The strains of the last year have us all walking around frazzled. Now it’s time for Valentine’s Day. Telling the people we love how we feel is sometimes lost in the shuffle of everyday life, let alone in times of stress and struggle. Instead, show them the love you know they deserve.
I do every day, I think?
Some folks can relax in the comfort of their relationships. A good thing, but reaffirming that comfort is better. Some of us are a little insecure and need to be assured that the world isn’t shaking things up. Especially in uncertain times.
So, don’t think, know that you have expressed your feelings and affection. We’re here to help you shake it up on your own. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.
What do they hear?
Do you actually know what proves your love…to them? Maybe you’re buying flowers or doing laundry, but what they want are hugs and kisses. A “well done!” is great but doing the dishes for them might be better.
A Southern Baptist pastor named Dr. Gary Chapman wrote a book 19 years ago called,“The 5 Love Languages”and it was quite the sensation! On daytime TV talk shows and touted worldwide, he sold millions of copies. Aimed primarily at Christian couples, the book was designed to teach a person the language of their loved ones. For example, giving your teenager all the gadgets they want may not convey to them your affection like a long talk would. YOU know you love them, but do they?
Take the Quiz
People often don’t know what they want, really. They think they do, but occasionally we have to coax it out of them. But do we know the right questions to ask? Dr. Chapman figured that out as well. He devised somequizzesto help us get there. These simple inquiries help sort out these categories:
Receiving gifts From trinkets and baubles to expensive items, some folks just love
Quality Time Just being there, hanging out, talking…your time is important.
Words of Affirmation Atta boys and ‘good job!’ s can prove you’re paying attention.
Physical Touch A hug, handholding, a caress during a conversation…can mean everything.
Acts of Service A helping hand without being asked can imply volumes!
Flowers and candy are great, but they can be expensive and quite boring. Learning and really knowing those you care about takes dedication and devotion. And love. Just remember that what you love may not be what they love.
Do you know what everyone loves? A clean house they didn’t have to clean!Let us help youlove your people! (This one is easy…)
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It’s hard to believe that Covid has been around for only a year. So much has changed in the last 12 months, some of which is pretty normal now: masks, staying home more, and online…everything. Creative dates have been a bit of a challenge with minimal seating at our favorite eateries and theaters. So how do you romance your partner in the middle of a pandemic?
Blessing in Disguise
If there’s one thing this pandemic as shown us, it’s that ingenuity is the new normal. What an opportunity to switch things up! Especially now because maybe there’s been quite a bit of *togetherness* in recent months. It’s difficult to keep a good routine going when the rules are constantly shifting, so rather than resist…embrace the change!
Whether it’s been a few months or a lot of years, relationships ebb and flow anyway. Varying circumstances allows us to see where we might need to make some adjustments, but also where we can add some sparks. Remember the newness of when you first met your partner…close your eyes and recall the butterflies and zinger feelings of anticipation. Zero in on that first kiss…WOW!
Restaurants and movies are so pre-covid. It’s time to liven things up and make some new memories! Here are some ideas we researched that might be the ticket!
Breakfast, not dinner may be just the change you need. At Valentine’s in particular, restaurants (even at a limited capacity and with outdoor seating) also have limited menu options because they plan to be busy. At breakfast, you’re both fresh, seating will be better (and possibly indoors), and you will have the rest of the day together <eyebrows flicking>.
Day Dates are a great way to reconnect! Maybe the kids are in school and you have the house/car to yourselves. #1 Rule…no “errands” or “grocery shopping” is allowed! Get take-out from a favorite place and go for a hike!
Rent a Luxury Car for the day. Drive around the area or explore another town nearby! Talk, pull over, and admire the scenery, be in the moment.
Home is Where the Heart is. Maybe some of these are out of your price range after last year’s economy roller-coaster. A creative date doesn’t have to be costly. Arrange for a sitter if you have kids, or maybe work out a trade with another couple with kids. Light candles and put on some music and just dance with each other.
Maybe you need to check in with friends and think a group activity would be a nice switch. Again innovation wins the day! Creative dates can include friends! Some interesting things we found to also help small businesses!
Online Cooking Classes! Many local restaurants have been dealt a near-deadly blow to their businesses by the pandemic. Chefs have started online cooking classes on some of their favorite menu items for you to make at home. In some cases, a kit is prepared for pickup (for a fee) then prepared in your home during a designated class time. A great way to connect with new friends meet local chefs, and maybe try a new place!
Zoom Newlywed Game could be full of laughs with your favorite friends!
Reconnecting with your partner is super important during these trying times. While routine can get us through the day, it can be a buzz-kill for relationships. We can help set the mood with a house cleaning appointment! Covid doesn’t have to compound anything more than it already has. Get your love on!
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!
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 anandroid phoneor anapple 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 thishandy videofor Apple® for visual learners (love the pause button!), and here’s aquick takefor android users.
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 agood roundupof 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 lastfor years, saving us loads of cash! Just like anything we value, we need to look after them properly. So, clean up your devices.
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 “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. 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 have your house cleaned be THE BOMB? Check us out!
In this time, almost everything we do requires an electrical connection whether it’s a phone, laptop, tablet, or television, it can be a challenge when the power goes out. Most families can manage for a few hours, but what if…it’s a few DAYS?
