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A Helping Hand

Morgan Smith / Glacier City Gazette Kristina Fritz and Sharilynn Standford smiling at the freshly finished volunteer cleaning job at Challenge Alaska.

A Helping Hand

By Morgan Smith
Staff Writer

Everyone in Girdwood plays a role in making this town the highly functioning entity that it is. Some roles are more obvious than others but all are equally important. Locally owned and operated business Spruced Up Cleaning has been keeping our homes and rentals clean and thriving since 2015 and is one of these entities.

Spruced Up Cleaning was originally owned by Casey Lewis. Having overheard one of her employees discuss her interest in owning her own local business, Casey offered to sell Spruced Up Cleaning to Kristina Fritz. It was Casey’s mission to pass the company on to someone who knew the ropes and would continue to provide the community with great service. So in March of 2018, Fritz took over.

Now with seven employees under her wing, Spruced Up Cleaning is continuously growing and looking toward an even bigger brighter future. Fritz’s mission is to create a clean, comfortable living space that her clients can look forward to when arriving home. So many people in Girdwood commute into Anchorage, leaving no time in their busy schedules to pick up around their home, and that is where Spruced up Cleaning comes in.

That way when you come home and your exhausted, your house is ready to be used and you can just sit back, relax and let the stresses of your day just melt away. From deep cleans to just sprucing up the basics, you can choose how much and what you want done, putting the control in your hands. Fritz said that seeing people come home and that weight being lifted off their shoulders is the best part of the job.

Looking to the future, Fritz hopes to expand enough to be able to take on all the clients she has on a waitlist. With that growth, she will be able to do more for her dedicated employees. Whether it’s a bonus, spa day or passes to the mountain, she just wants to show her employees how much she cares and appreciates their hard work. She explains to me that she strives to make her business feel like a family. They all try and take care of one another. Whether it is covering a shift or helping watch each others kids, they unite to support one another.

Spruced up Cleaning also goes above and beyond to show Girdwood their support. Fritz has her staff volunteer clean for several local charities. From Challenge Alaska, to Make a Wish foundation, Spruced Up Cleaning understands the importance of participating in giving back to help strengthen the community.

“It’s important to get to know the community on a personal level, so everyone knows each other and understands we care,” Fritz explains. Having grown up in Girdwood herself, you can see how much the community means to her. That is why she moved back. She wanted to raise her children here, and there is no place she’d rather be.

Being out on a job with her, I got to see everything I mentioned in action, especially how labor intensive the job is, how much the client’s happiness means to her and her staff and how important the client’s privacy is. And at the end of the day, she knows how good it feels to hear or see the client’s happiness because their home or rental are ready to be enjoyed

I watched as Krissy walked through a home and talked about all of the things she wishes she could do to help that client, but there wasn’t enough time. Her compassion for her clients makes Spruced Up Cleaning such a special entity in this community. Just one more uniquely spectacular small business that keeps the wheels of Girdwood turning. It is a marvel to watch what an impact they have. I am so grateful to have such dedicated, thoughtful businesses such as these in our community.

Morgan Smith / Glacier City Gazette Kristina Fritz and Sharilynn Standford smiling at the freshly finished volunteer cleaning job at Challenge Alaska.

Morgan Smith / Glacier City Gazette
Kristina Fritz and Sharilynn Standford smiling at the freshly finished volunteer cleaning job at Challenge Alaska.

Morgan Smith / Glacier City Gazette There is lots of space to stretch out and play at the Mountain View Guest home.

Morgan Smith / Glacier City Gazette
There is lots of space to stretch out and play at the Mountain View Guest home.