Tomorrow, Alissa will have cooked 42 fantastic meals for me and she has cleaned my now-spotless house one time since I hired her. She's earned every one of her 5-stars! Details:
I love to eat healthy but I'm a bit neurotic when it comes to cooking, kitchen clean-up and house cleaning. If you've ever seen Saturday Night Live's "Anal-Retentive Chef" then you'll know what I mean. I found myself constantly grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning, leaving little time to do the things I enjoy. Something HAD to change.
Setting my misgivings aside, I made up my mind to hire a person to cook weekly meals and another to clean my house every two weeks. So one day I posted an online ad that I was interested in hiring someone to cook and clean. The costs, not knowing how quickly I could get services started and my very high expectations still left me somewhat apprehensive. But then came Alissa Boukal to the rescue!
After posting the ad, it was less than an hour when I received my first response--a response from Alissa telling me that she not only cleans, but also does meal preparation. This seemed like a GREAT solution for me (one I hadn't thought of), so I waited a short while for other responses, but none came. Oh, I did receive other responses, but not one person other than Alissa offered to do house cleaning AND cooking.
We spoke on the phone about my expectations and Alissa followed up by coming to my house so I could show her how I wanted my house cleaned and to discuss meal planning. She immediately set me at ease by indicating that I'd be easy to cook for and that my house would be as clean as a whistle when she got done with it--so I hired her on the spot and made arrangements for my first week's meals and established a twice-monthly cleaning regimen. She made it very clear that she believes very strongly in two way communication--that it was incumbent upon me to enable her to do her job right by clearly defining what it is I expect from her--no detail too small. I took that to heart and I've held up my part of the bargain. I'm sure that's why I am so very satisfied and comfortable with our arrangement! To ensure success, she provided me with easy-to-fill-out forms where I circled the foods--meats, veggies, carbs, desserts, condiments, etc., that I enjoyed eating and plenty of room to enter comments such as food allergies, or anything specific you want her to know.
Now that we're in a routine, I give Alissa the recipes I like or I pick some of her suggested meals to eat for the week (two meals per day) and Alissa shows up at my door every week with easy to reheat, refrigerate or freeze cooked food made just for me. On house cleaning day she arrives with vacuum cleaner in hand (unless you want her to use your vacuum) and she's all business, getting right to work on the dusting, vacuuming, bathrooms, etc.--she truly does it all!
I am still very apprehensive about hiring Alissa; now not because of her outstanding work ethic/performance, but because she's made herself so indispensable to me that I don't know how I'd get along without her! Thank you Alissa!