The biggest cleaning challenge for me is keeping up with the laundry…I had thought I tried everything to get those nasty yellow stains out of the cute little new born clothing, but nothing seemed to work that well…
As our business has grown over the past few years I have come to realize I am very good at a few things, however; I am lacking-and I mean severely lacking-in other area's. Not to blow my own horn, but I like to think I am very good with people, I enjoy hard work, multi-tasking, and a few other little social skills.
However I am horrible when it comes to anything on the computer. To be honest, Facebook and even this blog have been big challenges for me, I do not seem to have an edge for it. If you are reading this, I will admit that Jonathan does a lot of the editing for me, along with many many other things in the background.
The reason I bring this up is I have been listening to a new business book called "#ASKGARYVEE" It is a good book, not the best book I have ever listened to, but I think some of his insight is very helpful. The biggest concept I have gleaned from the book would be, "Always become a social media company". He believes this is always the right start for companies, as now days all of our information is online. He informs you that if you can become interested and apart of people's daily life they will be more inclined to buy from you or to use your services. I do believe that is true. If you build peoples' interest and the relationships you have with them, then people will care about what you are doing, because they know and like you. It just make sense to me.
Approaching from this perspective, I believe that we have an advantage, as we are able to help people in their homes. This is a very personal place, as we have to take care of a possession that you love, we need to get to know your likes and dislikes. Sometimes we are even fortunate enough to get to know your family. Either way we are able to get to know you very well as our client, without this we would not be proficient at our job.
"Social media for maids?" You may think what is the point to social media for a cleaning service? Well I think the part that it plays, is you get to know us as well as we know you. At the moment we are doing the very basic's, Photo's, Blogs, and Facebook. We are skimming the surface of the online world, I wish I was doing way more to show you who we are as people, and who we are as a business.
The biggest thing I want our clients to know is that Jonathan and I as business owners care for our staff! I'm not sure how to say this without it being taken wrong, but we care more about our staff then we do about our clients. Please let me explain, the reason I believe it is in your benefit to hire us is because we care for our staff. I am not saying in anyway that we have fulfilled all the dreams we have for our employees and company, however deep down I honestly want the best in the world for the people that work for us! I hope because we care for our staff and do our best to be fair and generous with them, that they will do the same for you as our clients. If we put time, energy, and care into building an environment in which our staff know we support them and want the best for them, I believe they will go to work and want to put that same time, energy, and care back into their work for our clients.
I guess in the end for us social media is a way to give you a sneak peak into our world, hopefully you see a glimmer of who we are, and who we are working towards being.
I guess it's almost old news now, however;Jonathan Bati and I would like to announce the birth of our baby boy: Eliki John Luvuiwai Batisarisari
I have been working in the cleaning world for a long time. Yes I have mostly worked in homes, but the one area I would never go back to is hotel cleaning. Even though it was for a very short 3-4 months of my life it was one of the hardest jobs I have ever done. They want you to clean as many rooms as they can fit on your list. Which gives you a max 20 minutes max per room. Which -I am sorry- to do all of the bedding and clean the bathroom properly you would need more time! I enjoy going to stay at B&B's myself for reasons you can guess.
The one skill that really sunk in for me was the bed making as you do this all day! Pulling and tucking the ends in tight. I now can make a bed in no time at all. Good luck getting in;)
I have found this is one area I now find second nature and forget that the girls I hire are not always as practiced in this area as I am. I do teach them but I really stress the scrubbing and shining over bedding. So it is an area I am coming back to. They can polish and scrub with great efficiency, so now we need to look at the other details of our job.
QUICK AND EASY!
Tags always go on the bottom. With king sheets, the tags are on the left. With queen sheets, they're on the right. Marking the inside seams with a fabric marker to denote right or left corners can make life easier.
1. Pull mattress cover tight over all corners. Spread fitted sheet out over bed. Fit corners over mattress and smooth any lumps away.
2. Take your flat sheet and spread it over the bed with the fancy embroidery facing down. The top of the sheet should be even with the top of the mattress, the sides should be hanging down equally, you will want plenty of extra at the bottom to tuck into the mattress.
3. Pull tight and tuck sheet into end of the bed then fold and tuck bottom corners of flat sheet into bottom of mattress making triangles at the sides.
4. Spread blanket over flat sheet, checking to make sure it hangs equally on both sides. Tuck blanket into bottom of mattress or let it hand depending on frame.
5. Fold top of blanket and flat sheet over about 12-14”. Tuck the extra under mattress to keep flat.
6. Shake and fluff pillows and place at head of bed. (I find this the hardest part depending on how many pillows I am given. I know I have no creativity in this area)
You got it! TTYL!