Monday, June 4, 2018

Not saying goodbye

I LOVE this company, the people
 I've met, and the things I've
been able to do since starting it!

I love Hire A Housewife. I love what we do and what God has done through this company. I am proud of all the hard work I've done over the years to turn it into a company with a higher purpose. We don't just clean your house, we help take care of your family and bring joy into your home. We don't just employ people. We offer flexible, part-time jobs at a living wage to people who understand our mission and care about our clients. I love our clients and our employees.

When I started this, I was just trying to survive. The kids and I had already been homeless for almost two months and I didn't know what I was going to do. By the time I needed to hire help, we were in an apartment again, but there have been some major ups and downs in the last six years. I am so proud of what has come out of all of this!

Late last year I came to the realization that what really drives me is creating. I loved the creating of Hire A Housewife and all that I've learned from it. I've also created a second business, Peoria Music Live, and I'm learning from that one as well. In order to make that into the company that I know it can be, and open up my time for other opportunities to create as well, I have to step back from the daily operations of HAH.

Believe me, I was just as shocked as you are right now when I realized I am not Super Woman and my time and energy are not infinite!

I'm not saying goodbye by any means, just taking a step back from this so that I can take a step into other things. My story is still just getting started, as is the story of Hire A Housewife. I'll try to keep everyone updated on both because you haven't seen anything yet!

Over the course of the next month, Teresa Noe will be stepping into my place as Operations Manager of Hire A Housewife. I still own the company and will make sure it is run the way I want it to be run, with the same values, care, and customer service we've come to be known for.

I asked her to write a short introduction... 


 


Hello everyone! My name is Teresa Johnson-Noe.

I am 47 years old, happily married, and have two children- my daughter, Megan and my son, Logan.

Megan is married to Matthew and has a daughter of her own, my pride and joy granddaughter Roxanne. I don't see nearly enough of them, sadly, as they live in sunny Florida!

My son is a Junior at Pekin Community High School and plays football as a varsity linebacker and Wrestles Heavyweight Varsity.

I have a few hobbies, I write a blog of my own and submit editorial pieces to a few other local online and print magazines. I also paint, draw and create what some might call art. I call it doodling, but to each his or her own, as they say.

My husband and I are heavily involved in the Central Illinois music scene, and he plays guitar, bass guitar and sings in two local bands, he is also an accredited chef for a local restaurant in Peoria. In the past he has owned Dominic's Italian Eatery in the Metro Center, and together we owned and operated Beignet's on the Corner (a Cajun and Creole Cafe) in downtown Peoria.

I am also an assistant coach/director for the Speech team at Washington Community High School.

Together, we are a pretty diverse family but love all of the creative stuff. We also love our Sunday football and playing disc golf when we can get out.

There's more to tell you, but I look forward to getting to know each of you personally so we have lots to talk about when we meet.

I'm excited for the new opportunity at Hire A Housewife and can't wait to meet you all face to face.

Sincerely.
Teresa
(My friends call me- "T", or "Mama T"...don't be afraid to do so as well.)

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!

CLICK HERE FOR THE FACEBOOK EVENT!

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...


Flexibility

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!


 Efficiency

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.


Satisfaction

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.


Ease

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!

YOU CAN ALSO FIND IT HERE

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!