June 4, 2019

The other day I was having a rare moment to myself; the kids were in school, I had a cup of hot coffee in hand, the windows were open and sunlight was pouring into the living room. The couch was beckoning me to delay work and have a seat, maybe open up that magazine I’ve been meaning to read for over a month. I made my way toward the couch and my foot was greeted with something wet & sticky: spilled milk from breakfast. I began to clean the mess and my eye caught a few watercolor stains on the hardwood floor–which led to me finding crumbs hiding under the coffee table. Bending down to clean the crumbs, I noticed a plethora of surprises under the couch (some toys, lots of dust, and a piece of dried meat from a birthday party weeks before). And before I knew it, I was maniacally vacuuming and wiping and spraying and disinfecting and my magazine was left unopened…another morning with a missed opportunity to allow myself to just be.

So when MénageSimple, a new cleaning service here in Lausanne, reached out to us to try their services, we thought the timing couldn’t have been better. We had recently thrown a party for our now 3-year-old (hence the case of the dried meat under the couch), and though we aim for our house to always be tidy, it was time for it to be thoroughly cleaned.

What we thought we were getting was a standard, old-school type of cleaning service where you have to sign a contract, set up regular cleaning appointments, and hustle to the store to ensure your cleaning pantry is stocked with all the necessary products. What we actually encountered with MénageSimple was entirely different and pleasantly surprising.


MénageSimple requires no contracts, you can book as frequently or infrequently as you wish, and your cleaner arrives with ALL THE PRODUCTS. Honestly, with the current life season we find ourselves in, where we are over-committed most of the time, it’s refreshing to have things in our lives that require little or no commitment but have huge benefits. With MénageSimple, you can decide last minute that you need a service, book online or using their simple app, and you can even send personalized notes to your cleaner (and watch them arrive at your home and leave in real time using the app).


The other huge advantage of using MénageSimple is knowing that all of their cleaners are earning a fair and competitive wage, are certified, insured, and have been thoroughly trained. Our cleaner was professional, kind, and extremely efficient–we couldn’t believe her hustle!

She arrived and left according to the time slot that was booked–and when I walked into the apartment it was like everything was made new. Long neglected corners were sparkling clean, she had moved furniture, scrubbed, dusted, and vacuumed until everything was restored to its original glory.