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…

Every homeowner knows that drywall damage can affect the aesthetics of their home. The common damage to drywalls is holes of various sizes, which are either caused by children and other stresses, which sheetrock cannot withstand. If you want to fix up and repair these holes, you can take advantage of the following options provided by The Maids of South Coast in New Bedford, MA along with a large variety of other maid services. Repair Options Option 1: Fixing Using Backer Boards Just draw a rectangle around the break with a square or a straightedge. Break and check for any…

Commonly known as wasps, yellow jackets can be very irritating if you like enjoying the great doors. They can cause a lot of problems for you and your guests, if you want to have an outdoor event.  There are various eco-friendly ways to help you get rid of yellow jackets effectively in your home.  Store Food and Other Protein Sources Indoors Yellow jackets are attracted to food rich in protein, so things such as pet foods and other such items should be stored indoors. During summer months, ensure that pet food is kept inside the house to discourage these wasps…

Moisture is perfect environment for mold to grow, and children tend to spend a lot of times in these areas.  If you notice mold on any of your children’s furniture make sure you clean it all off because it is very dangerous for a child’s health, however cleaning mold can be easy if you know what you are doing. Thanks to The Maids of Scottsdale in Phoenix, AZ, you can hire a highly experienced professional to assist you.  We offer a wide variety of cleaning services to our clients. Lack of proper cleaning of the baby toys If you do…

Fabric can be defined in many ways. For curtains, fabric is defined as the results of spun and weaved material or materials. This becomes a fabric that is used to make the curtains. To put it another way, cotton which has been woven together to make a pair of pants is a fabric. Cotton woven together with polyester to make a shirt has also become a fabric. There is no limit on how many materials are used to make it. Fabrics can have any fiber or material within them. With this in mind; curtains can be described with various materials…

Thieves do not always target the one with the largest house on the block, but rather the easiest target. Do you know whether you are an easy target?  How can you protect yourself? Forgetting to lock doors, lack of a proper security system in their homes among other factors. Theft and burglaries can be very detrimental, especially if thieves find a way to your most valuable items. You may incur other costs such as repairing damages caused by the thieves. It is important to protect yourself, and there are some simple things you can do to protect yourself from burglars.…

Indoor allergens are things like: pet dander, mold, dust mites, and cockroach droppings. They can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms for allergy sufferers. Allergens are common on floors, furniture, and on many other surfaces in your home. Although no home can claim to be totally free of these allergens, regular cleaning can help control them. Below are some simple tips to reduce the allergens in your home: Switch to Green Cleaning Products Most chemicals used to make common household cleaners tend to aggravate or even trigger symptoms in allergy and asthma sufferers. If you happen to be sensitive to allergens,…

Having an organized food pantry can offer many benefits, such as: utilizing available space better, making sure oldest items get used first, and avoiding spending money needlessly because of not knowing what you actually already have. Below are some tips for organizing your pantry. Planning Ahead A well-planned pantry is beneficial. It can assure you of a reserve against hard times or unexpected events if you stock it well. May it be a natural disaster or job loss, your food pantry can guarantee you that the family will continue to be fed and comfortable. Keeping Things from Going to Waste…

Your iron is a necessary tool that helps to keep clothing nice and wrinkle-free. It’s very easy to think of an iron as an effective cleaning tool, and forget that it also needs to be cleaned regularly. The following are some easy steps that will help you with the cleaning process: Step 1: Unplug the Iron The first thing you should do is to unplug the iron and make sure it is completely cool before cleaning.  Step 2: Mix a Solution for Cleaning the Appliance Mix up some dishwashing soap in a bowl of water to use to clean the…

We all have old sweaters that we can't seem to let go. Instead of allowing them to take up much needed space in the closet, why not re-purpose these sweaters into other items so you can avoid throwing them? Here are five crafty and creative ways to do just that: Craft a New Cardigan from an Old Sweater If you have a sweater that no longer fits, turn it into a flattering cardigan with a pair of scissors, thread and buttons. Cut the sweater down the middle, sewing the seams for a more finished look. Next, sew in the buttons…

