Tips on organizing children’s clutter

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Kids can be full of energy, fun and excitement and with that, comes lots of messes.  Whether its arts and crafts, toys, or clothing in all different sizes, if you have kids, you know how quickly things can accumulate. Here are some helpful tips on how to sort and store your children’s items.

Tip #1: Know what is used and what isn’t.
Take note of what your kids actually play with. If there are select toys or crafts that your kids play with a lot, then keep those easily accessible in one designated area. If there are things that they are done playing with, have grown out of, or have never had any interest in, sell or donate the items. Keeping favorite things around will help the kids not notice that extra clutter is disappearing, too.

Tip #2: Allocate a play space.
Don’t have a playroom in your home? That’s ok. You don’t need to dedicate a full room to playing, but toys do need a place to live. For many people it’s a corner in the child’s bedroom, or a place in the living room. That way, when the toys come out and they are moved around to all areas in the house, they don’t have to be left there – there is one specific spot where they return. Be sure you invest in the right storage pieces, too. Make sure they are big enough and versatile enough. For example, if you have a small house, get a toy box that could double as a bench or sitting area.

Tip #3: Get your kids involved.
Sometimes it is hard to resist the urge to just do all the cleanup yourself because it’s faster and more efficient. However, bringing your kids into the process is very important in helping them learn how to stay organized as they get older and gain more responsibility. Partner with your child to help keep them on task, showing them how to efficiently clean up and organize, and give them small jobs in the process such as sorting toys into different bins and giving them a say on which toys go where.

Once your home is organized and clutter is picked up off the ground, call our team at Fresh Nest to get your home sanitized and sparkling clean. We can do a one time deep clean, or even better, we can set up regular housekeeping on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Our team at Fresh Nest Cleaning is ready to help, so contact us today!

How to prevent germs from spreading during back to school season

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September is the time of year when kids are heading back into the classroom. But for many unfortunately, schools can be full of germs and your kids will inevitably be exposed to some. Here are some tips on how to prevent germs from spreading.

#1: Properly disinfect.
Know your main areas of contact, including those spots where places are frequently touched or handled by multiple people. These are generally door knobs, refrigerator handles, stair rails, toilet flush handles, or light switches. Be sure to clean those surfaces with household cleaners and disinfectants regularly, then wipe the surface to remove any residue. If you’re using Lysol or other similar disinfectants, make sure to read the label to make sure you’re using them properly. They’re only effective if you use them the right way.

#2: Don’t share towels or blankets.
If someone in the home is sick, wash blankets regularly and do not share bath or hand towels. Coughing or sneezing can easily spread germs to these items and once that happens, other people in the family are bound to catch the virus. When you’re doing laundry, wash the items in hot water to help kill any lingering bacteria.

#3: Wash cleaning supplies.
Your cleaning supplies should be washed regularly, especially if someone in the home is ill. For microfiber products, soak them in hot soapy water for several minutes and rinse with warm water, laying flat to dry. If you keep using cleaning supplies without washing them, you will end up just spreading germs everywhere.

And finally, teach your kids to wash their hands frequently while they’re at school and at home. They should wash with hot soapy water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth. If you don’t have time to keep up on cleaning your home or office space, our team at Fresh Nest Cleaning offers superior cleaning services for homes and businesses all around Clark County and parts of Portland. Contact us today at 360.721.7757 or info@freshnestcleaning.com! We can provide a quick, free quote or to set up an appointment to walk through your space for an estimate!

Reasons why you should hire a housekeeper during the school year

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August is flying by and the stores have all the back to school items displayed and ready to go. Many families are planning on going back to school shopping soon to get ready for the new school year, but in the chaotic preparations that often happen with going back to school, parents and guardians can neglect housework. That means once the kids are gone during the day, you’re left scrambling to clean up and get the house back in order.

That’s just the beginning, though.

August and September can be busy with back to school events, but the rest of the year is bound to get even more crazy with meetings, sporting events, music lessons and anything else that your kids are actively involved in.  If the idea of cleaning your house in the middle of crazy school weeks brings you a sense of dread, we can help! Here are some reasons why you should hire a housekeeper during the school year.

Reason #1: You’re overloaded at work.
Once the kids are done with summer break, chances are, you’re able to get back into the swing of things at work a little more. If you’re working full time, it is likely that the last thing you want to do is scrub toilets or floors on your days off. Having a house keeper come once or twice a month can be incredibly beneficial in reducing your load and minimizing your stress.

Reason #2: You’re not home that often.
Dance recitals, family events, late work meetings, and sports practice…sound familiar? Having your kids in school and in several activities at the same time, while balancing work life can be a lot. The stress level is bound to increase when you’re not home often and unable to decompress as much as you’d like. Having a house cleaner will help reduce your stress level, keep you less frazzled, and will allow you to check one of the regular house cleaning “to-do” off your list, which means you have more time to do what you need to do.

