Take Control of Unwanted Household Clutter

Here’s a fun fact: Did you know that some people are born hoarders? This means, that they aren’t just being lazy or being hard headed about their possessions. It’s actually a genetic condition. That being said, this isn’t the case for all hoarders. Some people are stubbornly attached to items on behalf of a trauma they have undergone. And then some people are just plain messy. Psychologist Randy Frost of Smith College explains some of the psychology behind hoarding and provides some excellent tips for conquering clutter.

Here are 6 tips to help you control that unwanted household clutter:

1. Recognize The Difference Between Hoarding & Being Messy

Chances are, you’re not a hoarder. You probably just have a million things going on, as we humans do in our busy everyday lives. It’s been studied by scientists and recently, hoarding was categorized in the latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (DSM-5) as a disorder related to OCD. So no OCD doesn’t mean cleanliness. It’s an obsessive compulsion toward a certain act. It could be organizational or cleanliness or it could mean hoarding. You need to know the difference before attempting to end the clutter in your household. It may require more work than you think if you are indeed a hoarder. 

2. Don’t Rush 

There’s no need to go through your home and throw everything away. Organizing and sorting through personal items takes time. Start with the small things. Pick a certain room or section to work on each week. Or if each day if you have time on your hands. That clutter will be gone in no time.

3. Do Things Once 

When sorting through things, we tend to have a for now’ pile. This is a pile of things we don’t really know what to do with so we set them aside, well, for now.’ But the problem is, we are just creating an even bigger mess. When you have a pile like that you really aren’t accomplishing the things you want to accomplish. So instead of having a for now’ pile, figure out where that item is going to go and put it there or toss it out. 

4. Scale Down 

If you have items that you have never used or items that you have only looked at once, it’s safe to say you can probably let those items go. You don’t have to throw them away in fear of wasting a good valuable treasure. You can donate them or even have a garage sale and make money off of it. That way you know it found a good home and you no longer have to worry about it. I always like to say that if you don’t use it, lose it. 
 

5. Make Use Of Storage boxes

If you truly cannot decide whether or not to toss or keep an item, keep it in a storage box. This is what they were made for. And when you use them, your space will look and feel more organized than it did when that stuff was laying all over the floor. 

6. Toss It

Just because you have books about gardening does mean you have a green thumb. And just because you got a good deal on them doesn’t mean you need to keep them. Truth be told, you probably shouldn’t have even bought them. But since you did and you haven’t touched them since we are going to go ahead and let those go. Give them to that neighbor you see taking care of their yard all the time. Put them up for sale on eBay. Or Regift them around the holidays. There’s plenty of things you can do with the things you don’t use. 

9 Fun Ways to Get More out of Your Dryer Sheets

I don’t know about you, but dryer sheets are expensive! And to only use them once in a load of laundry is a shame. But after some research, I found out that dryer sheets aren’t just for laundry anymore. How exciting! Now you can get more out of your money. And who doesn’t love that? I know I do.

Upon doing my research I found that there are a couple different types of dryer sheets formats on the shelves. One type is manufactured with a polyester substrate non-woven base and the other has a cellulose base that can be recycled as a paper product. Neat huh? You learn something new every day. There is also a variety of scents and some unscented ones as well. A little bit for everyone. But beyond using them for your basic laundry needs, you can use them all around your house too.

With dryer sheets now you can:

1. Lift-Away Pet Hair From Furniture & Clothing

The same properties that allow dryer sheets to minimize static in the dryer apply to removing pet hair from clothes and furniture. It’s easy. Just rub the sheet over the hair to loosen it from fabric. You can save used dryer sheets just for removing pet hair. If you’re trying to remove pet hair from furniture with hard surfaces, no problem just get your dryer sheet a little wet before dusting off the hair.

2. Have Fresher Smelling Shoes

Ok, it’s no secret that shoes can get really dirty and really smelly. And then we are putting our nice clean feet and socks right back into them on a daily basis. Yuck! Try Adding a dryer sheet to shoes and boots. You can cut or fold the dryer sheet to fit your shoe. And your shoes will smell better in no time. Dryer sheets also work for stopping the squeak on the bottom of your shoes. Rub the bottom of the shoes with a dryer sheet and it will minimize the friction between your shoes and the floor causing the awful squeak.

