Housekeeping 101: Do you need a cleaning service or an organizing service?

So, you've got a mess and need help. How do you decide what type of housekeeping service to hire? A...

So, you've got a mess and need help. How do you decide what type of housekeeping service to hire? A maid service and a professional organizer generally provide some of the same services, but with a few key differences. Both services come in, attack a mess with efficiency and leave you with great results. The difference is that one focuses on immediate relief while the other focuses on helping you with lifestyle changes.

Maid service

When a maid service comes into your home, the maid or maids take care of the cleaning tasks you don't have time to do. This includes basic tasks in any room of the house, such as the kitchen, living room, bathrooms and bedrooms. You basically assign the maids the tasks you want handled and they do it.

Tasks you might assign a maid service include:

  • Dishes
  • Organizing cupboards
  • Vacuuming
  • Making beds
  • Cleaning bathtubs
  • Cleaning toilets
  • Laundry

Professional organizer

When an organizing service comes into your home, the organizer looks around and asks about the way you use your house. Then, the organizer helps you cut the clutter and clear away the chaos that comes from living in a disorganized home. Your organizer will use tools such as a closet organization system. The organizer helps you create a place where everything belongs. She or he will make sure you know where your things are, so you can get them when you need them. This service is really helpful for people who are too busy to organize their home or people who have always been messy and would like to break that habit.

An organizer can help by:

  • Sorting, labeling and storing household items
  • Running personal errands
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Providing you with ideas on how to organize your living spaces
  • Helping you change from a messy person to an organized person

Either way, your home is going to look better after a session with a maid service or a professional organizer. Your needs will ultimately determine what service you choose. Or, if you want to hire both types of Atlanta-area professional cleaning services, consider starting with the organizer and then bringing the maid service in to help you maintain housekeeping in your newly organized home.

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