Life happens fast. There is always something going on to occupy your attention and sometimes it’s just easier to not have to think about the cleaning that needs to happen in your home. Besides, what’s better than coming home to a freshly cleaned home? We argue that there’s nothing quite like it. Our team at Fresh Nest Cleaning offers superior cleaning services for homes and businesses all around Clark County and parts of Portland. So, before school starts and you’re in the midst of school drop offs and pickups, contact us today at 360.721.7757 or info@freshnestcleaning.com! We can provide a quick, free quote or to set up an appointment to walk through your space for an estimate!

 

Summer cleaning checklist

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We often hear about spring cleaning and we might even make it a routine to do some deep cleaning during the spring, but what about the summer? Summer is a busy time of year for many people, with vacations and lots of adventures planned outdoors. But with all that fun, summer cleaning or chores can sometimes get neglected. Before the summer is over and the daylight starts getting shorter, follow this summer cleaning checklist to get your house sparkling clean.

#1: Floors.
Maybe you’re coming in and out of the garden or the kids are running back and forth from being in the pool or sprinkler. No matter what’s happening this summer, your floors will see plenty of foot traffic and that means you will need to sweep, vacuum, or mop your high traffic areas at least once a week. Investing in a good doormat at each entrance/exit point can help reduce the amount of dirt and debris you track in.

#2: Food.
Summertime means lots of barbecues and long nights on the porch and patio enjoying the fresh fruits, ice cream cones, and refreshing drinks of the season. Keep plenty of cloths handy, near the sink and pantry area so you can be ready for any spills that might happen. Cleaning up right when the spill happens will help you avoid having to scrape off sticky messes later.

#3: Laundry.
Laundry never stops piling up, but you can take advantage of the warm breeze and hang some laundry to dry instead of using your dryer’s electricity. In addition, you can get your kids involved in the folding and putting away of the towels and clothes that tend to pile up, adding it to their list of chores.

#4: Trash.
Warm weather tends to bring out the stinky smells of your trash can, so be sure you not only empty your trash often but wash the trash can regularly as well. If you plan on leaving for vacation for a few days or longer, be sure to empty the trash cans around the house so you when you return, you don’t open the door to the smell of rotting garbage.

If you want to enjoy the rest of the summer season without worrying about keeping on top of regular summer cleaning, our team at Fresh Nest can get you on the track towards a clean home this summer! Contact us today for information on getting regular cleaning services set up so you can sit back and relax the summer season.

Dirtiest household objects & how to clean them

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Your home: it’s the place you can kick back, relax, and be yourself. But it’s also a place that you must keep healthy and clean. Unfortunately, life gets busy and it requires time to keep your clean free of germs and dirt. Wondering what the dirtiest household objects are or the dirtiest places are in your home? We’ll tell you and we’ll provide tips on how to get them clean, so you can live in a clean home once again!

#1: Your actual cleaning supplies.
Your rags, scrub brushes, and sponges are full of germs. When was the last time you washed them thoroughly? Run sponges through the dishwasher or microwave them on high for a few minutes to kill the germs.

#2: Pet feeding station.
Your pet food station can get dirty easily and if you don’t clean it regularly, you could risk your pet getting sick. If there is any spilled food or water, be sure to clean it up right away so it doesn’t attract ants. In addition, wash bowls regularly and put bowls on a place mat that can be washed as to protect your floor from unnecessary bacteria.

#3: Doorknobs.
The bacteria that builds up on doorknobs will build up quickly so it’s important to clean these regularly! If you have small kids in the house, it’s especially important to wipe these down regularly. Use a rag with hot, soapy water or use wet wipes and/or Lysol to clean them. Do this at least once a week, or more if people have been sick in the house.

#4: Kitchen sink drain.
Your kitchen is probably one of the busiest, most-used parts of the home. Your sink is put to good use day in and day out and all sorts of things go down the drain there. Food debris can get caught in the drain and cause bad odors over time. If you have a garbage disposal, cut up a portion of fresh lemon and grind it in there to help with odors. To clean it, you can put some vinegar and baking soda down the drain and let it sit for a minute, then rinse it with boiling water.

Feeling overwhelmed with the amount of cleaning that needs to be done in your home week in and week out? Having a reliable house cleaner to call on to keep your home looking fresh is important. We are proud to offer outstanding cleaning services for home and businesses around Clark County and in various parts of Portland. Contact us today at 360.721.7757 or info@freshnestcleaning.com for a free quote or to set up an appointment!

