Keep it Clean while you are in a Hurry

quick_cleaning_rkav5c Most of us lead hectic lives and often end up feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of tasks that need to get done before the long day comes to an end. This statement is especially valid for those of you who have small children to look after. Imagine the following situation. You go home from work and are just about to thrown in the towel and take a short break, when the phone rings. It turns out friends are coming over to dinner in an hour but your home looks like an absolute mess. What do you do? The answer is simple – just follow the five tips, we have listed below and you will be on your way towards a cleaner, cosier home, and a stress-free lifestyle.

Don’t be Negligent

Neglecting your cleaning chores is likely to result in a cluttered living space that requires hours to tidy up. If you are consistent with the cleaning tasks you need to go through for the day, however, your home will not take hours to clean. Do little clean-ups every day – it matters not whether it is dusting the furniture in the living room or simply collecting the dirty laundry off the floor and tossing it in the washing machine. Persistence will save you lots of time and efforts in the future.

Clean on the Go

Every parent out there is well familiar with the fact toys, books and stationery often end up in places where they normally don’t belong – think furniture or all over the floor. Thankfully, collecting them does not require that much time and you can actually do it on the go, while you are preparing yourself to leave for work, for instance. In the long run, however, it would be a good idea to encourage the children to try and maintain their rooms clutter-free and spend five to ten minutes each day in returning the miscellaneous items they possess back to their rightful places. You will be surprised by how much cleaner a clutter-free home will feel.

Air on a Regular Basis

No one wants to step into a house filled by obnoxious cooking odour and stale air. Airing your home on a regular basis is probably the easiest thing to do, not to mention opening your living room window literally requires seconds. The stale odours will escape within fifteen minutes and you are done. Besides, regular airing refreshes both you and your home.

Ask for Help

If you are expecting guests in an hour or so, there is a good chance your attempts to clean the house all by yourself would prove to be unsuccessful. One can only do so much in a limited amount of time. Why not ask the kids or your husband for a little help? After all, union is strength as the saying goes. The little ones can occupy themselves with simple tasks like vacuuming or dusting the furniture, while you and your partner deal with the more demanding cleaning tasks.

Don’t Forget the Bathroom

A dirty bathroom is likely to leave anyone with a bad impression, so don’t forget to go through this area of your home as well. It will only take less than ten minutes to complete the task. Just spurt a little bathroom cleaner along the rim of the toilet and let it sit until you wipe the mirrors and cupboards and clean the sink. Use the toilet brush to scrub the inside of the toilet bowl. Adding a fresh bar of soup and a new roll of toilet paper will be a nice finishing touch.

Don’t Panic!

This is probably the best advice provided by CarpetCleaners Shepherds Bush. Sure, your guests might be on your doorstep in less than an hour, but this doesn’t mean you have to go hysterical over a messy home. Approaching your cleaning tasks with the right mindset is of crucial importance. Otherwise, you will just end up bumping into furniture and rushing from one room to another not knowing what to do and where to start. Just pause, take a deep breath and approach what awaits you positively.

See, we told you you’ve got nothing to fear. If you are persistent with your chores and do little clean-ups every now and then, you will end up having more time for yourself later on. Besides, unexpected guests on your door step will no longer be an unpleasant surprise. See for yourself and give our tips a try.
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

It’s Flu Season

It’s time of year again. So far I have been healthy (knock on wood) but so many of my friends and family have been sick.Some, like my son and my grandkids seem to get over something only to get sick again within a few days. Usually it’s just a cold, but other times it’s the flu which can be really nasty to deal with and very hard to get over.

This infographic from Bankers Healthcare Group shows the myths and facts about the flu. BHG, if you’re not already familiar with them, is a company whose focus is on providing loans for doctors and with their medical connections built this myth-busting graphic.  I learned a few things from it! Have you had your flu vaccine yet?
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Clever Organization for a Clean Home

Sometimes all the scrubbing and wiping in the world can’t seem to make your home clean. The sad truth is, if a bunch of misplaced items are scattered around, your place will look anything but clean. Organization is essential for keeping a home neat and clean, and the key you might have been missing all this time. In this article, we will walk you through a few clever organizing ideas that will make all the difference. Take a look.

 

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Rule #1: Don’t be intimidated to let go of your stuff

It’s hard to organize big piles of stuff. For this reason you have to get rid of some things. Over 20% of the stuff we have accumulated throughout the years is never actually used. So to get things started, go through all your belongings and get rid of anything that hasn’t been used in the past few months (there surely are a bunch of items that serve no purpose at all). Here is a rule of thumb you can use. Grab an item and hold it in your hand for a few seconds. In the meantime, figure out why you should or shouldn’t keep it. If you can’t think of any good reason to keep it, then it’s clear that you should dispose of it. This rule will help you to remove clutter.

