Often times, we’ll forget about food we already have in the fridge while we’re grocery shopping. Place leftovers and other foods about to go bad in the designated section. By placing the foods right in front of you, you’ll automatically know what you have to eat and what to buy during your next grocery store trip.
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2. Divide Your Drawers
You can easily organize your kitchen drawers by using organizers from the office supply store. Using a separate organizer for utensils, measuring cups, etc. will make it much easier to find and grab what you need with a quick glance. No need to dig through the drawers and empty it out just to find a butter knife anymore!
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3. Use Plastic Bins for Deep Cabinets
By placing everything in the deep cabinets inside a plastic bin, you’ll be able to easily reach for whatever it is you need, even if its the very back corner of the cabinet.
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4. Repurpose a Tissue Box
Once all the tissues in a tissue box have been used, refill the box with plastic bags. Take it a step further and attach the tissue box to the cabinet door and you’ll have an easy to reach plastic bag dispenser!
Put one cup of baking soda into a lock tight container. Add a few sprinkles of your favorite smelling essential oils and shake to mix. Spread the mixture along the top of your mattress. Let it sit for around 30 minutes and then simply vacuum with the furniture attachment on your vacuum cleaner. These are all natural cleaning agents, that make your home smell good and are good for your health too! Win! Win!! Now your mattress should smell as good as new!
Here is a tip that some house cleaning services don’t want you to know… Stainless steel is durable and can look new after several years. The only problem is whenever someone touches it, their prints stay, leaving an annoying fingerprint collage. Their is a secret ingredient you probably already have in your kitchen cabinet and didn’t even know you could use it for cleaning. Yes, you guessed it, it’s olive oil. Apply just a few drops of olive oil in a soft cloth and gently wipe the fridge, and then wipe it one more time with a dry cloth. It will clean off those fingerprints, pesky water marks and repeal smudges.
The average American works very hard in order to keep their families fed, clothed, and with a roof over their head. The cost of making that happen often means that there is very little left over at the end of the month. While that can make big vacations pretty tough, there is often enough going around for a little trip to the beach on one of the big holiday weekends, Memorial Day Weekend. There are definitely no shortage of great places to go to on both coasts of the US, and numbers suggest that more and more people are taking advantage of those options, and are prepared to travel a little further to get there.
The official numbers are not yet in, but in the lead up to the Memorial Day weekend, AAA travel predicted that over 36 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more to take in the fun and festivities of the holiday. If that number were in fact to be correct, it would represent an increase of 1.5% over the numbers traveling that distance in the previous Memorial Day holiday. This is good news all around, as it would appear that the economy may be getting progressively better with each passing year.
It’s also good news for those that own vacation properties in popular spots like Newport Beach. There is nothing better than seeing your property booked throughout the year, but that also means making sure that it is kept clean and maintained year round. The fact is that many property owners don’t live in the places where they have those holiday homes, and that means making sure that a reliable, affordable cleaning company is on hand at all times. Luckily for those in Newport Beach, Aloha Maids are always ready to come in at a moment’s notice and leave the property looking fresh and clean.
Maid service is not just for those that own the home, and is actually something that renters can take advantage of during their stay. For less than $100, Aloha Maids will come out and clean the kitchen and bathroom or the common areas where everyone hangs out. This is a service that is very often needed in beach communities, as sand can very easily get tracked in after a long day of sun and fun on the beach. How nice would it be to know that your vacation doesn’t have to end with you and the rest of the family engaging in a massive clean-up of your rental space before handing the keys back to the owner?
When you think about how much it costs for a weekend away with the family, adding an extra $90 into the budget really won’t make that big of an impact. You can choose to hire Aloha Maids in advance, or you can give them a call the day before you leave, as they are usually always able to get someone out on pretty short notice. That will give you a few extra hours of time to enjoy your time away which might otherwise be spent cleaning up after the family.
Store bought products are convenient, but sometimes they just can’t beat the tried and true homemade cleanser. The recipe is easy, just mix: 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1 tbsp of castile soap, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, and 2 cups of warm water. You can even add in a few drops of essential oils, like jasmine, if you enjoy that stress-relieving floral scent!