Supermarkets and grocery stores use all manner of tricks to get you to spend more. Learning these tricks will help you outsmart them in their own game and save money. Below are insider secrets for shopping smarter. 1. You don’t have to fill the shopping cart Research shows that the reason shopping carts get larger these days is because they make you to buy more. Therefore, make an effort not to fill a big cart. Alternatively, take a shopping basket and not a cart. 2. Don't be afraid to ditch items at the last minute According to research, more than…

After a long day of work, you are longing for a place where you can relax and sleep. There is no better place to do this than in your bedroom. However, if your bedroom is not an organized place, it will not give you the environment you need to relax. If you have busy schedule with little time to maintain it, The Maids South Coast in New Bedford, MA can detail clean and organize it for you and even handle your entire home on an affordable plan. How did you get to this point? Obviously, your bedroom did not get…

Almost every person is troubled by some tough stains on their clothes. These stains can be quite difficult to remove, and often ruin clothing. Common Stain and Their Solutions Just because there are stains on your clothes doesn’t mean you have to throw them away. There are some simple things you can do to remove stains: Grass Stains For grass stains you should use vinegar and water. Pigment in grass can adhere to the fabric, but vinegar can easily remove it. You should mix vinegar and water, and apply it to the stain, then scrub and rinse. Blood Stains These…

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.    

Your refrigerator is one of the most important appliances in your home. It helps to keep drinks and foods like your favorite snacks and vegetables fresh. When carrying out housekeeping chores, it is a good idea to include your refrigerator on the to-do list. By simply arranging it, you will enjoy fast access to various items when you need them. This will, in turn, save you time for other income-generating activities. Also, you will be able keep track of food stocks and save money that would have been spent buying things that you already have. No more second guessing: preparing…

The most popular place people enjoy relieving themselves from work, school, or housekeeping exhaustion is the bedroom, but it can be a problem when your bed is not comfortable at all. You may spend a better part of your sleeping time turning from one side to the other if the bed is not made to be cozy and warm. Even if you have a high quality bed and mattress, there are always other things that you can do to make it comfy and cozy: Layering Your bed will never be as comfy as it could be if you just use…

Getting organized at home is a great idea. In your daily life there are some house cleaning chores which you will be required to carry out on a daily basis. When cleaning the house, you will need to arrange different items in the places that make the most sense for functionality in your life. The best way for you to arrange the items in your home is putting them in places where you can easily locate them whenever you would like to make use of them. This will reduce the time that you would waste in trying to locate certain…

In a home, pets help family members enjoy life, especially those who love their pets very much. They also tend to add more work to your home when you’re trying to maintain high level of cleanliness. This is especially noticeable when you have to try and remove pet hairs during house cleaning that settle on places in your home such as on your couch or other furniture. The pet hair can settle on the couches if your pets sleep on your furniture, but they can also float on the air where they will finally land on random areas in your…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

While focusing on indoor house cleaning duties, the outdoor areas tend to get forgotten about or neglected, especially if there is a lot to do inside. Regardless, the outdoor areas need attention too! The furniture says a lot about your home so you want it looking clean and alive! Here are some helpful hints to get your patio looking great gain. The Effects of Weather The furniture on your porch still gets exposure to the weather. A hard rain with good wind speed can angle the rain onto the furniture. The hot summer temperatures can melt or soften materials to…

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…

The bathroom is a very important part of your home and you need to make sure that the bathroom is just right. Color coordination is a very important factor of renovating and remodeling a bathroom. It is where you relax in the shower or tub, and where you spend each morning getting ready for the day. Therefore, the environment needs to be calm and relaxing, and if the decor is wrong you may not enjoy your bathroom space. Below are some tips for renewing your bathroom: Bathroom Cabinets Options The cabinets in the bathroom can provide you with limitless choices…

Did you know that the quality of the air in your home is of vital importance, as impure air can lead to a host of health issues? The EPA actually lists indoor air pollution as a rampant problem today, and simply opening your windows may not be enough to alleviate the problem. In addition, during times of the year when the temperatures are either too hot or too cold to leave your windows open, your home is often shut up for months at a time. While your heating or cooling system brings in air from the outside, by the time…

