2020/04/01

April Newsletter


Collectively as a community we have had our lives changed in the last few weeks.  The global pandemic of COVID-19 corona virus has had an impact that will define us all. Seeing people react in connection, love, faith, & hope has been a testament to the best of humanity. 


We began procedures to reduce what we brought home while cleaning when Gerrie began chemo in January, including using gloves and a facemask. It provided protection for us and for our clients that enabled us to continue cleaning, once we had confirmed community transmission we, along with Gerrie’s oncology team, made the decision that it was safer for us to be in self isolation. The understanding of us being unable to clean at this time is deeply appreciated. 


We have set up a PayPal with our email below for clients to send us support, as well as the ACH option for payment are ways you can continue to support us as you’re able with normal rates or any amount at this time will make a difference. 


We will be launching a series for tips during these times - please follow us on Facebook or Instagram to watch, listen, and learn together. Send us your questions, topics, or comments on social media or via contact information below!


We are working on possibly hiring or finding a new partner to continue to provide service for those interested - please let us know if you would be at this time, we understand that everyone’s comfort level is different and would like to provide services to those who would continue. We will continue to self isolate for Gerrie’s health until we have testing available for everyone or no new positive cases for over 2 weeks. 


Please always feel free to share any of your concerns during this time where loving each other and our community means taking steps to keep each other safe & healthy - please email 2greengals@gmail.com, text or call Julia at 605.254.5215.


Blessings!

2020/03/16

COVID-19 Response

Fundamental to 2 green gals is the health of our clients, their homes, and our world. 


Beginning in December, 2 green gals began to implement measures to protect our clients & our self while cleaning during cold & flu season - using gloves & a mask while cleaning as well as leaving shoes outside & using socks specific to the house being cleaned.  These were put into place as precaution for not bringing home colds & flu while Gerrie goes through chemo. Now, with the seriousness of the corona virus, these are things we are committed to continuing it as long as necessary. In addition, with the current concerns, we are spraying down supplies with disinfectant and we continue to diligently disinfect commonly touched surfaces (light switches & doorknobs), as well as taking our temperature daily before cleaning (if we are sick we will not be coming into clean and will notify you). 


At this time 2 green gals is committed to continue cleaning.  We do ask that:

      if you or your kids are home that we do not share the same room while cleaning occurs        

      if anyone in your household is sick or been exposed to COVID-19 to please notify us before cleaning


While we remember this can feel either scary or an overreaction, the choices we make allow us to ground ourselves in community care - if we can minimize & slow down the exchange it benefits us all. Sustainability, something deeply important to us, means sometimes knowing when to slow down or pause and rest. We’re taking this opportunity as a reminder that slowing down to focus on the best way to care for our clients and our community is always the right way to do things. Please check in with your elderly neighbors - we left notes offering picking up groceries or medications or running errands for them, you may be able to do the same thing or find an entirely different way to help. 


Lastly, if cleaning services are disrupted we can offer remote support & tips on keeping your home clean during this time even if we can't be there to clean. Here is a link with more information about domestic workers during COVID-19 from Hand in Hand  network. We are deeply grateful for the flexibility, understanding, and community we have with our clients. 


If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email us - we can provide resources & tips on keeping your home clean during this time. 

We will leave you with a poem that has provided peace for us: 

Pandemic

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love--
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

--Lynn Ungar 3/11/20

Blessings

--

Gerrie & Julia


Our focus is to improve the health of our customers, their environment, and our world through the use of non toxic cleaning products, air purifying plants, and aromatherapy.  We will help make your home a healthy environment for you and your family.

2020/03/01

March Newsletter

March 20th is the first official day of spring - hopefully we will have warm weather, robins, and green starting to grow. 


Remember Sunday March 8th is daylight savings time so turn your clocks forward one hour! 


Spring cleaning can include small changes that can make big differences - clearing off counters quarterly, monthly or per visit allows us to clean more thoroughly. You can also still email us if you want to add a spring deep cleaning service to your recurring services - starting at $50 we can tackle areas that you have never thought to clean or have been bothering you (your fridge, under your stove, the front of your cabinets, vents, window sills, etc).


We have been deeply grateful for our clients understanding, flexibility, and support as we navigate our business while Gerrie continues chemo, this business space allows for Julia to provide for her family as well as offer caregiving for Gerrie - thank you for being a part of it. 


Please always feel free to share any of your concerns during this time of transition - please email 2greengals@gmail.com, text or call Julia at 605.254.5215.


Blessings! 

2020/02/28

February Newsletter

February 1st is celebrated as the beginning of spring, a whisper of life returning. 


As spring beckons remember we do offer spring cleaning add ons to your recurring services - starting at $50 we can tackle areas that you have never thought to clean or have been bothering you (your fridge, under your stove, the front of your cabinets, vents, window sills, etc). 


We have been deeply grateful for our clients understanding, flexibility, and support as we navigate our business while Gerrie faces her cancer diagnosis. This January has been filled with transition with Gerrie starting chemo and Julia handling both cleaning & administrative for the business. Please always feel free to communicate with us about your concerns during this time of transition. 


For any other communication please email 2greengals@gmail.com, text or call Julia at 605.254.5215.


Blessings! 

2020/01/02

January 2020

Happy 2020! 

This New Year we find our focus on intentions - find ways to start small habits that feel joyful & connected. Cleaning is one of the simple joys for 2 green gals - the satisfaction of leaving things better than found, shiny & clean.  


At this time Gerrie will be focused on resting & healing, slowing down can be difficult - the intention of being present in every moment manifests with prayer, music, and simple pleasures like sunshine, plants, bone broth, tea, juice, & custard. We have set up a caring bridge site for updates on her current journey - please let us know if you would like the link.  


For any other communication please email 2greengals@gmail.com, text or call Julia at 605.254.5215.


As you do a review of your budget, remember that we have account information to set up ACH (or auto pay) - please let us know if you’re interested and remember it means your invoice & our monthly note will be emailed only! You’ll get a $5 discount on your monthly bill & help reduce paper use. 


And as a reminder, we offer gift certificates - please share the gift of a clean home with those you think would appreciate what we do and have to offer. A gift certificate makes a wonderful holiday, birthday, or thank you gift. 


We offer a simple $100 spiff up gift certificate and if they join as regular clients, both of you receive $10 off of your bill during their 2nd month of service. 


Blessings!

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