Clean Sweep!!!

  1. Hello, Nurses!

    I hired some cleaners who did a complete clean sweep of my house this Tuesday past while my husband was on vacation. Darn, it FEELS GOOD!!! They threw away over 20 bags of stuff, did windows, wiped walls, dusted, mopped, rearranged furniture to make more space (I have a small, humble home), took me out to purchase plastic containers for storage and suggested what should go where in the house. They also cleaned my front yard, cleared out mold in the basement and made my basement squeeky clean!! When they were finished, they even made up the beds with metered corners!!! It was also sort of traumatic for me, because there were 4 strangers in my home, running behind them to tell them what to throw out and what to keep, being embarassed of the accumulation (I felt like cleaning before the cleaners came in...LOL), worrying about what my husband and son would take it when they came home and of course, some things were mixed up in the chaos, and a few things were thrown out that I didn't want to be (nothing expensive, important or life threatening).

    But, when they finished, I saw the potential of my house once more. My son is not the neatest crab in the pile, so, when he came home, he was shocked, happy, but then he cried when some of his artwork was thrown away that he worked on (you would have never felt the way he did...it looked like scribble to the average person). I did cry with him, though because I love my introverted child to pieces, but explained that we can start fresh and take more value of our belongings.

    My husband came home this morning from his vacation, while I was asleep and he sat on the bed and said "The house looks different"....and just sat there speechless. I was scared to death of this, because he is a gadget man, with all sorts of things going on, from computers that he builds, and whatever else. I had his things arranged in bins that you can see through. He stared at me and asked how much it cost ($850, folks) and then, I told him that we have to keep it together from now on. He then said that he will look through the stuff to adjust himself to how things are, then, he held me for a long time and just stared at me with a smile.

    It is time to care for me, now. I was suffering from anxiety, so, I have a prescription I am taking to relieve that, can see my way clear to meditate and fix my surroundings to encourage serenity and let the job go nuts on it's own! :spin:
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  2. 30 Comments

  3. by   Spidey's mom
    I need the same people to come to my house.

    steph
  4. by   pagandeva2000
    My friend, who claims her house was in worse condition than mine recommended this crew and I was scared to death at first. No matter what condition your home is in, it is very traumatic to have total strangers coming in and basically taking over your private domain. Then, I knew that my husband would just be in the way. So, when he told me he was invited to go on a free trip to Las Vegas, I basically placed my boot in his butt to push him out of the door. I didn't tell him what I planned, because I would have heard lip ("Who is coming into MY house with MY wife, when I AM NOT HOME..."...you know...the Lord of the Jungle theme...)

    I have no choice but to keep it up and make everyone else do the same, because I can't afford it again. And, we are happy...
  5. by   SuesquatchRN
    LOL at the Lord of the Jungle!

    I'm so glad they were happy with it. It sounds like both your husband and son are thrilled.
  6. by   clemmm78
    What a wonderful value for your money. Incredible. I wish I could do that here. I am very envious. Good for you!
  7. by   luvschoolnursing
    That is the coolest thing! I think I need that. My house is small and we have years of accumulated clutter. I gotta think about this one.
  8. by   jnette
    Quote from stevielynn
    I need the same people to come to my house.

    steph
    DITTO !

    Quote from luvschoolnursing
    That is the coolest thing! I think I need that. My house is small and we have years of accumulated clutter. I gotta think about this one.
    DOUBLE DITTO !!!


    I am sooooooooooooooooooooo jealous !!!

    Small homes are the worst to accumulate "stuff"... and while I'm fairly organized, it's still jsut organized JUNK that needs sorting through and tossing out !!! :trout:

    How wonderful for you ! I would LOVE to have someone come in and do all that !!!
  9. by   Joe NightingMale
    LOL! It kind of sounds like what we did about ten years back...

    My dad was out golfing or something. He liked to get books cheap, and he'd never throw any out, even the ones he didn't read. The shelves were overflowing, with books behind books and books on top of books. So after he left my mom, my sister and I went and collected three boxes full of books to give to goodwill. Funny thing was, after we'd rearranged the shelves it looked pretty much the same! He never noticed the difference!
  10. by   pagandeva2000
    I was totally shocked when he told me the price, mainly because he charged my other nurse friend about $450, but I can understand why. I had a flood in the basement a few months back, and I was so devastated, I never really wanted to look at the whole thing. When we walked through the house, and saw the damage down there, I knew I was NOT going to do that. He told me that he would charge $650 to clean as well as pack the garbage, but, to take it to the dumpster was an extra $200. Heck, he could have taken it all and dumped it in front of the White House, or even my supervisor's desk, as long as it was out of my house!!

    The basement looks like it was never even touched by water, the mud and mold is completely gone, my beautiful bathroom down there looks like brand new again, and I am just happy. It is worth the money and time, but I have to admit that it was also very traumatizing. This guy would look at me and say "Now, Miss, WHAT do you want to keep this for?? You didn't know it was here for 7 years...get rid of it". He actually should work with pack-rats for therapy. I just told him to just toss.

    Funny stories, though.., threw away my favorite hairbrush and comb, and he packed my recent romance magazines deep in the basement in containers. I guess I'll have to miss these issues...

    One thing for sure, for ANYONE who chooses to hire someone like this; you have to really be on top of them, and totally separate what you don't want touched. I was barking orders like a drill sergeant! And, did PLENTY of walk throughs before they left so that I would be sure that I was satisfied, LOL.

    Nurse Ladies (and Gentlemen)...if you can stand to spend the money once it is so worth it to get your sanity back. And, believe me, most of us could not afford this regularly, so, it is an investment to keep up out of fear to pay it again. :0)
  11. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from Joe NightingMale
    LOL! It kind of sounds like what we did about ten years back...

    My dad was out golfing or something. He liked to get books cheap, and he'd never throw any out, even the ones he didn't read. The shelves were overflowing, with books behind books and books on top of books. So after he left my mom, my sister and I went and collected three boxes full of books to give to goodwill. Funny thing was, after we'd rearranged the shelves it looked pretty much the same! He never noticed the difference!

    That is TOO funny!! I read many books, and like to cross-reference things. I even continued to read nursing textbooks, particularly the pharmacology ones. The man said to me "Look, you went to school, you passed the test, you are working...you must know SOMETHING...PUT THEM AWAY!!!"
  12. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from jnette
    DITTO !



    DOUBLE DITTO !!!


    I am sooooooooooooooooooooo jealous !!!

    Small homes are the worst to accumulate "stuff"... and while I'm fairly organized, it's still jsut organized JUNK that needs sorting through and tossing out !!! :trout:

    How wonderful for you ! I would LOVE to have someone come in and do all that !!!
    And, the thing about it, the man in charge was a cutie!! My husband was away...(just kidding)...but if I were single, I would have certainly given him a nice nursing backrub. I was jealous of my friend...but, now, we are sitting pretty, laughing at our husbands make sense of all of this, and we are alot calmer...
  13. by   TheCommuter
    My house is filthy and cluttered as I type this.

    Perhaps I need a "clean sweep" of my own!
  14. by   SuesquatchRN
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    That is TOO funny!! I read many books, and like to cross-reference things. I even continued to read nursing textbooks, particularly the pharmacology ones. The man said to me "Look, you went to school, you passed the test, you are working...you must know SOMETHING...PUT THEM AWAY!!!"
    HAH!

    Sounds like one of the reality shows.

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