Who can resist a bit of sparkle when it comes to putting up your Christmas decorations? I certainly can’t.
Decking the halls brings it’s own cleaning challenges, so here are some handy hints to help keep on top of your cleaning as you put your decorations up. Start by having a good clean up before the decorations go up, clear clutter out of the way, and maybe put some things that are usually on display away to make room. Choose where you are going to put your decorations carefully so that they are not causing an obstruction.
Glitter and tinsel, (along with pine needles if you have a real tree), have to be public enemy number 1 when it comes to creating extra mess.
When choosing your tree, choose a variety that is less prone to dropping it’s needles and make sure it is regularly watered, kept away from direct heat, check regularly for dropped needles and have the vacuum handy. Alternatively get a good quality artificial tree , that doesn’t have lots of loose bits of tinsel. Or be a minimalist and choose a tree like this…
I prefer to use ribbons to tinsel, but with a young child who loves tinsel, we have to put some out. Before placing it on your tree, give it a shake outside to remove loose bits. I still find lots of loose bits on my carpet when I’ve finished, but every little helps (sorry to pinch Tesco’s tag line!). Don’t be tempted to run for the vacuum cleaner as tinsel can cause blockages, use a dustpan and brush to clear this up when you’ve finished decorating. If you do manage to get some tinsel caught in your vacuum, here’s a handy guide to unblocking it http://www.weloveclean.co.uk/things-to-do/my-vacuum-cleaner-has-sucked-up-tinsel/
If you use glitter covered decorations, have an artists paint brush or some tissues handy so that you can gently remove any loose glitter before displaying them. Rather than having lots of glitter covered decorations, choose a few larger key items to show off that sparkle. Give any delicate decorations that have been stored away a gentle dusting with a paint brush or a wipe with tissues. Garlands can be cleaned using an air brush or by placing an old pair of tights over the vacuum, (This method is also great for your festive smelling pot pouri without sucking it all up the vacuum).
If there are other things you would rather be doing with your time, why not book a Maid2Clean? Maid2Clean Swindon are available for regular weekly cleans as well as one off Blitz cleans, visit www.maid2clean.co.uk/swindon for more information.
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Like most charities there is never enough money and are very aware that charity fatigue can set in quickly! We talked about one of the initiatives they were thinking about which was the 12 days of Christmas and a raffle draw on each day. Perhaps some of my cleaners would be prepared to be a raffle prize, donating 2-3 hours of their precious free time to clean a house as one of the prizes? What a great idea and I was very happy to see if my Maid2Cleaners would want to support this very worthwhile cause in this way.
I was touched that 5 Ipswich cleaners have happily come forward to do this in the New Year. I will of course be waiving our agency fee so this will truly be a free gift for each winner. In addition, I have also arranged for one of the CCIS educators to speak to my networking group next year, taking the view that as many people as possible should be as informed as possible in order to be as helpful as possible.
“Dear Sue and her team,
I just wanted to say thank you for your support with this event idea.
As you know the aims & vision of the Cancer Campaign in Suffolk are to reduce ‘the fears of cancer’ through education, raising awareness and by encouraging the public to openly discuss the disease, its emotions & care. To make advice on prevention, self examination, recognising signs and symptoms of cancer, friendly support and information available to Suffolk as part of the role of our cancer specialist team and staff.
We also provide vital complementary therapies through our John LeVay Cancer Information Centre to patients helping them through their diagnosis and treatment.
We continue to provide other services including equipment within the cancer field, local advice and as the need arises develop new projects to benefit cancer patients, their carers and families in our county.
You have totally embraced what we are trying to do as a local charity and we are delighted to welcome you as a friend of CCIS. Your team are also doing you proud which is fantastic and means that the people of Suffolk really care about what we do.
By now, if you have been following our clutter busting series, your home should start to be becoming a clutter free haven. However, your work is not done! One big dust collector many people have in their homes is media of all varieties: DVDs, videos, books and CDs.
A huge amount of us have a large collection of CDs or DVDs: either films, music, video games or computer related items. The big, thick plastic cases that these items come in soon take a large amount of room wherever they are placed. The use of CD or DVD racks can make an attempt to tidy this space-taker up, but many fail and can even cause more clutter than they solve!
Plastic wallets are a perfect solution on cutting down the space needed and are relatively cheap. You can find them in any good stationary/office goods retailer and come in all sorts of varieties. You can get individual wallets or album wallets, perfect for any music collections you may own. For the longevity of CDs and DVDs it is important to store in a safe, sturdy place and must be stored away from direct sunlight or dust – both of which massively impact the life disks.
