Spring Forward with Goals

We are about a quarter of the way through our year and many individuals have long ago forgotten their resolutions for 2019 and have quickly jumped back in to old patterns and habits.

But with the spring comes a new hope and sense of renewal. The idea of “out with the old, in with the new” seems to rebloom with a newfound optimism as we plan upcoming tasks of spring cleaning and summer vacation.

Although the staff at Fresh Nest Cleaning recognizes that beauty, value and even well being is not defined by weight, we also recognize that for some, the number on the scale can be a tangible method for tracking progress towards certain personal health goals.

A recent article in oregonlive.com was titled, “House dust may promote weight gain thanks to common household products: study.” The article referenced a Duke study in which they found that certain cleaners had chemicals that were found in dust in which also had children that were overweight. The study is comprehensive but definitely correlational. (https://www.oregonlive.com/health/2019/04/house-dust-may-promote-weight-gain-thanks-to-common-household-products-study.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=theoregonian_sf&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR3Bpz8vcaCFNMEj9OoFIYRfMExwJ1NVlcUazlwSceKt_RrdlvVnghlhiJo)

Yet, what also can be said is that lingering dust affects your health and weight. Previously, Fresh Nest wrote a blog on how clutter and dust can also alter and affect your mental health and even symptoms of chronic health. The importance of keeping your home clean and tidy continues to be affirmed with every study.

Dusting is including in all of our individual and personalized cleaning plans. Additionally, we have tools that allow us to reach even vaulted ceilings.

Fresh Nest Cleaning uses only the best quality cleaners with minimal impact on the environment including pets. We value transparency and encourage our clients to communicate if they have any concerns or questions regarding our used cleaning products.

Allow us to help out as you regain momentum on accomplishing your goals. We offer a free consult and currently have spring specials running all season, long. Book your one time deep cleaning or ongoing cleaning maintenance with us, today.

Cleaning For Company

“April showers bring May flowers!” That may be what the saying is, but April showers also keep company from being able to enjoy the outdoors when they come to visit. With winter finally
shedding its cold coat, many are eager to get out of the house and visit with friends and family.

But is your home company ready? Washington Post suggests that you prepare for company all year round and has provided suggestions you may not even think to look for, such as plumbing
and guest beds.
(https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/companys-coming-is-your-house-hospitality-re
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Many sites have given tips about cleaning in a hurry. One tip is to not worry about cleaning what others won’t see. Although it may be true that a party guest isn’t going to check behind your shower curtain while visiting for a birthday party, it creates peace of mind to do a thorough job. Additionally, it allows you to feel confident no matter what comes up. Your master bathroom
may be upstairs and typically unused, but in a pinch, you don’t want to worry about an untidy bedroom and dirty toilet.

Another quick cleaning myth is to just pick up clutter. The idea is that if the room is picked up, guests may not notice if it is clean or sanitized. Fresh Nest recommends you think about the
details. You may forget about discolored sinks and cobwebs in the corners, yet dust on the baseboards can make the whole floor look dingy and a discolored sink isn’t inviting when wanting to wash up.

A closed up home may develop smells, especially if the weather hasn’t allowed you to open up windows and shake out rugs. Check to make sure that your garbage can hasn’t developed any funky odors. The kitchen is a major culprit of holding odor so check the fridge and sink, as well.

Don’t forget the bathroom! The floor around the toilet often develops a stink, and is overlooked during regular cleaning. Without proper cleaning, attempting to mask these smells with sprays will not eliminate them, but will definitely make it worse. If you have pets, make extra time to do a deep clean in rooms the pet may spend a lot of time.

Last but not least, try to schedule time to do deep cleaning throughout the house all month long, to prevent a last minute rush.

If you don’t have time, that’s what Fresh Nest Cleaning is for! We offer deep cleaning and regular maintenance cleaning schedules that are personalized to fit your needs.

Don’t let a dirty home get in the way of your peace of mind when having friends and loved ones over.

We are offering spring cleaning deals, all month long. Schedule your free consult, today.

Spring Cleaning With a Chronic Illness

Spring has officially arrived! You know what that means? Baseball, flowers, allergies, LOADS of rain (if you live where I do!) and SPRING CLEANING!! But when you live with a chronic illness, such as Kidney Disease, even keeping up with the day to day chores can be a burden. The idea of dedicating an exceptional amount of time to get into the crevices of cobwebs and yearly
cleanings can be too much to think about.

Spring cleaning may feel like an optional tradition for those who are too busy healing, but according to kidney.org, it is a necessity to health.
Kidney.org states that keeping your environment free of compromising bacteria allows you to be protected while taking immunosuppressant drugs
(https://www.kidney.org/newsletter/transplants-chores-kidney-changing-magic-tidying). Immunosuppressant medication protects new transplant organs from being rejected by the
body. They can also be used when diagnosed with other more common chronic illnesses such as lupus, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis
(https://www.healthline.com/health/immunosuppressant-drugs).

Kidney.org provides a helpful list of trouble areas that can hold compromising bacteria that will
affect your ability to be healthy on immunosuppressant medication. Last week, we discussed keeping the home clean with pets. Others included on the list are the kitchen and garden.

Good Housekeeping has also put together a great comprehensive list that many can reference for their spring cleaning to-do’s on their article, “33 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Home” (https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/g3345/spring-cleaning-tips/).

