In today’s progressive society where there is so much emphasis on equality, it is amazing to me how narrow minded and uninformed we can be about certain aspects of our lives that are often vital to our everyday existence.
Cleaning Professionals are often one of those professions most marginalized.
When I first started cleaning homes and businesses for a living I was discouraged by the lack of respect afforded to my new venture in the capacity of the skills involved in the actual work I was doing. The “kudos” I received even from family and close friends was almost always focused on my success as a “business owner” alone. To me, it has ALWAYS been about the nature of the work we do as Cleaners first. We provide people with a home that is peaceful again, restoring the environment and sanctuary of marriages and families, businesses and church halls. The skill necessary to provide services with careful attention, dealing with literally hundreds of different surfaces and utilizing our knowledge, often necessary for momentary innovation, to make our services what they are, is by far still the most important aspect of owning a cleaning service. It’s what makes a house cleaner more than just a “cleaning lady”.
Working in this industry, as a cleaner, manager, and business owner, I have learned so much about what it is to be human and the importance of every interaction we have, no matter how small they may seem.
Facebook has provided us with a MegaPhone that continues to get bigger and louder with every step we take. This MegaPhone is sending a message out, around the world, that is already beginning to transform the current “status quo” of how cleaners are ultimately viewed. The current perspective we often see in our culture is similar to that of how servants were seen in the 16th century. We are in the 21st century now and the MegaPhone is turned on. The public can now learn from and gain a more educated perspective, where our fellow cleaners can now gain knowledge and confidence to do what they do expecting reciprocated Respect.
By making our Handmaid Community a place for educating, inspiring and supporting one another and the public, in our work as cleaners, we have and will inevitably continue to gain a greater awareness of just how important our work is to the world! Those of you who are genuinely joining our mission, bettering yourselves, your work and your businesses, YOU are simultaneously increasing the respect from others you have always deserved. And by every encounter you have in your work, increasing respect for yourself, YOU are increasing respect for ALL CLEANERS!
Today we are taking another trip to Facebook Headquarters.
On Friday a couple of cleaners, my Husband and I will stand together in-front of many strong community leaders from all around the world to talk about what we are doing with the tools Facebook has provided to us. The we will talk about are tools, that have brought all of us together, our Handmaid Family. This is a leap in our journey to promote respect for all of us as Cleaners and I want to bring every one of you with us! #FCS2019!!
There is always so much to learn and ways to grow! Join our cleaning community: https://facebook.com/groups/handmaidcleaning
Once again, Thank you FACEBOOK!! ❤️