Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Single Mom's Morning Out Donation Drive

If you are familiar with the Hire A Housewife story, you know how close to my heart Single Mom's Morning Out is. 

The event represents the anniversary of a turning point in my life. (I'll include the video WCIC created about that at the bottom of this post.)

Single Mom's Morning Out is a chance for local churches to love on single moms in the area while they get pamperred, relax, and have a good time in a positive atmosphere.

I attend the event at Redeemer Lutheran every year and can't help but tear up as they send us through a tunnel of other women who are cheering for us, letting us know we are supported and appreciated and loved.

Every year, single moms of all ages come and drop off small children at the provided childcare area, and are given the options to receive car care, hair cuts, massages, prayer, and breakfast among other things. Hire A Housewife donates gift certificates to help bless a few moms as well.

One of the other ways single moms are blessed by SMMO is their Blessings Store. Donated items in good condition are sorted and displayed for participants to choose from, for free, during the event. One SMMO site focuses on clothes, shoes, and accessories, while the other will also take small household items.

We are excited to announce that we are teaming up with SMMO for our Second Annual SMMO Donation Drive.

Hire A Housewife will be picking up donations for Single Mom's Morning Out AGAIN this year on March 18-March 31.

What does this mean for you? It means you can de-clutter your home, have someone else haul it away, and donate to a great cause!

If you have items picked up as part of cleaning appointment with Hire A Housewife, you will receive $20 off the price of your appointment!


Glen Oak Christian Church is one of the sites of SMMO again this year. They have said they are willing to provide tax-deducible receipts for items picked up.

Send me an email at kindall@hireahousewifepeoria.com letting me know where you would like us to pick up donated items and also give me a general idea of how much you will have.

I will make arrangements and let you know when I will be in your area for pick up! If we have more donations this year, I may enlist some others to help!

Here is the video, as promised:

We are happy to be able to support your decision to de-clutter as you support single moms in the area. My story is just one that has come out of SMMO over the years. Thank you for helping to make a difference.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory.
Ephesians 3:20-21

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Four important reasons Hire A Housewife asks for a list

Leave a list? Nobody has ever asked me to leave a list before!

We hear you, and we understand. 
But there is a good reason that we ask for a list from you.
That reason is likely the same reason you hired us.

We are different.

We are different because we know all of you are different.

Here are FOUR reasons a list is important for a fantastic Hire A Housewife experience...


Other companies don't need a list because they
already have one. They will only do what's on their list... and nothing else. We use a list to make sure that what you need done is what
actually gets done. We do so much more than just the basics. And, we are okay with doing something different every time we come.

If this week you want the refrigerator cleaned out and the laundry folded, but next week you want the bathrooms and the ceiling fans cleaned, that's okay with us. Maybe the week after that you'd like us to run to the vet and pick up your cat before cleaning. Yes, we will do that too!


We all have different ideas about the best ways to use available time. The housewife you have might really want to make your bathroom sparkle as she knows it is what would make her day, not realizing that taking Q-tips to the corners of the bathtub kept her from getting to loading the dishwasher, which is the one thing that really would have made your day.

I personally clean for a client who has been with us for almost five years now. This is a family I care about and feel I know well. A few months ago, I was training someone new at that client's house. While the new employee cleaned the bathroom, I took the extra time to fold laundry. Later I found out that folding laundry is something that client really enjoys doing and there were other things that she would have preferred to have done.


While we strive for amazing results and customer service for our clients, we do occasionally hear from someone who is unhappy with the service they received. In the process of correcting any issues, I start by asking about the list. Ninety percent of the time (90%!) it turns out that there was no list.

And, while we know it is simpler for you, showing a new housewife around your home and giving her a verbal list is not the same. There is a lot of information to take in at one time for someone who has never been there before.


What!?! Writing a list isn't easy... it requires forethought and time and, well, the ability to find a pen with ink! 

Hire A Housewife is making that easy for you too! When we send out a confirmation email we include a link to a printable list that you fill in. It even has the options to add priority numbers and time limits for each task!


