Saturday, December 9, 2017

Pet Friendly Green Housecleaning Schedule January 2018

I have a weekly client leaving me late January 2018 meaning...
There is ONE opening for a weekly cleaning client on Wednesdays.
Norfolk or Virginia Beach. EVMS CHKD NMCP residents strongly encouraged to inquire.

About me:
Professional, dependable ridiculously pet friendly green cleaning lady in Norfolk, Va.
Specializing in green cleaning services of houses, apartments and condos.
Over 20 years experience in residential housecleaning.
Fabulous verifiable residential housekeeping references.

I specialize in disorder, disarray and utter chaos.
If you just can't seem to get your home "ready" for the cleaning lady or other cleaning services have turned you away for being a hot mess of fail-I'm THE maid to call.


Check out my recommendations on LinkedIn




Tuesday, October 24, 2017

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Norfolk Va

Once upon a time it was standard to flush unwanted medications down the toilet. ...and then it was found that some meds survive the water treatment. If you have prescription medications that you need to dispose of this Saturday is your chance.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, October 28 10A-2P

Drop off unused medications at these locations:
First Patrol Division, 3663 E. Virginia Beach Blvd.
Second Patrol Division, 2500 N. Military Highway

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Clean Up Your Mailbox Opt Out

If you're like me, you get waaaaaaaaay more spam emails, mail offers, catalogs from places you ordered from once 5 years ago, phone calls.


My mailcarrier loves me and here's 2 reasons why.
DMAChoice.org
From their website:
Founded in 1917, the DMA represents nearly 3,600 organizations—including most of the leaders in the direct marketing community.
Heads up-opting out of DMAChoice is not free. It's $2 online and requires a credit card.

OptOutPreScreen.com
From their website:
Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Consumer Credit Reporting Companies are permitted to include your name on lists used by creditors or insurers to make firm offers of credit or insurance that are not initiated by you ("Firm Offers"). The FCRA also provides you the right to "Opt-Out", which prevents Consumer Credit Reporting Companies from providing your credit file information for Firm Offers.

Opting out is free, takes less than 5 minutes of your time and is good for 5 years. It will ask you for your SSN. If you're getting pre-approved credit card offers, those places already have access to your credit report. #optout

One of the largest online data brokers is Acxiom. They have a lot of personal info about me, you and probably everyone we know.
It's super easy to opt out of having that data about you shared with other marketers.
Acxiom Opt Out
It will ask for any current and former names. (helpful if you still get stuff under multiple names)
It will ask phone numbers, emails and addresses, including PO Boxes that you use.

Doing this today probably isn't going to stop the onslaught of holiday catalogs and offers-because those are already printed and sitting somewhere waiting for the mail date. Also-it takes 90 days for some of the businesses to get the updated mail list.


Unwanted phone calls. I don't get nearly as many since I put myself on the free National Do Not Call Registry
I'm not gonna say I don't get any because scammers gonna scam. Every year, I verify my number is still in the registry.

Protip: when you sign up for store rewards cards, do not give your telephone number. I don't care what the clerk tells you about oh they don't sell your info. Nope-you can have these 10 digits of my choosing.
Past getting a discount for giving up your info, you don't realllly know what exactly you're agreeing to. If you have a relationship with a business, they or their parent/subsidiary can call until you tell them in writing to stop. Ditto for signing up for random things that ask for your number.


The downside to cleaning out my various mailboxes is less mail to throw out, my phone's not ringing off the hook with nonsense. Yeah not seeing this downside.







Sunday, October 15, 2017

Pet Friendly Green Cleaning Lady Norfolk Virginia November 2017 Schedule

so.......it's been a minute.

I have precious few slots open in November 2017 for some one-time pre-holiday cleaning or dependable monthly cleaning clients in Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth.
Portsmouth-I have afternoon (1230-1pm ish) monthly cleaning spot open on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays only.
Norfolk-I have afternoon (1230-1pm ish) weekly or bi-weekly housecleaning opening on Mondays only.
I also have a monthly clean available on Saturdays. I *might* even venture out of Norfolk or Olde Towne. Let's talk.

Before you get an excite: I do not take on larger homes. You are better served by a team cleaning service than an independent maid.
Trust me. No I don't have a recommendation.


Dearest Interns, Residents, Attendings, Chiefs of Staff and Fellowship Doctors. Hey. Hi. You need me. My last 4 #peds Interns have or will be Chiefs. Why? Because driven Doctors are not fucking around with mundane things like laundry, trash, dishes and vacuuming.
#nightfloat #24hourcall #usmle #medlife #matchday2018 #evms #nmcp #chkd


Me: Ridiculously pet friendly dependable green cleaning lady in Norfolk, Virginia. Excellent Verifiable references.
I don't hire or contract other cleaners. Same person every time.

