Before I was appointed as the social media, marketing and blogging guru for Rose Cleaning, I also dabbled in cleaning houses for the company. I enjoyed many aspects of cleaning homes, including the fast-paced work grind, the satisfaction of making other people’s lives easier, and the complimentary company of people’s pets. (I never met a dog I didn’t like, although there was definitely one that didn’t like me, but I was determined to eventually win her over.)
This might sound strange to the average person, but as a creative person who loves to decorate, one thing I particularly enjoyed about going into the homes of strangers was admiring the uniqueness of their decor, how they style their furniture, their paint color choices, as well as the interesting, often enviable features of their home. It was basically like a Pinterest board in real time; I got to see how other people live and take mental notes of some amazing ideas for my own abode.
Although my main focus was scrubbing toilets, and making floors shine, I couldn’t help but notice some extraordinary features in client’s homes. Here are a few of the interesting and awe-inspiring homes that I observed during my time as a cleaner with Rose Cleaning Service.
1. An Ensuite Bathroom with a Sauna
Not only did this client’s bathroom feature his and her sinks and a beautiful walk-in shower with stone floors, but there was an actual sauna right there, smack dab in the bathroom. If I had a built in sauna, I don’t think I’d ever want to leave the ‘loo.
2. A Movie Theatre
The most impressive home theatre I had ever witnessed, it featured a movie quality projector screen and about a dozen leather recliner seats. It looked like the most inviting place for a movie night at home; I had to fight the urge to put the vacuum down and get some popcorn started.
3. The Hippie Sunroom
This sunroom spoke to my soul with its funky vintage 70’s floral couches, exposed brick walls, mid century modern wood furniture, retro artwork and an overall hippie vibe. I’m not talking about a modern day boho chic, I’m talking about walking out of 2022 and straight into the 1970’s. It was groovy, baby.
4. A Commercial Grade Pizza Oven
This particular home had the most amazing basement for entertaining, with rustic wine barrel tables, a wine cellar, bottles on bottles of unopened liquor, fancy wine glasses, and most importantly, a table top commercial grade pizza oven. Would it have been weird to invite myself over to try it out? Probably, so I’m adding pizza oven to my Birthday wish list if any of my family or friends are reading this.
5. Master Bedroom for Days
Can you imagine a master bedroom, master closet and ensuite bathroom so big that they have their own wing in a house? *Insert heart eyes here.* The walk-in closet alone would give the Kardashian’s a run for their money and don’t even get me started on the absolutely stunning modern Victorian style bathroom constructed with the finest materials.
6. Bows on Bows on Bows
I cleaned plenty of magazine-worthy nurseries during my time as a cleaner, many that made me wish I could go back in time and get a free do-over on my own children’s nurseries, which were lackluster in comparison.
One particular nursery had me awestruck with it’s beautiful floral feature wall, crystal chandelier, crisp white furniture and beautiful feminine touches. But what struck me the most as I was cleaning the room? That this sweet infant owned more headbands, bows and hair accessories than I’ve ever owned in a lifetime. They were beautifully displayed by the dozens, with baskets upon baskets of overflow in every color, fabric and design. I bet her outfit of the day is on point, every day.
7. Beer on Tap
A basement bar with flowing beer on tap? How cool would that be? One particular home had just that- a basement bar with beer on tap. If only our 15 minute breaks allowed for a cold one. 😉
Written by: Stacey Wood