Once you have created your list, you can change it as often as you'd like. However, if you want to leave it exactly the same every appointment, you can do that as well!

Pro Tip:  I have one client who numbers everything in a general priority, but each week leaves the same list with just a post-it showing the numbers she wants completed. So while there are 10 rooms on the list, she can have  1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9 done this week and next week have 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 10 done!

Thank you so much for continuing to be the best part of Hire A Housewife!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Ready to Show Ready to Sell

One of the biggest pain points when it comes to selling your home is trying to keep it clean enough for showings while still living there. And, chances are, if you are trying to sell your home, you have other expenses that need to be taken care of besides paying for constant housekeeping.

Hire A Housewife wants to make the whole process easier with Ready to Show Ready to Sell

Clients of our Ready to Show Ready to Sell package will enjoy our guilt-free, high-quality, personalized service, packaged in a way to help them sell their home more quickly, with less stress.


Phase one of our Ready to Show Ready to Sell program is the Initial Deep Clean.

This is a complete clean of your home to ready it for listing.

When possible, we make this combine your preferences with your realtor's input for maximum effectiveness.

The cleaning includes everything from ceiling fans to baseboards.* If something is found that we missed in the first 24 hours after the cleaning, we will come back and fix it.

Phase two is the fun part! We take all the worry out making sure your home is ready for each showing. When you call, we will come in and perform a customized "Show Clean" with as little as 20 hours notice.**

There will be a pre-approved plan that the housewife we send out follows to ensure that everything is cleaned and picked up the way you want it done, without you lifting a finger.

Sound good? It gets BETTER...

The best part of this service is that after the first payment, you don't have to pay us each time we come out. In fact, if your house sells in the first six months of using our service, the amount not prepaid isn't due until you close on the sale of your house.

We're not just helping keep your house clean, we are helping you invest in a faster, more profitable sale!

We can also schedule someone to come in between you moving out and someone new moving in, so there is no more worry about how you are leaving the house for the new owner.

Our services could actually be a selling point on your home... potential buyers know that you are keeping the home maintained and that they will be able to move in without needing to do cleaning.

Below is our pricing schedule. The different categories make our program flexible to fix your needs.


Deep Clean: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $0.22/sq ft

Show Clean: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $0.09/sq ft

Show Clean (unoccupied): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $0.07/sq ft

Show Clean (less than 20 hrs notice) . . . . . . . . . $25 add'l

Show Clean (high demand days) . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50 add'l***

Post Move Out Clean (add-on) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $0.10/sq ft

Post Move Out Clean (separately) . . . . . . . . . . . $0.18/sq ft

Appliances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $25-50 add'l each

Square footage is typically determined by the listed number of livable sq ft in the house's reality listing. Changes may be made if additional areas need to be cleaned or if there are areas that do not need service.

We are unable to clean areas or fixtures that are not temperature controlled in extreme weather. This may include garages, outbuildings, passages between buildings, and windows.


Deep Clean costs + 40% due at time of Deep Clean service. No other payments until closing or for 6 months, whichever comes first. After 6 months, an additional deep clean and a payment towards the balance due may be required.

Contract required.

*This excludes walls that need more than dusting and/or spot scrubbing and carpet that needs more than a vacuum.

**Cleaning with less notice may be available for an additional charge, but we cannot guarantee availability.

***High demand days outlined in contract. Usually 2-3 days before and after major holidays.

If you are interested in this program, please fill out this form and we will contact you soon!
Ready to Show Ready to Sell

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Big Changes for Hire A Housewife

I am excited to announce that over the next few months, Hire A Housewife will be rolling out new programs and packages designed to meet the needs of our customers and improve your overall experience. 

We are going to start with rate changes for today and will make other announcements in the coming days and weeks... so keep reading and stay tuned for what is coming in the future!

New Rates and Expectations

We love our clients and employees.

It is important to us that HAH has only the hardest-working, most reliable, and professional housewives representing our company. While we offer many benefits to our employees as a company, if we are not competitive with pay, we will continue to lose our best employees to higher paying jobs that are less physically demanding. 