Most of us these days live very hectic lives. The single mom or dad, the two working parents, the stay at home mom or dad, the very busy single person, has anyone been left out? Will everyone has these hectic schedules, no one really has time to clean. Even if you hire a weekly service buy the time Wednesday comes around the house is a mess. Some of our homes are trashed by Monday evening that is if you clean or get your home cleaned on the traditional clean up Saturdays. You can easily remedy this mid-week disaster by doing…

Is your home contributing to your breathing challenges? Are you even suffering from Asthma or allergies? Have you ever tried to clean the air in your home? It is a common scientific fact that living inside the home can't help the patient from the allergens. Have you ever noticed little dust particles floating around in the air visible through sun shine? They are always present in the air whether you see them or not. If they are in the atmosphere, they are also present in your lungs. You can't stop them unless you wear a breathing mask. Not very comforting…

Do you have a sticker on your window? Or did your kids just decided to decorate your door with a sticker that they got gesture from a supermarket? Stickers and other forms of adhesive product can leave a sticky residue on your walls. You may find it very difficult to remove a sticker especially if they have been fixed on a particular surface for a long time or if they have been exposed for a long period to a lot of sunlight .But do you know that it is possible to remove a sticker? In this article, we have provided…

Dust mites are microscopic creatures that belong to the same class with the spider and mostly take residence in mattresses & bedding, upholstered furniture, curtains and carpets. Often thriving in warm, humid environments, the tiny organisms feed on the flakes of skin that we and our pets shed daily. Their feces contain the substance DerP1 which is a rather potent allergen. It you’re allergic to mites, you may have eczema, asthma-like symptoms or even chronic sinus problems. Normally, completely eliminating these harmful creatures is difficult, time consuming and may also be costly. However, there are strategies you can use to…

Everyone has clutter in their home, but why do we choose to keep it? Why do we consistently make excuses about our clutter, and what are some of the excuses that we make? The first excuse that tends to be make about the clutter that is messing up our perfect homes: "I'm going to use that one day." Are you really? Are you really going to use that outdated map one day? Are you really going to wear the jacket that went out of style a couple of decades ago? Do you really need to save that milk jug in…

Stainless steel is a wonderful material with a distinctive shine. Not only does it provide a high end look in terms of kitchen appliances, cutlery and cookware but it is low maintenance. The only challenge of stainless steel is maintaining that lustrous shine and preventing corrosion. Luckily doing so is very simple. Here are easy tips to clean stainless steel. Warm Water Before moving on to other cleaning methods try warm water. Most of the time stainless steel can be cleaned with warm water and a gentle cloth. To boost effectiveness use a combination of warm water and a gentle…

The time spent cleaning the house always depends on several aspects. They include, The size of the house How well the items are arranged The speed of the cleaner and the duration between cleaning periods. However; speed cleaning may be achieved by following a simple daily routine. The following are 5 tips to speed clean. Quick access to your cleaning tools The first thing to ensure speed cleaning is by ensuring that the tools are together. After every cleaning process, gather your cleaning tools and keep them safely at one point where you can easily and quickly access them. Room…

Generally, there are several ways to make washing dishes fun. For instance, you may listen to music by selecting songs depending on your mood. Basically, upbeat songs are the best to motivate you while washing in case you do not want a quiet atmosphere. In addition to that, dish washing can be fun by considering making an assembly line whereby there are different people performing the task of scrapping, washing, drying and putting away. This is an excellent idea of rounding up everyone and have the dishes washed within the shortest time possible other than assigning one person to wash…

Aromatherapy is a special practice which has been around for ages. The practice continues to be popular because people derive a wide range of its benefits. It basically involves use of essential oils extracted from barks, flowers, leaves, seeds, herbs, roots and fruits to mention but a few. Different essential oils from different sources have different uses at home depending on their properties. Aromatherapy for Cleaning For almost any type of cleaning needed at home; there are essential oils that can be used together with soaps and detergents. The main purpose is to leave behind calming and uplifting fragrances. Rosemary…

Vinegar, or acetic acid, it's a transparent liquid found in any home across the Globe. Being mainly used for cooking or making pickles it can also have other uses in the home, most of you probably never thought about it! For example, vinegar can be used around the house in many ways, some of which in the following lines. 1. Destroying weeds in your garden! You can do this by carefully applying vinegar on weeds to burn them (be careful not putting any on the plants you wish to preserve). 2. You can clean your glass lenses! Vinegar is a…

