Mold can turn toys that you bought for your child to enjoy into a health hazard.Steps to remove the mold from the toys should be taken immediately to keep the baby safe.These simple steps will help you remove mold from baby toys and ensure that it does not grow again. Use a soft brush to rub off the mold from the toys. This should be done outside to prevent mold being deposited in other places in your home. Be gentle so that you don’t damage the toys. Soak the toys in a mixture of water and bleach. You should you…

Keeping furniture and electronics clean and dust free can make your home look spectacular, and creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  However, you will need to clean on a regular basis.  You can follow the simple tips below to do this on your own, or you can hire the professionals atThe Maids of Greater Boston, in Newton, Massachusetts, to assist you with your housekeeping needs. There is are a wide range of cleaning and dusting techniques you can use to keep you living area spotless, clean, and welcoming.  Use a Dry, Soft Lint-Free Microfiber Cloth A microfiber cloth has a…

To reduce the amount of dust and dirt that accumulates on books and shelving, bookshelf surfaces should dusted regularly. Organizing a cleaning project and the procedures for cleaning shelves will vary depending upon several factors. These factors include: the physical condition of the shelves the amount and type of dust and grime to be removed the scope of the cleaning to be undertaken – big or small shelving area First, you need to decide whether you will be removing all the books to wipe down the shelves or not. If you have been regularly cleaning your shelves, you may be…

Mold can cause a lot of problems in a home. Mold can easily grow on your baby’s toys and other baby items, because they like playing in water or putting things in their mouths. This creates moisture on the surface of the items, which is just the right environment for mold. Mold can negatively affect your health, especially for those with breathing conditions, such as asthma. Here are some effective ways for you to deal with mold problems on your baby items: 1. Scrub toys with a gentle cleanser If you find that your baby’s items have developed mold, the…

The difference between a great kitchen and their counterparts is the manner in which various accessories are arranged. There is no limit on the number of organizational ideas that you can use to get your kitchen organized. Cleaning is another discussion, but tends to make the hugest difference in appeal next to organization. Both play a big role. If you need housekeeping services, The Maids of MA in Newton detail clean down to the hidden areas and cracks. Nevertheless, here are some smarts tips to help you de-congest your kitchen and help it along to reaching that good appeal. Add…

Babies are little explorers and this makes them susceptible to many dangers at home. Therefore, appropriate measures should be taken to ensure that your baby does not become a victim of dangers we are capable of getting rid of. Here are some of the guidelines to ensure that the baby is safe at home:  Preventing Electrical Shot  Sockets and plugs should be covered well, as they pose a risk of shock if left uncovered. Preventing Suffocation  At any time, never to leave objects such as plastic bags where babies can easily reach them. These pose a severe suffocation risk. Sharp…

It is essential that you clean your appliances on a regular basis in order to maintain good health in your house as well as the proper function of your appliances. Your refrigerator can get dirty over time, due to much contact and regular use. In order to always ensure that your refrigerator is clean and free from dirt, learn easy ways to maintain it. Below are some tips on properly cleaning your refrigerator: The Cleaning Process Remove all the contents, setting aside the good items and disposing of the old food. Check all the expiration dates on your condiments to…

Nothing can ruin a picnic worse than yellow jackets. They are very aggressive insects on the constant lookout for proteins or sugars to snack on. Unlike bees, they can use their stinger multiple times, which is why its sting is so painful. The following tips should help you handle a yellow jacket infestation in your home or garden: Make sure any outdoor trashcans are properly sealed, as yellow jackets are always looking for foods containing sugar or protein. Properly sealed trashcans prevent yellow jackets from buzzing around your lawn or garden. If you are having an outdoor picnic with your family,…

There are many dangers that are associated with mold. Mold causes health problems and possibly death if left to run amuck. When items in your home are kept in humid conditions for a while without regular cleaning, molds will develop and it will can be very dangerous, not only for you but also to other members of your family. This makes it very essential to eliminate it. Here are some of the methods that can be used to eliminate molds in such areas: 1. You Can Make Use of Different Cleaning Solutions There are some basic cleaning solutions that are…

There are a variety of uses for chlorine bleach in your home. Chlorine bleach can be used to eliminate mildew and mold that may be growing on various surfaces; it is also used in disinfecting and cleaning many items. Chlorine bleach may be very handy to use around the home but it is also important to note that it can be a hazard, so it’s wise to use the bleach cautiously, especially in a home that has pets or children. The Maids usehousekeeping products that work as well as—or even better than—bleach but are friendly to the environment to give…