We at Fresh Nest enjoy meeting with our clients and discussing what will ensure you keep a clean and sanitary home for your ongoing health and wellness. We offer a free consultation that allows you to have a personalized plan for either a one-time, comprehensive spring cleaning
session and/or an ongoing cleaning maintenance schedule. Many of what is included in Good Housekeeping’s spring cleaning list is included in our deep cleaning and/or regular maintenance
cleaning recommendation and options for you.

March is National Kidney Month and we are committed to bringing awareness regarding chronic kidney disease. That’s why 10% of all profits for the month of March will be donated to The National Kidney Foundation.

Pets and Chronic Illness

We at Fresh Nest Cleaning, LOVE our furry friends and yours! Our pets become a part of our family and we know that when life gets hard, that’s when our pets can bring us the most joy.

When facing major life changes, such as a chronic illness, having pets can make it feel that we are always behind on our cleaning. Whether you’re wanting a moment of peace to sit down and
read a book, sans dog hair, or you’re needing your space to be free of cat dander before an upcoming in-home medical procedure, let us take care of the dirty work.

Fresh Nest Cleaning uses pet friendly and quality cleaning supplies, leaving your space spic and span and smelling good. (That is some quality alliteration, in my opinion!)

I recently learned the importance of a clean and sanitary environment while reading an article by Azura Vascular Care. Although the article stresses that infections between pets and patients are rare, it is still a possibility and completely preventable by following tips outlined in the article. The tips include keeping yourself clean AND keeping your home free of cat and dog fur (https://www.azuravascularcare.com/infodialysisaccess/peritoneal-dialysis-pets/)

When loved ones are going through treatments, it can be exhausting for even a caregiver to attempt to take on extra shared chores, such as cleaning. When it is you that is healing from
chronic illness, it can sometimes feel impossible.

There are many benefits of keeping your home clean. Some of them are for the sake of improving your mental health when already facing stressful situations, and some are more
practical and important such as keeping a sanitary space.

No matter what your reason, Fresh Nest Cleaning wants to help you on your path and help improve your quality of life.

We are dedicating March to spreading awareness of Kidney Disease and donating 10% of profits toward The National Kidney Foundation. Book your free consult, today, and let us come
up with a personalized one time or ongoing cleaning schedule that fits your individual needs.

National Kidney Month

March is National Kidney Month, sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation, and here at Fresh Nest Cleaning, we take kidney health seriously. National Kidney Month was created to, “increase awareness of kidney disease, promote the need for a cure, and spur advocacy on behalf of those suffeing with the emotional, financial and physical burden of kidney disease”
(https://www.personalizedcause.com/health-awareness-cause-calendar/national-kidney-month)

It is estimated, by the National Kidney Foundation, that over 26 million American adults have kidney disease and a large percentage of them do not even know that they have it until the
disease has progressed significantly and symptoms begin to present themselves.
Kidney Disease is not always preventable but there are ways to assist with prevention or at least, slow progression and assist with treatment.
(https://www.kidney.org/news/national-kidney-month-take-five-your-kidneys)

Last week, we discussed how living with a chronic illness, such as kidney disease, can cause an individual to feel helpless over many variables that are outside of their control. Yet, the good news is that there are many factors that are within your control, such as quality of life and a healthy, clean environment that can positively impact your mental health.

For the remaining weeks of March, we will discuss other topics regarding National Kidney Month and how Fresh Nest Cleaning is excited to be apart of contributing to the research and
awareness of Kidney Disease by donating 10% of March profits towards the National Kidney Foundation.

How A Clean Home Makes It Easier To Live With A Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic illness or living with a loved one with a chronic illness impacts your entire life. A couple years ago, one of the loved ones on the Fresh Nest team experienced a chronic illness that resulted in his second life saving kidney transplant. However, while we waited for his match, we had to undergo daily medical procedures that were incredibly stressful and time consuming. It affected all of us in all areas of our lives. Financially, spiritually, time, physically and emotionally. Many of the areas impacted were outside of our control. From interaction with others experiencing similar situations, we know that we are not alone in this experience. How you or your loved one is feeling physically and the resulting physical limitations, can perhaps be comforted and assisted with symptom management, but cannot be remedied.

But you do have control over many things, and it is important to feel empowered in those areas.

It is easy to measure and acknowledge our physical limitations, we don’t really have a choice in the matter. If you’re physically bed-ridden, for example, you won’t be expected to perform a task that would require you to be out of bed. Yet, we often ignore our mental health and the importance of caring for our emotional well-being during trying times of chronic illness.

One area, we often neglect to contribute to our mental health is our environment. A 2016 in-depth study by researcher, Catherine A. Roster, found that, “Clutter has a strong negative impact on feelings of security, safety and other positive emotional benefits derived from a sense of psychological home…including subjective well-being.” Roster, Catherine & Ferrari, Joseph & Jurkat, Martin. (2016). In other words, it would be difficult to maintain a positive outlook about factors outside of your control, when in a cluttered and dirty environment.  

With Fresh Nest, we believe that an orderly and clean home is a key factor in health. We want to assist others in improving their quality of life. We strive for open communication to create personalized plans of either one time or weekly, bi-weekly and monthly cleaning that not only ensures a sanitary environment but assists with tackling the details of cleaning so you can focus on the more important things going on in your life.

Whether you are occupied with caregiving for another or are experiencing an illness, yourself, you have a lot going on and deserve to have a stress-free, clean and sanitary home. Take control over one area by delegating the cleaning to Fresh Nest. We are honored to be a part of your process in healing.

 

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!