Bedbugs are tiny little critters that feed on human blood, not too different from mosquitoes but without wings. Their official name is 'Cimex lectularius', and they are called 'bedbugs' because they tend to hide in or near to beds where humans sleep. If you have bedbugs in your home, then do not despair! First of all, these unwanted house guests are very easy to pick up, so don't make yourself feel too about it: even a clean and conscientious home might get bedbugs once in a while. That said, reducing the risk of bedbugs entering your home is very easy…

Should I have my guest take their shoes off when entering my house? If you were Asian, the answer to this question would be a no-brainer. Most Asians would not allow a guest to come into their home without removing their shoes first. If you are a westerner, it probably hinges on the circumstances. In Thailand, a guest needs to take off their shoes because Thais believe that you will bring in evil spirits. A Westerner would probably be more worried about the guest tracking in dirt than evil spirits. If a Westerner sees that you have dirty shoes or…

Is your bathroom looking a bit grimy? Maybe it's time for a good thorough cleaning, whether by you or a housekeeping services team. It's a good idea to deep clean your bathroom every couple of months to rid it of nasty germs, bacteria, and mildew. These tips will help you get that deep cleaning ball rolling. Tackle that toilet Start with a cup of baking soda. Pour the baking soda into the bowl and let it sit a few minutes, and then scrub with a brush. For the tough mineral and lime stains, use a damp pumice stone. The pumice…

You spend a lot of time keeping up with your house cleaning because you know the importance of it, but how does it get done? You make a lot of sacrifices to squeeze it in. You have enough activities in a day to keep you busy. But you spend time in between as much as you can to clean so your home looks great. You may hold a job, have children to take care of, cook meals, provide rides, mow the yard, fix the toilet, fix the cabinet hinges, attend club meetings, and tons of other activities. Cleaning services provide…

Trim, also known as moulding or molding, can often get damaged, broken, dented, dinged, chipped, warped, or cracked. For some types, they can even fade. You dedicate time to cleaning or hire a maid service, but the efforts can get hampered by the unsightly views of aged moulding. You can try to make them look good as new, but it just doesn’t seem to work. In this case, it may be time to consider replacing your trim with new moulding. Trim comes in oak, poplar, pine, composite, polyurethane, and many other materials. Oak add strength but also add to the…

You have a fabulously looking house, especially since you work hard at the house cleaning to keep it healthy. But the quality of air is something that you don't exactly get to clean. Nevertheless, you can help reduce allergens and air pollutants with various filtration techniques and make your home that much healthier.  As you grace upon the beautiful ray of sunlight entering your home, you notice a stream of dust dancing across the room. That does not look healthy or pleasant, but whether you like it or not, it will always be there. At times when there is no…

You try really hard to finish housekeeping tasks, but some areas are more difficult due to lack of or reduced lighting. That does not make things easier at all. Sometimes, it is due to the effort to save money on energy costs. After all, using 60 watt bulbs can really add up on your energy usage.  You should consider replacing those incandescent lamps with those fluorescent or L.E.D. types of lighting. Fluorescent lights consume a lot less energy than those old fashioned incandescent bulbs. L.E.D. lamps save even more yet than fluorescent lights, but are limited on options today.   Are…

A washing machine usually does an amazing job with cleaning, but why can't it get rid of that smell in your towels? 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. Certainly, that didn't work too well so you decide to throw them in the trash, right? After all, you have too many other housekeeping tasks to squeeze into your time. As time goes by, laundry detergent residue and fabric softener residue accumulate in the fabric itself. When washing your towels, those residues…

Your property may perhaps look and feel superb with all the house cleaning you decide to do, but sending some of the excitement to your out-of-doors living area is definitely an improvement anybody will love. With some clever thinking and some nifty tricks, you can make your outside living more exciting. There are plenty of budget-friendly upgrades and enhancements you can do, without spending an arm and a leg.  Outdoor living zones with grass often get quite a bit of traffic. For that high traffic, grassy area, walkway bricks could actually help safeguard the yard. Areas like that can develop…

