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10 Tips to Help You Save an Hour a Day

time saving tipsWhile 2020 definitely freed up a lot of time on our calendars, it didn’t necessarily help us spend that time better.  There are so many simple tweaks you can make to take back an hour (or more) each day in 2021.  Pick one or more from the list below!

1. Eliminate Time Wasters

Whether it’s deciding what you’re going to wear that day or what you’re going to eat for breakfast, you can do a little bit of work the night before to get some time back.  Lay out your next day’s outfit or prepare your smoothie the night before.  You’ll cut down on decision fatigue and have fewer speed bumps in your day.

2. Embrace Routine

No one says you need to dress like Steve Jobs and wear the same thing every day.  Just keep in mind that the world’s most successful people have routines: routines help you stay on track and accomplish what’s important to you.  

3. Use a Calendar

Think of a calendar as a place to catch everything you need to do.  It gives you a lineup of what’s going to happen in a given day as well as a preview of the weeks/months ahead.  Pro tip: look over and set up your calendar on Sunday evenings.

4. Don’t Multitask

You may have heard the term “switching costs” before.  It refers to the significant loss of efficiency you experience when changing from one type of task to another.  Those losses multiply when you multitask.  Embrace single-tasking.

5. Consider Time Blocking and Batching

If you understand the problems of switching costs, a way to lean in to single-tasking is to time block or batch.  This might mean setting aside a particular time to do emails, go through social media, or do deep work.  You’ll make so much more progress if you can leverage your brain’s love of doing the same types of tasks over and over.

6. Have a Set Place for Things

Where’s my keys/dog leash/glasses?  If you have a set place where these things go, not only will you have a place to put them whenever you’re done using them, you’ll also have the most likely spot for said items should you misplace them.

7. Do the Big Task(s) First

The reality is that outside of work we probably only have 1-3 “big tasks” we need to accomplish in any given day, but we spend a fair amount of time avoiding them!  Jump in and deal with those tasks as early in the day as possible.  You’ll feel great once they are handled and you’ll have momentum for the rest of your day.

8. Curb Your Social Media

It’s important to realize that the smart people who help build and maintain these platforms are not paid to help you save your time, but to keep you on their platforms indefinitely.  We’ve all been caught doing the infinite scroll.  Set time limits to prevent those scroll sessions from running too long.

9. Stop Worrying

The truth is that worrying not only doesn’t accomplish anything, it’s been shown to cause stress than can lead to health problems.  That time spent worrying could be so much better spent elsewhere.

10. Block Out Personal Time

The term “pay yourself first” works for personal time too!  Remember that all of the things that you deal with on a daily basis ultimately tie back to living your life.  Make sure to set aside some personal time for yourself every day.  No one else will!

What will you do with your saved time? 

This content originally appeared in our Open Calendar Club Newsletter.

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10 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks 

Spring is in the air, and you feel a burst of fresh energy. Everything gets a new dimension as the temperatures go up. So, you feel like you could do even the most tedious task in the world: you could finally spring clean your house. However, once you get your bucket and mop, this enthusiasm simply withers. You realize you don’t know where to start. And, how can you finish everything without overtiring yourself?

Well, don’t despair straightaway! There is a way out. Hire the most reliable house cleaning service in Burbank to save your day. The professionals will know how to eradicate the dirt. However, if you still insist on rolling up your sleeves and doing it yourself, we have prepared a few handy tips for you. Read on! 

How can I make spring cleaning easier?

How can I make spring cleaning easierSome people believe that spring is the best time for deep cleaning. While this is true, it doesn’t mean that you should do it only once a year. You actually need to deep clean your home more often if you want to keep all the germs and dirt at bay. This is particularly important now with the coronavirus still raging throughout the States.

Spring cleaning can seem overwhelming indeed. Especially if you live in a huge house with small kids and pets, and have to clean on  a busy scheduleHowever, to be more efficient when tackling every nook and cranny in your home, you just need a well-devised approach. With it, you won’t be in the dark about the outcome as you will have a clearer idea of what the entire process entails. 

Here are a few simple tips that will make a real difference in your spring-cleaning routine, taking it to the next level. 

1. Make a to-do list: Before you start your ambitious project, go around your house room by room and observe. Notice what needs a deep cleaning, and make a list of tasks.

2. Get the clutter out of the way: This way, you won’t be distracted by unnecessary items, and you’ll be able to focus on the task at hand once you start cleaning.  

3. Gather your cleaning supplies: Make sure you have all the cleaning products, including sponges, mops, brooms, and buckets, gathered and organized beforehand. This way, you won’t need to look for misplaced equipment when you get down to business. 

4. Get your family involved: Once you have made your checklist, you should enlist the help of your family. Spring cleaning can be a family tradition in which everyone plays their part. Even toddlers can pick up their toys.

5. Start with the most demanding chore: Consider tackling your most dreaded task first. Maybe it’s deep cleaning your kitchen appliances. They can get pretty nasty, can’t they? Since you are just beginning, you’ll feel more enthusiastic and energized. And once you check off your most frustrating chore, all others will seem incredibly easier. 

6. Go room by room: This way, you won’t need to go back and forth all the time. And you won’t spread dust and dirt from room to room. 

7. Apply a top-to-bottom approach: Due to the force of gravity, dust falls to lower spots. So, if you don’t want to clean the same surface twice, start with the areas above eye level. For example, begin by removing cobwebs from the ceiling corners. Then, attend to ceiling fans or light fixtures. Next, dust your furniture. Lastly, vacuum and mop floors.

8. Learn to multitask: While the product is soaking and doing its job in the toilet bowl, you can wipe the bathroom mirror, or rearrange your cosmetics, for instance.

9. Let your cleaning products sit for a while: This will enhance their power, and you won’t need to scrub so hard to get rid of baked-on grease.

