Staying On Top Of Chores

We know that not everyone can afford to hire a housekeeper, at Fresh Nest Cleaning, our goal is to help you improve your quality of life by keeping a clean and tidy environment. That’s why we have included a list of tips and tricks we have found to help you stay on top of your chores while also working or managing a family.

Write a List
Sometimes it is helpful to write down a check off list of all of the tasks that should be done in each room. Then, determine which should be done daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Daily
tasks should not take more than 15 minutes to complete.

Small Goals Equal Big Success!
If you are feeling overwhelmed, start small. Decide what one task is manageable and start there. Don’t attempt to re-organize all of your paperwork when your laundry has not been put away. Begin with easier, shorter tasks that can be maintained with little effort.

Put Away Distractions
Set your phone to “do not disturb” or “airplane mode.” Turn off/log off your social media accounts on your devices to eliminate notifications that may prompt you to want to take a break and respond.

Pick Some Tunes
Music has been shown to boost productivity. Pick something that keeps you moving and motivated!

Set a Timer
Many experts suggest setting a timer for 15 minutes and trying to get as much as you can done, within that time frame. Often, I find that encourages me to want to complete the rest of my daily tasks for that room.

Maintain It
Resist the urge to put off small daily tasks for later. When your laundry is done, put the load away in the drawers and the closet. The 10 minutes to do so will prevent you from having to spend 30 minutes putting away multiple loads, later. Removing clean dishes from the
dishwasher and putting them away, will prevent dirty dishes from piling up in the sink. Cleaning up after yourself always makes it easier in the long run.

Give Yourself A Reward
Plan so you have some time to reward yourself for your effort. Perhaps, you enjoy a nice long shower or bath in your clean bathroom or you fix yourself a quality meal in your organized
kitchen. You deserve it.

Do you have suggestions on how you stay on top of cleaning and chores? Let us know in the comments below!

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!

The Importance of De-cluttering to De-stress

 

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Your home should be a space of relaxation and comfort, but if it’s cluttered all the time, it can actually cause more stress than you might think. Here are some ways that clutter can influence how your brain operates and how you can find ways to declutter to reduce the stress in your life.

How “stuff” influences your mind:
Over time, we buy things and they accumulate, especially in a world where consumerism is made central. Maybe your coat closet is stuffed with extra things that aren’t used regularly, or you have a garage or a basement that has accumulated so much clutter that you try to avoid it at all costs.

Sometimes, we hold onto things that we think we will use, but other times, we find it extremely difficult to get rid of items that may have emotional attachments to them. Surprisingly, researchers have found that we can sometimes experience pain when giving up a possession, because you likely have built some sort of emotional attachment to it. As we let this stuff build up around your living space, it can influence your ability to focus. If you have found it increasingly difficult to process information while you’re at home, take a look around and see if there is clutter. If there is a variety of visual stimulus happening, it’s hard for your brain to focus. This, in turn, translates to stress.

So how can you get rid of clutter, reduce unneeded stress, and retrain your brain to focus and process important information? Here are some important steps:

#1: Work to organize one area at a time.
Maybe you have multiple areas of your home that need attention. First, work together as a team with your family or a friend to help organize the area one space at a time. Get some bins and label each one accordingly: keep, donate, recycle, or garbage. Take the donation items to your local drop off donation center right away, so you aren’t tempted to start going through it again to change your mind in keeping anything. If there are items you think that would sell in a garage sale or online, make a pile for those things as well. The important thing to remember is to start small and tackle one area at a time. Once you do this, you can move on.

#2: Take action.
Form new habits that keep you on a track toward organization and cleanliness. For example, if it’s your office that feels out of control, get bookshelves, baskets, and other storage containers that can help you stay organized. Then you’ll probably need to retrain yourself to take action and use the items you have in place.

#3: Hire a professional.
Once the clutter is reduced and you feel more organized, call our team at Fresh Nest Cleaning for a deep clean of your home. Once we’ve cleaned it well that first time, set up a consistent cleaning schedule with us so we can stay on top of your home’s cleanliness. There’s nothing better than knowing that your home is organized and clean both for your family, but for your guests. And not to mention, you’ll reduce any stress you have about staying on top of the cleaning – we will do it all for you!

Our schedule for November and December is filling up quickly with the holidays coming. Contact us today to get your cleaning appointment set up!

Back to School: How cleanliness in your home can keep your family healthy

Back to school time can also lead to more exposure to germs, so it’s important to keep your home clean to help minimize illnesses that can cut into school attendance.  Here’s how cleanliness in your home can keep your family healthy this autumn.

Reason #1: Clean homes can reduce stress.
If you live in a messy and cluttered home, chances are, you’re subconsciously reminding yourself of all of the work that needs to be finished. Too much clutter can cause stress, especially if it means you’re losing things due to the mess. This means it could take longer to find things or you don’t have a place to rest comfortably, and over time, your stress level will rise. With increased stress, your immune system will weaken, and that means you’ll be at greater risk for getting sick this fall and winter.

Reason #2: Clean homes can reduce allergy and asthma symptoms.
If your bedding, carpet, rugs, or other upholstery is dusty or full of pet dander, you could be inviting allergic reactions. Pet hair, mold, dust mites, and dirt can decrease the quality of air you’re breathing and this could trigger allergies or asthma. De-cluttering and making sure floors, carpets and other areas are cleaned regularly is very important.

Reason #3:  Clean homes reduce the spread of germs.
Germs – no one likes them! Rid your home of germ-ridden spots by staying on top of regular cleaning. The kitchen has been named as one of the dirtiest places in the home, so make sure the counter tops are cleaned thoroughly after every use, especially if you are preparing raw meats. Gastrointestinal illnesses can be spread through contaminated food and if your kitchen is properly cleaned and sanitized you will reduce your chance of developing food poisoning. The bathroom is another area that needs special attention on a regular basis. Be especially aware that the toilet flush and sink faucet handles can house lots of germs, so be sure to sanitize them on a regular basis.

Does the thought of cleaning your home regularly make you cringe? Or, perhaps you simply don’t have the time that it takes to keep your home cleaned the way you need. Contact Fresh Nest Cleaning today for a free quote on your home!