4 Local Domestic Services That Save the Day

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Ever find yourself wishing for elves to take care of your household chores while you sleep? We’ve got the next best thing here in Portland! While you go off to work or play chauffeur from soccer practices to piano lessons, these handy helpers will cook, clean, organize and generally make your life easier back at home. Breathe a sigh of relief and enlist one of the following local businesses to lend a very capable hand.


photo: We Got This, LLC

We Got This, LLC
This dynamic duo does the cooking and cleaning in one fell swoop. For a single fee, you’ll have the house cleaned and dinner cooked by the time you arrive home at the end of your day. You get to choose the meal from the menu on their website, and they’ll do the grocery shopping (they’ll even pick up your favorite bottle of wine). In addition to their standard cooking and cleaning gig, they have additional services available such as green cleaning, walking the family dog, helping you prep your house for a party and their “romance” package, which includes fresh flowers.

We Got This, LLC currently serves Portland and Happy Valley. Their fees are based on the size of your home and the number of residents, pets and rooms. Cooking is available as a stand-alone service if requested, and they have a $25 referral reward.

We Got This, LLC
Online: wegotthispdx.com

Tidy Gnomes
Imagine handing off your to-do list to someone else to complete. The Tidy Gnomes work by the hour on whatever it is that has been nagging you. It may be the regular housecleaning, chopping veggies or other dinner prep, pulling weeds, organizing the closets and pantry or cleaning out the fridge! They’re all about flexibility and doing whatever they can to make your life a little more Zen. They also offer their services for set-up and clean-up of weddings and other events, like birthday parties.

The Tidy Gnomes are available mainly in Inner Portland, but they do have a general service area map. Fees are typically calculated by the hour except for a few services that have flat rates. Rates are available on their website.

Tidy Gnomes
Online: tidygnomes.com



photo: Domestic Details, LLC

Domestic Details, LLC 
It’s all in the details for this professional, highly-skilled team. They start with your standard housecleaning services, offered on three different levels. Their Basic service is a quick and efficient cleaning and ranges to the Deluxe, which includes things like fresh linens on the bed, washing and folding laundry and sweeping the porch, depending on your needs. Their personal errand services will tackle your simple errands or your special projects, everything from waiting for the cable guy to planning your next party.

Services are offered in the Portland metro area, but locations outside of their standard distance can be arranged for a mileage fee. Cleaning services average $35/hour and all other services are dependent upon a pre-arranged package with a minimum monthly commitment.

Domestic Details, LLC
Online: domesticdetailspdx.com

Lucky Larder
Is food preservation (also known as canning) on your list of things to try? Whether you’d like to learn how to preserve or would rather enjoy the year-round benefits without the learning curve, the folks at Lucky Larder are your new best friends. Hand over the fruit from that prolific tree in your backyard or visit a u-pick farm for your goodies, and they will either preserve them for you or teach you how to do it yourself in a group class or one-on-one session.

Visit the Lucky Larder website for a schedule of classes and events, or contact them directly for information on individual instruction and complete preservation services.

Lucky Larder
Online: luckylarder.com

Have you found a housekeeping service that has made your life easier? Let us know in the Comments below!

— Marianne Walters