Monday, 16 August 2021

Pros and Cons of Living in Toronto




As a content creator living in the city, with most of my content centered around living in Toronto, I get a lot of questions about what moving here would look like. Instead of answering your questions individually, I thought it would be great to address your concerns through a post. 

Now, for context, here’s what you need to know about me. I’ve lived in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area for almost 11 years now. I have a young family—a husband who works in the city limits, a toddler son, and a dog. Prior to moving into a neighbourhood within the city last year, we were living in a condo downtown. 

DISCLAIMER: Everything I’m going to mention here is totally from my point of view. If you’re serious about moving to the city, I highly encourage you to research, so you’ll know if this can work for you and your family.


Pros of Living in Toronto


There’s Always Something to Do in Toronto

This city is incredible! There's always an event, there's always a concert, an art exhibition, artwork on the street on any different night—there's so much to do! And, it’s not only for the single and young who want to meet people in the city. It’s also for young families. Prior to the lockdown, I had so many things available for me to do with my baby. 

As someone who came from a smaller town, I was so impressed, and continue to be impressed, with how much there is to do in Toronto. Whatever your interests are, whatever you like to do for fun, I promise you will find so much to do in the city (even when we’re in lockdown!). Toronto is just a great place for entertainment and finding things to do.

It’s Easy to Meet People in Toronto

As I’ve said, I grew up in a small town in Ontario, and I’ve always interacted with the same people I went to highschool with. Because of that, I found that it was really difficult to meet new people. Everybody kind of knew you, and it was hard to branch out. Also, most people were set in their ways with their own group of friends. So when I moved to the city, I thought it was so refreshing and very easy to meet people. 

There are certainly people who have grown up and lived their entire lives in Toronto, but there are also a lot of other people who have moved here from different towns and even countries. A lot of times, these people are also looking for others to connect with. So, sometimes you do have to put yourself out there a little bit to make that connection. 

I feel like Toronto has a reputation for being mean and snobby, and that might be true. But, if you break through the surface, everybody just wants human connection. And, because of the city’s transient nature it's easy to meet people.

I've always found that when I'm lonely and I put myself out there, the people I meet are usually in the same situation, and a great friendship is born as a result. I've met so many incredible people in this city and continue to do so. 

Toronto is a Mix of Different Cultures

You can often hear people talk about the food scene in Toronto and how amazing it is. This is because there are a lot of different cultures in Toronto, and with that, any and every cuisine you want is available to you, and it is done perfectly! We have a mix of different cultures and, despite the issues there may be, each of them is celebrated and has a strong community behind them.

I’ve had my fair share of traveling, and when I eat delicious food in my travels, I can often pinpoint it back to a restaurant back here in Toronto. I’ve also had a running list of restaurants I wanted to try for years now, and still I’m nowhere near complete!

Walking Culture

A lot of times, instead of taking public transit, I would prefer to walk to my destination. And, although we have a car, we very rarely use it. There’s actually so much to do within the neighbourhood without jumping into a car—I can do all my groceries, get all my essentials, do all my shopping, and eat out at tons of places. I just love the walkability of the city, and I love doing all my errands on foot.

Toronto has a Lot of Green Space

In terms of big cities, Toronto actually has a lot of green space. There are usually multiple parks to hang out and take a load off. In our area alone, we have so many different parks, parkettes, and playgrounds, so it’s been interesting raising a child in the city. Compared to my parents’ place in the suburbs, where there’s only one or two parks within walking distance, our neighbourhood has a dozen!



Cons of Living in Toronto


Living in Toronto is Expensive

Toronto is a very expensive city. To put it into perspective, the average price for a single detached home within the city limit is one million dollars. And it’s not even a mansion a celebrity lives in—it’s a fairly modest and basic 1,000 to 2,000-square-feet home. And because it is so expensive to live within the city limits, it has caused a ripple effect to all of the surrounding cities, which are used as commuter cities for Toronto.

There is an Affordable Housing Crisis in the City

My second point goes hand-in-hand with my first—housing prices and living expenses within the city are definitely a concern, and you’ll hear this a lot in Toronto conversation. Because of this, Toronto actually has a bit of a homeless crisis. People who come from the suburbs or the country may not be aware of this, but the reality of living in the city is that you’ll see homeless people fairly often, if not everyday.

So, if you're thinking of moving into the city, just be aware that there’s not a lot of affordable housing—whether you’re planning to rent, own a home, live in a condo, or share it with roommates. 