The 5-mile Walk will take place at Boston’s DCR Hatch Shell along the beautiful Charles River Esplanade on Sunday, October 5th! We are also excited to announce a special contest connected to the Making Strides of Boston walk. Walk Participants who register online at www.makingstrideswalk.org/bostonma and raise $300 by October 1st will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a Grand Prize of free house cleaning for a year!*   To start a walk team, please visit: www.makingstrideswalk.org/bostonma. To make a donation to The Maids walk team please visit:http://main.acsevents.org/goto/themaidsnewengland Thank you! *For contest rules please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

If you have outdoor furniture, signs of wear and tear will appear over time. Many factors cause outdoor furniture to fade and wear, some of those being: daily use, adverse weather conditions, and scruffs and scratches. Regardless of how often you clean them or how careful you are, as the years passthe signs of use will show. So have some fun with your furniture and give it a facelift instead of replacing it. These simple tips will help you bring new life toyour outdoor furniture. A New Coat of Paint A new coat of paint allows you to bring back…

As long as the price stickers are where they belong – on the labeled products in your convenience store or other shopping malls, then they remain functional and useful. However, most stickers don’t stick there for long; they get to come off once they have been paid for after their brief shelf life. And heaven only knows where these stickers end up; they can easily become a nuisance on every surface in and around the home.The following are some of the ways to clean those stickers from various surfaces at home: Glass Surfaces Avoid scratching the glass to remove the…

For several years, many people have been using commercially made products for house cleaning different surfaces at home including the carpet, windows, furniture, and dishes, among several other things. Recently, there is an increasing trend where many families are turning to homemade cleansers, many of which have been used for decades. These products are eco-friendly compared to the ready-made ones on the market. Environmentally Friendly Most people assume that the commercially made cleaning products labeled “eco-friendly” or “natural” have no impact on the environment, but the small print on the labels often tells a different story. The safe, plant-based ingredients…

Are you forced to leave your car out on the street because your garage doesn’t have enough room for it? If so then its time you started thinking of how to get your garage organized. Listed below are a few tips to help you make that happen. Read on! 1. Sort It is best to group similar items together to make them easy to find. Shelving units, a few coats of paint and some cute decals for the garage door will transform the space without spending a lot of money. Put frequently used items, such as paper towel, cleaning materials,…

If you are a housekeeper, you know just how busy you can be. There is no shadow of doubt about the amount of work you put in. However, there are certain things you can do to make it more efficient and reduce the amount of time that you require to remove all the clutter. Here is a sneak peek of some of these ways: First, you need to have a better organization. The truth is that better organization is crucial towards efficient cleaning: When you sort through your stuff, you will no longer inquire where they should go. You won’t…

A home is a home, filled with your things—and the clutter that comes with them. However much you try, it is rather difficult keeping your home in tip-top condition all the time. You will find your cabinets filling up, drawers getting loaded, and closets carrying too many things. The best way to overcome all this clutter is to think of innovative ideas for your shelves. Use your creativity to make more space so that all your housekeeping efforts keep your home looking great. The first thing to do is reorganize all your shelves so that they give you more space…

Garages are primarily intended to be places to park your car. That is obvious, right? Then why are so many of your neighbors leaving their cars in the driveway overnight? The answer is obvious – there is no room because of all the random things stored in the garage. It is time to get organized. If you don’t have the time, The Maids of Greater Boston in Newton, MA can help and can also perform housekeeping services for your home. But if you have the time; go for it! So what is the first step of organizing a garage? That…

Allergies and other respiratory issues make it hard for some people to use chemical cleaning products. At the same time, there are plenty cleaning items sold these days claim to be eco-friendly and free of harsh chemicals, when that isn’t always the case.  The following are some cleaning solutions which you can make right in your kitchen using other common household products: Wax for Floors 2 Tbsp. of olive oil warm water white vinegar This wax will serve as an effective alternative for those who are bothered by the strong chemical smell of many common floor cleaners. Furniture Polishing 1/4…

There are many industries that are doing an awesome job of manufacturing safe-keeping bins. These bins are a great part of daily life as they are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes for organization and house cleaning. These storage bins are used not only in homes, but in schools and warehouses as well. You can easily get the bins according to your need from any shop near your property. Here are the top 10 uses for household storage bins: 1. A detailed storage system: A number of people use storage platforms with storage bins in an integrated…