When you get the need to increase life to your already clean restroom and also have it remodeled; color selection integrating is a crucial choice to take into account. The initial simple steps should include studying color options. This makes a significant difference in your finished effects. All things considered, you'd like the results to be fantastic and comforting. After all, you want it to fit right into the comforts of your home that you work so hard to keep clean, no matter whether you use a maid service or not. You still want a wonderful bathroom that enhances your…

If you’re staying inside out of the hot sun anyway (and you're not quite bored enough for housekeeping!), a do-it-yourself craft or recipe might be a great way to treat yourself or spend time with your kids! The easier and more kid-friendly the project, the better, and that’s why this recipe is a great choice. You have likely seen chocolate-covered pretzel rods before; they’ve become popular as party snack sand you can buy them from stores or online—but why buy them when they are easy to make? If you want to give it a try for yourself, try out this…

Silver is well known for the way it tarnishes, turning a dingy, brown color over time. Thankfully, this tarnish can be removed. If you can get a silver polish, that will be your best bet, but in a pinch, there’s something else you can use, and you already have it in your house. This secret house cleaning ingredient? Toothpaste. It’s amazing what a little bit of toothpaste can do to tarnished jewelry. If you want to clean your jewelry and test it for yourself, try this: Apply the toothpaste. You will want to use soft cloths with your silver, so…

The truth is that cleaning is not a lot of fun, so anything you can do to make it go more quickly is great. These tips will help you keep your house cleaner and tidier all the time—you might even impress your maid service! What tips do you use to make cleaning go faster? Tip #1: Handling Bad Carpet Odors: If your carpet is well overdue for a thorough cleaning, this will help you get your carpet clean and smelling much, much better. If you have a carpet cleaner on hand, use a combination of vinegar and water to “shampoo”…

Trends are fluid—like fashion trends, decorating trends come and go, and it can be downright exhausting trying to keep up. Instead of trying to update your home’s style every time there’s a new trend, find a particular style or time period you like and let that become your focus. For instance, these tips from Lifestyle will help you create a Moroccan feel in your home that you’re sure to love from day one! Colors & Patterns Moroccan style is usually a foundation of earthy tones with layers of colors and patterns ranging from crimson red and deep orange to golden…

There’s always a need for a little bit of extra storage, and this is one of the easiest ideas to get some of your smaller things off the floor and onto the walls without needing to build shelves: It’s hanging baskets, and there’s a lot you can do with them! Shoe Storage This idea comes from 2 Moms and a Blog and is a brilliant way to store kids shoes, especially during summer when slip-ons and flip-flops abound! Find a basket that has mostly even sides all the way up (you don’t want it to flare out at the top).…

How does your laundry room floor look right now? Are there clothes in piles around it, stacked up on the washer or dryer or shelf if they’re clean, scattered across the floor if they aren’t? Laundry’s just another part of housekeeping, but somehow, it always ends up being one of the most unorganized. This idea will help you claim back your laundry room—if you’re comfortable enough with a hammer (or know someone who is!). The Laundry Dresser No, you aren’t going to go hammering down your laundry room just yet, but you are going to build a system that makes…

If your desk is overwhelming and in need of space and housekeeping, you probably know how hard it is to find things you need. Additionally, clutter and mess can actually cause a person to be less focused and more stressed—not a good combination when you’re trying to work! You may have cleaned your desk before, but has it stayed clean? There are a few things you can do to keep your desk neat and working well for you: #1: Systemize. The best thing you can do for yourself to get your desk clean and to keep it clean is to…

Have you ever been house cleaning and discovered a scratch in a piece of wood furniture while you were dusting? While you can take it to a professional or buy commercial repair kits, you can also repair the scratch with things you already have at home. The Queen of Clean at DIY Network suggests these nifty tricks: For Any Wood Type Check out your child’s box of crayons and see if you can find one that closely matches the wood. Color in the scratch with the crayon until it’s covered. Grab a blow dryer and blow it on the scratch…

You've probably seen picture walls before: a clean, arranged design of frames with either photographs or paintings as a larger wall element. Of course, when you don't exactly have the budget for art, a gallery wall can seem a little out of the realm of imagination. Apartment Therapy writer Lindsey Tella faced exactly that dilemma. Here are some tips on how she got started despite her budget being lower than what she needed for what she wanted: Sketch It Out. Lindsey sketched out her living room and added sticky notes to represent the frames she wanted to use. This allowed…