Expensive Childcare

Months and months before my son was even born, I was on the waiting list of about 15 daycare centers. Thankfully, we have secured childcare now, which I am so grateful for. But, of those 15 places I signed up for, only one ended up calling me back! I’m fortunate that somebody actually gave me the nudge to start putting my name down before my son was even born, because I would never have known!

Now, this is something that may not affect a lot of you, but if you are a family with young kids, this aspect is something to consider. If you're moving into the city, it’s ideal to look into childcare and, hopefully, secure a spot for your children before you even get to the city.

Public Transit is a Mess

I'm actually from a small town in Ontario. Moving into the city, I learned that having access to public transit, which gets you anywhere, was a bit of a luxury. While you can pretty much get anywhere in the city on public transit, it is not going to be easy. 

We have a fairly inefficient public transit system—there are often delays and work being done on them. If I'm going somewhere on public transit, I usually allocate double the amount of time it should take to get to my destination (and oftentimes I'm hitting pretty close to that benchmark).

So, yes, while public transit is readily available within the city—we have lots of busses, streetcars, subways, and GO trains—it’s not always the quickest and most direct route.

The City is Very Noisy

Having come from a condo downtown, I will say that the city noise was a regular part of our life. You constantly hear people on the street, cars passing by, horns blaring from the traffic—it’s a very, very noisy city.

Now, for some people, this might actually be a positive—it kind of creates this electric energy on the street. But, for a first-time mom trying to get her baby to sleep, the noise can definitely get to you. So, if you're somebody who craves solitude and quiet, it’s wise to consider that Toronto may not be for you. 

Hustle Culture Is Real

This “hustle culture” probably goes hand in hand with how expensive it is to live here in Toronto. I find that it’s definitely pro-work, pro-grind. People want to get it done and respond to emails late at night on the weekend, and most of them have multiple side hustles. This may be positive for some people (it actually is for me)—this mentality can drive them forward, and they may even find fuel and motivation in this (like I do). But, on the other side of the coin, it could be negative for those who just want a simple, quiet life—and there's nothing wrong with that.



I truly love living in the city, and I can talk about it for hours! But, I also recognize that it’s not without its faults.

So, what about you? Did this convince you to move to the city, or have you realized Toronto isn’t for you? Do you have your own pros and cons list of living in the city? If you do, I would love to hear about them! 

Xo Joelle


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Thursday, 22 July 2021

Pink Home Office Reveal

 


It's been over a year since we moved into our Toronto home, and about 6 months since I turned our walk-in-closet into my dream home office! I'm so excited to finally be able to share the reveal photos, talk a bit about the process and link the items that have truly transformed the space into what it is today.

Let's talk though behind the process. You may remember from my home tour video that I was very excited to be able to have a walk-in-closet in the city. It had been a dream of mine since I had first moved to Toronto! And while I did enjoy the walk-in closet and the space and storage that comes along with it, the space wasn't the most inviting. The closet unit did not fit the space so it cut off half the window, making it very dark, and because it was customized to the specifications and needs of the previous owners, it just never felt like a good fit. 

Everything changed when we had to disassemble the closet in order to change our carpets into hardwood. Once we saw the empty room, filled with natural light and hardwood floors instead of carpets, we knew that we could never go back to the old, dark walk-in-closet. And so it was in that moment that the La Petite Noob pink, girly and very Joelle home office was conceptualized! 

This home office is so special to me, mostly because I could never have imagined having a space all to myself when we were living in the condo. It feels so incredible to be able to decorate exactly the way that I want and have a space that is a true reflection of me. Workflow wise, it has also been a game-changer having an actual desk and space to work and write. Can you believe that I have been writing every single blog post, and editing every video from either my bed or the couch since 2013! Having a separate space to work is not only great for physical health (hello less back pain,) but also has been great for my mental health to have a separation with work. All around good things!

So without further ado, here is my home office in all of her glory. 




Livette's Wallpaper


When I found out that I would be able to transform our former closet into my home office, I knew immediately that I wanted a really fun wallpaper accent wall. It took me months to find a wallpaper that was both bright and fun, but also muted enough so as to not overwhelm my tiny office space. After coming up short time and time again, I discovered Livette's Wallpaper.

