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10 Reasons To Hire A House Cleaner

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10 Reasons To Hire A House Cleaner

10 Reasons To Hire A House Cleaner

1. A Lot of Cleaners Bring Their Own Supplies 

Cleaning the entire house requires so many different cleaners. You need one cleaner for the bathroom tile, one for the mirrors, another for the toilet, and one more for the grout… And that’s just for the bathroom. A lot of professional cleaners, however, bring their own supplies (including microfiber cloths, mops, and vacuum cleaners), which saves you money and the hassle of having to stock up and store cleaners.

Trying to go green? There are plenty of cleaners out there who can clean your house from top to bottom using chemical-free products.

2. All of the Dusting  10 Reasons To Hire A Cleaning Service

Let’s review the things in your home that need to be dusted: The tops of tables, table legs, mirrors, art and picture frames, lamps, lampshades, hanging light fixtures, bookshelves, the books on those bookshelves, every single decorative item on every single table and shelf, window sills, the television, ceiling fans, blinds, the top of your refrigerator, underneath your refrigerator… basically every single thing in your home that has a surface. If you’re exhausted just reading that list, just think for a second about how exhausting it is to actually do all of that dusting…

3. The Dreaded Baseboards

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Cleaning the baseboards is one of those chores that feels optional. And it is. Until it isn’t. Because the baseboards are where pet hair and dust and scuff marks gather, which can make even the cleanest home seem dirty. The good news is once the baseboards are clean, your walls and floor will look cleaner as a result. The bad news is this isn’t just a dusting or quick vacuuming situation. To really get your baseboards clean, a wet cloth and cleaning solution are often required. Also: time. And being on your hands and knees. So yeah, you could do this yourself, but why when you can pay someone to do it for you?

4. Cleaning the Bathroom 

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Did you know you’re supposed to scrub your toilet once a week and your bath/shower every two weeks? Cleaning the bathroom also means wiping out sinks and faucets with cleaner, cleaning mirrors, scrubbing counters, sweeping/mopping the floor, and emptying the wastepaper basket. Even if you have a professional cleaner come in to help, you’ll need to do some of this in-between visits, but just think about how nice it would be not to have to scrub the shower walls ever again? (So nice.)

5. Knobs, Handles, and Switches

Guess what has more germs than almost any other part of your house? Yup, that’s right. It’s all of the doorknobs, cabinet handles, and light switches. And yet, be honest: How often do you clean them with a disinfecting wipe? Probably not at least once a week which is how often you’re supposed to… Good thing a professional will make sure to do it for you.

6. Those Filthy Floors

Vacuuming, sweeping, mopping… It probably seems like no matter how often you do it, it’s not enough. And like it’s a fairly thankless job. Still, whether you have carpet, hardwood, tile, or linoleum, thorough cleaning of your floors needs to happen at least once every one to two weeks in order in order to remove the everyday accumulation of dirt and keep it from building up. Again, of course, this is something you could do yourself—that’s not the point. The point is: Do you really want to?

7. A Professional Will Do a Better Job Than You

Too harsh? Sorry, but still… it’s probably true. Because while you might be an expert with the mop or a dusting ninja, the truth is, there are probably things you either don’t enjoy cleaning (so you put it off) or just aren’t as good at (like dusting ceiling fans or vacuuming under the bed). But just like how you do the very best at your job, that’s what a professional will do when he or she comes to clean your home. Sounds kinda nice, right?

8. You’ll Appreciate Your Home in a New Way

Much like how a sandwich tastes ten times better when someone else makes it, a spotless home feels ten times better when someone else cleans it. There’s really just no better feeling than walking into an immaculate space and knowing that instead of starting in on the never-ending list of chores, you can kick your feet up and just enjoy your sanctuary.

9. You’re Busy

There are a million reasons your schedule is probably jam-packed. You work long hours, you’re taking care of your family, there’s a passion project you really want to achieve this year… Whatever the reason, hiring a professional to help you clean means cutting yourself some slack and giving yourself a break. Which will automatically alleviate some stress. Less stress and a toilet so clean you’ll let the dog drink out of it? Yes, please.

10. Time is Money

Yes, you can clean your home yourself and you may even have the time to do so, but a lot of professional services will do it for you at an affordable rate. This means instead of cleaning, you can be hanging out with friends and family, reading a book, going on a bike ride, or whatever it is you’d rather be doing than spending your entire day mop and vacuum in hand.

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Making the Goals Stick

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Make the Goals Stick

 

Here we are again, January of a new year. Fist bumps to everyone! It was a rough one last year, no doubt! Near the end did you start to think about any resolutions or goals for this year? Did you put on a couple of pounds or funds are a tad low? (Hint: we all had a few missteps!) Setting goals to improve is how we flourish…how we learn. We want to offer a few ways we’ve found to help make the goals stick.
Add, don’t subtract!
Much research has been done in this area and the overwhelming consensus is to add good habits instead of subtracting bad ones. There’s a psychological reason that just the thought of something being eliminated, no matter how bad it is for us, is still mentally counted as a “loss”. So, say you want to “lose” weight (the most common of resolutions), how do we approach it without thinking we will also lose some of the food we like to eat?
• Reframe it with better words. You’re not “losing weight”, you’re “getting” thinner/healthier/more fit.
• Add a goal date. By the “X” date, I want to be a size ___.
• Add good and healthy food and that will edge out the not-so-healthy eating habits.
• Start small. Walk before you run. Run before you do a race. Doing too much too fast will secure failure.

