“Ugh, I wish my house was this clean.” Thanks Mopify.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
I was once so overwhelmed by how dirty our house got that I broke down in tears around my partner one night. Together we worked out a plan for how in the hell we’d try to keep our house from turning into one giant pile of dust while simultaneously allowing our kids to be kids in the house.
I had my checklist printed out and I hung it on the wall using a clipboard. Every night I’d look at what I was supposed to do that night and get to work.
“It’s 8:37 p.m. on Tuesday,” I’d note, and then drag my finger over to the corresponding chore. “Time to wipe all the pee off the toilet!”
So I’d wipe the pee off the toilet and put a check mark beside the chore and go have a glass of wine because I felt good about my accomplishment. It made me feel better. For a while.
But, as you’ll know if you have kids, they wore me down over time. To the point where I think many parents live most of their lives in terms of how clean their house is.
“There is a contest to enter down at the bottom of this story.”
I’ve grown comfortable living in a bit of a mess. I can look at a teddy bear laying on the couch and walk past it and see a half full cup of water sitting on a kid-sized table and let myself take care of it some other time. I can see a dusty shelf and remind myself I’ll have time on the weekend to wipe it down (I won’t but that’s fine).
Pretty much, I’m not as worried that my house isn’t tidy. Many homes aren’t and it’s kind of fun to watch a kid run from one toy to the next, full of excitement for what game comes next. I know you can teach responsibility by asking kids to take control of their own tidiness, and I know I’ve said more times than I’d like to admit that you “can’t play with something else until you’ve put that toy away first!”
It’s the most frustratingly adult thing I do and so I’m trying to move on from it. And so, I’m getting over tidy and trying to settle on being clean.
Tidiness, yes. Dirty, no.
And this is when I found Mopify, a company in Ottawa (and Toronto now too as well some other cities soon) that allows you to schedule cleaning services online in a way that fits your schedule. There’s no weekly commitment and no limit of when you can ask to have someone come in.
Simply put, we don’t need cleaning of our house every week. Even more simply put, we can’t afford cleaning of our house every week.
So, we know we put in extra effort every time we plan to have people come over to our house. We do this with larger groups of people only a few times a year—let’s say four times so that we don’t look too much like hermits. With Mopify, we can schedule appointments around these four events so that when people come over they say things like “how do you find the time to clean?!” and “my couch is full of stains from chocolate milk.”
Truly, our process was simple:
Pick a date that worked for us. (you don’t have to be home for an appointment)
Receive a text message to confirm our appointment.
Collect our cleaning supplies and leave them in our kitchen. (you can also ask to have cleaning supplies provided if you don’t have them)
Go to work on day of our appointment.
Receive updates on the work being done in our house.
Come home to clean house and admire it for the 13 seconds the kids haven’t played in it yet.
Dream about the next appointment.
For real, the house was in a state of nearly unprecedented clean when we came home. The amazing Mopify professional took care of bedrooms, bathrooms, the kitchen and dusting common areas. It was so clean I asked my daughter to pretend like she was doing something in a number of different rooms so I could present photo evidence to other humans that my kids have spent some time in a clean room.
This is her sister’s bed and there is no way she’s allowed to lie down in it.
Enter Mopify and you
Mopify has been kind enough to provide two $100 gift certificates towards cleaning services. All you have to do is share a cleaning tip in the comments below. Because I still need help speeding up the cleaning I will be doing in between Mopify visits.
Since Mopify is operating in Ottawa and Toronto right now, we have to limit this to people in those cities. But hey, keep cleaning other people because it might come your way soon as well.
The contest will run until September 6 because that’s when both my kids start school and our house gets a temporary reprieve from full day play.
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