Dusty Trim is Taboo

Yesterday I worked in a house that is around 3000sq/ft, all white, white trim. When I originally took the job this was one of the owners complaints about the previous housekeeper, the place just looked dusty. It was no wonder as all of that trim was coated with dust. The amazing thing about trim is it is so easy to clean. Start with a hand vacuum or swiffer. If that is not enough turn to a wipe, squat down and just hit the trim as you get near completion in each room. I am a trim freak, because it makes such a difference when it is clean. Any tricks for doing the trim are welcome!


Housekeepers Unite!

I believe I am like many other housekeepers in that I get a great sense of pleasure from cleaning homes. For some of us we do our homes, and other houses. for many people your focus is your home. My history as a housekeeper actually began in the mid 1970’s in a small town on the Oregon Coast, Cannon Beach. When I was in High School I worked  as a housekeeper for a local hotel called the Tolovana Inn. I was only there for 3 months but enjoyed cleaning hotel rooms. I immediately loved the idea that everything had it’s place. I adored the paperstips that we wrapped the seat of the toilet in once they were sparkling and smudge free. And then to have the linen folded to perfection. The snowy white towels layered with face cloth, and hand towel. And then the final moment when you placed those perfect little soaps out!

 It would be many years before I returned to work as a professional housekeeper. In my early twenties I got a job that would shape my cleaning techniques for the rest of my life. I worked at a wonderful bed and breakfast in Seaside, a town close by. The bed and breakfast was run by a couple. The wife did all of the baking and the husband was the Owner/Senior housekeeper. I can’t remember his name but I am forever grateful for the information he imparted to me while I worked for him. He taught me to always work from top to bottom. In addition, he emphasised making things look neat, taking pride in the way you place your pillows on the bed, and how the towels are folded in the bathroom. He assured me that a place cleaned with care and attention was worth it’s weight in gold, a belief I carry today.

Now I am the proud owner of a housekeeping buisness, bellacasacleaningandstagingllc.com or Bella Casa for short. That is not to say I don’t have bad days, or to be politically correct, challenging days. No I am not super maid and my own home is not always perfect. But I love people who have all their ducks in a row when it comes to cleaning. I Love the idea of a housekeeping blog where housekeepers of all types can join together and share our ideas,stories, and tips.  Hope to see you soon.

mrs massebeau