Preserving confidential papers is something that every household needs to know to do because nobody wants any of these papers wet, lost, burnt, or damaged: birth certificates registration papers credit reports membership cards collectible concert tickets home business papers photos and other valuable papers Organization is key to keep your papers from getting lost, and an important part of housekeeping. The following are other ways to protect your valuable papers. Lamination You can laminate papers of different sizes using special products that come in different models to heat-seal lamination material over the paper for protection and preservation. Currently, you are…

Instead of using toxic chemical products in your home, you can make your own cleaning agents using some safe household ingredients. However, never mix bleach and ammonia, as they can create a deadly gas. It is important to ensure that the ingredients you are planning to use are appropriate for the surface you want to clean. White distilled vinegar and many other basic cleansers are safe for cleaning most surfaces, and can be mixed to make great cleaning products. Below are a couple of recipes for basic cleaners and their uses: Window Cleaner How to Make You will need a…

When it comes to food in the household, it can be a costly expense. A lot of the expense is derived from your shopping methods and preferences. Impulse buying is always a challenge too. It can be hard to resist a really good buy. But will you use that good deal? Maybe you will and maybe you won’t. By preparing your shopping list, you can get exactly what you need and if you save enough money, you can use it to hire a housekeeping service to get more free time or spend it on a family fun day. Either way,…

If you take a look around your house, you will find cabinet handles are everywhere. You have handles on kitchen cabinets, dressers, entertainment center doors, and on all the drawers. These cabinet handles do wear out with time; they can loosen or even break off. Broken cabinet handles can make house cleaning and daily house function frustrating. It is possible to tighten loose handles, but if the cabinet handles have been scratched or stained, it will be better to just replace them instead of trying to repair them. Replacement will not only be cheaper, but will give you the opportunity…

Are flies making merry in your home, while you suffer from the nuisance? Well, using house plants to get rid of flies in your home, would be a good, organic and eco-friendly way. No need of any pesticides, or expensive sprays. Just follow one of the tricks below and your home will be spic and span again. Mint: Mint is a well-known fly-repellent and you can keep potted mint around the doorways, windows or any place where flies enter the house from. Another way to keep flies from sitting on food is to keep crushed mint leaves around the preparation…

Regular carpet cleaning should be done because its fibers have been designed in a way that can hide soil and also can reflect light. The ability of carpet fiber to hide soil is a common feature among most carpets however this is not the only agent affecting the cleanliness of the carpet. Soil is the common agent affecting the cleanliness of the carpet and if allowed to pile up then it can damage the fibers. Cleaning a carpet extends its life and also improves its appearance. One of the best methods to clean carpets is by the use of vacuum…

Have you always wanted to reduce the amount of electricity you use? Well, now you can with the help of fluorescent lamps. These lamps can help you in reducing your electricity usage and, consequently, your electric bill by as much as two-thirds of your current bill. The fluorescent lamps are highly prevalent in the market due to the focus of government on increasing energy efficiency and the technical advances made by the manufacturers. A standard incandescent bulb uses 50% more energy than a comparable fluorescent lamp. The energy-saving capacity of a fluorescent lamp can be gauged from the fact that…

Many of us suffer from a variety of allergies inside the home as well as outdoors. Although many people opt to treat their allergies with anti-histamines, there are a few ways to reduce them without medication. Furniture- Opt for easy to clean furniture instead of upholstered and ensure that you clean bedding, blankets and curtains frequently. This will get rid of dust particles and dust mites that may be triggering your allergies. Windows -If you suffer from hay-fever it may be an idea to close your windows during hot weather and use air conditioning instead. Regularly cleaning your windows will…

In your day-to-day life, you make use of many different items in your home. Even if you are too busy in your daily schedule, you likely have to spare some time in the morning and evening and carry out every day housekeeping. This tends to take a lot of your time, but if you try to stay organized, it will be very easy for you to save time and achieve more in your home and work. In a home, small items tend to make the house cluttered which, in return, end up making you slower when trying to carry out…

They might not be visible but just like all allergens dust mites can cause allergic reactions, including asthma and itching. These harmless microscopic organisms live off dead human skin cells, and they thrive well in warm temperatures – mostly in pillows and beddings. To simply determine whether you have dust mites present in your beddings, track your allergic symptoms. If your allergies are severe during winter, chances are dust mites are present in your beddings and thriving rapidly. Dust mites are extremely common when ventilation is poor, and winter months are such great times of the year for their rapid…

