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  • As crazy as that sounds...I have done it. Yes...I hired the person to come in and clean. Then I worked my ass off to clean the house the day before the person came to clean. I need help. I admit it.
  • It is a thing of preference, but it can be appropriate. Some don't care, and let the maid pick up, but others don't want it to look bad, and want the maid to simply have to look for dirt to clean it.
  • Hey, we have and a lot of our friends do it weekly.. lol maybe I have the wrong job, I should take the title of their house cleaner and walk in sit down and watch TV for 2 or 3 hours and get paid for it...
  • I feel that that's completely moronic. It escapes me completely. My friend's mother does it. If you're hiring someone to clean up after you...Why not get what you paid for? Goodness.
  • I had a housekeeping business for about 5yrs, and most of my clients were great, they were either elderly or handicap and really needed my help but I had 3 that were just really busy people that just didn't have time to clean their own home, two were teachers and didn't care what I did as long as when they came home their house was clean and they didn't have to do it, once in awhile they might ask for certain item to be done like make sure guest rooms are done because company was coming but I had one client that figured the housekeepers coming so why bother to pick up ANY THING! one day I just told her husband I quit, I'll clean your office as long as I work for you only but I no long work for your wife, shes a slob and to bossy and I tried of picking up after her and the kids! soon after that had surgery and had to quit my business. But I never had any one clean before I got there, thats for sure........
  • I would never hire someone to clean for me, and then do it myself before they arrive!
  • i would straightn up so that she can clean.
  • Tidying before the cleaner arrives is appropriate, but not actual cleaning. That's silly.
  • I've never known a woman who didn't clean up for the cleaner. It has to do with a female's pride in her home.
  • Appropriate or not, my parents straighten up and do a BIT of cleaning before their cleaning lady comes. Part of it is probably the "slob" thing, but part is to clear spots they want to be sure is cleaned, I'm sure.
  • if you can clean, why pay a cleaning person?? save yourself the money and do it yourself!
  • This makes me giggle, because I know a LOT of people do just that. I think it's kind of silly, but I don't have anyone else clean my house. If I did, even though I think it's silly, I would probably do the same.
  • I assume they will understand a dirty house, since that is why I hired them. I do spend time picking up as much stuff as I possibly can. My logic is this. I can easily and quickly put away personal possessions. This slows a cleaner waaaay down. I would rather her/him (and yes I once had a male cleaner and it made my heart sooooo happy!) have LOTS of time to throughly clean the toliets than to put my shoes back in the shoe rack.
  • Who cares what she thinks?
  • My mother vacuums before Betty,the housekeeper comes to .....vacuum. She mops the kitchen floor before Betty comes to......mop. She cleans the bathroom before Betty comes to........clean. and so on, and so forth. It's not about putting away clutter (there is NO clutter at my parents house. My mother considers it an abomination) No, my mother actually CLEANS before the housekeeper comes to CLEAN. It's absolutely ridiculous.
  • well that means you are wasting money on a cleaner when you dont need one.
  • That's what I always did. But I never let my place get that bad to begin with.
  • No, the way I look at it is that I am paying them to do a job so I may as well get my moneys worth.
  • yes, her time is too valuable to be putting away your stuff. Your paying her to do deep cleaning, not every day straightening up. Straighten up the first time she comes. You'll get to learn what each other expects.
  • There is no need to clean prior to a service coming in but tidying up after your children and yourself would only benefit what you are paying for. I have a service and when I give the estimate it is for cleaning. My fee for coming to your home is always the same. If there is "debris" all over (meaning shoes, towels, toys, clothing, papers and other nonsense all over the floors and tables)when I get there I go immediately around it. I am there to clean for you not clean up after you.
  • As a cleaning lady, I say no. Don't clean house before we get there. I like feeling like I'm earning my paycheck. As for personal things, please pick them up. I had a client who always left dirty clothes on her bathroom floor and I had to pick up dirty underwear and the like before I could sweep and mop. I didn't stay there long...
  • There's a difference between living in a pig stie and having a fairly unkept home. I doubt the cleaner will really be bothered by it but the one who's really bothered by it is you...............so.......I imagine you will clean your house anyway.
  • I would have things put away but as for cleaning before she gets there that is just crazy i am a cleaner and that is what we are paid for no matter how clean or dirty your house is we are not there to judge, we are just there to clean. hope this helps.
  • I used to own a cleaning Co. As long as your place isn't gross or disgusting, leave it for the cleaners. They know that's why they're there.
  • Yes, of course. Why not pretend you have a housekeeper, clean before she comes and then admit YOU are the housekeeper.
  • thats SICK, keep your money and get rid off the cleaner
  • haha, i know lots of people like that actually.. i clean peoples houses and i just KNOW the ones who have cleaned up before i get there.. shame they are elderly and wouldnt like me to think they are 'unclean' lol
  • There's only so much a cleaner is paid to do. The rest is your responsibility.
  • theres nothing wrong with sprucing things up a bit. but if you have hired help,let them work for their money.
  • That almost defeats the purpose of having a cleaner right? P.S. You're welcome in advanced keithholds
  • I am a housecleaner. so as a housecleaner i dont think of any of my clients as being slobs. I'm grateful to have work. if this is your first time having a housecleaner then you'll know if she minds that extra work. she'll either keep an eye on the time, or raise the price
  • I don't know about appropriateness, but I usually straighten up a little before the house cleaner arrives. Not that I am worried about her thinking we're slobs, but she shouldn't have to do things like pick up my husband's socks out of the floor.
  • I have done the same thing..which showed me i have a issue with picking up after myself, its like im a kid again & the cleanin ladys my mom. try making things routine ex: never leave dirtydishes in the sink& clean yr toilet every 3-4 days.
  • Your maid is coming to clean. If your home is cluttered or not organized, it would be appropriate to do a pick up so that the maid can do the work he/she is there to do. Please don't feel that you should do the cleaning work yourself, otherwise, you are wasting money and don't really have need to hire someone. Many find that it is a blessing to hire help in order to save time and energy to get other things done. Sometimes that may even be getting enough rest. It is also wonderful to be able to offer work in this very tough economy.
  • Appropriate is what you decide it is.

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