Have a Plan
Despite being something you’re used to, it’s never a waste of time to prepare. During cold weather provisions should be made anyway, like:
Sign up for emergency text alerts from your utility provider
Ways to stay warm
At-risk neighbors…plan to check on them.
Because so many things need power these days, and it’s certainly a relief when the power comes back on, that electrical return can surge and can blow out your devices. Even if you have surge-protector strips, not everything gets plugged into them…like phones. When the power goes out be sure to get important electronics like TV’s and computers unplugged.
If you already have your plan going and are settling in with stockpiles of snacks and all the important stuff is taken care of, then there’s the “keeping everyone occupied” part of the equation. If your kids are used to their electronics for entertainment, this could be a trying time for them. It’s a fantastic opportunity to make some memories! But different families like different things.
If you’re a ‘together’ family, board games like Monopoly® or Clue® are long enough to keep everyone happy, but not too long. There are dozens of lists of favorite games out there, including thisfamily-friendly games list,but it depends on everyone’s interests (and age).
Instead of a board game, how about getting everyone moving with a game of hide-n-seek? If the house is dark, even better!
FORTS! SO much fun and you can call it ‘camping’ in your living room! If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you might even be able to make S’mores. YUM!
If “togetherness” is a little too much for your clan, maybe everyone could get a little reading in. Books and magazines can fill hours of blank time.
It’s a good time to start, continue, or finish some house projects like cleaning out closets or dressers, sorting clothing for charity, or rearranging the furniture.
How about an old-fashioned letter-writing or Christmas card campaign? With our mailboxes filled with junk mail, a real-live letter can really lift the mood of:
Distant family relatives or someone who may be isolated because of covid.
Senior citizens in nursing homes who have no family
If the weather is reasonable, you could build snowmen or shovel the sidewalks on your street.
Sledding, friendly snowball fights, or forts are also a great way to get some exercise as well
Not enough snow? Maybe a quick yard cleanup party could do the trick!
None of these sound good? Are you getting “looks” and rolled eyes? Here are50 more thingsto spur some ideas. Have a pow-wow and pick out a couple!
Don’t forget, though, when the power goes out, cleaning can be tough without electricity to see what to clean or run the vacuum. Give us a callif you need some help getting caught back up and treat your family to a “day off” of chores.
In this exceptional year of years, you may be wondering how in the world Christmas is going to pan out and if you have kids, doubly so. May we suggest a different point of view…Christmas through the eyes of a child.
Tap the past…
Consider what you, as a kid, loved about the holidays. What was your favorite year? Did you get a gift that sent you over the moon with joy? Was it a huge family gathering or just a few people? Did you love all the lights and music? If we remember why it felt special, then let the memories be a powerful reminder as well as help motivate us. Indeed, we feel all feel like we’re out of steam.
It’s important to realize that kids have had a rough year too with all the things that have changed. Maybe they’re doing online classes and can’t see their friends or teachers from school. Everyday activities have been restricted or outright stopped. Draw from their bottomless enthusiasm for the season…what do they think would be a super cool Christmas through their eyes? Their answers may surprise you.
What is their favorite part of Christmas? Watching as gifts slowly gather under the tree? Is there a certain box they can’t wait to open? Do they like baking cookies and waiting for Santa? Or is it just spending time with the family in their pajamas all day? Capitalize on their responses!
Perhaps they would like to do athemed tree.One that focuses on superheroes, or a particular color group, or maybe an old fashioned back-to-basics tree with homemade ornaments and stringed popcorn and cranberries. Doing holiday crafts adds a personal touch and engages creativity…and kids love crafts!
Does your family make contributions tolocalcharitiesduring the holidays? Or perhaps your children know of someone in their class whose family is really struggling because of the pandemic? Would they like to help them instead? Maybe they want to bake cookies for the doctors and nurses at a local hospital. How about a leg up with somehousecleaning?Always a welcome gift! This year the need is greater than usual, and of course, kids are natural ‘givers’, so maybe they have some ideas on what they would want to do to help someone in need. Making it extra special this year might be just the ticket to pop us all out of the dreariness.
Kids never fail to sustain their excitement for almost everything including Christmas through the eyes of your child. In view of a time when we, as adults, have taken a mental beating, let’s allow their enthusiasm and delight for the holidays to lift our spirits and remind us that all is well.
November! The official ping on the grown-up calendar that the holidays, baking with the kids, and all things ‘family’ has begun.
If you bake for gifts, you know how daunting this can be. There are people you work with, maybe employees and their families, friends, out-of-state/area family…the list can be long! One thing is for sure: cookies and homemade goodies are always a favorite!
Since cranking out a lot of tasty treats takes a fair while, get the kids involved! It’s a great opportunity to score some fun family time and also teach them a few skills like measuring, and mixing, frosting, and decorating. Baking with the kids should take too much arm-twisting with all the sweetness and bowl-licking ahead!
Where to Begin?
First, gather the family around to make a list of everyone who will receive baked goods. Are you mailing them? Do you need gift bags or other kinds of packaging? Do the kids have friends they want to include? Their teachers? The neighbors? Are you going to makespecialcookiesfor some people? Here’s a checklist of to-do’s so all goes as smoothly (and as fun) as possible on baking day:
It’s probably a good idea to make some freezer space to store some ingredients and finished products until they’re ready to be given out.
