It happens to everyone: You think you're staying on top of household cleaning, and then one day you look around and the bathrooms are unpleasant, the dog's tracked in all the spring mud, and toys and clothes are strewn all over the kids' rooms.

It's stressful and so many of us would rather spend our free time doing things we really want to do — not scrubbing and organizing our homes.

That's something Missy at Fresh Start understands. She started the cleaning and organizing company in 2013 after about 5 years of cleaning residential homes to supplement her income. Missy and her team are passionate about cleaning and organizing so their clients can enjoy a calm, clean home.

We asked her what questions she encourages clients to ask before they hire a professional team to work in their home:

1) Is your company fully insured? It's important to work with companies that are insured so you, as the homeowner, are protected if the cleaner accidentally gets hurt while working in your home.

2) Can you give me a few references, please? Before hiring a cleaning or organization company, you'll want to ask a few of their clients how long they've been using them and if they feel the company is taking care of them and their home.

3) How are your rates structured? Some charge by the hour or the job, and either way, you'll want to make sure you understand what is included in the service, so you aren’t disappointed that your beds weren’t made or trash not taken out.

4) Do you have a satisfaction guarantee? What will they do if you are unhappy with the service?

Fresh Start provides all the details of their services, rates, and satisfaction guarantee in writing after their free 30-minute consultation. They tailor their services to meet the specific needs of each family and check in frequently with clients to ensure their cleanings are great. If there is a problem, they come out to fix any areas for free. All cleaning techs have passed a background check and are vaccinated.

If you're ready for a spring cleaning or some fresh organization, now's a great time to contact Fresh Start. For a limited time, new customers can get $50 off a deep cleaning or spring cleaning or $100 off a 3-month Start to Finish Organizing Package. To get started, fill out their contact page on their website at freshstartberkshire.com/contact-us.

 Here's a look at some of their work:

Before (left) and after (right). Credit: freshstartberkshire.com
Before (left) and after (right). Credit: freshstartberkshire.com
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Before (left) and after (right). Credit: freshstartberkshire.com
Before (left) and after (right). Credit: freshstartberkshire.com
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Before (left) and after (right). Credit: freshstartberkshire.com
Before (left) and after (right). Credit: freshstartberkshire.com
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