Livette's Wallpaper checked all of the boxes for me: fun and unique designs, pre-cut, a self-adhesive option and the ability to customize colours within their designs. The customization was key for me, as I loved their Paintbrush Maze design and requested the pattern to be customized with the colours Blush and Millennial. The result has far exceeded my expectations and I think the wallpaper accent wall really ties the room together. I just love it!



When it came to the furniture for my home office, I knew that I wanted comfortable pieces that would reflect my personal style. I'm definitely not an interior designer, so I don't have an elaborate thought process when decorating a room. I just stick to pieces that I truly love in the same colour palette, so in this case it was different shades of pinks and neutrals. I am very thankful to have worked with Crate and Barrel Canada to style some of their pieces, and I think they make such a statement!

A tip that I learned while furnishing my home office, especially if you love colour, is to check the kids section of your favourite furniture retailers. The majority of my office pieces are actually from Crate and Barrel Kids and help to add to the colourful, quirky vibe at a fraction of the cost.

Here is a full list of the items used in my home office:







That's it! I'm so much happier working from home in my new home office that perfectly reflects my personal style. If you work from home, I couldn't recommend investing in a separate office space enough. It's made a world of a difference for me.

Are you working from home? Let me know!


xo Joëlle

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Wednesday, 7 July 2021

5 Blogging Myths Exposed






With every passing year, the industry of digital content creation just continues to grow - it's a beautiful thing!  While it's easy to look on from a distance and wonder if it's a good time to start creating content online, I'm here to tell you that the time is now! Especially when it comes to starting your own blog.

Today, let's continue our chat about blogging, which encompasses a large part of this industry. What exactly is a blog?  A blog is an online space that's totally yours to create, write, design and control, and the best part is that you completely own it to yourself. Blogging has no limitations, and there is so much opportunity for you to share your thoughts, ideas and opinions. 

Sounds pretty good right? So what's stopping you or holding you back from starting your own blog? I know through so many conversations, as well as my own insecurities before launching La Petite Noob, that there are a lot of myths about blogging out there. 


1. You’re too old to start


It can be easy to think that blogging and social media are only for the young, but I believe there is an audience for everyone out there. Age can never be a hurdle to you for anything you want to do, as long as you are determined to dive into it. Through blogging, you have the potential to reach countless people around the world, and the chances of your content resonating with someone is very high - no matter what the age!

Try to imagine who you want to speak to when you start your blog. Or even better, who you tend to follow and connect with online. For me, it's typically those that are my age and in the same stage of life - definitely not the young ones! I imagine my target audience, who they are and what stage of life they're in, and try to speak to them in the most relatable way.

You might be in your 30s, 40s, or 50s+, and it's still the right time to start. You can talk about the topics you can and want to talk about, without concerning about what you should talk about to get the audience's interest. Eventually you will find your own audience if you keep moving forward in your journey. There is a countless number of people who have similar interests as you do and would want to read about topics that interest you. Remember that.

Something else to consider - starting a blog, or social media account when you feel as though you're older than the average user actually comes with a huge advantage : you have less saturation of people trying to speak to your target audience! 

There is no age that is too old to be on social media whatsoever. There is no such thing as too old to start. Considering the fact that a teenager would not understand the thoughts of someone in their 40s or 50s, the only time your age can be a problem for you if you try to go after the wrong audience. So, you should speak, connect and embrace the audience who would be going through similar stages of life as you, would want similar things as you, and is all ears to know your experiences.


2. You need to live in a big city in order to be successful


Considering the fact that a vast majority of people who are a huge face online live in big metropolitan cities, like New York, or LA. You might feel pretty demotivated to start blogging if you don't live in such big cities. The city you live in is not a roadblock for your success. I can tell from my personal experience that this myth is really something that holds people back from starting their blogging career. When I first started out, I actually didn't live in Toronto, I lived in the suburbs. I remember I used to think if I just lived in a big city, it would be so much easier and everything would start going well. Looking back, it wasn't moving to Toronto that made my blog more successful. It was embracing the city I was in, being transparent with my audience and sharing places that I loved that really caused La Petite Noob to originally take off!

Everyone of you has a unique experience, unique perspective towards things, and unique visions. So instead of being stuck back by saying you need to live in big cities in order to be successful, you should embrace your current situation! People just want to feel a connection though your content, and that happens when you're honest and forthcoming about your situation. You may find connections with readers in your own small town or suburb, or with people who live in a similar situation around the world.

As it seems like the entire world has moved online in the past year, it should be enough proof to you that you can connect with people, and make a name for yourself online, without concerning yourself with the myth that you need to live in big cities to be successful.