When You Should Hire a House Cleaner

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If you’ve every debated hiring a house cleaning service before, you’ve likely come up with a list of pros and cons.  It might seem like a luxury to many, but in fact, outsourcing your house cleaning is a way to more effectively manage your time and it can be affordable, even for people adhering to a strict budget. Whether you’re busy with your career or shuttling your kids to and from various extracurricular events, having a house cleaning service is one of the most practical and lifesaving services out there. Here’s how you know when you should hire a house cleaner.

  1. When you’re working full time.
    If you’re working 40+ hours a week, we’re sure that the last thing you want to do is vacuum or scrub toilets on your days off. Cleaning takes time that you could use instead for other fun activities. You might not need a daily house cleaner but setting a regular cleaning schedule of once a week or once every other week can be incredibly beneficial.
  2. When you have an incredibly busy family life.
    Soccer practice, dance recitals, family outings, and date nights – they’re all part of the fun of having a busy, growing family. However, the stress level can get intense when you’re continually on the go. Having a house cleaner can lower your stress level and can keep you feeling less frazzled each day.
  3. When you have guests coming over.
    Do you love entertaining, hosting a special event, or do you have family visiting throughout the summer? Keep cleaning off of your to-do list and save your time by hiring a house cleaner. They will clean before and after your event if you decide to do that, or if you have guests coming for the weekend, make sure to set up an appointment before they arrive, so they can more thoroughly enjoy their visit.
  4. When you want to treat yourself.
    Life is busy and sometimes you just need to take a break and treat yourself. Sure, a night out on the town or a relaxing afternoon at the spa is one way to do that but imagine the relief you’ll have when you open the door to a freshly cleaned home. Outsourcing your house cleaning is one of the best treats out there!

Life happens and having a reputable house cleaner to call on to keep your home looking fresh is important. We are proud to offer superior cleaning services for home and business around Clark County and in various parts of Portland. Contact us today at 360.721.7757 or info@freshnestcleaning.com for a free quote or to set up an appointment!

Spring Home Maintenance Tips

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Spring has officially arrived and for many homeowners, it’s the time of year where they go into full cleaning mode. We have more daylight and that often gives people a little extra boost of energy to get things done around the house. From organizing closets and desks to dusting hidden areas that are often neglected, we have your spring season to-do list right here to help you get moving!

#1: Clean gutters and downspouts.
With longer days and more sun on the horizon, it’s a great time to get outside and get the exterior of your home ready for the springtime and summer weather. First up: get your gutters and downspouts cleaned and if there are repairs that need to be made, now’s the time.  Did you know that gutters and downspouts that are routinely clogged can cause wood around the eaves of your home to rot? This can lead to leaks and significant dry rot, which can be an expensive fix! In addition, rotted areas can bring uninvited critters into the attic space, which is never a great addition to your home!

#2: Dust hidden areas.
Dust accumulates quickly around your home and it can contribute to poor indoor air quality and increased asthma or allergy symptoms. Make sure to dust or vacuum chair rails, window casings, tops of bookshelves, cabinets and ceiling fans. If you have drapes or curtains through your home, be sure to vacuum, wash and/or dry-clean the fabric regularly. If you have vinyl or wood blinds, use a damp cloth to clean them. Removing dust will help you have a healthier and cleaner home!

#3: Don’t forget the garage.
The inside and outside of your home are important, but don’t neglect garage cleaning and organization! Get rid of things that you haven’t used recently, throw away unusable items, and recycle as much as you can. If there are things that you no longer need, create a pile for selling or donating. To help with organization, purchase storage shelves and containers to help keep things consolidated and save space. Once you’re done organizing, dust and clean the space and consider painting areas that need a touch up. All of this will improve the function and look of your garage!

Our team at Fresh Nest recognizes that spring cleaning can take time and the to-do list might feel never-ending! If you don’t have time to stay on top of everything, let us step in and help eliminate the stress of keeping your home clean! We’ll work with you to get your home fresh and sparkling, so you can sit back and relax! Contact us today for an appointment!

Ways to Clean Up After Your Pet’s Messes

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Our four-legged friends are special companions and for many people, their pets are part of the family. But, they do require work and sometimes animals can make messes that make your house dirty. Here are some helpful ways that pet owners can keep their house clean.

#1: Clean the furniture:
Does your dog or cat have privileges to sit or sleep on the furniture? If so, over time, the cushions can get a little stinky. To combat animal smells, sprinkle baking soda on the cushions to freshen them, then vacuum it up. If you have pillows or other fabric covers on the couch, loveseat, or chairs, wash them regularly according to instructions.

#2: Stay on top of the fur.
Dogs and cat shed, some more than others. Be sure to stay on top of the fur by sweeping once daily or once every other day. If you have carpet, be sure to vacuum once or twice a week to keep the hair count reduced. Use a damp cloth to remove hair buildup in the corners or along baseboards.