Besides that, many of our housewives are relying on tips to make ends meet... and we don't believe it is fair to them or you.

We want to make sure tips are over and above what they do on a regular basis. If someone tips, it is because you appreciate their hard work.

You will see many positive changes in your service as well.
We'll announce those in coming weeks.

The first wave of new rates goes into effect December 15th for clients who book a one-time or recurring appointment that takes place after that date.

Clients who are already set up with recurring appointments (weekly, bi-weekly, etc.) by that date will continue at our current rate until January 15th.

Clients who are already set up with recurring appointments by Dec 15th and who pay in advance via PayPal will continue at their current rate until January 31st.

Starting Dec. 15th our regular rate is $35/hr.
The rate for >10hr blocks of time is $32/hr when prepaid through PayPal.  

If you are a new customer, lock in the old rate for an extra month by signing up for regular service now (a month and a half if you prepay through PayPal.)
Also, gift certificates are good for one year. If you buy them at the current rate of $25/hr... they are still good for the same number of hours next year!

We also have some great new packages coming to better serve our clients.
Stay tuned for a post about our Ready to Show Ready to Sell program
for clients who are trying to sell their homes.

Friday, April 21, 2017

The EASIEST way to donate

Most people know how the event Single Mom's Morning Out was a huge turning point in my life. (If you don't, check out the video at the bottom of our web page.)

 As a single mom, I still participate every year and encourage others to as well...

Register Here:

May 6th 2017 9am-Noon

One of the great things about where I am now is that even though I still participate, I also get to help out by donating things for the other single moms who will be there! Every year Hire A Housewife provides coupons and gift certificates for the moms, as well as items for the Blessings Room.

The Blessings Room is one of the most popular places to visit at SMMO. Here single moms find clothes, shoes, and accessories for themselves and their children a price they can all afford... FREE!
All of it has been donated by people from the local communities and it really lives up to it's name of being a Blessing Room!

I love being able to donate to this every year. In fact, my enclosed front porch often looks like a wreck because it is a convenient staging area for me to sort donated items that are going to people in need... but especially this time of year.

So, I wanted to extend the opportunity to be a blessing to these single moms to you as well!

During the week of April 24-28th, I will pick up (In the Greater Peoria Area) any gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories that you would like to donate to Single Mom's Morning Out and make sure they get to where they need to go!

To let me know you have things that need picked up, email me at kindall@hireahousewifepeoria.com with the subject "SMMO Donation" and I'll be in touch!

Blessed is the one who considers the poor!
In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;
the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
he is called blessed in the land;
you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
in his illness you restore him to full health.”
Psalms 41:1-3

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Market your products AND keep your followers

Being an entrepreneur isn't easy.

Putting your livelihood on the line to do something you believe in can be scary.

If you found a product or service you are passionate about and are willing and able to do that, I applaud you!

But if you are doing this and are frustrated by your results, there's a good chance the people who are (or were) following you on social media are frustrated as well.

While this applies to many types of sales, it is especially true with Multi Level Marketing opportunities.

This isn't meant to point fingers at any one company or person. I see it every day. From many, many companies and many friends and not-yet friends both... and I have some friends who do what they do VERY WELL!

But so often I hear a sales pitch or see a post and cringe, saying nothing. Really though, I want you to succeed... and how are you going to do that if nobody tells you that there are better ways to market your products?

I'll admit. I'm no expert. Not all of my marketing ideas work... but one thing I do know is that you can always learn something new! And, the more you are willing to learn, the more successful you will be.

Here are some common ways to lose followers...
  • If you add me as a friend and immediately start trying to sell to me
  • If your posts are almost exactly the same as the posts of someone else in my friends list who sells the same thing
  • If you serial post (filling my feed with your posts)
  • If I answer a question on a seemly non-related topic and you follow up with a sales pitch

Most people know more than one entrepreneur who is selling the same product, so not only is it important to not get "unfollowed," but it's also important to set yourself apart in some way!