We all love pets in our homes, but what we don’t love is having pet hair strewn everywhere. From beds to sofas and couches to floors: wherever you look, all you see is pet hair. With this being the case, you have to ask: how do you get rid of pet hair so that your house looks nice and clean even with your adorable pet around? Performing your housekeeping chores and staying ahead of your household duties can not only help you keep your house neat and  clean, but it can also help give visitors a good impression of your…

Garlic is probably one of the best spices out there in your pantry. Why not? It makes several dishes smell and taste flavorful! Yes, that smell is great in your dish but on your hands? I doubt if you like it as much. Garlic has a very potent smell. Many are obnoxious about chopping garlic because the smell likes to stick around on the hands even hours after, and soap just can’t get the smell off that much. Over the course of time though, I have discovered that cleaning garlicky hands is really not that tough. Here's a list of…

It is not a secret that in the market today, stainless steel among the resilient and most available materials. Because of this, it is used for various uses both at household uses and at industrial uses. At household uses, it may make pans which more often than not get burnt. Below are 5 Tips for Cleaning Burnt Stainless Steel Pans. Use Limes and Salt Here, a mixture of limes and salt is added to the burnt stainless steel pan. Then the mixture is allowed to sit for a few minutes (preferably 10 – 15 minute). Some more salt is then…

Many people may think that All-Purpose and Multi-Purpose cleaners are the same thing. However, they are not because there is one main difference between the two. Although. Someone might buy one cleaner over the other thinking that they are the same thing, they should definitely do their research first to get the best possible cleaning experience out of it. All-Purpose Cleaner The main different between the two is that they don't both clean every surface in your house. However, one might clean more surfaces than the other will. The All-Purpose Cleaner can actually be used to mop floors, clean counter-tops,…

A clean and neatly arranged home creates a sweet and serene ambiance to everyone who enters it. A disorganized house full of clutter is a source of stress and shame to its owner as they will not be at ease to invite anyone into it for fear or ridicule. Anyway, no need to worry as these simple steps to quick clutter clearing will sort you. You do not need a decade to clear clutter from your house as it can be done in just a couple of minutes or hours by following the following steps. 1. Decide on a date…

The most advanced and effective way to scent a room is by using an aromatic diffuser. A diffuser is a small electrical unit that pumps unheated scent into the room. Generally, unheated scent is more pure compared to a heated one. There exist a variety of diffusers in the market depending upon capacity and style of use. The cost of buying also varies per brand and the directions for use are always given once you buy it. An aromatic diffuser is easy to use and its portability enhances effectiveness. Normally, a few drops of essential oil are placed in a…

One of the best home cleaning products available is vinegar. This product does not only have hundreds of uses, but is also natural, affordable, and safe for use by family members, pets, and environments. Even though vinegar has a pungent, distinctive, and unpleasant smell, this smell disappears quickly. This and other properties of vinegar allow you to appreciate the benefits that are inherent in this magical liquid. To begin with, vinegar inhibits the growth of certain bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli. It is also useful in fighting mold and mildew. When you combine the many uses of vinegar…

Annoying insects are common in just about every part of the world. Mosquitoes, files and ants are found in huge numbers by almost every homeowner. However, only some insects are fairly as annoying as the creature known as the gnat. Gnats are tiny and very annoying flying insects, and although they are entirely harmless, it is horrible to see them hanging around your abode. Luckily, there are several ways to get rid of them easily. Construct a home-based gnat trap. This is one of the easiest and inexpensive ways to get rid of gnats. Find a second-hand Mason jar and…

Children are good at making messes and bad in cleaning them up. They live for one moment to the other. As soon as they are tired of one activity, they will run off to the next one. While you might find the chaos left by your daughter troubling, you will find her not bothered at all. After all, why should she waste time cleaning up where there is another game to be played? -After all mum will do it! However, there are some rules that you can use to make your kids responsible for their messes. Set a good example.…

Sometimes it is hard to keep up a clean and tidy household. With so many activities and demands with your time, house cleaning is usually the last thing to get done. Most of the time, you may end up in a rush to get the rooms clean and sometimes in that rush, things get over-looked. For many, housekeeping services are just the right answer. With several options and services available for your many needs; you can decide what works best for you. Here a just a few reasons why a housekeeping service may fit the bill just right. You will…

