We know, you’re reading this because you want a straight answer—and probably straightened cushions, furniture, and vacuum lines. But the truth is how much de-cluttering you do before your Maids team arrives is up to you, and it depends on where and how you want them to clean.

Some of our customers choose to do a quick run-through of their house before our teams arrive. They’ll put toys in their organizers, books back on the shelves, paperwork in a stack and dirty laundry in hampers. “I basically do what I would do if my mother-in-law gave me a 10-minute heads up that she’s on her way to the house,” said Cheryl P., a Maids customer in Annandale, Virginia. “I don’t want them to focus on the stuff I can do. I’d rather them spend their time on the kitchen and the bathrooms, which I don’t have time to clean properly.”

Tips for a quick prep: Give yourself 10 minutes. Pick up a large bin and start at one end of your house, grabbing whatever doesn’t belong in that room. Distribute as you comb through the house.

It comes down to how you want your Maids team to help you. As a cleaning company, we are there to scrub, vacuum, disinfect, and polish. We’ll straighten and fluff as we move along, but we won’t necessarily know how to stack your papers the way you want or which toys go where. “If I don’t have time to declutter before my team arrives, I just put out an empty laundry basket and ask them to put all rogue items they find in the basket,” said Chandrika in the District of Columbia. “That way I don’t slow them down, and I still come home to an awesome uncluttered house.”

And some of our customers don’t do a thing. “I’ve had The Maids come for a number of years, and we have our system down,” said Peng P., who lives in Omaha, Nebraska. “I rarely have time to give it a once over, and they still do a marvelous job. It’s helped that they come every two weeks—my house stays cleaner, and I end up keeping it that way.”

These are just a few ways our customers have gotten ready for our house cleaning services. How do you prep for your Maids visit?

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