Here are a few ways you can do that...
  • We need to see your product in action daily in your own life, not attached to a sales pitch.
  • Be passionate about the product, not just the opportunity. Focus on selling the product and people who love the product will want to sell too.
  • Tell the stories of others who have used your products and services without attaching a sales pitch.
  • Be real. We won't believe that your product has fixed every aspect of your life. Tell us about your struggles as well as your wins!
  • Just build relationships with us and let us choose to try your products when we are ready.
  • Be generous. People want to do business with businesses who give back!
Above all, keep learning! It's okay to not know it all!

I often learn from the weekly podcasts from Entreleadership. In fact, I was re-listening to some older ones and was inspired to write this post because of one that I heard yesterday. If you sell anything... you need to listen to the first 20 minutes of this podcast. The rest is really good, but the first 20 minutes talks about so many of the mistakes being made in social media marketing today and what to do instead.

Listen to this podcast to learn... How to Market Without Everyone Hating You

Thursday, February 2, 2017

I Believe in Peoria

As the area received news this week that Caterpillar is moving their corporate headquarters out of Peoria, the anger and frustration was palpable. I'll admit, even I groaned at the thought of Peoria losing 300 of it's most highly paid workers. 

Then I remembered... so what?
CAT isn't my provider. It isn't yours either (and never was).

God doesn't need CAT to prosper us... just because that's one of the resources He's used so far, that doesn't mean we can't live without it. Peoria doesn't have to be the next Detroit.

This morning I represented Hire A Housewife in a room filled with 30 successful small business owners as part of I've Decided (IveDecided.org). We sat in a huge circle and talked about who we are and what we do before discussing what we are doing to be community difference makers. And that's when I realized what people in Peoria and surrounding areas need to see. Part of the reason Peoria will succeed is sitting right here in this room with me! We are Peoria.

Individually, we are the small business owners who pour our blood, sweat, and tears into our ventures, often putting our core values ahead of our bottom line because we want to make a difference. We have vision, passion, and are constantly striving for excellence in what we do... not just to be the best small business, but in order to be here for our clients and our community for a very long time.

Together, we are the small business community, a tightly woven network of dedicated entrepreneurs and business owners who work together, building each other up and holding each other accountable, as well as teaching and learning from one another, creating an unbreakable foundation of support for this area.

The astounding thing is that these 30 people from I've Decided are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the amazing framework of business and leadership we have in Peoria. There are so many other great individuals, businesses, and networks intent on improving and sustaining Peoria for the future.

Remember, I said they are part of the reason that Peoria will thrive. Peoria is more than just them. And, while it is true that we also have our government, our leaders, and our other corporate entities, they are not all that make up Peoria either. I'm talking about you.

You are Peoria. 

It doesn't matter where you live in the Greater Peoria Area. It doesn't matter what you do for a living. It doesn't matter what your political or religious beliefs are.

You are Peoria.

I know what you are thinking...

"But I'm just one person. How can I help keep Peoria alive?"

First, when someone says something about the death of Peoria to you... you can speak life! Know that it doesn't have to be that way. Know that there is a foundation of entrepreneurship and small business in Peoria that is still strong. Remind them of that. We have the power of life and death in our tongues! Choose your words wisely.

Second, support Peoria purposefully. If you believe in Peoria and the surrounding communities, spend your money here! Amazon may be quick and easy, but it doesn't employ your next door neighbor. Netflix doesn't send volunteers to your child's school. VistaPrint didn't donate to your friend's fundraiser last year.

Third, refuse to be a victim. Stop focusing on what has been done to you and what might happen in the future. Focus on what you can do today to make life better... for you and for the rest of Peoria. When you accept that you have the ability to create change, you open up a whole new world to yourself.

We have the ability to dust ourselves off and keep moving forward, despite the naysayers.

So, what am I saying when I say that I believe in Peoria?

I'm saying you are Peoria.

I'm saying I believe in YOU.

Peoria, you can do this.


Death and life are in the power of the tongue.
Proverbs 18:21