House cleaning seems fairly straightforward, but there are a few mistakes people make when cleaning that make them end up working harder or not getting the results they want. Whether it's a stain on the carpet or the sticky residue on the counter, it's a lesson most often learned by experience. Hopefully, some of these tips will keep you from making these three common mistakes! Scrubbing a Stain Ack! Someone's spilled wine at your party or your kids dropped a chunk of popsicle on the floor. Sometimes the first reaction is to grab a rag and start scrubbing the stain.…

The kitchen is one of the rooms you want cleaner than most of the others, but it can be a chore. There's always food around and plenty of tools and things you use—even if you use maid services, you're going to have to clean the kitchen sometimes, and it's great to have a few tricks to make it easier! Martha Stewart has plenty of tips and tricks for keeping the kitchen clean, and here are our three favorites! Cleaning Your Grinder. A coffee or spice grinder is an extremely handy tool to have for home cooks, but if you use…

Everyone—especially kids—love to picnic. Eating outside when the weather is nice is a great way to get fresh air and spend time together with family and friends. If you want to skip sitting on the ground but love the idea of eating outside together, creating a dining area in your yard is the perfect solution! With all of the choices available, not only can you find something completely functional, but also stylish and comfortable. Bonus? It doesn't take much house cleaning to keep this dining room clean! Ideas for Outside Dining Love the idea but aren't sure how to get…

When it comes to spring cleaning, it's most often seen as a way to clean things that normally get overlooked. Spring cleaning is a great motivator for getting to those tasks you've been putting off! The biggest mistake people make when spring cleaning is trying to do it all at once. While an all-day or all-weekend cleaning spree can be effective, sometimes you just don't have time for that.  When your schedule is overloaded, hire a maid service to do the majority of the cleaning for you, then take on these fast maintenance or organization tasks whenever you have 10-30…

Ah, the closet! As the warmer months move in, it'll be time to put away the winter clothes and pull out your summer wardrobe. It's tempting to just throw all of the winter clothes into a box, but if you take a little bit of extra time to really sort through your clothes, both your summer and winter wardrobes will be all the better for it! Fashion expert Clinton Kelly recently spoke to Lucky Magazine, giving his advice for making a big difference in your closet. Here are a few of his ideas: Take Everything Out—Everything. Find a central location…

Do you like lists? For a lot of people, lists mean organization, and it's a comfort to know that there is a list in place. Even if you aren't a huge fan of lists, having one for cleaning is a good idea when you want a clean house without stress. There are a few ways to make a list that improve your chances of getting more accomplished. If you want to try making a list, keep reading for some tips. If your time is short and you just want your house as clean and healthy as possible, call maid services!…

Fresh plants are a great addition to a house. Not only do they liven up a room, add something fresh, and bring the feeling of spring a little early, they also freshen the air! If you pick the right kind of plants, it doesn't take much work to care for them, either. Herbs and cacti are both extremely easy to grow: some water, sunlight, and occasional house cleaning (just spray the leaves off in the sink to remove dust!) will keep your plants healthy and looking great. Apartment therapy has a few suggestions for potting, and here are some great tips…

It's fun to get creative with decorating and designing, but sometimes it's time consuming, expensive, and not nearly as easy as you think it's going to be! Isn't it nice when there's a project so simple and straightforward and beautiful that you can really enjoy doing it? That's why we've found three of our favorite DIY projects anyone can do with just a little bit of time and effort. Turn a Frame Into a Tray  It's hard to believe that this ornate, beautiful tray was once a frame. It couldn't be easier to make, either. If you have a decorative frame…

Kitchen counters come in such a huge assortment now, you might find that what works to clean one type doesn't work as well on others. Experienced maid services know how to tackle every type of counter, and now you can have a better idea of how to keep your counters clean, too! The key is to clean based on the type of counter you have. Here, then, is a type-by-type description of how to clean your counters: Laminate: Laminate's an extremely common counter type. It's affordable, available in a huge variety of colors and patterns, and pretty easy to keep…