3. Remove The Static

If still here with me, and you should be we are only at number three. We talked about the properties in dryer sheets that help get rid of the static on your clothing. If you’re still experiencing a lot of static after you pull your clothes from the dryer, this could be due to your laundry detergent. But no worries, just take that same dryer sheet and rub it on your clothes. 

4. Keep Your Clothing Fresh When They’re Packed In Luggage

When packing your luggage for business trip or vacation. Take some dryer sheets and put them in between your clothing. This will keep them fresh and prevent them from smelling like a plane. Helpful hint: Instead of using new dryer sheets, you can reuse old ones. Just start a pile in your laundry room.

5. Clean Monitors

Do you have kids that are always touching the Television or your computer screen even though you tell them a million times not to? Sometimes it can be tough to get those greasy fingerprints off. Not today. Today you learn that you can take your dryer sheets and they wipe right off. It’s like they were never even there in the first place. Of course, I know this doesn’t excuse the irritation of you having to repeat yourself. It still helps.

6. Make Bug Repellant

Personally, I haven’t tried this. But I’ll try anything once. A lot of campers and outdoor Guru’s swear by the use of dryer sheets flea insects away. They rub them on their skin and tuck the sheets into tops of socks or collars. They even put them in their sleeping bags at night. Who knows maybe off will come up with bug repelling dryer sheet! 

7. Shoo Away Deer

Get your favorite scented dryer sheets and cut them into one-inch strips. Tie them to the trees or around your garden area and the scent will repel plant-munching deer. In case you didn’t know, deer are vegetarians. They live for fresh gardens like yours. You also want to make sure you have a polyester non-woven dryer sheet to avoid the stips melting during wet weather, which is deer hunting season.

8. Keep Fruit Flies Away From Fruit

Take a used dryer sheet and set it on your fruit. Not only will this keep fruit flies away, it will keep spiders away. I like to throw them in random places throughout the kitchen like by the fruit, by the coffee pot, and by the bread. 

9. Scrub Pots & Pans

Trying to tackle stuck-on food in a pot or pan? Place a non-woven polyester dryer sheet in the pan and fill it with very hot water, allowing the pan to soak overnight. The silicone on the dryer sheet will help soften the food. In the morning, take the dryer sheet and begin to wipe away the food. It’s easy and won’t scratch your pan either.
For tips on how to make your own dryer sheets check out this article on Hubpages.

6 Ways To Achieve A Clutter-Free Home

Do you want your home to be clutter-free? So did I! That’s why with a little hard work, a positive mindset, and the right tools I was able to achieve it. If you’re used to living in an environment where you can’t seem to escape the clutter. Changing your the pattern can almost seem impossible. Therefore you’d rather not bother with it. But can I tell you it’s not that hard? Once you’ve adopted your new clutter-free mindset everything else just seems to follow suit. It will simply become apart of your everyday life to be organized and in a world without clutter. You’re probably unsure where you should start. So the good news is that we have some ideas to help you get started.

Here are some things you can do in order to achieve a clutter-free home:
  1. Keep On Top Of Your Mail

Fortunately for us, we live in a world where we can now receive most of our mail electronically. This can help you reduce the paper clutter that piles up on your kitchen table weekly by a long shot. The unfortunate part of mail is that you can never eliminate it entirely. So, instead of waiting until you feel like opening them and checking for junk mail, try to go through them as soon as possible. Create a system that works best for you. Maybe cleaning day can be mail sorting day as well. If you don’t have some sort of routine, you’ll end up with an unnecessary amount of paper piled up on the table. And the bigger that pile gets, the less likely you are to touch it.
  1. Donate Items You’re Not Using

There is always someone, somewhere that is in need. We always have something that we can give to someone else. It doesn’t have to be money, it can be old things you’re not using anymore. It doesn’t have to be the holiday season for you to donate things, and it doesn’t have to be some sort of big charade. You can make a donate pile and call places like the purple heart to have them pick it up. Or you can post something online letting people know what you’re giving away. It’s a win-win situation. You’re making more room in your house and helping someone in need at the same time. 
  1. Live Within Your Means