Do you need to clean the oven? Do this before it gets too cold outside to open windows for this process.
Mark the calendar for the day(s) you plan to bake, so all hands are on deck!
Clear space in the kitchen for mixing and decorating stations, and for cookies to cool.
Have a set ofbulk recipesthat can be done fast and furious for those “surprise!” people or if you’re not into baking that much.
Check that you have the right equipment or that what you have is in good condition.
Take the kids shopping for the ingredients. They love picking out big bags of chocolate chips or sugar. It can be a learning opportunity to understand how much things are, what ingredients go into making cookies, and why this is a cost-efficient way to give at the holidays.
Baking with the Kids
On the appointed day double check to make sure everything is ready:
Is everyone rested up? This may sound odd, but things can devolve quickly if there has been some stress or illness. Is it a good day? Or do we need to postpone?
Are bellies full of good food first? Everyone is less likely to nibble away at the sweetness or have “hangry” outbursts.
Put on your favorite music! Do you like holiday music? Show tunes? Rock and roll? Turn it up and create a fun atmosphere.
Decide which child is in charge of what portion of the project. Do you plan to rotate to keep it interesting…and maybe keep kids from arguing? Of course, keep things age-appropriate, but also a little challenging so learning can happen.
Assembly lines help to make sure all the steps are followed properly, and you get good results.
Plan for mishaps like burned fingers or cookies, forgotten ingredients, and spills. Snap a few pics for holiday card making! It might be a good idea to have someback up cleaning helpfor the next day, but make it fun no matter what and you will make precious memories.
Oh, the holidays are upon us! If you have family or friends (hopefully) coming to visit, it’s time to get ready for guests! There’s food to plan and shop for, cleaning to be done, and decorations to hang. Busy, busy, busy!
Out of Towners
How many are coming? Whether it’s family or friends, having a number is a good first step. How long are they staying? Are more people coming after them? Planning is key, so let’s get a checklist going:
What are the dates of their stay? Are they staying with your family or elsewhere?
Do you need an air mattress or extra sleeping space? You might need to do some rearranging.
Do you need to borrow blankets and pillows from a neighbor?
How many kids? And their ages?
Do you need games and toys that get them up and moving? Having them all crowded around the TV playing video games isn’t a good idea, though that’s probably what they will want to do.
Will the kids be bunking with your kids? You might need to do a good sorting to make room!
Grown-ups…do you have enough spare bedrooms for them? Are all the linens fresh? Are there any special needs you might need to plan on?
The holidays with family tend to be fairly laid back. Fuss enough so you can relax with them and not worry about if the bathrooms are scrubbed, but not so much that you’re stressed out. This year has been a doozy anyway! Now is probably a good time tohire help with thecleaning.(Call early to get your ideal spot! We fill up quickly this time of year!) While they clean you can get ready for your guests by:
Cleaning out and make room in the fridge.
Organizing the pantry and food cabinets
Make sure you have enough dishes, or paper plates, napkins, and utensils.
If your family drinks adult beverages, stock up now (prices are great around the holidays!) at your favorite neighborhood liquor store.
Food, Food, Food!
No DOUBT the food bill is going to be a whopper and eating out is probably not an option with the pandemic. Hopefully, the guests will pitch in, but still…you want everyone to have snacks and satisfying meals, as well. Things to consider:
Is this a big party…or a week-long gathering of loved ones?
Does anyone have special dietary needs? Do you need to ask about specialty foodstuffs like vegan or vegetarian options, so they feel included? These kinds of foods are pretty readily available now. They will appreciate your attention.
On the other hand, there arefoodallergiesthat you might need to be aware of and avoid as well. Having an illness or medical emergency can ruin a good gathering.
Somewhere in the middle is foodfor a crowd.The people-pleasing fare that is easy for you in the kitchen but delights all who are there to enjoy.
Fill in with treats and snacks that will remind them why YOU are the best relative to visit during the holidays. Relaaaaax and enjoy it!!
October already!? We’re pretty sure that we don’t have to remind anyone that this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month. But maybe you don’t know thatClarkston Cleaningis aCleaning for a Reasoncompany.
As we adjust to hybridized school schedules, changing weather, and wondering what the Holidays may look like this year, some things remain unchanged. Cancer. It’s still there. Hopefully, you have not had to experience this awful disease but imagine this year, getting a new cancer diagnosis.
It’s a tailspin. New patients must see doctors and have tests, process mind-boggling information, and make tough decisions. Not to mention how your family and work-life (even more!) will be turned upside down. It’s no picnic. Now, more than ever, we want you to know we are here to help!
Please! Don’t Be Embarrassed!
Usually one of the first things we toss aside is the housecleaning. If you’re in and out of the house multiple times a week with doctor’s appointments, you just wave it off and say you’ll get to it. But often, you don’t, so maybe some family or friends pitch in and do some dishes or a load of laundry. For a while, that will do, but it still only gets partially done, and by the time you really notice it again, it’s a terrible mess…and it can feel embarrassing. We understand it’s exhausting. So, you sit down and cry because you want just ONE THING to be NORMAL! We got you!
Even though October is adorned with pink ribbons in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, Cleaning for a Reason will help anyone. All of the cleaning companies volunteer their time and resources, so you don’t pay anything. It is an honor to provide one less thing to worry about to those facing their cancer battles.
