I'm doing some house-cleaning in my professional life. One of them involves a client that I have cleaned house for over a year. They live in a cluttered, 2 story townhouse with 2 very sweet, very overfed cats.
After my last visit, I got a voice message late in the day. Something about missing plastic grocery bags and missing bed slippers. No mention about the attention to detail I had given beyond the regular cleaning. I had tackled the laundry/utility/kitty space. I had soaked and cleaned the cat litter scoops and the insides of waste baskets.
So I fired them. They don't know it yet but they will soon.
It won't have the full effect with the pointing finger and vibrating jowls of Mr. Spacely. I will probably tell them that I am concentrating more on developing my corporate yoga clients, which is accurate. I will probably tell them that I hope that they can find someone more reliable. (fat chance) I will have gained 8 more hours each month to design, blog, write, create and clean my own waste baskets.
I am convinced that home dwellers have contrived dubious methods to check the home cleaner's proficiency. Here's the list:
THE SMUDGE: Look for it underneath the vase on the glass table.
THE LINT: It's been carefully placed behind door jambs, under the roll of an upholstered arm chair, perched on the top of a horizontal blind.
THE PUBIC HAIR: Besides the usual places, you may find it clinging to the remote control or between the lower and upper refrigerator compartment.