Get Your Closets Organized

Most of us are not lucky enough to have a closet like Kim Kardasian, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t get organized. It may not be spring, but any time is the right time to get organized.

The One Year Rule

Start your project by reviewing each piece in your closet. If you haven’t worn it in a year – or if it doesn’t fit and you are waiting to lose weight – donate the item to charity. When you lose weight, you can treat yourself to something new, in the meantime, some one else can benefit from your clothes.

Discardia Closet Trick

Here is a clever trick to uncover those items you THINK you need but really don’t wear very often. This comes to us from Apartment Therapy.

Turn around all the hangers in your closet so the hooks are pointing towards you (wrong way round).

When you wear something, put it back with the hook the normal way.

In six months, any hanger still facing the wrong way is holding an item you haven’t worn, ready for the donation bag.

Video How-To

Jalon Burton of All in the Detail shares her top tips for organizing your clothes closets!

Organizing Your Closets
Organizing Your Closets

Donation Tax Credits

Make sure that you take the time to itemize what you donate before making that trip to Goodwill, Salvation Army or American Vets. Here is a PDF guide of the value of your donated items from Goodwill.

Goodwill Value Worksheet

Even More Ideas

Here are a few more articles to check out:

Real Simple offers 31 tips for inspirational closets

Buzz Feed has 53 Seriously Life Changing Closet Tips.

HGTV keeps it simple with 5 Great Tips

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Consistent – Thorough – Reliable The Maid Brigade Team Difference

You may not be aware, but when we clean your home, each team member has a primary responsibility; wet or dry.

This allows each maid to give special attention to designated areas of your home, and then work together on certain tasks and help each other to perform the final inspection which ensures a thorough, reliable cleaning every time.

This meme was recently posted on Facebook – does it resonate with you?

One of the benefits of a Maid Brigade cleaning team is that we just focus on the cleaning part and leave the “playing with stuff” to our clients. That way, no one complains!

If you haven’t experienced the green cleaning of one of our trained teams, give us a call. We’ll come in and take care of the cleaning for you, or work along side of you as you tackle those rare cleaning tasks like organizing the cupboards while we take care of the rest.

Did you know that we even change your bed linens? It is a wonderful thing to come home to a clean house after a long day of work, but there is nothing quite so luxurious as slipping between clean sheets at the end of the day.

Keep in mind that Maid Brigade is here to help with the cleaning aspects of your busy to-do list.

Need help with your home? Give us a call!
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Put a Little Magic In Your Cleaning

If cleaning is a chore in your house, you might consider using the Magic Erasers from Mr. Clean.

Following are dozens of creative uses for Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. In general, these magic erasers can “remove” or “clean” virtually anything! (For the record, that Magic Erasers warning that’s floating around stating they’re dangerous is a hoax.)

These foam-like pads are extremely lightweight and resemble pieces of Styrofoam. They are made of a porous melamine material that gets into hard-to-clean surfaces and tiny grooves… like magic! All it takes is a dab of water to moisten the eraser. No other cleaning chemicals needed (…and no elbow grease).

What Mr. Clean Magic Erasers Can Do:
  • remove dried paint from door hinges
  • remove tarnish from silver
  • remove mold & mildew from anything plastic
  • clean & polish gold jewelry
  • remove soap scum in the tub and shower
  • remove marks on walls
  • clean splatters inside the microwave
  • remove marks on vinyl siding
  • clean mirrors in the bathroom (keeps shower mirrors from fogging)
  • remove adhesive residue after removing stickers
  • remove waterline mark around the pool
  • remove hair dye from countertops & floors
  • clean light-colored suede
Click here for a list of more than

100 Uses for the Magic Eraser. 

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Eliminate Those Pesky Piles

 pileNext – how about eliminating the piles of paper that can accumulate around the house; on the kitchen counters, the den, the bedroom and even in the bathroom!As the year comes to a close and a new year looms; what is one new thing you can do to help streamline your life? How about declutter? Clutter is not only on our kitchen counters but also in the closet, basement, garage, our schedules and even in our minds! Clutter can keep us from being productive and in some cases can even foster an unhealthy environment. Our suggestion? Eliminate those piles: Start in the kitchen and eliminate the piles of dishes in the sink. Rather than just run water on the plates and pots to soak overnight, how about rinsing them off and getting them in the dishwasher. You don’t want to come down in the morning to find the residue of last night’s dinner. Not to mention that piles of dishes can attract mold and mildew. Ick.

Try the “One Touch” rule. Chris from Perfect Time Management says this:

The solution is very simple – If you touch it, act on it. Take the next step, make sure you don’t even touch something unless you have time to work on it, and schedule that time into your diary.
 
And what about the laundry? Eliminate those piles of dirty clothes and actually – remove the piles of clean clothes as well. Stay on top of the laundry by doing a little each day. One load a day is easier to wash, dry and put away then waiting for the weekend and spending the better part of Saturday dealing with a week’s worth of clothes.
Now how about your schedule? Is there something you can eliminate from your day to make it less cluttered? How about cleaning your home? Maid Brigade is here to help! Start off 2015 by having Maid Brigade offer a deep cleaning visit or consider schedule regular cleaning visits.  We can help keep those piles under control.
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How to Clean Your Washing Machine

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There are chemical products you can buy on the market to clean your washing machine, but Maid Brigade is always about offering green cleaning solutions that are safe for your family and your home.We may not think about the fact that our washing machine gets dirty but as you can see from the picture – it does.

So here is a suggestion from Somewhat Simple to help you clean the machine that cleans your clothes! One guess for the product you’ll use…white vinegar!  Yet again, another use for this inexpensive, everyday kitchen staple.

Fill the washing machine up and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar.