Learn when to splurge and when not to splurge. If you see something you like, that doesn’t mean you need to buy it. If you see something on sale, that doesn’t mean you need to buy it. Spend your hard earned money on things you need, things that will benefit you. Not things you just want. I’m not saying you need to turn into a minimalist, but honestly how many times have you used that expensive camera you just had to buy? The only thing it’s doing is taking up space.
  1. Use The One In, One Out Method

You don’t have to go through and keep count of your items. That’s not what I’m saying. The idea is that you keep the number of items roughly the same over time. Of course, as times change you can add items you need. Don’t things you don’t need unless you love it enough to donate something you already own to make room for it. For example, If you are the purse queen and you like to have a new purse each season, let last season’s purses go. 
  1. Have A Designated Clutter Zone

When decluttering your house, you don’t have to discard every single miscellaneous item. The point of decluttering is to get rid of items that no longer serve a purpose to you. Most people have a junk drawer or a storage closet in their home. And that’s absolutely fine. The problem lies when you have more clutter than will fit in your junk drawer, storage closet, or on shelves. That’s when you need to start cutting down. 
  1. Define Your Likes & Dislikes

Taking the time to define your style will help you to limit the number of things that you own. You really need to adopt the mindset of what defines you. The simple difference between liking something, and something being apart of your everyday life and style. As humans, we like a lot of things. There’s nothing wrong with that. But just because you like it doesn’t mean it needs to go home with you.

Easy Tricks for Keeping Your Floor Game on Point

Unless you’re a magician, floors are made to be walked on and thoroughly enjoyed. Modern novelties and exterior care have turned the maintenance process into a breeze. With only a bit of tending and right treatments, it is possible to prolong shiny looks and overall life. Maid Sailors has accumulated the best ways to maintain and preserve your floors.

Moving in? Not so fast…

After you have completed the installation of your new flooring, a proper cleaning action is required prior to the return of the interior items. Best suited clean-up for vinyl is a simple wiping with a damp mop, lukewarm water, and a homemade detergent mixture. Wood and laminate need only a light whisk of the possible leftovers of refuse or dirt. Sweep it with an un-moistened fabric and eliminate the last remaining particles.

Handle With Care

Many of us believe the house will sweep itself. The more we wait, more blotches and dust layers will get stuck to the surface of our once beautiful floor. A brisk but effective washup takes less of our time than a huge, industrious endeavor at the end of the month, and the floors are thus impeccable and last longer.

Simple Vinyl

On your floors. Undemanding vinyl stays in pristine condition with vacuum or tender brush works and a weekly washup with a gentle detergent and water.

Laminated Floors

Use the dry cloth or vacuum cleaner for this floor. The optimal maintenance schedule should include a two-weekly moist cloth wiping with a touch of specialized laminate spray for a tidy outlook.

Hard Wood

This floor asks for a broom sweep combined with a polishing action, and that’s pretty much all it takes for a wooden floor to shine. Occasionally, treat it with a damp mop with a quality wood protection spray. There are some green conscious kinds on the market as well.

Immaculate Condition

Unlike some kinds of floor coverings like mats or carpets, the exterior handling of our flooring ousts occurrence of marks and splotches. The spillage of drinks, dropped food or paint won’t mar them easily, but it’s recommendable to wash it soon after. For this, employ a dried mop and the appropriate washing mixture. Make sure to carefully follow the instructions on the bottle and avoid administering them straight to the surface.

Handling Damage

Despite having applied a sturdy finish on the surface, a certain type of damage, like scrapes, may occur after a longer period of use. Some solutions may return the old glow to it, but serious scratches require a moderate sandwork and a fresh coat of protection to be as good as new. A special hardwood filler is exploited for splits or breaks, while waxing bars are brought into play for bigger gaps.

By now we mentioned some of the possible treatments, but we’d like to pinpoint how purchasing the exact right product for your type of flooring is essential. Follow the guide closely and never administer it with a soaked mop that would dilute the solution and harm the floor.

To truly prevent any damage to a large portion of the floor surface, invest in a quality carpet that matches the setting of your room. A uniquely tinted eco ug would pose as a nice natural extension of your hardwood floor and add a pop of color would light up the interior.