Digital music has had a massive impact on the music industry for the past 10 years and online films are now starting to follow. There are hundreds of online providers who offer music and films to rent or buy online and these can be watched/listened to online or downloaded to your computer or media devices: mp3 players or phones and the like.
Go through your collection and throw away anything you no longer need. If you have a bit of computer software from 2001 then ask yourself if you are ever likely to need or use it ever again. If the answer is no then get rid. Although CDs, DVDs and their cases are considered plastic, recycling them can be tricky as most local councils in the UK don’t recycle them as part of their recycling scheme, although more and more councils are starting to offer a CD/DVD recycling scheme. Check with your local authority for more information. There are also a few companies who offer recycling, although most will charge for the service. Alternatively you could always sell or offer unwanted disks to charities or friends/family members.
VHS tapes, however old, are still to be found in the darkest reaches of many a home. Collect them all together and start to sort them out. Do you really want to keep an obscure film that no one has ever heard of? Recycling VHS tapes are as tricky as CDs and DVDs as the plastic they are made from are not generally taken as part of most local councils recycling schemes. Firms do exist, like for disks, to recycle them but this can also come at a cost. Like disks you should look at passing them on to charities or family/friends before you consider just throwing them away.
Books are a massive space taker and clutter up many peoples’ lives. A lot of people will have bookcases for storage, and many will already have the bookcase filled – with things other than books! Make sure to use the space wisely. Old books that you have no interest in any longer can be put in straight into ‘to sell’ or ’to charity’ box and, as a last option, can be put into the recycling bin.
If you are an avid book reader but always find you read one book once and never look at it again then consider borrowing books from your local library which is free to all UK citizens. Alternatively you can now download books for, in some cases, free or a small fee. These can be downloaded onto your computer or, for you convenience, handheld book readers, such as the Amazon Kindle.
If you have followed our two previous clutter busting tips (see #1 and #2) you should, by now, start to see some improvement in minimising your clutter around the home. Another major problem many people tend to face are clothes.
Clothes are in some cases expensive and we never want to damage, loose or, ultimately, throw away these possessions.
Clearing the clothes clutter can be easy: you only have a few shirts, t-shirts, trousers and two pairs of jeans. This can go anywhere in the bedroom and takes no time to maintain for washing or ironing. On the other hand: you could have 30 different types of clothing with a pair of shoes to match each outfit. This takes a lot of work to manage and store.
Many of us have formal dresses or suits that are only ever worn on special occasions. These types of clothes are almost always found tucked to one side in the wardrobe, taking valuable space from other clothes. Put such items in dust-proof clothing bags and store appropriately. It’s important to, if storing for a period of time, store clothes in a dry, quiet and safe place. Suits and dresses should be hung during storage as to avoid unsightly, hard-to-rid, creases. Avoid storing clothes under the bed as this is just hiding problems away and can take up valuable storage space for items that you use far more than these types of clothes.
It can also be wise to pack and store clothes according to the season. Ask yourself: “how often am I going to use this vest during winter?” Make the most of empty suitcases by storing seasonal clothes within.
Tackle ironing as soon as you get a chance. Those annoying piles of clothes found in your spare room or living room are taking up important areas and give your home a much cluttered feeling. You can even iron as you go for an even more effective clutter busting campaign.
Never let your washing bin/basket overflow. While it is important to, for environmentally friendly reasons, never wash with a half load don’t use this as a reason to let the bin or basket fill over the brim. For the more driven of clutter buster have two washing bins: 1 for white clothes and 1 for colour clothes. This means you always have an accurate idea of how much washing you have in the bin at any one time, instead of guessing how much is for one wash and how much is for another.
At the end of a long hard day you feel like you just want to jump straight into bed. Always make sure that before you clamber into your duvets you sort and put away any clothes you have worn that day, putting anything for the wash straight into its washing bin. This is a perfect way to reduce the amount of clutter you will find in your home on a day to day basis. And what’s more you’ll find your cleaning tasks will take no time at all.
Lastly you can reduce your amount of clothes in your wardrobe. Every season go through your wardrobe and sort what you want to keep from what you don’t. Anything that you decide you don’t want to keep you can look for a new home. Ask around your family or friends to see if they want it. Or you can look for a local firm who buy textiles and materials to make some money from your old clothes! Alternatively you can donate you clothes to any number of charities who will be more than grateful at your donation.