Cybersleuth me on these sites:

LinkedIn
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

Contact:
Email: bek@thatgreenmaid.com
Phone: 757.955.5274

Friday, September 8, 2017

Storm Supply Checklist

It's that time of year-when outside turns wet and windy aka Hurricane and Nor'Easter Season.

While everyone else is all OMG FRENCH TOAST EMERGENCY-here's a real list of things you probably should have on hand.

1- a well stocked first aid kit.
2- 30 days worth of RX meds.
3- pet food.
4- bleach-this is one of those times where nothing else will do.
5- disinfectant spray/wipes. I recommend Seventh Generation.
6- hand sanitizer.
7- tarps.
8- multiple sets of dish gloves.
9- batteries.
10- flashlights/twinkle lights.
11- transistor radio.
12- mops and rags.
13- trash bags.
14- gallon zip top bags.
15- mosquito repellent.

A good read on Basic Survival Sanitation can be found here: http://www.quickstartsurvival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/SWAT_aug17_Sanitation.pdf

Nothing motivates me to bring in the yard furniture like an impending storm. Them plastic chairs can do some damage.
Norfolk floods in a hot second of rain. Don't drive through the flood water. Be safe out there.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Pet Friendly Green Cleaning Lady for Habitually Disorganized Professionals in Norfolk, Virginia

Is this you? Are you a hot fucking mess of fail when it comes to keeping your house straight?
Do you just buy new socks and underwear because laundry is hard?
Is cleaning just beyond your time and skill set? Is throwing money at it your #1 problem solving move?
I am THE magic fairy of fail and fuckery in the 757-accept no substitutes.
I can't fix your dating life, your job or your cray family drama---but I can fix this bullshit here.
Throw your dollars at me.
Come home to clean sheets, clean laundry, clean toilets, clean counters, clean microwave, clean floors.
Come home to OMG someone fixed my shit.

Selectively accepting new clients living in squalor and utter fail in Norfolk, Virginia.
Please no hoarding situations or larger homes.


#housecleaning #petfriendly #cleanallthethings #thatgreenmaid #evms #pnmc #sentara #bonsecours #residency #matchday #intern #futuredr

email: bek@thatgreenmaid.com
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

July 2017 Housecleaning For Busy Professionals in Norfolk, Virginia

I am taking on new cleaning clients in Norfolk, Olde Towne/Port Norfolk, Shore Drive/Chic's Beach areas. Starting July 2017.

Sadly I do not have room in my schedule for spaces larger than 2500 sq ft.
About Me:
Private Independent Maid Service
Hampton Roads Local
Green Eco-Friendly Cleaner
20+ Years Experience
Pet Friendly
All Lifestyles Welcome


I am blessed with a full client load of utterly fabulous and amazing people. Wait-AMAZING people. No...hold on...
UTTERLY FABULOUS AMAZING PEOPLE
I'm only interested in cleaning for equally utterly fabulous amazing people seeking pet friendly green housecleaning in Norfolk, Va. #seewhatididthere


If you want the cheapest cleaning service out there-you can find it all day long in the 757. There is no shortage of here today gone tomorrow housecleaners.
I'm sure you can talk them straight down to $75 to do a move out clean your entire house.
I bet they can even come clean your home tomorrow.


#fellowship #intern #residentdoctor #attendingphysician #evms #chkd #nmcp #matchday2017 #nightfloat #24hourcall #shittyrotation #usmle
If you matched to Norfolk, Va-I am your maid. I come with a long list of references from current and former Dr's


Best way to reach me is via email bek@thatgreenmaid.com

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Moms to be- Is Your Cleaning Lady Vaccinated?

Vaccines are a touchy subject with some people. Especially grown ass people who don't believe they need a booster vaccine because they grown and you can't tell grown people shit.

I clean for a shit-ton of Doctors. Specifically pediatricians. #chkd #nmpc #evms

Yesterday while some of my Doctors were out there doing the #marchforscience I was out getting my Tdap vaccine updated.

Protesting isn't my thing. #marchforscience #vaccinessavelives

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I have multiple clients that have either:
recently given birth
are due to give birth soon
have just found out they are pregnant
are actively trying to get pregnant

Whooping cough kills babies ya'll. #vaccinessavelives
Anyone that is going to spend time in or around newborns should get that Tdap booster vaccine.
Don't get butthurt if a new mom says oh hell to no on you being in close quarters with her new baby because you failed to do so.
For us grown folks, whooping cough is usually mild and easily assumed to be "just a cold".
Did I mention whooping cough KILLS babies. Legit. Kills. It is horrific.
Even pregnant woman are strongly encouraged to get a Tdap booster between 27-36 weeks with EVERY SINGLE pregnancy.

