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!

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!

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.

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!