Spring has finally sprung! This weekend in Brooklyn, we had 60 degree temps and we’ve been spotting daffodils at every corner deli. After spending an impossibly long NYC winter stuck indoors (we’re talking snowflakes just last week…) we’re dying to pack away our thick layers! Over in LA, the sun is out and the high temperature has justified leisurely trips to the beach. We are so excited to spend these beautiful Spring days dining al fresco, drinking rose at Malibu Wines, and taking long hikes along Runyon Canyon with friends.
Spring is also the time of year that inspires new beginnings and fresh starts. Come April, we inevitably get the itch to hit the reset button, fling the windows open, and tackle a deep clean of our homes and closets. But given our jam-packed schedules, devoting an entire weekend to a proper Spring cleaning is simply not realistic, no matter how badly we want to freshen up! Jenna travels relentlessly, producing events all over the country and Hallie wakes at 2AM to get prepped for the camera as the celebrity news cycle never stops! Time is our greatest luxury and we are always striving to spend it wisely.
We both knew we needed help cleaning our homes, but we have never been able to find the right solution. Most of our friends found their housekeepers or home organizers through word-of-mouth and while that method does work sometimes, it can also be tricky and requires some trial and error. Jenna tried a service in NYC that was very inconsistent. Sometimes her apartment would be spotless after being cleaned by a top-rated professional, and other times it looked like it hadn’t been cleaned at all! Hallie had her share of difficulty finding a service she could rely on. In fact, the professionals she hired would often either A) not show up at all for the scheduled appointment or B) cancel an hour before the appointment. Imagine the stress of throwing a dinner party and having that last minute cancellation. Oh the stress!
It’s time to open your windows and enjoy Spring!
Enter Homejoy, a new platform that connects cleaning professionals with clients like us. When we were invited to try their services we felt our prayers were being answered. This young company has figured out that we are all looking for automated solutions that are trustworthy, efficient and simplify our busy 21st-century lives.
The process of booking a cleaning appointment was quick and painless. After answering a few short questions about our space (number of bedrooms, bathrooms, whether or not we have pets or carpeting) we were prompted to choose a date, time, and frequency (one time only, once a week, once a month, etc) for our appointment. We also had the option of paying an additional $5 to have the cleaning professional provide their own cleaning products. We especially liked that we could request non-toxic cleaning products to protect our family and four-legged friends from harsh chemicals (we are total advocates of this – remember Brooke’s DIY for natural cleaning products?). After entering a few specific needs and special preferences (change bed sheets, clean window sills, vacuum behind furniture, pay special attention to floors) our appointment was booked with the click of a button.
Knowing that every cleaning professional on the Homejoy platform has been screened and background checked really put our minds at ease; the requirement for each professional to maintain stellar customer reviews also ensures you will get someone who does a consistently good job. Homejoy also offers a “preferred cleaner” feature, allowing customers to request the same cleaning professional again and again.
The convenient Homejoy app allows you to schedule your cleaning appointments anytime, anywhere!
I scheduled a 2.5 hour Homejoy appointment on a Saturday morning and I couldn’t be happier with the result! The cleaning professional (Yvette) courteously texted me to let me know she was on her way and that she was going to be slightly early. Upon her arrival, I gave her a (very quick) tour of my one bedroom apartment and was extremely impressed that she was able to recount all of the special needs and preferences I called out in my booking! I had a few errands to run and a gym appointment to attend, so I left Yvette to work her magic on my neglected apartment. When I returned a few hours later, I was absolutely floored (pun intended). My apartment was literally sparkling and smelled wonderfully fresh (not at all of chemicals). As I walked around, I noticed she had gone the extra mile and made up my bed with brand new sheets, organized the items on my bedside table, windexed all of my mirrored furniture (bar cart and console table), thoroughly mopped the floors, and even cleaned on TOP of my refrigerator! My apartment was cleaned to perfection in the time it took me to go to the gym, grab a coffee and do a little farmers market shopping, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Homejoy gave me more time to enjoy the things I love, and freed me from spending hours cleaning my home! Yvette did a beautiful job, and I truly felt it was worth every penny.
Yvette made up my bed with fresh sheets and even straightened up the items on my nightstand!
My windows were sparkling, my pillows were arranged perfectly and my hard wood floors were meticulously cleaned!
My kitchen was spotless, and Yvette even cleaned on top of the refrigerator!
I scheduled a 3.5 hour Homejoy appointment (the suggested time allotment for my 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home) on Tuesday morning, bright and early. After having my parents in town for 9 full days, my place was in dire need of a deep cleaning. Sand from our trips to the beach had made its way into the house and the bathroom and kitchen were in need of a little T.L.C. I recieved a text from Homejoy while I was at work informing me that Herbert, my cleaning professional, had arrived at 5:55am, 5 minutes before the scheduled appointment time! When I came home later in the afternoon from a grueling day at the studio, I was delighted to find that my place was the cleanest it has ever been. The floors were spotless, the surfaces dust-free, the bathroom and kitchen (my least favorite spaces to clean) had been scrubbed to perfection, and the beds were made to hotel standards. Herbert paid close attention to detail, fluffing the pillows on the sofa, arranging the books, candles, and flowers on my coffee table and even displaying my nightstand items in the most pleasing manner. It felt like Christmas morning and I was 5-years-old all over again – giddy and grinning ear-to-ear. Thanks to Homejoy and Herbert, my afternoon was spent catching up with an old friend at Alfred Coffee & Kitchen and not scrubbing the bathroom floors.
Herbert fluffed my pillows perfectly, dusted every surface and even styled the items on my coffee table!
The floors were swept and mopped so thoroughly that not a trace of our beach adventure was in site.
Herbert arranged my nightstand in the sweetest manner: iPad, gratitude journal, votive, bud vase, alarm clock and all.
We were over-the-moon with the service Homejoy provided! Not only did they leave our homes spotless but they freed up our time to do the things we really want to do this Spring (hello flower mart / farmer’s market / patio dining). While we know that we will have to dedicate a few hours to organizing our closets and decluttering our drawers (check back next week for our tips on home organization), Homejoy cleared up the time that it would have taken to do the dreaded deep clean. Ultimately we were given the gift of time to enjoy our favorite season and we couldn’t be more grateful. #MoreSpring!
Homejoy is generously offering Videndae readers $25 off their first Homejoy cleaning! They are located in 30 cities across the US and Europe, so click here to find the Homejoy professionals in your area! Book your appointment today and let us know how you’ll be spending your extra free time by hashtagging #MoreSpring and #Videndae on Instagram and Twitter!
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