We, at Maid2Clean Warwick, offer ironing as part of our standard service, so clothes will never clutter your life again! View our cleaning services page to see what we can offer you, or get in touch today to get your FREE quote.
One of the many reasons why clutter generates can be because of the lack of usable space. You may not have enough room for an in/out tray (see clutter busting #1) so letters and papers get left wherever there is an empty space, no matter how small or where it is. A lot of the time this is because of unused, unloved furniture getting in the way.
One solution to this is to just get rid. A rickety old stool being levelled by a book that is shoved in the corner of the kitchen is of no use to anyone, so dismantle if possible and remove it from your home using the safest and most environmentally way possible. Some councils offer to remove furniture for a fee or you can see if there are any local firms or charities who are looking for old wood/furniture for recycling.
Not all of your unused furniture will be decrepit and unusable though. Some of the furniture that is never used can be in good condition or a cherished purchase/gift. In these cases store the item(s) in question away. Make use of the spare space in your loft or garage but avoid moving it to another room in your house, or risk simply moving the problem on, which, after time, you could find yourself reliving the same old clutter problems. When storing furniture, especially soft furniture (sofas or padded furniture and so on), remember to protect the surfaces against scratches, rips or damp. Cover the furniture with tarpaulin or sheets to avoid dust build up or tarnishing of the surface.
If you have unused furniture that is always in the way, consider having a furniture shift around. Move furniture into spots where clutter can’t collect around or behind it and try to move furniture away from paths in your home. If possible, ensure sofas or chairs have their backs as flat against the wall. This not only maximises usable space in your home but also minimises any possible areas for clutter to gather.
Selling your furniture is another solution. Advertise in the local paper or take the furniture to a car boot sale for a quick, easy sell. This not only gets rid of the suspect in question from your home and makes you money, but it also is environmentally friendly by reusing instead of discarding.
Using these simple steps gains you more space in your home and does away with any possible clutter magnets.
Everyone can relate to a paper clutter problem: loose bits of scrap paper with doodles and writing in any conceivable place, a newspaper from 3 weeks ago still on the coffee table or a mountain of letters you still need to post. Clearing this clutter can make a massive difference to the look and feel of your home and can start you on your way to a clutter free life.
There are lots of reasons why paper can accumulate in your home but if you stake some simple steps you can get on top of, and manage, the problem.
One of the most common problems is received letters you deem not important enough to bother with now but important enough to not just throw away. These letters usually end up in a pile in a cupboard or on a surface. The solution is simple: Open every letter as soon as it falls at your front door. Then immediately deal with it, throwing away the junk mail into your recycling bin as you go.
Another problem is shoving old newspapers into the paper rack even though it’s almost at breaking point. Newspapers then end up falling off the rack and piles of papers gather around. To avoid excessive hoarding keep only treasured papers/magazines (ones, for example, where you or a relative feature as a news item) and recycle the rest.
Scrap or crumpled up bits of paper can wiggle their way into the weirdest of places. It’s a common habit to doodle on paper when on the phone, computer or waiting around twiddling your thumbs. Bits of paper then get ripped off and folded or crumpled up, finally ending up in a pocket or down the back of the sofa. Make sure that any rubbish gets put immediately into a waste paper bin to then later get recycled.
Not everything needs to be thrown away however. Important documents like tax related documents, insurance certificates, driving licenses or receipts. It’s imperative to file these away in an orderly fashion. There are many ways to file away documents and one of the easiest methods is to sort documents into folders. Have one folder for all car related documents, one for all your receipts and one for bank statements and so on. This way you can find you documents quickly and without fuss and you avoid any possible clutter. Just make sure you label the folders!
All councils should offer a recycling service so make the most of it! Make sure all recyclable materials go into their corresponding bins or bags. You can find out if a material is recyclable by looking for a recycle symbol.
Get a notebook (or get a few!) for jotting down any details and lay it down in any areas you find you scribble on bits of paper. If the notebook is one where you can’t rip out the paper easily you’ll find all the paper stays in the notebook and not on the floor! Then, once the notebook is filled, recycle it.
One final tip is to get an in and out tray. This is a simple but effective filing system for anything that needs you attention, like bills or letters you must return. Assign at least one day of the week to going through and sorting the trays and before long you’ll find your house is a clutter free zone!