Organization is important and you try to keep things organized along with the housekeeping duties, nut there is always room for improvement if you want a more efficient household. It can be annoying to have to waste time searching for something you know you have and not having much luck. Many items get tossed around in various rooms, like tools, watches, batteries, remotes, toy pieces, office supplies, broken parts and pieces, etc. Some of the most common items are listed below. ELECTRONIC ACCESSORIES Electronic accessories end up everywhere in the home. You often ask where the remote went or where…

Fabric is one thing that exists and is used every single day in household living. When looking at a blanket, the fabric used to make it can have its own level of comfort and durability. On the other hand, curtains have fabrics that produce the level of durability and design it has. A fabric by definition is the results of spinning and weaving materials together. Items like select suitcases, blankets, car seats, winter jackets, etc. are all made from a fabric or in some cases, several fabrics. Your car seats started out as a material before getting combined to form…

A home’s look and sanitization are important, which is why you dedicate as much time as possible to making it look great. Most of the time, cleaning is intermittent. This is based off occasional accidents, time slots in between activities and events, or even as much as possible in between anything. Nevertheless, details get pushed aside and completions are a rarity. By the time you get around to cleaning another part of the room, the other needs cleaned again. Time these days is so rare for most people, especially those who report to work, get involved in clubs, hang out…

Home cleaning efforts do pay off, but they are really only as good as the fixtures and décor around them. Moulding is a common visual appeal deterrent. It can often be scuffed, scratches, chipped, or even faded. In a lot of cases, it can fall off too. If you envision this in your home, it may be the time to upgrade your interior moulding. Understanding the materials, types, finishes, and designs will help you find what is best for your rooms. When it comes to materials, there are a lot. Oak, pine, poplar, cedar, composite, polyurethane, MDF (medium density fiber),…

A home that looks great is a comforting place that is healthy, right? Well...not exactly. It can look really clean and comforting, but can still be unhealthy. The air in the area is contaminated with pollutants and allergens; maybe not life threatening, but still affective. It carries many contaminants and dust that can lead to sickness or allergies. You can't eliminate that, even with dedicated house cleaning. But you have the opportunity to control and reduce it.  When looking at a section in your home when the sun rays hit, what do you tend to see? Sure, household dust is…

Lighting up your home adds safety to the mix, but costs money to run. There is no way to avoid it unless you want complete darkness and no progress with house cleaning or home renovations either. Every bulb uses watts to run. Housekeeping, home upgrades, garage work, reading a book, and many other tasks need light at night or life would come to a screeching halt. 60 watt bulbs use a lot of energy when on and this can really increase your electrical bill.  Excellent alternatives include fluorescent lighting and L.E.D. bulbs mainly because of the less demand for energy.…

In cases where a bathing room remodel is just what you want, why not make it your own. Irrespective of how you fix up the bathroom, color styles are important. You work so hard at housekeeping to create a comfortable home. Why not take the time to enhance your bathroom? Bathroom sink choices are very unique, providing various styles, options, colors, and designs. When you shop around, you should definitely identify sinks that catch your upcoming bathroom's style and provide a color or colors that mix in effectively together with your bathroom environment. You will appreciate that there are many…

The shades of your bathroom space make the biggest difference, throughout comfortableness and design. In the end, you expect to take pleasure in waking up, bathing in the tub, enjoying visitors over, or perhaps getting ready for the day. An attractive bathroom creates many desires and can magnify your own character. You will amaze family and friends with your inspirational creativity. Housekeeping never ends, but this will make your bathroom shine like never before. When it comes to paint colors, possibilities never end for use on your bathroom walls. You can explore the options of painting different colors on walls,…

Your back yard may look fantastic, but have you considered spicing it up a little bit more? With many cash-conserving, less expensive improvements, you could make your stylish masterpiece without having to spend a lot of money. You work so hard to have a welcoming home from all your house cleaning efforts. Why not make the exterior space your place of relaxation, as well as your escape.  In brief, your patio living area is only as good as the vicinity all around it. Walkways are ideal for areas like this with plenty of traffic. Choosing a step like this will…

Once you've thrown a load of towels in the washing machine, you go to throw them in the dryer and discover that they have a smell to them. You're too busy with house cleaning to deal with smelly towels, right? You begin to think that your dryer will eliminate the odor, once the towels are dry. But suddenly, you discover that it didn't do the trick. Unfortunately, the dryer did not solve the problem and the odor is still there. You may have attempted to wash them more than once before tossing in the dryer, but it didn't seem to…