The garbage disposal is meant to take solid objects and turn them to liquid. There are few items that can easily clog the disposal like celary, chicken bones, etc. It’s important to keep the blades sharp so that they can continue to work efficiently to cut down materials and keep your drains flowing. One that I like to use requires 2 simple ingredients, water and vinegar. Put some water in an ice tray, and a drop of vinegar in each ice cube. Once the ice is frozen, drop the ice into the disposal. Run the disposal and the ice will sharpen the blades while the vinegar cleans them. For a nice smell, drop some lemon wedges or lemon rinds into the garbage disposal.
More people are beginning to understand how much their time is worth and want more of it. The ability to spend an extra few hours each week doing the things you truly enjoy, makes it worthwhile to contract out regular cleaning tasks to a professional maid. It used to be a luxury for only the rich to hire a maid. Now-a-days, with more dual income families working long hours, having a maid can make life more pleasant and tolerable.
Finding the right maid is a great challenge. Every individual has different needs. Most people prefer a maid that does more than just vacuuming and dusting. The greatest challenge is finding someone you can trust.
Do a google search: Google will bring up many companies to choose from. Angie’s list, Yelp, Home Advisor, Thumbtack. These companies are simply advertisers that can help you find a company or an individual to clean your home. You can check their online ratings, and see if they have a website.
The first place I would start while searching for a maid is to start with a company that has a phone number. There are many “Maid service online booking platforms,” that offer a cleaning service, but most of these platforms do not even meet with their “hired” “professionals” in person. Since their “hired,” workers are contractors, they are paid a percentage that often can fall below minimum wage.
Most importantly who do you call when something goes wrong? Who is accountable when there is no one to talk to, no one to blame. It’s probably better to work with a small local business than a large “platform.”
If you choose a local business, you should call them directly and ask questions to make sure they are the best fit for you. Are you worried about your security? Keep security cameras in the house. Make sure that the workers have been met in person and vetted.
Make sure they fit your budget. You should check to see if they charge an hourly rate or a flat rate. You may want to check that the maid company that you have discovered offers a plan for recurring service. Typically, recurring service cycles are monthly, weekly, or biweekly service.
It’s also best to see what procedures are offered to keep consistency in their work. You should check to see that they schedule the same maid each time. You should also make sure there is someone to contact in case you have an issue with the appointment.
Another way to start your search is by asking neighbors, friends and relatives for recommendations for their favorite independent cleaner or housecleaning company. You might find that there is a local favorite who doesn’t appear high up in internet search results.`
Home cleaning is a lot less overwhelming if you have a plan. If you divide chores up into specific time blocks, or even days, they will be a lot easier to tackle. Don’t forget to make fun chore charts for the kids.
With housework, there will always be something else to clean and organize. It’s important to know when to quit. When wiping down a cupboard door, resist the temptation to pull everything out of that cupboard and reorganize; save that for another day.
No time for a full mopping? Try giving your floor a good spraying with your favorite cleaner, then go over it with a mop. Depending on the cleaner, you may need to then spray your floor again with just water, and mop again to remove any residue.
Every grueling task is easier when music is involved. Find yourself some good music to clean to, you’ll find that time goes by much faster. In no time the CD is over, and your house is clean.
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A clean house may be the first thing people see as they come to visit, but what are they smelling? An inviting smell in your home is just as important as keeping it clean. Here are some things you can use:
Laundry baskets aren’t just for laundry anymore. You can get them at almost any dollar store, and they can really speed up housework. Here are some ideas:
When cleaning a room, put all the things that don’t belong in that room in a basket. Then put the baskets in the rooms that they go in.
Use a basket to carry dishes from the dining area to the sink.
Use baskets to separate magazines.
Give each household member a basket. When cleaning, line up the basket in the room you’re cleaning and put belongings in corresponding baskets. Have each family member put away the tings in their basket.
Decorative baskets are a great way to hide clutter. Tahke a trip to your local dollar store and invest in some fancy baskets of all sizes. Use them to organize. Here are some things you can use them for.
Don’t be afraid to use paper plates and plastic utensils. This reduces the clean-up time to almost nothing. You can even dress up paper plates with wicker holders, and utensils with colorful ribbon.