3. You need to have a large following to be paid


We all know that there is money to be made in social media and in blogging, but there's a myth out there that you need a large following or readership to get a slice of the pie. Needing a large audience to make money off of your content is a myth. I can tell from my experience that social media and blogging is not just about the numbers but more about building an engaging community in this industry. This is 100% a relationship business, both in that with your audience and with brands. As long as you have an engaging following, and take the time to truly connect with your audience, your follower number will not be as big of a barrier to you as you may think. 

The best way to build and focus on relationships is to first understand your audience; what age group do they belong to, what kind of content do they like from you more, where most of them live, etc. Get to know your audience as much as possible, and that information is incredibly valuable to perspective brands and advertisers. You can then showcase the statistics of your following and your engagements as to why you should be paid even with a small following.

Online content creation is truly an industry of relationships, so focus more on fostering those relationships than with your follower or readership count. Not only will this make you more valuable to potential brand deals, but also just make the journey of blogging so much sweeter.


4. You can cheat your way to the top


I am sure it would not be any surprise to you if I tell you that you can buy followers and inflate your numbers artificially. There are several ways out there through which you can simply buy more followers, engagements, and even likes and comments. It's like artificially fluffing up your stats to make it look like you have more followers than you actually do. It can be really tempting for you at the beginning of your journey to make it big quickly using these methods.  But you have to understand, buying anything to create artificial engagement or growth is not sustainable in the long run. 

For experienced eyes, it is pretty easy to tell which blogger has an actual following and which ones are just buying the followers and engagements. That means both your audience, fellow bloggers and brands have been trained to spot bought engagement and likes. Companies nowadays use several ways to filter out those who are purchasing followers and reach, with both experience and also software. Yes, there's actually software now that can detect this stuff!

With the industry being more established now, and with technology readily available to spot fakes, is a huge myth that you can buy your way to the top. It might be true for the short term, but it surely is disadvantageous for those who are in the game for the long run.


5. It is too late to start

Repeat after me: the time to start your blog is now!

There is no bad time to start your blogging journey. If you're wanting to start a blog today (or an Instagram account, Youtube channel, etc,) chances are that you'll also want to start in a year from now. I also should mention that I had these same sentiments about whether it was too late to start a blog for years before starting La Petite Noob - in 2013! I'm so glad that I didn't let that nagging feeling get in the way of living my dreams! 

So why not start now! Today is better than tomorrow. What I've learned in life is that it's best to stop waiting for the perfect time, and to jump in and learn as you go. The industry has changed so much in the last decade, and will continue to shift and change as we move forward. No time like today to just start, get your footing and change and grow along with it.



Moral of the story is if you stay stuck in what-ifs, then you will never get to know what could have been. What do you guys think? What other myths have you come across about blogging? Let me know!


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Wednesday, 30 June 2021

5 BIG Reasons Why You Need A Blog in 2021




The world is changing so much from one day to the next, and so is the industry of Digital Content Creation. With social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok being the centre of this industry now, you might be thinking if it’s even worth it to start blogging. Is it even worth starting a blog at this point?

I'm here to tell you YES - it's not only a great time to start a blog in 2021, but it's also extremely important. blog has so many more aspects than you think it has. Here's 5 reasons why I think, in the age of social media, it's important to start a blog in 2021.

1. You Own Your Blog

The one thing that makes me nervous about crafting an entire online presence through social media apps is that you're 100% at the mercy of that app. You don't control or own anything. I always think about when Vine suddenly shut down. Or when the Instagram algorithm decides to start hiding your posts. It's both frustrating and dangerous to your online business to craft an entire brand through apps that you don't own.

A blog, on the other hand, you own. It's your own corner of the internet that's 100% yours and where you have control. Think of your blog as your home base. A place to house all of your thoughts and opinions, like your various social platforms, and a place where all your audience can engage with you even if you don’t keep up with the social media platform trends. Working on something that, no matter how can never be taken away from you, is the best thing you can do as a creator in 2021.

2. Your Content Can Be Evergreen

Here's what I mean by evergreen content - when a post you craft online can stay relevant and get views for weeks, months or even years to come

Evergreen content isn't as easy to create on social media. Take an Instagram post for example. You post, and it gets engagement. But after a few other posts, does it still give you the same amount of reach and engagement? No, it almost loses its potential to gain you more engagement. The algorithm on social media is tailored to your most recent posts - not anything that has been posted in the past. No matter how great content you post on social media, however nice captions you use, its engagement can only help you for a short period of time. 