Summer is half over, but if you’re not ready to let go of that feeling just yet, get the housekeeping done, then consider adding some beach décor to your home. How can you do that without going overboard? The trick is to add a beach feel to your standard elements and to dress them up with small, subtle pieces. 1. Colors. When it comes to paint colors and fabrics, look for colors that remind you of the beach: blues, greens, sandy tans, and white. Balance them out with each other: if you use a bright color on the walls, use…

If you’re selling your house, your home will see a lot of potential buyers! Before they come in the door, there are some things you can do to help your house give just the right impression. Start, of course, with a clean house. Visitors to your home want to see it in good condition so they can more easily imagine themselves living in it—if there’s not much time for cleaning on your schedule, hire a maid service to keep it looking welcoming. Once the house is clean, try these four things that will help sell your house (and for the…

It’s almost Independence Day, and in a beautiful sea of red, white, and blue, it can seem hard to come up with an original idea for decorating. However, there are some great ideas that can go a long way in making your party look decorative and creative, and they aren’t too difficult. If you’re looking for a last minute idea, try one of these: Easy Floral Centerpiece This one is a piece of cake to throw together, and will make your tables look put together and elegant. Put several cut white and red roses into a bowl or vase, then…

There are a lot of things in your house that need some cleaning, but how often do you remember some of the stuff you don’t readily see? Maid services play a big role in keeping your house clean, but there are a few places you might want to hit between cleanings. If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned one of these, now is the time! House Plants. Yes, believe it or not, your house plants quickly and easily collect dust. Thankfully, there’s an incredibly easy way to fix this: carry your small plants to the bathtub and turn…

Earlier this week, we looked at how to de-clutter your house and keep it more organized. Once that’s done, house cleaning is next, and there’s a few steps you can take to make it easier for yourself. It starts with organizing what you have and then tackling the cleaning tasks that need to be done on a regular basis. Ready to get started? A Place for Everything. Once you’ve gotten rid of your clutter, it’s time to make sure everything you have has its own home. Find sensible places to put the things you own and whenever you use an…

Houses are unfortunately well-equipped to collect things, and more often than not, homeowners find they have many more things than space! This can lead to clutter and a messy house, so one of the ways to make your house cleaner is to get rid of the clutter. Regular maid services help keep dust, dirt, and germs at bay, but there is more you can do if you’re starting to see clutter creeping into your space. If you aren’t sure where to start, try this: Ask Questions People often hold onto things without giving it much thought, so as you clean,…

If you don’t have a lot of experience using color in decorating, you might not be sure exactly what will work best, but you don’t want to go too safe. How can you juggle the two? Keep these tips in mind: Be Inspired. Pick the colors you like and find ways to make them work in your space. Can you create a palette based on your favorite pair of earrings or favorite tie? Absolutely! Trends are good guides, but only if you love them, too. There are Many Neutrals. It’s easy to jump straight to white or beige for neutrals…

If you own a cast iron skillet, you likely know that it can be both a cook’s greatest dream and house cleaner's worst nightmare if you don’t know how to clean it. From cornbread and pork to frittatas and steak, cast iron cooks a lot of things exceptionally well.  Unfortunately, the seasoning process means soap and soaking—the most common method for getting rid of stuck-on food—shouldn’t be used. How can you clean your skillet, then? The Magic Ingredient The best thing you can use to clean cast iron is actually already sitting in your kitchen cabinet—salt. Here’s how you do…

Whether you shower in the morning to wake up or shower in the evening to relax, there’s nothing quite like stepping into a clean, fresh shower. However, no one likes to clean the bathroom! Maid services do a great job cutting down the amount of bathroom cleaning you have to do, but to have the best shower, there will still be some to do. Use these tips to make your shower great all the time. Dry out the shower. When you finish, take a towel and dry the walls, or turn your vent on and run it for a while…

If you’ve never decorated your space before but you’re ready to start, it can be intimidating. Patterns, colors, balance, structure—there are a lot of separate components to consider when decorating. If you want to jump in and get started, these tips should help and make your space perfect for you! Build Confidence: Start Small When you’re first trying out decorating, starting in a bathroom can let you experiment with style and build confidence. Because the space is small and not a primary room in the house, it’s less risk and you can feel free to try new things. What styles…