Quick Tips:

Thanks for making it all the way down here. Here are some even easier tips that ensure well-maintained floors:

1.) Place a doormat for dirt removal

2.) Wrap the furniture touchpoints with the floor

3.) Don’t drag the furniture, lift it

4.) Abstain from using polish or wax treatments

Lastly…

Beautiful new flooring can change the atmosphere of the house completely. Make an informed choice about the type of covering you’d like and commit to regular maintenance and fine products to make it last.

 

NYC Living: Why A Small Space Is Often The Best Space

it’s no secret that living in New York is expensive. it’s particularly expensive in New York City. And what do you get for such a large price? A small space. Probably a smaller space than you would like to live in for the amount of money that you are paying. But it’s the price we pay to live in such a great city like NYC. No, not all spaces in NYC are small. And it’s not your only option. However, it is a viable option that you should consider. 
 
We are going to share some tips on how you can maximize the small space you’re living in. Along the way, we’ll share solutions and advantages that come along with living in such tight quarters. You may not be in love with your space now, but you open your mind to all the possibilities, you will without a doubt, love living small. 
Having said that, read on to learn why we think small spaces are the best spaces:

Small Spaces Are Easy To Clean

The generation of minimalism has been on the rise making small spaces the new thing.’ They’re definitely one of our favorite things, you know living in New York and all. One of the best things about small spaces is that they are easier to clean. Much easier. If you don’t have the time, nor the energy to invest in cleaning a big house, then a small space is probably for you. 

They’re Cozy

When you think of the word cozy what do you think of? Most people think of it as a nice warm, and comfortable place. If you’re a realtor you might think of it as a small, cramped space. The truth is, living in small spaces doesn’t have to mean your cramped and isolated. Even when you don’t have a large amount of space to play with, you can have an actual warm and cozy space.

There’s Not A Lot Of Room For Clutter

It’s a lot easier to maintain a smaller space than it is a large one. There really isn’t that much more too it. It’s pretty self-explanatory. The more space you have, the more room you have to add to the clutter. And the more things you have, the more clutter you have. Simple right? So eliminating spaces makes your day-to-day activities more organized and efficient.

They’re Easier To Personalize

Since you don’t have a lot of room, you don’t need to spend a lot of money trying to decorate your space. You can find small inexpensive pieces of decor in antique shops, at trade shows, and even at Walmart. These pieces will have a larger impact on the overall presence in a small space than they would in a large space. They will be more noticeable. They will be more customizable. Think about it the way you think about your bedroom. That’s the only room in the house that is designated just for you. It’s your sanctuary. You don’t have to share your bedroom like you share the living room. You have the freedom to personalize your bedroom however you feel like it. Think of your small space as your bedroom and personalize it however you like. 

5 Hacks For Your Small Kitchen

If you live in New York City, your kitchen is probably part of your bathroom. Even if you’re well adjusted in the suburbs, you probably wish you had a Kitchen fit for Food TV. Maid Sailors wants you to know that it’s possible without cleaning out your savings account. You have to think outside the frying pan in order to make your small kitchen more spacious. Here are 5 time-tested hacks to optimize kitchen space.

  1. Open It Up

The kitchen can sometimes cause claustrophobia. Cabinets hang over your head, sleep by your feet and surround you. Sometimes it is even impossible to reach what’s inside them. Sometimes, space just comes down to the number of cabinets you have. Open up space by exchanging cabinets you can barely reach for shelves you can clearly see. Use shelves for easily accessible and often necessary items – spices, condiment, and oils. For cabinets placed above your head, replace with shelves and place dishes, cups and other utensils. Remove cabinets you don’t need and liberate your kitchen.

  1. Use Lights

It’s all about the perception. Poor lighting choices will induce a prison-feel. For example, fluorescent lighting will give your kitchen a sickish glow, making it seem miniature and stressful. Cure your kitchen by installing incandescent lighting that will introduce artificial sunlight; for best results, set it up above your countertops. Also, replace lighting on your ceiling with incandescent spot lighting directed towards the cabinetry and introduce the shadows that will illuminate and “enlarge” your kitchen. Give your kitchen some character by installing some floor lighting fixtures. If you plan on having this kind of fixtures, make sure that your flooring is on point; play with the colors to set the mood just right (but don’t get too carried away).

