I went back and forth about whether or not I should share this. I’m not necessarily ashamed of it, but it does have a certain stigma attached to it. You see, recently I had my house professionally cleaned. I don’t do it very often, usually about once a year, and usually when I’ve had several months of busy-ness that lead to house neglect.
Having a cluttered, dusty house with dogs who track everything into it raises my stress level. And I realized that the reason it stresses me out is because having the house in that state doesn’t allow me to retreat after a day of work. Instead, my mind starts to create yet another to do list when I walk through the door. I actually find it difficult to focus on anything when I know that there are things that have to be done around the house.
But the stigma seems to be that if I keep my house clean, or use a professional service, or talk about organization that I’m going to judge the state of your house when I come to visit. Let me be clear, when I come to visit, I am coming to your home for the connection, not the cleanliness. For the nearness, not the neatness. I think it’s completely fine to want to clean your house before company comes over, but I don’t think it should be the issue that dictates whether company comes over at all. I think it becomes a problem when we worry so much about what other people think that it stands in the way of a relationship.
That said, I really enjoy a good professional clean. In fact, if you are in the market for a great cleaning service, the one I just used was pretty amazing. Most cleaning services are pretty expensive for the once a year deep clean, but this one fit my budget pretty well. Because they were cheaper, I thought the service would reflect that, but it didn’t. The ladies came in, cleaned the whole house in about 3 hours, leaving little touches all over the house.
Using a cleaning service is definitely a splurge, but it’s one that helps me have a little more peace of mind and room to rest. And every now and then, I think that is worth it.
Have you ever used a cleaning service?