What is Cleaning for a Reason?
15 years ago, founderDebbie Sardone saw a needfor folks going through months, sometimes years-long, cancer treatments and that it takes a toll on personal finances as well. She saw an opportunity to help a community member and an idea was born. Sign up through the Cleaning for a Reason web page and they will set you up with a local cleaning company to help you and your family get through this difficult time. That’s Why Clarkston Cleaning Is Cleaning For A Reason.
Cleaning 101 for kids. Teaching children how to clean can definitely be a chore by itself, but we can all agree that they probably won’t volunteer to help out. You can put together a Cleaning 101 for kids can make things easier if it’s fun and engaging! We’ve put together some ideas here for you to help.
While it’s probably not a good idea to have your preschooler do the dishes…not if you want them clean! They can be taught to bring dirty dishes to the kitchen when they’re done. Age-appropriate jobs help teach children to take responsibility for themselves and can help develop good habits that last a lifetime.
How and when to start?
Even small jobs can help busy parents! And they can add precious minutes to a family fun time! Basic tasks like picking up toys and gathering and sorting their own laundry are simple and don’t require long attention spans. Explain that what they do is important to the household to give them a sense of self-confidence and importance.
Set aside some time daily for everyone to pitch in. Put on some lively cheerful music…make it a family affair! You can finish all at once rather than sporadically throughout the day and each person can appreciate the finished product. MakingChore Charts, including mom and dad, will avoid confusion. Then put them all in one place so everyone can see when the assignments are done.
So, who does what?
When planning your Cleaning 101 for kids, think of a child’s height and physical capabilities. Little ones are already close to the ground and can look under the couch for toys (or lost items!) far easier than mom or dad. Have a place…a box, a corner, a room…for things and make sure everyone knows where they go.
Younger children can have their own kid-friendly cleaning kit with sponges or clean rags and some Dawn® dish soap and a spray bottle (kids love spray bottles) with water in it. You can add a little soap or some essential oils if you like. Have them “spray” the bathroom sink and wipe it clean. The faucet doesn’t have to be super shiny but maybe the toothpaste drips need to be all cleaned off. (Maybe take care of the toilet yourself 😉)
Older kids can handle more responsibility like taking out the trash, loading and starting the dishwasher, vacuuming a shared family space, and even some dusting.
Each child should be responsible for their own bedrooms. Even young kids can be taught how to make their own bed, getting their trash to the kitchen (or garage), light and dark laundry piles, and putting their toys and belongings away, so that mom or dad can get a vacuum through there once in a while. But while they learn how to clean, you may want an occasional boost from acleaning serviceto stay caught up on the corners without having to be too picky with the kiddos.
Nobody likes to do the same thing over and over again, so mix it up with a job jar! If you draw the same job you did last week, you get to pick again. Each person will get experience doing all the chores in the house and nobody gets bored!
To Pay, or Not to Pay
There are definite sides to this debate. Mom and dad don’t get paid to do chores. Some believe that this helps give children an understanding of earning money. We suggest you keep a list of “extras” that are above and beyond the normal day-to-day requirements if someone wants to earn money. Be sure to be clear on the parameters and how much will be paid and make a BIG DEAL when it gets done!
In the continuing twists and turns of this pandemic roller-coaster, many parents face the new problem of meeting their children’s ongoing educational needs. Whether it’s because the schools are still closed or because there are other concerns, jumping into doing online school can be daunting.
How do we do this? Are there special supplies or requirements? How involved will parents have to be?
Try to remember what it was like when you attended school as a child. In the first few days of school, you became acquainted with your new teachers…and rules. You were introduced to the basic curriculum that would be covered for that term and given teasers about some of the really cool things to look forward to. Because doing online school is different in almost every school district, be sure to sign up for any webinars or information seminars that may be offered. Forewarned is forearmed. Knowing class schedules and what teachers are planning can help your family stay on track and not be sidelined by unexpected deadlines and requirements. This will also help you to gather the necessary supplies to be ready for the first day of school!
Okay, now that you know “what”, now you have to set up “where”. Are your children varying ages? Would they be in class, or at the same school together? Most likely not. If your high-schooler would be distracted by what their elementary-aged sibling has on their computer screen, then it’s probably best to situate them in separate rooms. Work with each child to make a dedicated school/study area if at all possible. Things to consider for optimal learning:
Make the area as much “like” school as possible
Have a desk and a chair. They don’t have beds at school, so don’t allow them to use their beds during their school day.
Have a place for everything. Keeping things tidy, especially in tight areas, are better for mental focus.
A solid meal before classes start, just like a regular school day, will ensure they don’t have grumbling tummies. Stick to the “school” schedule. Kids aren’t allowed to go get a snack when they want one at school, so don’t let them root through the fridge at home until it’s snack or lunchtime.
Ready, Set, LEARN!
The kids will not be the only ones learning this year. This will be a group effort from administrators all the way through the student body. Kids of varying ages will, of course, have different class requirements. Here are somesuggestions for doing online schoolfor helping all of your children do the best they can. As always, when taking on something new, be sure to be patient:
With teachers and school personnel. This may be the first time they’ve had to undertake online learning and may have limited resources to do so.