There are some things in your home that are just hard to use for decorating. They're not colorful, they clash with your décor, they're a weird shape, they don't look natural—some of those items should be packed up and donated or sold, but some of them you have to have for your home office, kitchen, or house cleaning. Jen at I Heart Organizing ran into exactly this conundrum: a plain gray file cabinet she needed in her office but definitely didn't look interesting compared to the rest of the room. Her trick is one you can use for a lot…

If you've got carpeting, it probably takes up most of the floor in your house. You walk on it everyday, your kids play on it, your dog sprawls all over it—it's a big part of your daily life, and one you might not think about too often. Unfortunately, carpets love to hold onto dirt, and over time it can wear the fibers down, making the carpet look worn and promoting bacteria and smells. Yikes! There's good news, though: keeping the carpet clean doesn't have to be a horrible house cleaning chore if you know how to do it right. Keep…

If you’re not the type to spend hours in the furniture store or you’re just watching a tight budget, there are a few things you can do right now to make your house more organized and designed that will cost you very little money and only a little bit of time! Multi-task Where You Can There are some amazing pieces of furniture that serve double-duty. That ottoman with the lift off cover? Great storage place for shoes, magazines, or DVDS. Turn a chest or trunk sitting in your closet into a bench or coffee table that also holds all of…

Dusting seems like a straightforward task: take cloth, wipe, remove dust. Unfortunately, like most things, it’s not as simple as you think to do it well. After all, the last thing you want is to spread more dust around the house while you clean. There’s an easy step-by-step way to clean up the dust in your house for good and turn you into a housekeeping ace.  Dusting Tips Step 1: Turn off fans. As you dust, it’s going to fall down. Keep it from blowing all over the house by turning off fans and the air conditioning. Step 2: Work…

You probably have a lot of closets in your house, and chances are at least one of them frequently misses the house cleaning circuit. There’s no need to hide that closet anymore—jump right in and get it done by defining its purpose! Just like maid service teams come with specific tasks to keep them focused, giving your closet a “task” or purpose will help keep you focused and keep it organized for a long time.  Step-by-Step  1. Take everything out. It’s going to mean getting into corners, onto shelves, and into battles with unwieldy items, but stick with it. Get…

Cleaning the baseboards isn’t a housekeeping task you probably address often, but over time they start to collect dust and looking dingy. Sometimes they just need a good cleaning, and it might not be as hard as you think.  Whether you clean your baseboards or cleaning services do, there’s a great trick for keeping them looking fantastic between cleanings!  Dust or Vacuum  Dust collects on the top line of your baseboards easily, and not only does it create a dirty looking wall, it can also worsen allergies for those who are sensitive to dust and pollen. Before you can clean,…

While there are those who actually look forward to washing clothes, most people fall in the neutral category, while almost as many fall in the can’t-stand-laundry group. How can you make laundry an easier part of your house cleaning and less of a hassle if you just don’t like laundry? The problem with laundry is that it takes quite a bit of time to complete, from the time you sort the clothes until the moment you put them away in a drawer or closet, you do a lot of work! Streamlining that process will make it easier to get your…

Maybe you make your bed every day as part of your normal housekeeping, change your linens every week, and flip your mattress a couple of times a year—but how often do you clean the mattress itself? Mattresses are made of cloth and as such, absorb moisture. They also attract dust and the accompanying dust mites, something you definitely don’t want to be sleeping with!  Running a vacuum over your mattress every now and then might make you feel better about the state of your mattress, but a real cleaning will give you a level of freshness above and beyond the…

Whether you are house cleaning on an ordinary day or setting up a holiday party, there is a decorating staple you might not have or may not have thought much about. It is a clean canvas, ready for bursts of bright colors, soft murmurs of pastels, or deep, elegant tones. It will pull a room together in moments, and with a little help, will take a room from bland to beautiful in less than an hour, sometimes as little as 15 minutes. It’s fresh, clean, crisp, and yet works with the richest, most vibrant décor. What item could possibly do…

Imagine you’re comfortably reading or baking cookies or house cleaning when you get an unexpected phone call from a friend saying they’re on their way to your house. You turn slowly and look around the room, and what you notice are all the things you wish you would have picked up earlier. Before panic creeps in, take a deep breath and remember a few things: first of all, your house is probably not as messy as you perceive it to be, especially if you clean often or have maid services coming frequently. Secondly, if you know how to narrow it…