Let it set for 1 hour, then start the washing machine over again and let it run through a complete cycle.

When the machine drains if it still has grime on it, use a sponge and some straight white vinegar and scrub it down really well.

Now the next step requires the use of bleach so you’ll want to make sure that your room is well ventilated.

Fill washing machine up again and pour in 2 cups of bleach.  Let it soak for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, use Q-Tips to detail all the nooks and crannies.  Don’t forget to clean the knobs and the lid too.

Restart the washing machine and let it run through a complete cycle.

 

Once the cycle has finished you are done; your washing machine will be clean and shiny!

Don’t want to use bleach? DIY Natural offers a solution that uses vinegar and baking soda – here is there recommendation:

The following instructions will allow you to kill mold, mildew, and keep odors at bay in your washer…using only natural ingredients. This process is safe for septic tanks and safe for all washer components!

Two common household ingredients are needed for this project. White vinegar and baking soda to the rescue! The vinegar will disinfect, helping kill mold and mildew. The acidity of the vinegar will help dissolve soap residue in the wash tub and can also be helpful in dissolving lime deposits in pipes (if you have hard water). The baking soda cleans soap scum and deodorizes if you have SWS (stinky washer syndrome).
Looking for more Green Cleaning solutions? Visit our Green  House graphic – each room offers a different tip!
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How You Can Avoid Fall Germs and the Flu

‘Tis the season for coughing and sneezing. If you are attending any high school, college or Browns’ football games this season, you already have experienced the rain, wind and cold. The perfect combination for catching a cold.
Maid Brigade, the Certified Green Cleaners, has some tips to help you stay healthy this season.
First off, make sure you get yourflu shot, pneumonia shot or other healthy precautions recommended by your health professional. sneezing
Second, consider these important tips from Marie Stegner, the Maid Brigade columnist:

Green Cleaning Tips to Combat Fall Germs and the Flu

  1. Wash your hands – Wash hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water after time at school, trips to the store, and definitely before eating and after using the bathroom. Teach children to wash between their fingers and around fingernails.
  2. Stock up on germ-combating natural cleaning supplies – The two ingredients I use most to disinfect against viruses at home are hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar. Hydrogen peroxide in its proper formulation and dilution is considered an effective sanitizer and disinfectant. White vinegar is a disinfectant.
  3. Drop backpacks by the door – Designate a drop spot by the door, not on the kitchen table or counter. Remove schoolbooks and other frequently used items to clean daily. Wash backpacks once per week. Clean the outside and the inside of lunchboxes daily before putting them away or repacking. Use sealed containers that can be put in the dishwasher for lunches and snacks.
  4. No sharing – Water bottles, ear buds, and food are off limits for sharing. If school rules require sharing of sports equipment, remind kids to wash their hands afterward. And encourage them to stay away from water fountains at school – one of the biggest germ hot spots.
  5. Close the lid and clean the seat – Every time you flush your toilet with the seat up, bacteria and germs spray into the air. Toothbrush nearby? Well, you get the picture. Teach your kids to close the seat before flushing. Make toilet disinfection a priority on your cleaning list even when no one in the house is sick.
Remember, we are the green cleaning specialists. We don’t use harsh chemicals, only safe solutions that not only clean but also sanitize your surfaces. Give us a call for a free estimate to have the green cleaning specialists from Maid Brigade give your home a thorough cleaning!
330-453-6000
For more information on our Green Clean CertifiedTM system and green living, visitwww.greencleancertified.com.
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Stink Bug Problem: Here is an Easy Solution

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Fall is the season for stink bugs, those nasty creepy, crawling insects that seem to appear out of thin air.
Although we are not exterminators, we have heard some of our customers complain about these creatures and after a little research on line, we found a couple of simple solutions.
First, a little history. These bugs have only been in the US for ten years. They somehow found their way here from their native Asia and now are the bain of the existence of farmers and home owners.
NewsNet 5 did a feature story recently on these stinky pests and offered these simple tips for ridding your home of stink bugs:

Inspect the outside of homes
Check doors and windows for cracks, torn screens and loose caulking. Seal gaps with caulk, and use weather stripping on doors. Use screens to protect vents in attics and crawl spaces.

Check the yard
Firewood, boxes and clutter left in the yard can provide a home for overwintering stink bugs.

If they’re already inside

Contact a pest-control professional. Stink bugs don’t feed or reproduce once indoors, but if they’ve made it into open spaces in the walls, they are likely to reappear year after year. You may also attempt to catch them inside of a plastic baggie with a zip closure.

Don’t vacuum

Vacuuming the bugs may seem like an easy way to avoid the stink that comes with squishing them, but the stink bug smell can linger in vacuums for months.

Peppermint spray

A mix of mint oil and water may be sprayed around entryways and hidden spots. It acts as a repellent.

If they are inside your home, a simple way to get rid of these stinky pests is with a light, tin foil pan, dish soap and water.  Sound simple? It is. Here is the solution from Mary Ann Barton. She writes that:
Researchers from the  College of Agriculture and Life Sciences found that the best way to get rid of the little buggers? Just fill a foil roasting pan with water and dish soap and put a light over the pan to attract the bugs in a dark room. 

 

The trap eliminated 14 times more stink bugs than store-bought traps that cost up to $50, the study found. The only price of the homemade model is the cost of a roasting pan, dish soap, and a light – all which homeowners may already own.

Great tip! If stink bugs are a problem in your home, give this simple remedy a try.
In the meantime, although we don’t get rid of bugs, we do get rid of mold, mildew and dust mites.  Give us a call for a free estimate to have the green cleaning specialists from Maid Brigade give your home a thorough cleaning!
330-453-6000
For more information on our Green Clean CertifiedTM system and green living, visitwww.greencleancertified.com.
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