At the end of the day you do you. Me-I got my Tdap. ...and I have a few openings for new clients in Norfolk, Va. Expecting and new moms welcome.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Pet Friendly Housecleaning Norfolk Virginia April 2017 Schedule

I have a few cleaning slots available.
Monday: bi-weekly Norfolk only. Ghent/downtown preferred.
Saturday: weekly/bi-weekly/monthly. Norfolk or Olde Towne
Sunday: bi-weekly. Norfolk or Olde Towne

#residentdr #chkd #evms #nmcp #nightfloat #24shift #postcall

I am not currently taking on larger homes or situations outside of Norfolk or Olde Towne. Yes I know it's just 10 minutes from somewhere I'm not...

About me: ridiculously pet friendly cleaning lady. fixer of fail and fuckery. non-smoker. norfolk native.

Best way to reach me is via email bek@thatgreenmaid.com

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Dearest Potential Green Cleaning Client in Norfolk, Virginia

Oh hai.
I have multiple cleaning clients leaving the Norfolk, Va area at the end of June/ beginning of July 2017.

What this means to you, potential new cleaning client: My openings are hit or miss. I cannot guarantee you a weekday spot right now. I cannot guarantee you the same day for bi-weekly. Weekly? Not happening. There's no room on the #cleaningschedule.

Here's what Spring Cleaning 2017 looks like.
March-unless we are already trying to figure a day-forget March.
April-if you're willing to take whatever I have, catch me last of March to see what's available.
May-see April.
June-Nope. Nuhuh. Not gonna happen.

 #intern #residentdoctor #attendingphysician #evms #chkd #nmcp #matchday2017 #nightfloat #24hourcall #shittyrotation #usmle
If you matched to Norfolk, Va-I am your maid. I come with a long list of references from current and former Dr's

Email is the best way to reach me bek@thatgreenmaid.com

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Essential Oil Aromatherapy Toxin Free Housecleaning

Now that I've gotten your attention with some crunchy buzzwords...
This is not something I offer as a service and Imma explain a little of the why.

Not all essential oils (EOs) A-actually (EOs) and B-are safe to use around pets or kids.
Cats have a long ass list of EOs that are super duper toxic to them.
Dogs also have a list of EOs that they shouldn't be exposed to randomly.
Birds and fishes and all those other small exotics kids like to have---yeah they got a list of NO to EO as well.
Trying to remember what compounds are and aren't safe with which species is just not something I want to worry myself with in the name of cleaning your home.

Kristen Bell's book Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals is a must have for anyone interested in oils and how they positively and (sometimes negatively) interact with animals.

...moving on to humans...

If someone in your home has asthma, a lot of the clean smelling, breath of fresh air EOs are full of VOC (volatile organic compounds), which will probably trigger an asthma attack.

The EOs that are allegedly "good for allergies" are some of the very ones people are commonly allergic to either via breathing or skin contact.
My husband is very scent sensitive. Some of my favorite scents are completely off-limits because they trigger violent sneezing fits or all out hayfever type allergic reaction.

I've heard people (read: EO sales consultants) say shit like 'breaking out after using an EO is your body detoxing', or the oil is inferior quality.
No boo-it's an allergic reaction.


Further reading:
Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young-Essential Oil Safety: A Guide For Healthcare Professionals 2nd Edition.
This book is a must have for anyone interested in using EOs in their everyday life. Robert Tisserand is a highly respected authority in the field of aromatherapy and essential oil use and safety.

This isn't meant to scare anyone off using Essential Oils or Aromatherapy housecleaning.
I use EOs in daily life and have done so for over 20 years.
I feel it's important to make and use EO based cleaning products in your home safely.

Friday, January 27, 2017

February 2017 New Client Opening for Housecleaning Norfolk Virginia

I have an opening for new or returning housecleaning clients starting Monday February 6th.
Before you get excited and email me-unless you come with a referral from a current client, NORFOLK ONLY.
I do not want to hear about how you're 10 minutes from downtown. I am not 10 minutes from downtown.
Houses over 2500 sq ft-nuhuh. I don't have the space in my schedule to take on monster houses. This is never going to change.

If we've spoken in the past, email me again and let's talk.

Special preference given to Resident Dr's. #evms #chkd #nmcp #matchday #resident #fellowship #igotchoo