#3: Mud, mud, go away.
The Pacific Northwest is known for rainy days, so when your dog or cat comes inside, it’s very common to see muddy paw prints. If you have linoleum or hardwood floors, wipe down the mud right away rather than letting it soak in, because it could take longer to scrub it out. However, if the mud is on your carpet, let it dry for a bit, so it can be easier to vacuum up. If there is remaining mud, blot it up with a mixture of warm water and dishwashing liquid.

#4: Keep your pet clean.
Stinky dogs and cats translate to stinky odors in the home, so be sure to give your pet regular baths and stay on top of grooming. The fresher they smell, the fresher your home stays and pet odors are kept at bay.

#5: Stay on top of litter cleaning.
A full litter box can get quite smelly. Clean it daily if possible and make sure you vacuum up any messes that happen around the box. Messes that accumulate just take longer to clean and it can contribute to a smellier room.

Our team at Fresh Nest recognizes that pets make messes and sometimes you don’t have time to stay on top of everything. That’s where we can step in and help eliminate the stress of having a clean home! We’ll work with you to get your home clean, so you can sit back and relax! Contact us today for an appointment!

Steps For Deep Cleaning Your Home

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This year’s winter in the Pacific Northwest has been warmer than usual and we’ve had more sunny days! The sun may make you feel motivated to do some spring cleaning, even though springtime is still several weeks away.  Now is a great time to do some deep cleaning in your home or commercial building. Here are some tips on how to most effectively deep clean your space.

Tip #1: Organize.
If your space is cluttered or if there are spaces that are difficult to access because of accumulated items, it’s difficult to clean well. So, before you get your cleaning products out, start with some organizational efforts, first. Tackle one room at a time. Set aside a pile to keep, a pile to donate, and a pile to sell, either online or at a yard sale. Be vigilant about getting rid of things that you haven’t used in a long time. If it’s sat unused in your closet or cupboard for a year, you probably don’t need it.

Tip #2: Start cleaning high to low.
Start in the furthest top left corner of your room and work your way down. Dust the top ceiling corners to get rid of cobwebs and dust, wipe down walls, cupboards, and countertops next, then finish by mopping the floor. Everything that you’ve dusted or wiped down from the top will land on the floor, so it’s always good to sweep and mop at the very end to gather all of the accumulated dirt once and for all.

Tip #3: Start with the dirtiest room.
Did you know that the kitchen is the dirtiest space in the home? When you’re ready to dive into your deep clean, start in the kitchen. The oven is a great thing to tackle first. Remove the racks and set them in the bathtub to soak with soap and water. While they’re soaking, clean the inside of the oven with a Brillo pad and it will soon look like new! Take the racks out and wipe them down with a Brillo pad, too. Then clean the kitchen sink thoroughly and wipe down the outside of your cupboards and countertops.

If you dread the idea of deep cleaning, don’t worry. Our team at Fresh Nest are the pros when it comes to deep cleans for your home or commercial building, so you won’t ever need to deep clean again if you don’t want to. Our appointment slots are filling up quickly, so contact us today for a residential clean or commercial clean to make sure you get an appointment. You’ll be able to enjoy the end of winter and look forward to the upcoming switch to springtime even more with a clean space to live and work in!

New Year’s Resolutions: Time-Saving Tips That Can Keep Your House Clean

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If one of your resolutions for 2018 is to have a cleaner house, we applaud you! Our team at Fresh Nest believes that there’s nothing better than a clean space and we’re here to help make that happen. Here are three helpful time-saving tips that can keep your house clean.

Tip #1: Get rid of distractions.
Cleaning your house can be a chore sometimes and distractions can get in the way. So, when it comes time to buckle down and tackle a room, put away any distractions that can make things longer. Streamline your routine by turning off your phone or putting it on silent mode, turn off your computer and TV, and focus on the project at hand. This can save you time in the long run.

Tip #2: Pick up as you go.
If you clean and pick up as you go, rather than letting piles of dishes or laundry pile up, you’ll be able to stay on top of things more easily. For example, if you’re craving a fresh batch of warm chocolate chip cookies and you spend time in the kitchen baking, wash or load the baking pans and dishes in the dishwasher right when you’re done with them rather than just piling them in the sink. You’ll save time by not having to come back later and tackle a mound of dirty dishes. Little clean up jobs are always easier than big clean up jobs!

Tip #3: Make squeegees your friend.
If you hate scrubbing your shower or tub and don’t want to clean it as often, keep a squeegee handy and use it after each shower or bath. Wipe from the top to bottom, as well as the sides of the tub, which will help wash away shampoo or soap residue right away rather than leaving it to develop a film on it over time. If you stick to doing this regularly, you won’t have to scrub the shower or tub as often, which can save you time.

Of course, if you don’t have the time or energy to stay on top of regular cleaning, call our team at Fresh Nest for a quote on weekly or monthly cleanings. Together, we can make your New Year’s resolution a reality!