Your child(ren) as much as you can. In some cases, this may be like moving to another country because things are so different. If they’re unhappy or not doing well, try to find out why.
Yourself! If you’re not, or never have been, a teacher then do the best you can. You’re learning too!
Just know that this will be stressful for a while…for all of you. You got this! Maybe considerhiring a cleaning servicewhile you’re doing online school. Taking on the duties of “teacher” on top of your other responsibilities will be challenging enough! Delegate the cleaning to someone else and enjoy learning with your kids.
Adjusting to the new normal of working from home and “Pandemic Living” has been abrupt and fairly confusing. Every day there seems to be new guidelines and requirements. It’s fair to say that many thought that this would blow over in pretty short order, but now it’s clear that …probably not.
So, you’re working from home now. Time to get settled in for the long haul. How do you make that work? Space needs to be carved out for you to do your job effectively while not overtaking some area of the house that everyone uses and disrupting the flow of things there. So let’s look at where to set up shop, even if it won’t be forever.
If you normally go to an “office” and work at a desk, many employers have internal requirements that can reduce injury or strain caused by poor ergonomics resulting from inferior desks and chairs. It’s important to take this into consideration for your working from home set up as well. Being uncomfortable at your home desk, however temporary, will eventually take a toll on the quality of your work, not to mention your body. If you anticipate that this will be even a semi-permanent thing moving forward, perhaps your employer will purchase a new desk and chair for you, or maybe let you bring some of that equipment home for you to use. You’re never worse off for asking, right?
So that everyone has their space, you also need a dedicated space for your work. Something that you don’t have to take down, say, for dinner every night and one where you can function reasonably without interruption. Ideally, a room or space with a door so you can shut out the noise and also have a visual barrier to the rest of the household. The area should be as uncluttered as possible so there is “room” to think and do your job. Cramming a tiny desk into an overflowing walk-in closet will have you picking up your laptop and moving to the living room in no time. Be thoughtful about where you are going to work. It may take a little planning and rearranging, but it should be as close as possible to the work environment you have at the office.
Working from home with the kids!
Having kids at home is another substantial consideration. They may be thrilled to have you at home, but children, especially younger ones, don’t understand the meaning of needing to earn a living…while they’re at home….during a pandemic. Adjustments have to be made on all fronts. Kids thrive with routine because it creates a sense of security, so create one and stick to it. This will block out time for you to work disruption-free, and your kids will know when you are available and when you’re not. Be clear about boundaries…like when the door to your work-space is closed, or how long they must wait to talk to you. This can also help kids to be creative problem-solvers on their own, or to not expect instant responses when they want something.
Be sure that the schedule for everyone is doable in these strange times. Trade with another trusted parent on child-care, so if you need an extended period of quiet for a big project, they can cover you…and vice versa! Kids get a change of scenery and you get your stuff done. BAM!
How others cope with remote working with kids can forge new relationships for you and your children. Being gentle with yourself until a routine is established is going to be the best way to adapt.
But the housecleaning…!
This may be a good time to consider hiring some help. The myth that successful people do it all is exactly that…a myth. Their secret? They delegate. Even if you hire professionals to come in and hit the bathrooms, dusting, and floors, you will be miles ahead of your stress. And that is good for the family during these stressful times.
A lot of people wonder if hiring a maid service is worth the money. There are a lot of benefits of not only having a clean home for your family but also with hiring a maid service company to do it for you. Below are some of the top benefits you will get from hiring a maid service.
A Very Clean Home The Benefits Of Maid Services
Whether you want to admit it or not, keeping your house clean on top of work, family and pets can be hard and at some times overwhelming. Even if you don’t let it get completely out of control, it can be difficult to keep everything up. This is where maids can help!
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Another great benefit of hiring a maid service is that you don’t have to keep cleaning supplies on hand anymore. Maids bring everything they need to clean your home from top to bottom. They even bring the cleaning equipment as well.
Experts Handling your Belongings
It may seem that anyone is capable of vacuuming or cleaning a bathroom, but if you want it done right you need to bring in the professionals. Maids are fully trained and are able to handle your toughest or more fragile cleaning jobs.
More Free Time The Benefits Of Maid Services
For most people, the biggest benefit of hiring a maid service is having more time to spend with friends and family. When you hire a professional you will have more free time to spend with those you love and doing what you want.
Today, many Americans are busier today than ever before. We are stretched to the limit by work, school, parenting. Some, have elder care responsibilities. Cleaning services can help modern families. Moreover. you will have more of life’s most valuable commodity, precious time.
Adults are working more hours and often continue to labor when they arrive home. Also, many in the “sandwich generation” attend school plays and chauffeur their children to soccer practice. Some, must also see to the needs of grandparents or parents. In addition, they are also taking them to doctor’s appointments, helping them with household tasks and shopping. Clearly, finding a little downtime for themselves or time to spend on leisurely family activities can be nearly impossible.
One way working adults can claim back a little of their “me” time is by hiring a maid service. A house cleaning service will take care of their household cleaning needs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals over the age of 15 spend on average about 21 hours per week on unpaid household labor. We are preparing meals, cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. Hiring a cleaning service can help men and women reclaim valuable time. Now, they can spend time on hobbies, with family and friends. Maybe, just resting and recharging.