Rule #2: Keep less stuff on your countertops, i.e. embrace the minimalist approach

Store your stuff in cupboards and drawers, keeping only a few items out on display. Overall, you want to showcase those things you use more often, such as your coffee machine, some of your kitchen utensils and perhaps a bowl of fruit.

You want to do this for several reasons:

* It will be much easier to clean your countertops if there is less stuff on them.
* Your kitchen/other rooms will look more spacious.
* For some reason, less clutter gives the impression of a cleaner space.

Generally speaking, the same rule applies for your shelves. Keep your shelves neat and organized by restricting the number of items you place on them is said by CleanStartCleaning Services NW6.

Rule #3: Use storage containers and organizers

Storage organizers come into our lives to make things easy and stress-free. They can keep all sorts of things in place and out of sight so that your home looks less cluttered. A few smart ways to organize your stuff include using baskets, plastic containers, even shoe organizers. As a matter of fact, many people resort to shoe organizers for many purposes other than to store their shoes. Honestly, there is such a dizzying variety of storage organizers in stores that your head will be spinning around and around and you will be like “Wow!” every time you encounter something you’ve never even imagined existed.

Rule #4: Find misplaced items a home

Everyone and everything needs a home. The same goes for your belongings. Each and every item must have an assigned place. Sort your items and find a place for all your stuff. Then also make sure to put it back where it belongs after each use. If you stumble across a misplaced item, just put it in its place.

Rule #5: Group similar items together

Keep spoons with spoons and cloths with cloths. Placing similar items in one spot will help you find your stuff in a breeze. Where you can go wrong with this rule of thumb is putting too much stuff in your drawers and cabinets. Ideally, you want to be able to see each and every item, so keep the contents well organized with small organizing containers.

Rule #6: Designate a few cleaning supplies for each room

Use different sponges, microfiber cloths and toothbrushes in every room to avoid cross-contamination. The best way to go is to pick items of different colors so that you always know which rag you should use where. Keep a few cloths or towels in your bathroom so that you can wipe dry the walls every time you get out of the shower. It will keep mold spores from appearing and also protect grime from building up. Furthermore, keep your cleaning supplies in one place. Invest in a cleaning caddy or a large enough see-through container where you can keep all products and tools.

With a few clever organizing tips and a little persistence you can keep a clean and tidy all the time.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Smart Storage Solutions for Small Homes

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Small homes are, in most cases, less expensive and easier to maintain, but they often lack sufficient storage space. So if you are planning to move to a small apartment closer to your workplace or just looking for ways to maximize storage space in your existing apartment, don’t forget to have a look at our top 5 storage ideas for small spaces.

Multi-utility furniture

Multi-utility furniture offers you a smart way of maximizing storage in a small home, without taking up extra space. For example, a kitchen island with built-in storage shelves not only functions as a convenient workspace, but also gives you a handy space to store your wine bottles, mixing bowls, extra dishesand so on.

So if you are planning to go furniture hunting, look for items that serve multiple purposes. A kid’s bed with pullout storage will give you plenty of space to store toys, books and other kid paraphernalia. Anantique trunk with a flip-up lid can be used as a coffee table and for storing blankets or board games.

Up and Down

From built-in crockery shelves to a cozy home office, the space under your stairs can be used for a dozen purposes. But did you know that the space over the stairs, or for that matter, the steps, themselves could be used for storage? The stuff.co.nz website has some smart ideas to turn the not-so-properly-utilized space surrounding the staircase into bookshelves and to use hidden drawers under the bottom steps for storing shoes, books and so on.

Hang them up

If you are falling short of storage space in your new home, make hooks your new best friend. Avoid clutter in the hallway by using hooks to hang coats, scarves and jackets. A pocket organizer hung on the door of the closet can be used for storing small items such as socks, scarves and belts. Save precious storage space in your kitchen cupboards by hanging pots and pans on hooks on a metal rod above the sink. No floor space in the garage for your bicycles? Hang them up on the ceiling or on the wall using a pulley system.

Add more shelves

Break up the vertical space in your existing closet by adding shelves, clothing rod extendersor dividers. The space above clothing rods in most wardrobes can be used to add an extra shelf for storing shoes. If you have a recessed window in your bedroom, add a hanging bar below it and use it as open storage for your clothes. In the kitchen, add wire organizers to the inside of cabinet doors to store plastic bags and other light items.

Under the bed

While beds with built-in storage are always a good idea, don’t fret if you don’t have them. You can still make use of the under-the-bed space by buying open bins on casters – they make excellent storage for out-of-season clothes and extra bed linen. Just make sure that you cover your stuff up properly to keep them safe from dust and pests.

Kurt Jacobson is a writer and vacation rental manager. Knowing what it takes to maintain pristine appearances for customers, he thrives on sharing what he’s learned from his experience. When he’s not managing a property, he writes about home cleaning in Plymouth for Professional Home Cleaning Inc.