  1. Change Colors

Colors change everything. For our purposes, use them to transform the atmosphere. Want to make your kitchen ceilings seem higher than they are? Draw the attention upwards by painting the walls in pastel colors and add some white details; alternatively, you can pick lightly colored cabinets and countertops. Does your kitchen induce a dullness that reminds you of mayonnaise? Incorporate some bold details and repaint a few cabinets or a table with some vivid colors, such as red or purple. Also, if you have some pipes that simply cannot be hidden, try incorporating them into the whole design. Guildford’s hot water specialists suggest consulting with experts to see what types of paint you are allowed to use on pipes. Turn your pipes into the main attraction.

  1. Decorate

While empty walls can give away the impression of bigger space, they often facilitate unnecessary clutter all over your tiny kitchen. Those dull walls should be utilized and you can create so much more additional storage. Mount an appealing pot rack and hang all of your shiny pots and pans as decoration. Put up some shelves for your spices, decorative boxes, and bowls. Set up a small wooden rack for your favorite drinks or bottles of wine. If you haven’t caught our drift, understand this: the possibilities are endless. You can even install a small foldable wall-mounted table for enjoying a cup of coffee or cutting up some veggies.

  1. Pantry

But wait! “My house didn’t come with a pantry!” you’re probably thinking. Well, remember when we asked you think outside of the frying pan? Turn an old, unused closet in your hallway into a do-it-yourself pantry. Fill the shelves with boxes of food, flour, and cans. Organize each shelf, group items by their type and call it a day. This additional storage area will make your kitchen clutter free and leave allow you to use other parts more efficiently.

Don’t blow the bank on construction. With these simple hacks, you can allow your kitchen to evolve from a claustrophobic storage box to an open, attractive culinary shrine. If you end up getting too carried away afterward, call Maid Sailors to clean up the mess.

This post received a significant contribution from Lana Hawkins, a crafty girl from Sydney, Australia.

Suffering From Allergies? Try These Cleaning Tips!

Suffering from allergies can be a huge pain in the you know what. So whether it’s you or someone else in your house that is suffering, it’s important to clean your house right in order to reduce the risk misery of common household allergies. Some common household allergens are dust, mold, insects, pollen, and pet dander.

As part of your new allergy management plan, regular weekly cleaning in your home is imperative. When it comes to allergies, even the tiniest amount of dust or pet hair can trigger them bringing them into full force sneezing, itching, and coughing. If cleaning is neglected for several weeks, you might need to hire some help.

Aside from scheduling regular cleanings, It’s also important to make sure you are using the proper tools and products to trap allergens and prevent exposure to anything that might cause you to have an allergic reaction.

What Cleaning Products Should I Use?

Fun fact: A lot of cleaning products can irritate your allergies causing your symptoms to worsen. You want to look for cleaning products that contain the fewest chemicals possible. These are cleaning products that are unscented and all natural.

Limit products that include:
  • Ammonia
  • D-limonene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Sodium hypochlorite or lauryl sulfate
Start using products such as:

What Tools Should I Use?

  • Vacuum: If you have a bagless vacuum you should wash it out after each use in order to prevent allergic particle buildup. If your vacuum has a bag, try to double bag it, that way you catch as much debris as possible. There is also a product on the market called the fabric allergen sanitizer vacuum. These type of vacuums use ultraviolet rays to kill bacteria, dust mites and eliminate potential allergens from fabric surfaces. If you suffer from extreme allergies, this might be a good investment for you to make. 
  • Microfiber Cloths and Mops: Not only are paper towels expensive, they don’t attract dust like a microfiber rag will. This is the reason most cleaning companies use them. That, and it reduces cost. The same principle applies to microfiber mop heads. They will pick up more than a regular mop head. And all you need to do when you’re finished is pop them in the washer, and put them away for the next cleaning. 
  • Dust Wipes: True to their name synthetic dusting wipes and wands attract dust like no other. They create static cling that will hold the dust until it can be disposed of in the trash. They are good to keep on hand just in case the dust bunnies start piling up right before your eyes. 
  • Laundry Products: When choosing laundry detergents, look for products that are dye-free and unscented. Often times the dye and scent that is in detergents can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. Another option is for you to make your own laundry detergent. 

Where Should I Clean?