When It’s Time to Hire a Cleaning Top 8 Signs-Hire A Cleaning Service
If you’re not sure whether hiring a cleaner is right for you and your family, consider these tips. Afterwards, you will know for sure when to put down the Swiffer and call in a professional:
• If you’re working long hours Top 8 Signs-Hire A Cleaning Service
Whether you’re a mechanic in an auto shop or a white collar office worker, long hours at work take a lot out of you physically and mentally. Having to come home to a mountain of laundry or a sink full of dishes isn’t going to help your stress or fatigue levels. Having a professional cleaner take care of the cleaning leaves you better able to focus on your work.
• If cleaning isn’t your thing Top 8 Signs-Hire A Cleaning Service
We all have different talents and different weak spots. Some people just aren’t good at cleaning. Why end up spending hours doing a poor job on tasks other people can complete quickly and nearly effortlessly. If you’re spending hours on a no-win battle against dust and dirt calling in a maid service might be a good idea. Maids specialize in cleaning, it’s their job. Leaving cleaning in their hands ensures that the job gets done right.
• Special occasions
Some households don’t require a regular cleaning service. Many, just need help getting ready for special occasions like engagement parties, weddings, birthday parties, and other events. A cleaning service can help organize your home to prepare for special days in the life of your family. For once-in-a-lifetime events, you want your home to be in excellent condition. House cleaners make this much easier and are often more effective in deep cleaning than individuals. In summary, you will be busy with invitations, guest lists, catering, and other tasks. Let a Cleaning service help.
• Do the math
Calculate how much you get paid per hour at work and determine how many hours you spend per week on cleaning. Tasks like mopping, dusting and vacuuming. Then, consider how much a weekly or monthly cleaning service would cost. Chances are that hiring a cleaning service would be cheaper than the amount you would pay yourself for these tasks.
• Helping your parents
Many men and women today are taking care of their parents and grandparents as they get older. They find themselves helping them with various household tasks such as lawn care and cleaning. This detracts from the time that they can spend on their own homes or on leisure activities. Hiring a maid service can provide your parents or grandparents with help cleaning. This, will allow you with a little down time.
• Lack of leisure time
When’s the last time you had a drink with your co-workers? When did you last get to go on a vacation or just to a movie? If it’s been a while, you may want to consider cutting down on your home cleaning commitments. Obviously, this will help to free up time to do the things you love. A few hours saved each week can add up over the course of a year to quite a bit of free time.
• Getting ready to sell
If you’re preparing to sell your home, it pays to have it cleaned by professionals. Appearances are everything when it comes to selling real estate. A move in/move out deep cleaning by professional cleaning service can help get your home ready for prospective buyers. Professional cleaners have the tools and training to get your house back into mint condition. This, will allow you to negotiate higher sale prices from people interested in buying your home.
• Consider your health
Chemicals associated with cleaning, such as, sprays, bleach, or mopping solution can be harmful to your health. Especially with people with respiratory or other medical issues. If you feel ill after cleaning, or if the tasks involved exhaust you, hiring a cleaning service will help. Professional products will help ensure that your home stays clean and you stay healthy.
Downtime Essential for Health
Finding time for rest and leisure activities is important for physical and mental health. Experts suggest that adults get at least eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good physical and mental health. Studies also warn that adults who work more than 60 hours per week are at greater risk for heart attack.
5 Reasons Why You Should Hire Professional Maids Clarkston MI Maid Service
Getting maids to do your cleaning would make your life so much simpler. Have you been fighting this idea because it just sounds too extravagant? But is it really? Here are top 5 reasons that will put hiring a cleaning service into a different perspective.
Get it done 5 Reasons To Hire A Maid Service
When you want to do your house cleaning yourself, not only do you have to find a slot in your schedule to squeeze it in, but you also have to do it, no matter how tired or preoccupied you are. If you are prone to procrastination, chances are cleaning will never make it past the crunch point. And if you do stick to your cleaning schedule, how much can you really clean when you don’t have the energy?
Focus on more important things 5 Reasons To Hire A Maid Service
Even if house cleaning is not your priority, you probably like having your home clean. Delegating the cleaning to professional maids means you can focus on the things that really matter to you. Unload some of your duties so that you can be more productive and present in the areas of life that need you 100% – be it your work, family or something else.
Have it all 5
The day is not long enough and the capacities of the human body are not large enough for you to do everything you want. You love cleaning, but you also love cooking, reading, having coffee with friends, playing with kids, jogging with your dog, watching TV – the list never ends. Until we can replicate ourselves to be in two places at the same time, give some serious thought to hiring maids to take over your house cleaning on a regular basis or just when you need recharging your super batteries.
Have it cleaned properly
Can you crack on dust, grime, stains and mess better than a professional? Professional cleaners have the know-how, equipment and experience that the majority of people don’t. But, ok, let’s say you’re among the few who can clean the house like a pro – do you have the time and energy to clean like a boss?
Enjoy Time with your kids
Parenting is in itself a full time job with no breaks or holidays. When you don’t have cleaning on your to-do list, you can give more of yourself to your kids. Do you want to help them with their school work? Do you want to take up a hobby with them or teach them some sport? Get a maid to take care of the mess in the home and you can be there for your children or just enjoy some laid back time with them.
