Actually, that last one is something Maid Brigade can help with. While you are working on planting annuals and getting the pool ready for your Memorial Day party, let our team come in and take care of the cleaning! Together we’ll get your entire home ready for the summer.
1. Can’t reach the cobwebs?
Drag a helium balloon around them. Gone.
2. Coffee grinder a dirty mess?
Grind uncooked white rice in there until the rice comes out clean.
3. Artificial flowers gathering dust?
Put them in a paper bag with a cup of salt. Fold it closed and shake. The dirt will fall right off.
4. Microwave spill?
Cover it with a wet paper towel and nuke for 10 seconds. It’ll wipe right up when the cloth cools.
5. Dusty shades?
Blast them with a can of compressed air. The kind used to clean computer keyboards. All clean.
6. Rusty or water spotted chrome?
Pour cola on it, then wipe with the shiny side ofaluminum foil.
7. Slimy vase?
Pour some baking soda inside, followed by a few pours of white vinegar and scrub. All clear!
8. Used milk glasses covered in scummy film?
Rinse them in cold water before washing them with hot water and soap. Sparkle.
9. Sponge got grunge?
Pop it into the microwave while it’s damp and nuke it for one minute.
10. Dusty mini-blinds?
As 2016 comes to a close, it may be time to think about how you can declutter your home and your life so that you are prepared for the new year.
We often think of this cleaning process as part of a spring task (“spring cleaning”) but for those of you with a few extra days off at the end of the year, this might be the perfect time to declutter.
Laws of Attraction has put together a comprehensive guide to helping you declutter your home which includes a checklist.
Click here for the list of 150 things to throw away.
Make it a fun family activity. Select a time frame for everyone to work on a desk drawer, closet or even under the bed. At the end of the time – celebrate with a board game, a trip for ice cream or family movie time.
Decluttering doesn’t have to be a chore. Make it a contest to see who can fill up the most bags for donation or trash.
At the end of the project you will be clutter-free and ready to start the new year.
Once you are finished, consider the reward of having your home professionally “green” cleaned by your local Maid Brigade team. Give us a call. We’d love to help you prepare for the new year.
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Cleaning the garage sounds worse than it actually is. Follow the 3 R’s of garage organizing and reclaim some space for what you actually intended to store there: your cars!
Step 1 is to remove everything (yes, everything) from your garage. Then, separate unused and unwanted items into two piles: one for the dumpster and one for donations. If an item hasn’t been used in the last 12 months, it’s a safe bet that it should go.
What do you really want to store in this area? Once you’ve decided, divide the garage into different zones – one per category. Separate the zones using different colored bins, tags or walls.
Return the items you want to store here, placing them in the appropriate zone. Take advantage of peg board, stacking bins, specialized hooks and DIY shelving to help you maximize space in each zone and get items to be stored off the floor.
If it seems too much to tackle on a Saturday, or even a whole weekend, mentally divide your garage into sections and address one at a time. Even clearing and re-organizing one fourth of your garage will give you a sense of accomplishment, some peace of mind and an excuse to exercise a fourth “R” – REJOICE!
For more information, see Marie’s blog on clearing and organizing the garage.
- Cleaning out the microwave = 40 points (must be a pretty dirty microwave)
- Dust the Great room = 25 points
- Scrub the bathroom sinks = 10 points per sink
- Give everyone 3 tasks to do every single day. Why three tasks? Everyone can remember what they have to do, it builds a habit, and it gives them responsibility. My recommendation? The 3 tasks that my kids have to complete are – make their beds, put away clothes (clean and dirty laundry), and straighten their rooms.
- Get out. The more time you spend out of the house, the less mess you’ll be creating inside the house. Enjoy the weather, play in the yard, go to a pool, the park, and the library. Make the most of the summer!
- Eat outside. When my kids were littler we’d do stroller picnics just about every day for lunch, and now we do picnics outside for lunch. This keeps the food mess outside and it’s so much more fun to eat outside anyway.
- One thing in and one thing out. It’s a hard habit to get kids to do, but if they put things away after they use them it will keep things tidier and make it easier for clean up later. Lazy summer afternoons can be a great time to sort through toys and games and weed out stuff that isn’t getting much use anymore. Kids (generally) like sorting jobs like organizing Legos and other toys with small pieces. Give them a little direction and let them be in charge of the organization of their toys.
- Let the kids clean with you. Choose age-appropriate cleaning tasks and let your kids clean right along with you. Give them a mini cleaning bucket or tote, a spray bottle with water or non-toxic cleaner, a duster, and a microfiber cloth and they can dust and clean their rooms and the rest of the house right along with you.