I've heard it said with a sigh, "I have to clean before the cleaning lady comes." I used to wonder what was meant by this. Why pay someone if you're doing it yourself?!
Fast forward some years, and I've been enlightened.
Do you need to prepare your home prior to your home cleaner's arrival?
Preparing and actual cleaning aren't one in the same.
If you've hired the right cleaning company, you want them to make your house look awesome in the time they've been scheduled to clean your home. As you can imagine, it's difficult to make a bathroom look spotless with a hairdryer, make-up products, toothbrushes, and your hair straightener laying out across the counter. It's a familiar scene for many of us, but should be put away for proper scrubbing to commence.
We're human. We live active and busy lives. Many of us are good at accumulating things. Those things don't always get put in their proper place right away, and they quickly and naturally develop into clutter. Your cleaning technician is human too and doesn't inherently know where you want your mail, your child's blanket fort supplies, where to put your dirty dishes while trying to clean both the counter and the sink, or which shoes belong in which room. The cleaner is coming to thoroughly clean your home. Giving her easier access to it is important so she can give you the most bang for your buck.
A solid clean is a longer lasting and better feeling clean.
In short, yes, you clear things up prior to your cleaner's arrival. But it's completely worth it! Find what shortcuts you need to get that clutter out of the way, or look at it as a motivator to finally find a good spot for those things taking over your space.
Then, you can let your cleaning technician work her magic and make you feel bright at home.