You should be cleaning everywhere! It doesn’t matter if your allergies are year-round or seasonal. A clean house is a happy house. But since you are suffering from allergies, you should be paying more attention to where you clean and how often you do it.

Here are 8 places you should be cleaning a house full of allergies:
  • Change your air filters monthly
  • Wipe down surfaces often when cooking in the kitchen, wipe down surfaces after each use
  • If you are a smoker, don’t smoke inside your home
  • If you have pets, bath them as much as possible along with their bedding, leashes, and collars
  • Vacuum every room weekly at the very least
  • Keep the clutter to a minimum 
  • Deep clean bathrooms at least twice a week
  • Change and wash your bedding weekly

Top 3 Bathtub Hacks

It is the job of an adult child to make sure that their senior parent is well taken care. As a person gets older, it will become a lot harder for them to get around like they once did. The more that an adult child can do to increase the safety of their parents’ home, the better off they will ultimately be. When getting a safety bath, a person will need to find out a lot of information. Instead of just asking how much does a walk in tub cost, an adult child will need to go more in-depth. Below are some of the things that a person will need to ask a safety bath installer

1) How Much Prep Work is Involved?

One of the first things that a person will need to figure out when trying to find the right safety bath installer is how long pre work will take. Usually, a professional will have to come in and remove the old bathtub before this process can begin. Attempting to this type of work without the help of a professional may lead to a variety of additional damages. The money paid to a professional for this type of work will be more than worth it in the end.

2) What Size Tub is Needed?

Another very important consideration that has to be made during this process is what size tub will be used. In order to find out this type of information, a person will have to get professionals to measure their bathroom and help them decide what to get. The last thing that you want is to get a bathtub that is too large for the space. This could lead to a variety of issues and can prohibit the tub from being used as intended.

3) What is the Overall Cost of the Job?

When trying to get a job like this handled, you will have to find out about how much it will cost. Without a budget in place on a job like this, you will run the risk of overspending. Before you get a new safety tub, you will have to meet with the professionals to discuss the overall cost of what needs to be done. Getting this type of information is the only way to ensure that you stay within your means on this job. A professional will be able to give you a breakdown of what needs to be done with ease.

Investing the time to find out this type of vital information is the only way to get a job like this done the right way.

How To Clean When You Have A Massive Hangover

The Party

So you’ve just thrown the ultimate party at your place. Everyone had so much fun, inducing yourself. You may have even had a little too much fun since you’re feeling it the next day. You have a massive hangover now and you don’t feel like cleaning. But after managing to climb out of bed you make your way into the living room and into the kitchen where you see beer cans everywhere it smells like beer. You see spilled liquor on the table and countertops. Although the party seemed like an idea at the time, you now find yourself regretting it. Probably because you don’t feel like cleaning it up, you feel like going back to bed.
But you know that if you leave everything the way it looks right now that it will just make more work for you later. So you suck it up and start cleaning the horrific mess. How can adults be so messy? Well, alcohol, that’s how. Instead of dwelling on the negatives, try to think about all the fun times you had last night with all of your friends and maybe even family. It was a fun night indeed.

To make things a little bit easier for you, we’ve made a list of things to help you clean your house post-party. For starters, the moment you know you’re going to have a party, there are other things you should grab from the store besides alcohol and snacks. It’s never a bad idea to over-prepare yourself for things. You can never be too prepared. Anybody who tells you different is lying. Not only will it make you feel better about the event, it will make your hangover feel better too.

You’ll also want to make sure you pick up:
  • Vinegar It will be your best friend when it comes to cleaning up spills
  • Hefty heavy duty trash bags
  • A box of Mr. Clean magic erasers
  • Carpet or upholstery cleaner
  • Air Freshener or a candle 
If you start off with a clean house pre-party things go much more smoothly the next day. Make sure your dishes are put away, the dishwasher is empty, and the trash can has a fresh bag in it. You’ll be so happy you took the time to do that the next day when there are other messes that need to be cleaned up. You can focus solely on those, instead of the dishes you didn’t want to do all week. It’s good to get in the habit of having a solid cleaning routine, especially if you’ll be hosting parties in your home regularly.

