Do You Clean Before Your Maid Arrives?

When I was a child I would often visit my friends' homes. It seemed there was always a day when their parents would tell them to clean their room before the maid arrives. This struck me as odd. I would ask, "Why are we cleaning the house if the maid is coming to clean the house?" My friends never had a response to that. They would just shrug their shoulders and we would carry out their mother's directions. To this day I still don't understand why people tidy before their cleaner arrives, and I'm discovering that this is not an uncommon phenomenon.

Perhaps they don't want to take the time to explain to the cleaner where everything goes. If a person is busy, they could perceive that taking the time to show the cleaner where everything goes would take too long. But in actuality, the time taken to explain would be far less than the time taken to tidy up before the cleaner arrives.

I'm reminded of another time from my past when I had a part-time job as a cashier in high school. I would ring through people's groceries, while I took the time to let my mind wander about life and whatnot. On several occasions, I would be interrupted by people apologizing for their purchases. "I'm having company over. Usually I wouldn't buy so many steaks". "I'm not going to eat this entire cake by myself." It was surprising for me to learn that so many people are afraid of other people judging their actions. I was just a daydreaming teenager and people were so embarrassed by their purchases that they felt they needed to explain themselves to me. It made me wonder if perhaps my friends' parents were similarly embarrassed by the state of the house that they didn't even want the cleaner to see it in such bad shape.


I suppose hiring a cleaner is a catch-22. You hire them because your house is dirty, but you are afraid of what they may think of your dirty house. However, if you are paying someone to clean your house, the assumption is that your home needs a cleaning. Should a house be clean before the cleaner arrives, then you are not receiving value for your money. It is the cleaner's job to tidy up items from the floor and to wash any remaining dishes on the counter and whatever else is necessary to make your home looking and feeling spotless. There is no need to apologize for the mess, because your mess is keeping them in business.

At Clear Cause Cleaners, we encourage you to leave your dirty dishes on the counter and items on the floor. When you hire us, you are buying time. Time to spend with your family and friends. When you are finally free at the end of the day to spend time with your family and friends, do you really want to worry about making your bed and taking out the trash?

Rest assured that our employees have been trained on our expectations of confidentiality. No details about the cleaning job are to leave the company. Even when speaking to their family and friends, our cleaning staff have been directed not to share any details about the job. You can relax knowing that we don't judge. We understand that we are being hired to transform a messy home to a sparkling one. The messier your home, the better.