Morning After Maids offer post-party clean-up
When Auckland health and safety consultant Catherine Ashurst was a child, she used to clean all the cutlery before using them when she stayed in hotels or motels.
That obsession with cleaning never went away, so it's fitting that the self-professed "clean freak" has now co-founded a specialist service to help people clean up after parties.
Called Morning After Maids, the company not only provides cleaning services but Ashurst and co-founder Rebecca Foley can also bring food and puppy cuddles from Ashurst's maltese Sydney silky and Foley's pomeranian papillon.
"It's the little extras added on that are making us different from the rest," Ashurst says.
The idea was initially came about when Foley was in bed with a hangover and said: "Imagine if we had someone to do [the cleaning] or if you went and did it for people".
Ashurst's initial reaction was to brush it off but once they really thought about it, they saw a need and a market for it.
Some guidance from entrepreneur friends and a Facebook page later, Morning After Maids has already completed its first job this weekend.
Ashurst says they have considered the possibility of having to clean up all sorts of unsightly messes so they have also introduced an additional charge for vomit per area.
"If people don't want to be sending $10 a spew then they have to watch what they drink."
Ashurst says the plan is to grow the business, maybe franchising it later on, but at this very early stage, it was simply about helping people out.
"We're trying to keep it more grounded. It's making people feel better and it's a good way to meet people at the same time."