Buy More Time With This New Service

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You’re busy getting dinner ready and you’ve just stepped on the same LEGO brick for the fourth time. The sharp pain jolts you back to the reality that, amongst all the shopping trips, house cleaning, meal prepping, and helping with schoolwork, you haven’t actually had any time to sit down and connect with your kids, let alone fit in a workout. 

Whether you’re the parent of an infant, toddler, tween, teen or adult, being a parent is demanding. The daily demands of parenting can make it difficult to find time to do other things that you enjoy.

Enter, a new website dedicated to helping you buy time for yourself or others by providing on-demand home services by trusted, qualified and affordable home service providers (“zenGivers”).

zenGOT is the brainchild of Catherine Goulet, Vancouver-based entrepreneur and mother to two teenage boys and a special needs daughter. With such a busy life, Catherine wasn’t finding time for some of the other activities that brought her joy.

Says Catherine, “I knew there had to be a better way and that I wasn’t the only one experiencing a shortage of time. I wanted more freedom to do what I enjoy with the people I love.”

In fact, Catherine was speaking to a phenomenon that scientists have labeled “time famine”. A 2017 study, led by Harvard Business School researcher Dr. Ashley Whillans, found that people who are time stressed can feel less happy, be more anxious, experience poor sleep, and even suffer obesity. Conversely, people who spent money on time-saving services experienced greater happiness.

To help combat the time crunch, zenGOT, using a business model akin to those of Airbnb and Uber, offers busy people a range of services, including errand running, cleaning, handy person work, yard work, pet services, organizing, elder assistance, and more.

Says Catherine, “It’s so gratifying! Everyone gets to enjoy a better quality of life, whether it’s the customer, the zenGiver or the recipient of a virtual zenGOT Gift Card that can be purchased online instantly and sent virtually to friends and loved ones.”

Life is too short to not spend quality time with your kids. Why not buy yourself a few hours and let someone else clean up the LEGO toys?

zenGOT Photo - FamilyzenGOT has launched in Vancouver and Calgary, and is onboarding zenGivers (service providers) in Toronto and Edmonton. Ready to send you Helping Hands, On-Demand!


3 Simple Tips To Get The House Cleaning Help You Need

Great news! You don’t need to be a millionaire in order to have a house cleaning service any more.

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Thanks to the rising trend of outsourcing, hiring a house cleaning service has become more accessible to busy families than ever before, and with just a couple of tweaks, you can get the help you need to maintain your home (and your sanity) at a more affordable price. Here are some simple tips to help you get started:

Reduce the scope. 

Instead of having your entire home cleaned, try hiring someone to clean just the kitchen and bathroom(s) (two of the dirtiest rooms in most houses) for you. This will get the dirty work done, but will also cut the house cleaning costs down significantly for you.


Share the load.

House cleaning doesn’t have to be an adults-only chore. Get the kids involved in keeping your home clean, and consider divvying up the tasks so the cleaning gets done quickly. Consider making vacuuming and sweeping the chores for the grown ups, and have the kids dust the shelves and fold the laundry.

Having an outside company cover the kitchen and bathroom scrubbing will keep you and your little ones free from inhaling any bathroom or degreasing solutions, yet by getting them involved in the process, you can still teach them the value of maintaining a clean home.

Reduce the frequency.

Depending on your situation, you might be able to get away with less frequent house cleaning appointments.

For example, some families will bring in outside house cleaning help once a month to give their home a proper, thorough deep cleaning, and then for the rest of the month, the home is maintained by the family.

This will create a healthy balance between parents teaching their kids the value of chipping in to maintain the home, and enjoying a hassle-free clean up of the house once a month.

Scrubbi logo 2016Interested in giving house cleaning services a try? Check out Scrubbi, a house cleaning startup that provides professional house cleaning help and friendly customer service for busy families all across Canada. Visit them online and get a quote to see if they’re the right fit for your family.