Be S.M.A.R.T about the Goal

You may have heard this acronym before. It stands for:
S-Specific. “Losing weight” is too general. Pick a number, of course not too big.
M-Measurable. Using a scale or a tape measure to account for progress shows progress.
A-Achievable. Running a marathon in 6 months when climbing stairs right now winds you is not achievable. Shoot for a 5K, maybe, first.
R-Relevant. If you’re doing something because someone else is or wants you to and you’re like “meh”, you won’t be motivated. What do YOU want?
T-Timed. Set a specific date that you think you can do it. Remember the “achievable” part here. Make the Goals Stick!!

Break It Down

There’s a saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”
Similarly, realizing any worthwhile goal will take time…baby steps. Well, how do you know what each bite will look like? Ah! That’s the right question!

Backward is the New Forwards!

Working backward is the way to finding the doable pieces and making the goals stick! It will also show you if your objective fits with the S.M.A.R.T method or if you are aiming for the stars when the moon will do.
• Pick your target date and start date
• Decide what you can do each day/week/month (reasonably) between now and then
• Divide your commitment into the total time between then and now
Clear as mud, huh? We’ll keep with the “losing weight” theme, but you can also apply this to saving money, reading books, fitness levels, and so forth. Say you want to lose 30 pounds by this time next year. It seems like a lot, but if you do some research (and maybe consult your doctor), you may find that it is totally doable.
Next, what can you commit to? A pound a week? What else do you need to do to get there? Dietary adjustments? Will you exercise? Outdoors/home/gym? What’s the time commitment on that?
Then…what’s your reward at the end? Make it BIG! What will make you work to get that prize? The caveat here is that it must be what YOU want. Not to prove yourself to another person. This is no Bueno. Make the Goals Stick!!

Ok, so now…

• Divide your goal into the number of weeks (we chose 1 year/52 weeks)
1 pound a week is…52 pounds! But that’s more than I want to lose!
See? Easily a bite-sized piece! You can adjust for a faster timeline and it would still be workable, or you can mosey your way to a thinner you in a year! But now you see that 30 pounds can be made very stress-free.
If you need some extra time carved out so you can make the goals stick, we’d like to help you! Wouldn’t having your house cleaned be THE BOMB? Check us out!

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Clean up your devices

Clean up your devices

Clean Up Your Devices

Your phone, tablet, laptop… is neglected. “WHAT?! “ you say. Arguably an additional appendage for many, with constant scrolling, texting, and picture taking. If we treated our homes like our devices, we’d be in big trouble. It’s time to clean up your devices.

What am I referring to? The clutter. Imagine all those texts as letters and photos as actual physical photographs. The junk email alone would bury us alive!

New Year, New…device?

One of the reasons that people buy new gadgets is that their “old” one is too slow or doesn’t perform as well anymore. Part of that could beeeee….that it’s clogged up. When was the last time you scrolled through your pictures? Do you look at some and think, “What is THAT?” and …keep going? Do you read an email, then go on to the next? How many apps have you installed since you bought the phone? Your phone or laptop could run like new again, not to mention saving you a large chunk of cash!

Like addressing a teenager’s room, it’s time to get busy with a periodic hosing out of your device(s).

Don’t Be Afraid

If you’ve ever done a “delete all” (or similar feature) on any part of your computer and afterward you realized that you really did…delete all of it, that sense of panic that erupts in your gut is no fun! In the early days of home computers, there were no fail-safes, and your data was doomed to the ethers for all eternity. Nowadays there are recovery methods that can undo the dumbest of keystrokes, thankfully. Just know that when the pop-up appears with “Are you sure?” it’s best to be…sure.

Keep the end result in mind…virtual elbow room in your gadget. Room for updates and new games/apps!

 Start Simple

It is generally agreed upon that the 3 largest hogs of space are photos, apps, and email. Start with the easiest part, your photos, and videos. These actually take up a HUGE amount of space on any device. Whether you have an android phone or an apple device, you can delete single or multiple photos at once. Try not to get caught up looking at your pictures, though. We’re cleaning, remember? And unless you save the ones you have left to another storage area (hard/thumb drive), they could be lost forever if something happens to the phone/device. Unlike the “old” days, there are no negatives to reprint the pictures.

Next move to your apps. There are lots of pre-installed apps that many of us never wanted in the first place, but a few may be “vital” to the basic operations.  Most will tell you so when you go to delete them, but the others are there in hopes that you will at least get curious and try them. Nyet. Just like the flyers that load up your mailbox (wasn’t there a “paperwork reduction act” a while back to reduce paper waste?), these also take up space on your electronics. We found this handy video for Apple® for visual learners (love the pause button!), and here’s a quick take for android users.

Get Organized

There are many people who really don’t use computers much anymore. If you are one of those who pretty much conduct all your business (personal and business) on your phone, it’s important to keep things cleaned up and orderly. Imagine living in one room and all your activities must be confined to that one room. It would need to be neat and tidy, right? Though they are small, they can do more than the first home computers put out only 30 years ago. My first PC had a 250MG hard drive. That’s about 10 jpg files now!

Here’s a good roundup of all the areas that you can do to clean up your device(s) including ways to keep it neat and clean.

Technology moves fast. Smartphones can last for years, saving us loads of cash! Just like anything we value, we need to look after them properly. So, clean up your devices.

 

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