There's tidying, and then there's cleaning. Most of the time, kids don't have much of a problem cleaning (though they certainly might tell you otherwise!), but they turn on full resistance when you ask for their help manually cleaning. It's spring cleaning time, and everyone in the house can get involved—the trick is to make it more interesting and less stressful. If you're really behind, maid services will be your best bet to get caught up, but you can also try these tips to get the house clean: Pick Your Job. This great idea from  365 Days of Cleaning for school-aged kids:…

The next time you go to the produce section of your local grocery store, you might be shopping less for your favorite salad and more for your house cleaning needs. There are a lot of benefits to using natural cleaners, and some of the toughest hitters aren't found in bottles—they're found in the fruit aisle! Lemons, oranges, and grapefruits all have unique ways of helping you around the house. Grab some at the grocery store and try out these neat tricks: Lemons Hard water stains are notoriously difficult to tackle, but a couple of lemons can clean every hard water…

When you're reading about interior design, there are a lot of words thrown around to describe different styles. You might have a broad idea of what one or another style looks like, but it's hard to nail down exactly what it is without putting some kind of definition on it. Since many homeowners who worry about housekeeping also worry about decorating, it's a good idea to take a beginner look at what the different decorating styles actually are. Contemporary Style is marked by clean lines, but not harsh. Furniture is usually focused on basic shapes and is lower to the…

There are so many great things to try when it comes to green cleaning. Everything from the materials to the solutions to the processes can be shifted. Microfiber cloths, for instance; can take the place of paper towels. As for solutions, vinegar is an old favorite, as is baking soda, but sometimes you need something to fulfill a specific house cleaning task. These two ideas will give you great solutions that hit particular areas you might need help addressing when it comes to green cleaning! High Gloss Shine Not sure what you can use on the chrome, glass, or polished…

Candles are a universal decoration and extremely popular. When there are so many people using candles, creative ideas start to turn up. Do you light a candle in its votive and leave it in your house? Do you use tall candlesticks? When you're looking to do something different with your candles, try one of these cool ideas: Colored Rice. Inspired by the spring season, one blogger created decorative candles by dying rice in different spring colors. It's an easy project:  Put a small amount of rice in a plastic zip bag. Add a couple of drops of rubbing alcohol and…

The to-do lists you have laying around are likely incredibly long, and there's always something to add to the list! As spring cleaning comes around, you might find yourself adding sorting the closet and cleaning the pantry to your regular list. When your list is long, a lot of things unfortunately slip through the cracks. The best way to avoid this is to get help where you can, like taking the laundry to a fluff and fold service and hiring a maid service. The kinds of things that get lost on the list are those things you don't routinely do…

Without a little direction, a family (especially with children!) can quickly make a mess in the house. From toys and school projects to cooking and work papers, there are so many things coming into and out of your home, it can be hard to keep up with it all. House cleaning systems take the clutter and create a flow for it in your house. Some examples include mail sorting and how laundry works in your house. If you want more systems for organization but need a few ideas to get some them in place, here are some suggestions: Laundry Believe…

Is it too early to start spring cleaning? Even if you aren't ready to start cleaning in the still-chilly weather, planning what you're going to do for your spring cleaning is not a bad idea. Planning for cleaning might seem silly, but planning is what makes maid services so effective. The idea behind spring cleaning is to clean things that don't normally get cleaned during your everyday chores. When you think in those terms, which things are most important to you when you start your cleaning? Prioritizing ahead of time will make you feel victorious as you achieve each of…

If painting is on the schedule for a room in your house, don't rule out neutrals. More and more people are trying brighter, bolder colors on the wall, but even if you choose to go neutral, your room can still look dynamic and interesting: it's all about seeing your neutral walls as a blank canvas and playing off of them with textures, patterns, and strong decorating. Here are a look at the popular neutral wall color choices and some ideas about decorating with them: White tends to give off two feelings: tranquil or cold. To keep it tranquil, go with…

Remodeling a room is a lot of fun: designing to creating to the finished product, it can be a rewarding process. Unfortunately, your remodeled room doesn't clean itself, so let's take a look at a few ideas for cleaning after your remodeling. The biggest problem is dust and debris brought in, created, and stirred up during the remodeling. In a focused dusting beyond your normal house cleaning, work on the areas that need dusting the most, starting at the top of the room and working down: Light Fixtures & Vents: These are common hiding placed for dust and need some…