Have pets and a clean home
Pets enrich our lives in so many ways. If only they could enrich our home with less fur covering the furniture and fewer hair puffs rolling around the corners.
When it comes to maintaining order in your home at all times, it is often necessary to hire professional house cleaners. Especially if you have a busy schedule that prevents you from having the time to clean your home yourself. There are many benefits to hiring professional house cleaners. It can be helpful to know some of these when determining whether to hire professional house cleaners.
You Will Always Have A Clean Home
When you hire professional house cleaners to clean your home, you can be sure you always have a clean home. This makes things much easier on you since you do not need to deal with the hassle of cleaning your home yourself.
Gives you time for other things:
Hiring professional house cleaners gives you time to focus on other things in your busy schedule. Do something fun instead of worrying about cleaning your home all the time.
Perfect if you are unable to clean your home yourself:
Hiring professional house cleaners is a perfect solution for you if you are unable to clean your home yourself. There are many reasons to maintain a clean home. Regardless of whether or not you work long hours that prevent you from being home to clean your house. Maybe, you simply want the convenience of leaving house cleaning to a professional. That way there is no worrying about keeping a clean home.
Signing a contract ensures regular visits:
Many professional house cleaners offer you the option of signing a contract to ensure regular visits to your home. This allows you the piece of mind knowing you will have a clean home at all times.
Professional house cleaners provide experience:
Professional house cleaners generally have years of experience in the cleaning field. This can provide you with the best cleaning services possible as a result.
Professional house cleaners provide expertise:
In addition to experience, house cleaners also have expertise and can provide you with an extremely high level of cleaning standards.
Professional grade equipment:
Professionals use professional grade equipment that cleans your home thoroughly to ensure you are completely satisfied with the results.
Customized cleaning plan for you:
A professional cleaning company can develop a customized cleaning plan to meet your specific needs and preferences. This often involves coming to your home before cleaning it to determine exactly what you expect from the cleaning job.
Professional house cleaners offer a certain degree of professionalism. This enables them to offer you the best services and equipment the cleaning industry has to offer.
Most house cleaning professionals undergo extensive training. This is to make sure that they can use cleaning equipment and chemicals properly. They will know which surfaces to use certain chemicals on.
Hiring professional house cleaners is an ideal solution for keeping your home clean at all times. Doing so, eliminates the hassle of cleaning it yourself. There are many benefits to hiring professional house cleaners. Now, the best thing to do is contact a professional cleaning service for more information about hiring one.
Learn About – House Cleaning Services Cost And Why
House Cleaning Services Cost
House cleaning services cost. Well, Everyone wants a clean house to come home to at the end of a long day. However, cleaning your home is one of the last things you want to do after a busy day. For many people, this is quite a conundrum. However, the solution is simple. Hire a house cleaning service. For the right price, you can pay someone else to clean your Michigan home. Now, you so you can enjoy all the benefits of a healthy, clean home without stressing yourself out.
Not all cleaning services are equal. What you really want is a service that fits both your needs and budget without cutting corners or overcharging for services rendered. Here we break down everything you need to know about house cleaning prices so you are better prepared to compare and pick from the house cleaning companies in your area.
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Some house cleaners might advertise their general rates online, but most require that you request a quote. That’s because they want to know everything about your house and the cleaning it requires so they can calculate an appropriate rate based on the factors we mentioned above and others that they control.
For instance, a common factor that will affect the final rate you’re quoted is if a single person or a two-person team will be cleaning your house. If it’s a single person, such as an independent contractor, it will take them longer to do the job, but they will probably charge less because they are capable of less. A pair of cleaners, like what cleaning companies usually send, can do the job in less time, but may charge more because they will be more efficient.
Residential cleaning rates are usually charged by the hour or by square foot. Usually, you will be charged hourly for quick jobs like a small home or area of a house. Larger areas and whole houses that take more time may get charged by the square foot. Keep this in mind when you compare local cleaning services to make sure you get a fair price.
For example, if your house sustains a lot of extra dirt, stains, pet hair or lots of knick-knacks, they might charge more. This is because they need additional time to dust and products required to clean up after your furry friends. The same goes for homes where the cleaning crew must bring extra supplies. Or, switch between products and equipment often to properly maintain multiple types of surface materials.
Some of these factors you can plan for when you request quotes for house cleaning prices. But, feel free to ask for a break down of those costs if you feel a quote is unusually high for your house. There may be a factor you haven’t thought of yet, or that cleaner just may not be a good fit for you. It doesn’t hurt to negotiate a little though if you really like what a service is offering otherwise.
You Get What You Pay For
Everyone wants a good deal. But, don’t sell yourself short by going with a service just because they have the lowest house cleaning costs. If they skimp on the price, they might also skimp on your service. You may not get the quality cleaning you’re looking for. That’s why it’s important to look at what you’re actually getting for your money.
You need to determine the real value of any house cleaning service. Look at everything offered in the cleaning package and the business as a whole. That includes what kind of services they offer and the extent of their customer service. Everything from how they interact with clients to any perks they offer.
Many professional cleaning services are upfront about what tasks are included in their cleaning plans. Therefor, you can pick one that includes chores you want done. You can also pick a service that offers any add-on jobs that you are interested in. Now, you get the kind of cleaning you need instead of going with a cheaper service that is limited in their offerings.
