignore the problem, am I right? You'll agree with me when I say that a chaotic home creates a chaotic mind. It does not allow for room to breath, focus, or relax.

So, of course I encourage you to hire a cleaner. I also encourage you to take naps and go for walks and drink wine…..wait, what?

I encourage you to give away some responsibility in your life. You deserve to feel that moment when the weight disappears. It doesn't have to be cleaning, it could be laundry, yard work, ordering in. And don't worry budgeters, I understand you. I know it is not possible for everybody to pay another human to do work for them. So, how can you keep your house clean and sane for free? Well, stay tuned! When the mood strikes me my next post will be about how I keep my house clean in 20 minutes a day 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Jen

Loving meddler at Queendom Cleaning