The seasons come and go, and this year I have definitely procrastinated on the whole “spring cleaning” thing – good thing Springfield, Republic and surrounding areas has someone like Jacquelyn Arterberry of Arterberry Cleaning to help set us straight! Where would we be without her?
First and foremost, if you ARE going to hire a cleaner whether it’s on a regular basis or a couple of times a year for that deep clean, you may want someone who is a little OCD about their profession. This is where Mrs. Arterberry shines (hehe pun intended).
A Little Background on Jacquelyn from Arterberry Cleaning
This lady is incredibly friendly and easy to talk to. We spent the better part of a warm Saturday morning talking about everything from parenting to business, relationships and more.
This dashing dame met her husband in Central Highschool – that’s right, she is a Springfieldian. They got together when they were 15 years old and have been together ever since. In fact, they are a husband-wife dynamic duo running their cleaning business together.
I know what you are thinking – “How did they get into and start their cleaning business?” My answer is DON’T jump ahead…. I was just getting to that part (sheesh).
Jacquelyn just had her daughter and was debating going back to work. When her little was 6 months old, she decided to start cleaning a couple of houses to make a little cash on the side and to get out of the house. Fortunately for her (and for the rest of us), through word of mouth and referrals, more business started coming in and Arterberry Cleaning has been growing steadily ever since.
Jacquelyn’s husband wasn’t always a full-time business owner – he started as a police officer, a corporal to be exact, and decided being a business owner suited him best. While he is still a reserve officer, he joins the police force when needed, to help serve search warrants, or other policey things like that!
They are bringing on more and more cleaners, and service areas around Springfield such as Battlefield, Ozark, Nixa, Republic, Rogersville and the like. This brought me to my next question – what can people do at home to avoid clutter?
One UH-MAZING Tip You Can Do to Decide Which Clothes to Keep and Which Clothes to Ditch!
She laughed and said, “being able to part with things would be the best advice – if you don’t love it, don’t keep it!” Many people tend to be pack-rats and clutter bugs. Starting one room at a time may be ideal for those with busy schedules, or, if you want to get it over and done with, take a whole weekend to turn your home upside down finding things you don’t need.
Every now and then we come across something sentimental. If there are a few things you feel in your heart of hearts you need to keep, get your organization on! Don’t be afraid of files, folders and organization. In fact, when going through all your things, designate a specific area where you can decide what goes and what stays.
*PROTIP* If you decide something should definitely go, don’t bring it back into your house. In the words of Elsa, that lovely Disney princess from Frozen, “Let. It. Go.”
Another awesome tip Jacquelyn gave is something I am definitely going to try…it helps immensely with organizing your clothing and deciding what stays and what goes.
- When hanging your clothes, place the hanger backwards in your closet.
- Once you have worn some blouses, dresses, slacks, etc., and have washed them, hang them back in your closet NORMALLY.
- At the end of the month or quarter, whichever clothes are still on backwards hangers are the ones you aren’t using. Save for winter clothes, it may be time to say farewell to these and either give them away or sell them at a garage sale.
In summary, this squeaky clean queen knows what she is doing and does it well. As the eldest of four children, she HAD to be the clean one in the household and always had to lend a helping hand when it came to doing chores!
I asked her what was the silliest thing about her job, and she said something I am definitely guilty of. “When people know we are coming, they pick up their home beforehand.” Haha it kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it? Regardless, this cleaning maven always manages to find a dusty corner or an overflowing closet to organize.
If you are interested in hiring a cleaning service, be it regularly or just before family comes into town for those big holidays, I highly recommend going out and having a cup of coffee with Jacquelyn. Her website can be found here, and her phone number is (417) 551-3591. My only recommendation would be to block off a significant portion of your time – once you start chatting with her the minutes fly by!!
Clean on and gleam on, Springfield!