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 We get it life it just so so busy. From working to running around for your kids it is hard to keep up with even the most basic chores around your house. Put it into perspective the average working adult spends 38 hours per week away from home just to make a living even more hours when you are a full time parent or if you add parenting into the mix.

Much-needed chores such as deep cleaning of bathrooms, cleaning the fridge, changing of linen, gardening and lawn mowing get put to the side.

What are your options?

  1. Practice time management so you will be able to do the house cleaning work yourself (possibly between the hours of midnight and 3 am) or

  2. Bite the bullet and enlist the services of a professional cleaning company

If you are not totally convinced here is some further points to consider

  1. Professionals do quality work

When a cleaning company advertises that they do quality and professional work, chances are that it’s actually true. Professional cleaning companies care about the reputation of their business and the satisfaction of their customers, because these two aspects determine whether or not their business would succeed. And since they care about excellence too much, you can expect that they will be providing services of the highest standard to your property.

Other than that, professional cleaning companies have well-trained and -equipped operatives.

Most cleaning companies can also offer additional services such as carpet cleaning, gutter cleaning and even window cleaning.

2.  More quality time with your family

I use to spend the weekend running around doing all my housework now that I have hired a cleaner means I get to spend more time with my family.

3.  Value for money

Time is money. I picked up the phone and called a cleaning company after tracking the time I spent cleaning in one week, this was amount I should pay myself. I used this number to weigh the cost benefit of hiring a cleaner. A professional cleaner is also a lot faster than me.

I am totally hooked on my cleaning service in Wollongong. What do you think? Have you had a cleaner or use a cleaning company? Would love to hear your feedback.


500g potatoes scrubbed and cut in quarters
Olive oil
4 eggs (or however many for your family)
250g haloumi cut into thin slices
200g baby spinach leaves

Mustard Dressing
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs white balsamic vinegar (I only had brown)
1 tbs dijon mustard
1 shallot – chopped finely
1 tbs honey


Cook the potatoes on the stove top until tender – Heat a large frying pan and add olive oil and the potatoes – cook until golden brown. Season and remove from the pan adding the haloumi and cooking until golden brown. Make the dressing by adding all the ingredients and giving them a good mix together. After the haloumi is cooked, add half the dressing to the pan and turn off the heat. Gently toss together the spinach, potatoes, haloumi. Serve topped with poached eggs and drizzled with warm mustard dressing. Season and serve immediately.

Phobias are a form of anxiety disorder brought on by certain situations or objects. People who are suffering from a specific phobia often go to extreme lengths just to avoid the situation or object entirely.

Basically, phobias affect people of all ages and can interfere with the ability of sufferers to function normally. Though some adults may realise that their phobia is irrational, that doesn’t always mean that they have the power to overcome it.

There are a lot of phobias that both the young and old are continuously suffering from, but only a handful tend to be more common than others. Here are the most common phobias that adults suffer from:

  1. Arachnophobia

Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders and other types of arachnids. It is a common type of phobia that affects more women than men, which puts Australian arachnophobes in a bad situation because spiders are essentially everywhere around the country. Although only around a dozen of spider species pose a real threat to humans, that doesn’t stop arachnophobes from dealing with feelings of overwhelming panic and fear at the first sight or thought of a spider. 

2.  Glossophobia

Glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking, is a very common phobia among adults and is believed to affect a majority of the earth’s total population. This phobia is thought to begin in childhood or early adulthood, and it lasts up until adulthood. People who are suffering from glossophobia usually try to avoid public speaking situations at all costs. If they must speak in public, their speech is usually accompanied by a quavering voice and trembling hands. Essentially, adults with this type of phobia may generate poor results in their workplace, especially if unavoidable situations that require public speaking arise. It’s possible to beat glossophobia as an adult, but it’s much easier to overcome it by enrolling in public speaking classes while at a young age.

3.  Claustrophobia

Claustrophobia, or the fear of closed spaces, is more likely to be found in women. Similar to other phobias, triggering can lead to an intense panic attack. The triggers for claustrophobia may include being in a small room with no windows, being stuck in a crowded elevator, driving on a congested highway, and even riding an airplane. Causes of this phobia may be genetic factors or conditioning. Claustrophobia can affect your professional life if left untreated, especially if you’re required to ride a crowded elevator just to get to your office floor.

4.  Acrophobia

Acrophobia, or the fear of heights, is another type of common phobia that causes irrational fear and panic in certain situations, including climbing a ladder or looking down from the upper floor of a tall building. Some people who suffer from acrophobia tend to avoid tall buildings, towers, and other high places as much as they possibly can – and often have to deal with sweating, shaking, vertigo, or heart palpitations. This specific phobia tends to begin during childhood and get carried up until adulthood, which could then lead to complications in the workplace, most especially if the office floor is located on the upper floors.

5. Mysophobia

Mysophobia is the severe fear of dirt and germs. Mysophobes, or people who suffer from mysophobia, can engage in compulsive hand-washing, extreme cleaning, and even irrational avoidance of things or situations they believe are dirty or have been exposed to germs. Mysophobia can negatively impact a sufferer’s life in various ways, because the phobia can cause the sufferer to take extreme measures just to avoid physical contact with other people out of fear of contamination, be excessively preoccupied with media reports pertaining to illness outbreaks, and, in extreme cases, keep the sufferer from leaving home.