The Hangover

When it comes time to tackle the mess you want to start off by clearing up all of the beer cans, the liquor bottles that were left, and everything off of the counters. Throw the trash in the trash and the recyclables in the recycling bin. If your trash gets full, this is the time to take it out tie it up and set it by the door for it to go out. Then put in a fresh garbage bag. Next, light a candle if you have one. This will help get rid of the stench of the liquor, wine, and beer.

Now you want to take a spray bottle, fill it with half water and half vinegar (either white or apple cider will work.) Spray the solution on the counter and let it sit while you move onto doing the dishes. If there really aren’t any, kudos to you, you don’t have to do them right now. Before you wipe off your counters, go into the bathroom with your spray bottle and spray the surfaces in there including the toilet, sink, and mirror. While that is sitting you can go back and wipe off the surfaces in the kitchen. Once that is done you can return back to the bathroom following the same procedure and then you are free to enjoy your morning coffee in peace (hopefully – if you have children, I don’t know what to tell you. I’ll pray for you.)

The End Result

Because you took the extra time to prepare yourself for the party and the aftermath. You can now easily clean up your home the next day. Even if you did acquire a massive hangover. If you didn’t, and you’re feeling great, well then kudos to you! Drop me a comment below.

6 Tasks Best Left to Professionals

When it comes to hiring a cleaning companies, even residents outside of the USA in other major cities (e.g. Calgary) are spoiled with choices. There are many companies out there, and with good reason. It is becoming increasingly popular for busy people to hire cleaning companies to help clean their homes and offices. Maid Sailors has helped thousands of New Yorkers manage their time and budgets by providing on demand cleaning services. While home cleaning is generally thought of as “de-cluttering”, professional cleaning companies can do much more. Here’s a list of a few key tasks that a professional can do for you, even if your house seems clean.

1) Carpet cleaning

Whether it is in a busy office setting or a high-traffic home, carpets take beatings. Some stains are very stubborn and won’t come out with traditional, at-home cleaning. Commercial cleaning companies have better equipment and stronger cleaning solutions that are commercially available, in addition to highly trained and experienced staff, and are therefore able to tackle even the dirtiest carpets.

2) Households 

Between brunch, work and birthdays, we all lead very busy lives. Add kids, after-school activities and maintaining your relationship, finding time to keep at tidy house doesn’t happen until it absolutely needs to (e.g. when it’s too late). Whereas it used to be that only the well-to-do hired a cleaning service to clean their homes, these days, many families in all tax brackets are hiring cleaning services to help with their household cleaning. Tasks such as vacuuming, dishes, floor washing, window washing and even laundry can be outsourced to a competent domestic cleaning company, leaving you more time to do the things you really want to do.

3) Offices

While daunting, keeping a business environment clean is necessary. From a hygiene standpoint, it’s important to keep germs at bay when you have so many people coming and going in your workspace daily. From an optics perspective, image is everything in business. To give your business a polished, professional image, you are going to need to ensure that everything is spit-shined.

4) Mattress and Upholstery 

Mattress cleaning is a job that most of us don’t worry about. But the reality is, germs sleep in your mattress 24 hours a day. Additionally, dead skin and dust mites, which can cause allergies and respiratory issues, sleep with them. Mattresses need to be cleaned periodically. For a truly deep clean, it’s a job best left to professionals. Even if you don’t hire a cleaning service for anything else, this annoying-yet-necessary job should be one you outsource to a professional for best results.

5) End-of-tenancy 

Whether you are moving to a new home or a new office space, end of tenancy cleaning services help you to leave your current space in excellent condition for the next occupants. Many cleaning companies offer specialized EOT cleaning services, which can save you a lot of time, energy, and hassle. Plus, you’ll get your deposit back.

6) Windows

Windows can be a very challenging thing to clean. In some cases, such as in a high-rise building, it simply isn’t possible to tackle this job without the skills, expertise and equipment that professional window cleaners have. Ask yourself if you feel comfortable dangling from a 47th story window. Now ask yourself if you’d rather have someone else do it while you fix the copier.

Stop wasting time, money and stress on certain tasks that simply aren’t fit for an amateur. Also, realize that things don’t have to be in complete shambles before you begin to entertain the idea of cleaning. Maid Sailors is always here to advise promptly and clean magically.