Keeping The House Clean this Summer

35771410_s.jpgSchools almost out so before the kids are underfoot 24/7, it is time to create a plan that will help keep your home clean and organized all summer long.
The best tip is being organized:
–  Prepare the night before
–  Have a place for everything and everything in its place
–  Hire Mary Poppins.
Okay, so perhaps we need a little more detail, am I right?
Clean Momma Blog has five great tips that you can really use to keep your home clean even with kids under foot all day long:
  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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Cyndi Morrow – Canton Resident is Making a Difference

One of the reasons we have enjoyed our business over the past decade plus, has been because of the people we encounter. People helping people.
We like to think that our Maid Brigade teams offer a little helping hand to members of our community. In this edition of our newsletter, we thought we’d spotlight someone else who is doing some pretty amazing things.
Cyndi Morrow is the founder of Wishes Can Happen.She was recently spotlighted in an article posted by the Our Town news.
Morrow started serving her community in a number of ways including starting Wishes Can Happen 33 years ago to help make the wishes of kids who are facing a threatening illness come true. To date, the organization has made 1,237 wishes come true.
Morrow has served the community through sitting on a number of different committees. She has been awarded the Junior League’s Woman of the Year President’s Award. She has also received the Aultcare 30 recognition where Aultcare selected 30 people in Stark County who were advocates and made a difference in their communities. She was also inducted into the Plain Local Alumni Association Hall of Distinction.
I have known and admired Cyndi as a local business owner for years, but I had not been aware of the impact of this wish-giving organization that she had founded.  When I was asked to join the Board of Directors of Wishes Can Happen last summer, I agreed without hesitation.  In the last few months, Ray and I have been learning more about the organization and have been involved in sending three families to the Give Kids the World Village in Florida where they can visit all the Disney parks and spend a care-free week just being pampered and enjoying life as a family.
This June Ray and I will get to see the Give Kids the World Village for ourselves when we travel to Florida to attend the annual conference of the national Association of Wish Giving Organizations.
Wishes Can Happen is a local organization which raises funds to grant wishes to qualifying kids throughout Ohio.  If you’re interested in learning more about the organization, please reach out to me with an email.  Most importantly, if you know of a family with a child age 3 – 21 with a life-threatening illness, please let them know thatWishes Can Happen is here for them.  They can be nominated to receive a wish through the WCH website, or send me an email and I will get the process started.
In the meantime, be good to each other!
PS – There are many fun community events that serve as fundraisers for Wishes Can Happen – one that is coming up is the“Musical Memories,”a concert by Majestic Voice, a delightful singing group…it’s a dinner and concert in Massillon on Saturday, May 7 – we would love to see you there!
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It Is Spring – Time for a Thorough Cleaning

It is time to open up the windows and let the fresh air in! Since the beginning of time – back in pioneer days – our female ancestors used this time of the year to pay attention to every detail in the home – turning mattresses, washing baseboards, and sweeping up the dirt floor.
Luckily times have changed but we still stick to the tradition of giving our homes a thorough once over when the frost thaws and crocuses pop through the dirt.
So who better to turn to for suggestions and a detailed checklist than the woman herself –
Martha Stewart.
Just like with everything Martha does – her Spring Cleaning checklist includes details you might have never considered.
Thinks like:
Cleaning your porch ceiling and walls: Sweep up cobwebs and debris with a corn broom, and wash walls with a solution of all-purpose cleaner and water using a polyester sponge.
Reseal Grout Lines: The cement-based material between wall, floor, and counter top tiles is extremely porous and stains easily.
Polish Metal Door and Window Hardware: Liquid polishes and polish-impregnated cloths work well for medi- um-tarnished surfaces; pastes and creams are for heavier work.
To print our the complete Martha Stewart Spring Cleaning Checklist – click here:
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Asthma & Allergy Season is all the time

sneezingThe ACAAI says this will be the worst season for asthma and allergies yet. Again! What can you do to reduce or prevent asthma or allergy attacks?

Here are some highlights from the Asthma/Allergy section of our most downloadable PDF, CLEAN IN: The DIY House Cleaning Program. Follow these tips and you’ll be well prepared for an early, and long, asthma and allergy season!

  1. Replace your pillows. Dust mites are one of the main culprits when it comes to asthma and allergy attacks. Do you know how they LOVE to hang out in your bedding? Launder pillows every three months.
  2. Replace your mattress. Yep. If you haven’t replaced your mattress in 7 years and you experience sneezing, coughing or congestion upon waking, it’s time.
  3. Use pillow and mattress covers to prevent dust mites from infiltrating your new mattress. Launder them in hot water once every one or three months, respectively.
  4. Vacuum books & shelves and dust decorative objects now, and repeat every three months.
  5. Clean carpets, drapes and upholstery and repeat every six months.
  6. Wash area rugs and repeat every three months.
  7. Dust and/or wash fan blades and light fixtures and repeat every three months.
  8. Use quality walk-in mats to stop more dust, dirt and pollen at the door.
  9. Don’t make your bed. We said it. Oh yes we did. Dust mites HATE light. So throw back the covers, open the blinds, let the sun shine in, and whisper a silent apology to your mother.
  10. Eliminate synthetic fragrances from your cleaning products. Fragrances in cleaning products is a year-round concern, not a seasonal one. They can trigger asthma and allergy attacks (and more severe health problems) yet they don’t add any cleaning benefit!
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One Tip to Improve Appearance by 50%

Make Your Bed
If you only have time to do one thing before leaving for work in the morning; make your bed.
Often we leave our bedroom first thing in the morning and don’t return until we are exhausted at the end of the day.
Coming into a messy bedroom after a long day of work and family obligations can add to your stress.
By simply making your bed you are improving the appearance of your bedroom by more than 50%, says Maria Stegner, Maid Brigade’s in house author.
Make the bed. Hands down, if you make your bed, your room will look 50% more clean than if the bed wasn’t made. The “bed making” process itself doesn’t have to be perfect, but the bed sheets and blanket should be neatly organized on the bed each day. No excuses!
Travelodge Employee Sets World Record
Travelodge Employee Sets World Record
It doesn’t have to take a long time to make your bed. In the above video Hotel manager Andrea Warner set the Guinness World record for making a king size bed. The Travelodge employee, who makes an estimated 10,000 beds a year, made the bed from scratch in just 74 seconds.
Make Your Bed and Be Successful – Advice from U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McCraven
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed,” U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McCraven told the graduates of his alma mater on May 16. 
McCraven, the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, relayed several lessons he has learned in 36 years as a Navy SEAL, starting with some advice that was music to the ears of exasperated mothers everywhere.
“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day,” he said. “It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. 
“Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made – that you made. And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.” 
Consider adding this one simple task to your morning routine and you will be ready to take on the world!
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mop cleaningMaid Brigade’s D-I-Y House Cleaning Program is a comprehensive schedule to follow for a healthy, clean home throughout the year. Inside you’ll find the 4 essential components to maintain a clean home, now through the holidays: Program 1. Annual cleaning plan 2. Weekly cleaning tasks 3. Seasonal cleaning tasks 4. Asthma & allergy cleaning plan.

Click here to download the comprehensive plan.  Maid Brigade Clean In Plan

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Stay Safe This Winter

January is almost coming to an end and winter has finally arrived.


We want you to stay safe this winter so here are three safety tips from the Red Cross for your home:


Space Heaters:
If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least 3′ away – paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
Fireplace Safety:
Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
Protect your pipes:
Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children.
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