It’s the little things like these that can set the great cleaners apart from the mediocre. Sure, the better ones might charge more, but you’re more likely to get what you want from the experience if you’re willing to pay a little extra.
Of course, this differs from state to state, but on average you’re looking at anywhere from $25-$50 per cleaning person per man-hour. Where typical house cleaning prices fall in that range in your community will depend on general living costs compared to national averages.
It’s tempting to go with the cleaning service that offers the lowest rate. But, do you and your home deserve second-rate service? That’s the risk you run when you go with the cheapest offer. When you invite a cleaning crew into your home, you need to know that you can trust them to do the very best job possible and make what you pay them worth it.
Don’t keep struggling to find professional house cleaning service. Look no further than Clarkston Cleaning Services. Our team provides a variety of house cleaning packages to fit every family’s cleaning needs so you spend more time playing and less time stressing! Request a quote today and discover why it’s worth investing in the best house cleaning services around!
Hiring a house cleaning service to come in and clean your home can be stressful. After all, you are opening up your home to people you don’t know. You are trusting them to care for your home thoroughly, but efficiently.
Whether you‘re interested in a long-term contract or you want a one-time deep cleaning. Say, for the spring or after school starts, these concerns are valid.
Today, we will offer you the tips you need to find the best cleaning service for your needs.
#1: Set Clear Expectations About Your Cleaning Needs And Wants BEFORE Looking for A Service
If you are looking for a one-time, deep cleaning when you are moving in or out of a house. Or, a once-a-month deep clean. Maybe, a Weekly or bi-monthly maintenance. Maybe, you have specific tasks you want the service to handle. Things like: cleaning interior windows, dusting hard to reach places, or scrubbing tubs and tile
Some providers offer a set list of tasks they fulfill each time. Some change depending on your requests, and some charge additional fees for special services. Knowing exactly what cleaning tasks you are looking to have done and how often will help. There’s no sense in wasting your time on companies that may not even offer the services you need.
#2: Ask For Referrals, Check References, Read Reviews (But Be Wary)
In today’s “connected” world, it’s easier than ever to ask for referrals. It’s also easy to find online reviews. Ask around on neighborhood groups via Facebook or NextDoor. Valuable information can be found there for recommendations. A lot goes into hiring a house cleaning service. Find one that suits your specific needs and services your area.
Getting references and recommendations from people you know. Maybe, they have used a service and are happy with. Maybe, the quality and price they have experienced. These are all great ways to find a cleaning service you will want to look into further.
Be wary when reading reviews and ratings. Online services like Yelp, Google Reviews, and Facebook Reviews. Online reviews can be very skewed, as some companies “pay” people for a 5-star, glowing review with discounts and free services.
On the other hand, some people only seek out review sites when they have a “bone to pick.” Unhappy folks tend to turn into keyboard warriors with a mission to make sure everyone knows about their bad experiences.
With this in mind, when looking at the reviews, remember that a few poor reviews are totally expected. Realize that a 100% perfect, 5-star, does-no-wrong reputation may be skewed. Above all, take the time to really read the negatives. Are there so many that it sends up red flags? Or is it one or two that may have had a bad day.
#3: Find Out What Services Are Offered – Are There Premiums
Once you have chosen a few companies to contact, you’ll want to inquire about the level of detail they offer. Every company will have different policies on what is offered as a standard. They may charge additional fees to customize or add additional services.
Some companies will have a specific checklist each time. They have no variance from one visit to the next. Others will have a rotational tasks that will be performed. Be sure you are aware of what services are offered and what extra fees you may be charged. Ask what, if any, additional services they offer.
#4: Ask For Documentation
Let’s say, someone breaks something while cleaning your home Or, someone gets hurt. Or, someone takes something of value from your home. If the cleaning service you choose isn’t properly bonded and insured, you may be the one responsible. Some don’t cover breakage.
A reliable cleaning company will offer this information without question. They will provide policy information upon your request. Having the peace of mind is everything. Be sure that the company you have coming into your home will be able to take care of things if something were to happen. Meanwhile, this will be worth the potentially higher rates they may charge over a non-insured company or individual Cleaner.
#5: Ask About The Team Members – Training & Screening
When hiring a house cleaning service, you trusting these folks to come to your home and clean it thoroughly. You also want to be sure they are doing so in a way that is safe for your surfaces, for you, and for them. Ask the company about what sort of training their employees receive before they go out into the field.
Also, you want a company that hires only honest, trustworthy employees, so it is a good idea to ask about their screening process for new hires. A quality cleaning company will have well-trained employees.
Our employees have passed background checks and screenings.
With a trustworthy company that hires reliable employees, you should be able to give them access to your home when you are not there. You can have them clean and secure the home without worry. Certainly, no having to stick around waiting for them to arrive and clean. Also, you don’t have to stay cooped up in a one room while they clean the others.
#6: Is Satisfaction Guaranteed?
When hiring a house cleaning service. A quality company will stand behind the work performed. They will make things right within a reasonable span of time. If you are unhappy with the cleaning performed and voice your concern, the company should send someone to touch-up clean or offer some sort of compensation ASAP.
Ask about how things are handled if something gets damaged or broken. Accidents happen, and even the most careful of cleaners may break or damage something while they work. Ask beforehand how the company handles these types of situations so there are no surprises if this situation does arise.