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

Children and mother collecting toys

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!