We at Maid2Clean see a wealth of completely different people using our home cleaning services. The scope of this user base is vast and each individual has their own reasons for choosing to have a domestic cleaner in their home, but they all get the same great service time and time again.
There really is no stereotype when you look at who uses Maid2Clean. Ages of our customers range from early 20’s right up to people in retirement. There is a mix of families, single people, couples, — men and women use our services equally too.
One group of people are those that don’t have the time required to clean their home as they would wish. Some examples of these people are pilots or doctors. When they come to us they tell us that they just don’t find enough time in the day to complete basic cleaning tasks. Before long they find their home in an almost unmanageable state. That is where our regular cleaning service comes in and helps them on their way.
Every time from then on they come home they find their home in an immaculate state with a pleasant, fresh smell in the air.
Another group of people who use our service are those that can manage to clean their home but want an extra, intense deep-clean applied. This is perfect, for example, if renters are moving out and want to leave the property in the cleanest state as possible. We even clean people’s homes who are looking to sell their property but never find the time to clean it. A clean home can make all the difference when it comes to selling a property!
We also provide services to those who cannot physically manage to clean their homes, such as the frail or disabled, many of whom are house-proud but cannot, to their dismay, keep their home spic and span. In such cases we provide an unrivalled regular clean, one of which we are very proud of and help people feel proud of their homes again.
Busy working couples or singles also come looking for our aid. We provide ironing as part of our standard service and often find that these people never have the time, or will, to iron their clothes. We provide much needed and sought after services to help people focus on what they want to do with their time.
So as you can see we provide cleaning services to a plethora of customers in a complete range of circumstances and personal situations. We empower people to take back their free time and spend it how they wish to: with friends or engaging in activities and hobbies that they truly enjoy instead of being stuck vacuuming the carpets or talking the mountain of ironing. So why not take a peek at what services we provide and maybe you can find a large quantity of valuable free time on your hands!
The question, surely, at the top of everyone’s list when pondering a home cleaning service: What are the risks of having a cleaner in my home? Maid2Clean can ease your mind…
For many years Maid2Clean have been providing professional domestic cleaning services helping over 2 million people keep their homes clean. This is why we, above anyone else, can take away the risks in your home.
First and foremost are our cleaners. They provide the service for you and represent us in your home. We ensure every cleaner in our database is not only vetted/checked but also inspected at their own homes. This ensures we can view their individual cleaning abilities to enable us to provide you with a premium cleaning experience. Each cleaner is also professionally trained to Maid2Cleans own special procedures.
We understand having a stranger in your home may, at first, be odd but rest assured that we take identification seriously. We make sure a face-to-face interview is taken with potential cleaners who are required to provide formal ID and references meaning we know who to trust. You even meet with your selected cleaner before any work begins, meaning you can get to know and instruct on certain jobs.
Accidents happen. Our cleaners take every care possible while in your home and treat your possessions as such. If a breakage occurs, however, you can fall back on our insurance which is included in the fee. This includes a £1,000,000 public liability insurance. Our cleaners are even insured against injury whilst in your home too.
Maid2Clean have reduce the risk to you and your home to an absolute minimum so what are you waiting for? Get in touch today for a free, no-obligation quote today!
With more and more people taking on domestic cleaning services from all over, it’s imperative that you assess and address what you want your cleaner to do to get the most out of your time with them.
While other cleaning service providers may waiver responsibility on important cleaning tasks, you can be sure that Maid2Clean won’t. We provide the most important and useful cleaning tasks possible. Whether you want your ironing ironed, skirting boards cleaned, surfaces polished, floors mopped, bathroom cleaned, ceilings dusted or even internal glass cleaned: We’ve got it sorted.
It’s important to first check your house to find out the most important jobs to you. For example: If you struggle with back pain then you may want our cleaners to undertake cleaning duties that are low to the ground, like dusting the bottom shelf of your bookcase. Once you’ve picked out the most important duties let your cleaner know and they will happily oblige. Don’t worry though, you can change your list of duties at any time if, for instance, you suddenly have a large pile of ironing building up or your kitchen floor is besieged with mud.
Duties you may think should be part of the standard cleaning service are not always honoured by many cleaning service providers. Some providers won’t dust ceilings or iron clothes. Others charge extra for these services. Maid2Clean are different to the rest: We include everything above in the total hourly rate, meaning no nasty hidden costs can come out and bite.
If you would like to see the range of services and duties we offer please view our cleaning services page or, if you would like to know more, feel free to contact us and we’ll get straight back to you.