But on your blog, your content never loses its potential to gain you more engagement, rather that potential increases with time. Depending on if more and more people start taking interest in that topic than there used to be, it might just start getting more and more views! Tools like SEO and Pinterest can really help to keep your blog's content evergreen, and searchable for years to come. Some of my most viewed posts that still keep people visiting my blog to this day are from 2014!

Talking on the aspect of return of investment you get on the efforts you put in your content, a blog is far better than any social media platform. So, as years pass by, posts on your blog keep on increasing your audience, as long as they are relevant. 

3. Access To Your Statistics Through Google Analytics

Let’s talk about analytics: it’s a process of collecting data, making patterns, and looking into that patterns. It is really helpful for seeing how your content is preforming, knowing who your audience is and what they're most interested in. Having access to analytics can greatly improve the sales and the engagement, in pretty much any industry.

Now that you know about analytics, think of how google can analyze all the data as it has so many users, and is the most widely used search engine all around the globe. Google Analytics is the best tool out there you can use to know your audience and understand them. With it you can have an idea of what kind of content your audience likes from you, you can have an idea of your demographic reach, and about many more of such useful data that will change your rankings and your reach.  Having access to Google Analytics not only it helps you to improve your content, generate more engagements and also create that evergreen content on your blog.

4. Control Your Online Presence

Quick question, what is the first thing that you do when you meet someone or hear something interesting about someone? You probably Google them. I know it’s embarrassing to admit, but it shows how your presence online is really important. 

Your blog can help to create, control and curate that online presence for you.If you're using your full name with your blog, it will likely be one of the first things that pops up in the search engine, which is awesome! Your blog shows your thoughts, your personality, your interests. So, it gives an idea about your talent to the audience, or anyone who's looking to find out a bit more about you. Having a blog is a great way to further capture the presence around your name online, as well as showing up as an authority figure in your respective creative field. If you want to be a content creator, a blog is a great place to showcase all your talents, your achievements, and your thoughts in one place. So, stand out, create your online presence, create your blog!

5. Elaborate On Your Thoughts                                                 

Can you really convey your thoughts and your message through just social media posts, or stories, or captions? I know for me, I'm able to further explain and elaborate on thoughts when I have the space to do-so. There always are chances of what you really wanted to say being misunderstood by the audience, and that can create  chaos for you if you talk about sensitive topics. The biggest reason why I love having a blog is, I feel like I can really elaborate on exactly what I am thinking at that moment, what I want to say on a topic. Take the time to proofread it to see if that’s exactly how I meant to be coming across. Basically just crafting a bigger picture as opposed to just a caption or a story which is easily misconstrued.

Bonus -

This bonus reason is the one I hold closest to my heart, and it is that your blog acts as a time capsule for you. Those of you who keep a diary, or used to keep a diary at least, must agree with me. Your blog is not just a platform for you to gain engagement, it has sentimental values as well and it shows you how far you have come in your journey. I personally think there is no greater feeling than going through your journey and seeing how far you’ve made it. You can just open your blog, scroll through your previous posts, and see how your thoughts, your lifestyle, your personality has evolved in the past years.

What you think about all the reasons and if you have any to add to it? Have you started a blog yet? How fun your blogging journey has been so far? I love to hear your thoughts and opinion. Let me know!


   


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Tuesday, 25 May 2021

I Hired A Cleaning Service and My Mental Health Improved

 


There are few things that send my heart a-flutter like a clean space. I find that I'm happier, more productive, calmer and just overall a better person. Dramatic? Maybe, but the difference a clean space can do for your mental health is pretty dramatic. It's a game changer.

The problem is that finding time to do a thorough clean can be a challenge. Myself I'm trying to balance working from home with a toddler, and it's a constant juggling act of priorities. Unfortunately, maintaining a clean house has fallen to the bottom of the list. After a year of feeling guilty about our messy space, and the mental chaos that came with it, I decided to hire one of the best cleaning services in the city: Geoffrey The Butler.



