Giveaway! A house clean by CottageCare, cleaning services Calgary

Guess what happens once you get your house cleaned? You feel inspired to live in it and in my case, mess it up again.

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If you know me, you know I’m not exactly the cleanest person. Tidy and organized, yes, but my house isn’t exactly spick and span. I’ve been searching for a Calgary house cleaner for over a year, but none of the cleaners my friends recommended used environmentally friendly cleaning products. How the majority of cleaning services in Calgary get away with using harsh chemicals is a mystery to me. Then, CottageCare reached out and asked me if I’d try their services.

I jumped on that offer faster than Trump Tweets. Truthfully, I’d never heard of CottageCare, but their site look totally professional, so I dutifully filled out the Get a Free Quote section. Within an hour, an agent got in touch and answered my many questions such as, why do people clean before their clean? Turns out, you don’t have to!

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When your bathroom is this disgusting, it’s time to delegate house cleaning

We chatted about how many rooms I had, what exactly they clean (in a nutshell, everything from top to bottom), etc… Based on the number of rooms and staircases in my home, my one time clean would cost $173 plus GST. If you opt for a monthly clean you get 10% off, bi-montly 25% off and weekly saves you 30%. I love the add-ons CottageCare offers: inside fridge, oven cleaning, deck and garage sweeping, plus inside cabinets if you’re moving. It’s a $35 flat fee per appliance, so I added on an oven clean, bringing my total to $218.40 all in, include tax.

The day before my clean, I was given a reminder call and this cute video arrived via email explaining their process:

Jody gets nervous

The night before CottageCare came, I started feeling, well, a tad anxious. It suddenly dawned on me why people would clean before their cleaner. I felt quite bad someone would dust my shelves around all this junk that wasn’t supposed to be there. But I supposed I didn’t feel too bad, because I did nothing about it.

In the aftermath of Christmas, I’ve become lazy. Housework lazy. I’ve let life pile up around me. It became all too clear I needed to simplify my life. Cut back on products and projects. And then it freaked me out I was having all these meta conversations in my head triggered by a house clean. Was this a sign of perimenopause?

butterfly door handles

Eve’s bedside table was totally grubby pre-clean, and I think you can spot the purple silly putty smeared into the carpet.

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I needn’t have worried about any of those things, as my lovely cleaner thought it was no big deal. She reassured me it was OK to leave things out. And because CottageCare charges by the room, not the hour, it doesn’t cost you any more to have piles of junk on flat surfaces.

dog on chaise lounge

When someone cleans your dog bed (or in this case chaise lounge), you feel the need to clean your pup, too.

Guys, they spent over six hours at my house! My kitchen floor was washed by hand! They cleaned my baseboards! My blind were dusted! (Wondering: Have I ever done that?). Even my upholstery and my dog’s adorable chaise lounge was vacuumed. But the big wow moment for me and The Huz was our carpets. Here’s a reenactment:

Me: Wow! I didn’t expect you to steam clean my carpets!
CottageCare Cleaner: Actually, we didn’t.
Me: Are you sure? These look more than vacuumed. You didn’t spray anything on the rug prior?
Cleaner: Nope. That’s just my vacuuming job.
Me: Do you have some kind of a fancy vacuum?
Cleaner: Just this one.

I inspect the vacuum and can confirm it wasn’t a Dyson. It looked pretty standard. Colour me impressed! Then The Huz walks into the house.

The Huz: Holy cow! Our (20-year-old) carpets look amazing. Did they steam clean them?
Cleaner smiles. Clearly, she’s never seen a client get so excited about clean carpets before.

clean teen bedroom

I had to take a picture as we’ve never seen Eve’s room this clean. EVER BEFORE!

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What’s cool about CottageCare is you can pick and choose which areas of your house you want cleaned, and they adjust the pricing. Say you’re having a party and want only the downstairs done. Not a problem! If you have a special task, like, scrubbing out a pot or a wall, just ask. They bill out in 15-minute increments until your special job is done. Best is, CottageCare refunds your money if you’re not happy with clean – though I doubt you’ll be disappointed

Many people I know have randos (random peeps, yo!) cleaning their house. Sure, you can find someone on Kijiji, but I’d think twice about leaving my valuable around. All cleaners with CottageCare are legit employees of the company. They have background checks done every year. They’re licensed, bonded and insured.

bathroom selfie

Have you ever seen a bathroom so clean? Look at how happy I am!

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What really hit home was my house didn’t smell like a chemical factory after the cleaners left. CottageCare uses EnvirOx, a fragrance-free, hydrogen peroxide based cleaning solution that has dissenting and sanitizing properties.

There are three Cottage Care locations in Calgary. There’s one for Central and North Calgary, the West end and Calgary South. When you plug your postal code into the Get a Quote section of their website, the appropriate location will get in touch with you.

The aftermath

Not to get too hyper about it all, but I came away from this experience feeling rather inspired. Our 1,300 sq ft condo may not be my dream house, but could I enjoy living in it more? Yes, I definitely could. This clean also made me realize I could be proud of our place instead of embarrassed by it. (I’m the only 40-year-old I know still living in our starter house.)

Interestingly, after the cleaners left, I spotted The Huz building our new patio furniture outside. Without being asked! And I had the sudden urger to walk down to West Elm to finally buy ourselves some bedside tables. (Currently using $12 IKEA side tables.) I’m not saying if you try CottageCare, you’ll suddenly feel the urge to transform your space, but it inspired me and made me feel so much happier at home. If this is what delegating housework leads to, then sign me up!

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Would you like to get your house cleaned for free? CottageCare is offering one lucky Travels with Baggage reader a complimentary clean worth $200. To enter, you must live within Calgary city limits and comment below, before midnight, Sunday April 22, 2018. Please tell me how often you clean your house or what household jobs you make your kids do. The following week, I’ll randomly draw a name and will be in touch with the winner.

Receive double entries by following me on Instagram and commenting there.

Thank you to CottageCare for cleaning my house so thoroughly and offering one of my readers the same opportunity.