How do you feel about area rugs? Do you think of them as a design tool or do you only use an area rug at the door to catch dust and make house cleaning easier? Some professional decorators shared with HGTV their ideas for how to incorporate area rugs into room designs. Below are some favorite tips from practical to artistic! Buy for the Room & Your Life When you decide to buy a new area rug for a room, there are an awful lot of things to consider: size, shape, color, and fabric. But there are two important things…

You might or might not realize it, but your window blinds are prone to collecting massive amounts of dust. It stays hidden between the blinds but causes allergy irritation and even discoloration just like dust anywhere else in your home. Cleaning the blinds might seem like a tedious chore (okay, it sort of is), but if you know the right way to do it, it isn't quite so bad. Plus, once your blinds are clean, if you make a quick dusting part of your regular housekeeping, your blinds will stay cleaner all the time. Blind Cleaning Methods Method #1: The…

An online survey conducted by Just Eat recently discovered that splitting house cleaning chores ranked almost as high as money issues in reasons married couples argue—wow! Why all the fuss? There are likely a couple of reasons, from stress over the house being clean to competition between the spouses, or even just different cleaning styles and expectations.  Just as interesting, “laziness” as it relates to house cleaning ranked behind only one other vice for reasons to avoid getting into a relationship with someone.  How to Prevent the Problem Keep reading for a couple of great tips for dealing with being…

Why Didn’t I Think of That: New Uses for Old Things Have you ever seen something in a magazine or a friend’s house that seemed so simple and common sense, you were surprised it had never occurred to you before? That’s what this is all about. Take a look around your house—there are things sitting right in front of you that will solve little problems or serve wonderful functions in your house. These are three favorites inspired by 50 All-Time Favorite New Uses for Old Things: 1. Chalk. In addition to being a favorite of teachers and kids, it’s also…

Do you enjoy taking the time to decorate your house? Maybe you plan out every detail, or just adjust your home’s look as the mood strikes. When the housekeeping is done and you’re ready to decorate, here are five decorating mistakes to keep in mind before you start: Visible Clutter Clutter catches your eye the moment you walk into someone else’s house, but you might be used to it in your own home. Try to look at your house as if you were a stranger visiting. What stands out? Where do you see clutter? Focus on those areas, and everything…

Clutter might make you cringe and sigh, or you might be sort of oblivious to it most of the time. However your reaction, clutter has been proven to have an affect on the way we live and the way we feel about our houses. Too much clutter tends to make people feel overwhelmed and out-of-control, leading to frustration, apathy, and even depression. House cleaning can seem like a monumental chore when you are surrounded by things.   With a deep breath, a little bit of guidance, and some persistence, though; you can get through the mountain of clutter and come through…

At the end of a long day, there’s nothing better than walking into a clean bedroom and sinking into a bed with clean, cool sheets waiting just for you. On the other hand, coming home to a cluttered room doesn’t only interfere with your relaxation, it can even cause stress.  Regular house cleaning has been proven to reduce stress levels, and that includes your bedroom. When you’re in a hurry, it seems much easier to pull the door closed and forget it exists for a while. Even if time is short, though; you can have a cleaner bedroom. 1. Make…

Some house cleaning problems keep coming up because everyone has to deal with them at some point or another. When faced with that unmoving stain or sticky grease, it can seem like you’re doing it all wrong.  Getting cleaning services in your home can help put you on the right track, and here are three problems you’re likely to run across and what to do about them. Greasy Microwave. You open the microwave and…ugh. If you’ve got food stains or grease sticking to the walls of your microwave, there’s a straightforward solution you’ll kick yourself for not thinking of sooner. Cut…

Now, right in the middle of the holiday season, is about the time last-minute gift buyers start looking for gifts. Are you a last-minute shopper or did the holidays sneak up on you this year? If you are racking your brain trying to find gift ideas for those hard-to-shop people in your life, here are three ideas to get you started.  Unique Gift Cards Lots of people give gift cards to restaurants and stores, but people give gift cards for services less often, even though they are a great idea. Who doesn’t want maid services to do the housecleaning? And…

The winter months have officially moved in, and with them may come deep snow, blizzards, and ice storms that can knock out power or trap you in your home for a few days. If this happens when you’re unprepared, it can be terrifying, but with just some preparation, you can feel confident that you are ready for any winter storm. First thing’s first: a messy house in an emergency becomes a serious problem. Getting in and out of a messy house should you need to evacuate or if you need to be rescued can be a hassle and even dangerous.…