Now I've heard of Geoffrey The Butler long before reaching out to book them for our space; their good reputation in Toronto precedes them. They're known for offering cleaning services for condos, houses and offices alike, their speed and attention to detail when cleaning. Geoffrey The Butler also prides themselves on being the quality and reliable choice when it comes to cleaning your space - two qualities that are very important to me, as reliability is imperative when dealing with scheduling and a toddler. Something else that drew me to Geoffrey The Butler, as opposed to any other cleaning service that I've seen, is their local pride and how they praise and celebrate their staff on social media. It's these little details that matter when selecting businesses to support, especially after the year we've all had. I was sold, and couldn't wait for Geoffrey The Butler to preform magic on our space.

I chose The Geoffrey Clean, which is the highest level of clean there is. It's been a year into a pandemic, with two adults and a toddler working from home. We needed to call in the big guns. Otherwise, you could also select a maintenance clean, or even a move-in/move-out option! I wish I had known about Geoffrey when we were moving into our house from the condo. You can also select add-ons to your service, such as cleaning to walls, fridge, ovens, windows, etc. It's all there.


The Booking Process

Booking a cleaning for your space with Geoffrey The Butler couldn't be easier - everything is done online. You select your date, the service you would like and any add-ons you require. Super easy and convenient.

How Long Did It Take?

I can speak for myself and my experience, but the entire cleaning process took about 3 hours - which was much quicker than I was anticipating! For reference, our space is about 2500 square feet. Because Geoffrey The Butler came with multiple staff, they were able to divide and conquer, resulting in a full clean in half the time it would have taken me to do it myself. I really appreciate the speed in which they work, especially since I had my toddler Benny with me and we were out park-hopping while they worked. 

Did You Stay While They Cleaned?

Due to the nature of the world, and Geoffrey The Butler's strict COVID measures (which I appreciate,) you're required to either be outside of your space while they work, or stay contained to one space until they're ready to clean it. Because I had Benny with me, it was easier to just take him outside for the day. My husband Brian had to stay in the house because of work and meetings, and just stayed contained to the office until it was ready to be cleaned - simple. 

Did You "Pre-Clean?"

Okay, so here's the thing: I'm notorious for "pre-cleaning" before a cleaning service comes, and I know that I'm not alone. Not only do I not want people to know the chaos in which I live on the daily, but I also think that if you do a solid de-clutter then your cleaning service is able to do their jobs easier. On the day in which Geoffrey The Butler was scheduled to arrive, I had planned to do a thorough "pre-clean" in the morning. Well, as lucky would have it, I got a text from my friend letting me know of a pop-up vaccination clinic and that I needed to run over. I dropped everything, grabbed Benny and thankfully got my first dose of the vaccine! That meant though that I wasn't able to pre-clean as I usually do.

Not a worry though! First of all, the Geoffrey The Butler team was extremely gracious and reassured me that my house was not a disaster (even if they were just trying to make me feel better, it definitely helped.) They also took the time to group together my clutter so that they could clean thoroughly - this was especially important in the basement where Benny's toys live! I don't know if I've kicked my pre-cleaning habit for good, but I'm very reassured that the Geoffrey The Butler team has me covered when life gets in the way.

How Were The Results?

Y'all. When I say that I was floored with the results, I was ON THE FLOOR! First of all, my kitchen has never looked nicer - and that's including when we first moved in. The baseboards were cleaned, which makes that the first time they have been cleaned since we moved in, and THE BATHROOMS. OMG when I say that I cannot keep a clean bathroom, I'm not exaggerating. The Geoffrey The Butler team turned our bathrooms around and made them sparkle - I've never seen a cleaner faucet! I also noticed a huge difference in our shower tiles. It honestly felt like we had renovated. So so good.

The real difference came in the little details. Geoffrey The Butler takes pride in their attention to detail, and it showed. Our toilet paper was folded, and our beds made with our sleep masks placed tastefully next to the pillows - much like a hotel! The little details make an experience, and it's what made me want to book Geoffrey The Butler again.






What Are The Costs

I find the pricing at Geoffrey The Butler very fair for cleaning services in the city! Pricing depends on the size of your space and square footage. 

Should I Book?


If you have been thinking of hiring a cleaning service, my recommendation would be to do it. I know that oftentimes spending money on things that we could do ourselves leads to feelings of guilt, especially as women, but I cannot tell you what a difference it has made for me and my mental health. Not only am I able to save time, but I'm also allocating a task that I do not enjoy (and am bad at) to professionals who have a real passion for what they do. It's been such a game changer for me, and I truly believe that spending money to buy you back time is the best money that you could spend.



What do you guys think? Have you been thinking of hiring a cleaning service? Let me know!

xo Joelle 



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