10. To make spring cleaning less time-consuming, consider eliminating your bad cleaning habits in the first place. So make sure to check the expiration dates of your products and keep your equipment in top shape.

Where to find an efficient house cleaning service in your neighborhood in Burbank? 

Where to find an efficient house cleaning service in your neighborhood in BurbankIf the above tips simply don’t resonate with you, and you’d rather play tennis at Brace Canyon Park, while professionals tackle your housework, MaidThis cleaning experts will be delighted to lend you a helping hand! Our cleaners can handle all your cleaning tasks effortlessly, and their wall-to-wall approach to cleaning will blow you away! 

From dusting and vacuuming to mopping and wiping, we can deal with even the dirtiest houses and make them sparkle. Do not hesitate to call us! We are waiting!

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Biggest Spring Cleaning Myth Debunked

Imagine living in the 1800s in a house with a huge fireplace and lots of kerosene lamps. After the cold season, your house would be coated with a thick layer of soot and grime. So, once the weather became warmer, you would open your windows, launder drapes, take your rugs outside to beat and wash them, wipe down all surfaces, clean linens and upholstery. You would spring clean your house! 

In addition to this practical side, spring cleaning has been a religious ritual in many cultures all over the world, too. So, this practice has a long history.

Today, the term is usually associated with any sort of heavy cleaning. It includes addressing areas in your house you usually skip in your regular cleaning routine. And, since mold, dust, and allergens can easily find places to hide, it is crucial for a healthy home environment.

Whether you want to do it yourself or hire a housekeeper for your home in Burbank, there is one myth about spring cleaning that needs to be debunked. Keep reading to find out more! 

When should you spring clean your house?

Myth: Spring cleaning is done only once a year 

When should you spring clean your house

With your modern home full of appliances, stylish furniture, drapes, and carpets, you actually need to detail-clean your living space more often than just once a year. And to make everything even more complicated: some spaces in your home need deep cleaning more frequently than others. 

Several factors come into play here, from the frequency of use to foot traffic and the presence of food or moisture. Also, kids and pets can make a huge difference as well as your bad cleaning habits. In other words, it’s best to take a critical, tailored, and room-specific approach to in-depth cleaning.

For instance, you should deep clean your coffee maker, microwave oven, and garbage disposal once a month. And, as the warm, moist environment of your bathroom is ideal for the growth of fungus and bacteria, you’ll need to deep clean it weekly to keep it hygienic and fresh. But you can rest assured, there are some chores you could do only once a year: freshening up your mattresses, washing your outdoor furniture, to name just a few.

So, when it comes to the question of when or how often you should spring clean your house, there is no final answer. Every home is different, and you need to observe all the above factors and schedule deep cleaning sessions accordingly. 

How do I start spring cleaning my house?

So, you’ve decided to spring clean your house? But you are not sure where to begin? Well, like everything in life, spring cleaning requires a proper strategy. This isn’t a chore you can conquer one day after work. It is an ambitious project, especially if your days are too packed with other obligations, and you don’t have time to clean frequently. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

Tip #1: Before you actually get down to work, you need to look around you and figure out which areas require deep cleaning the most. When was the last time you cleaned the inside of your fridge? What about your washing machine and carpets? 

Tip #2: Before plunging in, make sure to get rid of any distractions. Turn off your phone, clear your schedule, and stay focused on the task at hand. It’s also a useful idea to declutter first and clean second, as the mess could make the cleaning harder on you.

Tips #3: Get all the necessary cleaning supplies ready beforehand. You wouldn’t want to get off to a bad start by realizing that you’re missing a crucial piece of equipment and that you have to run to the store.

So, devise a feasible plan with all the tasks to be covered. You’ll find it easier to stay on track from start to finish. 

Where can I find a reliable housekeeper in Burbank and the area? 

How do I start spring cleaning my house

Maintaining your home neat and tidy can be a daunting task indeed. Especially if you have limited time and resources. But no need to worry! This is where we jump in. At MaidThis, we boast carefully vetted cleaners who have passed our 5-step screening process. They are truly meticulous about every cleaning challenge, and they’ll know how to eliminate the dirt in your home professionally. 

So, take a carefree walk or go shopping with a friend in Burbank Town Center while we treat your home with the utmost care. Don’t hesitate to reach out! We will be happy to do the job for you!

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7 Steps to Making a Cozy Remote Workspace

remote workAs remote work becomes more and more standard in a post-Covid-19 world, Airbnb guests will be looking for spaces that they can be productive and comfortable in while they do that remote work.  We’ve picked out the most important items to make a cozy remote workspace for your guests that’ll leave them raving in the reviews.

A Good Chair

Someone is going to be sitting in that chair for several hours, so a standard folding chair isn’t going to cut it.  It doesn’t mean you have to get a Herman Miller Aeron chair (though, that would be pretty sweet), but it does mean that the chair should be comfortable for all-day usage.  Great office chairs help you stay alert while keeping you comfortable.  

Natural Light

No one wants to work in a basement.  Make sure there is some natural light that illuminates the workspace.  This keeps eyes relaxed but also gives people something to see out their window during moments of their day, which can be nice.  Make sure that you’ve also got excellent artificial lighting as well, when those overcast days won’t be able to deliver much natural light.

Plants

You’ve heard all the studies by now: plants can reduce stress and increase productivity.  That’s true.  But it also makes your space more appealing and plants literally clean the air.  No one is saying you need to make the workspace into a botanical garden: even one plant would be a game changer.

Desk Options

While you may like sitting at a desk there are a growing number of people who like to stand while working.  You can get an adjustable desk that allows for sitting or standing positions, or you can get a stand that creates a standing desk platform should someone prefer that.  It’s a nice extra option and shows your guests that you’ve thought through their needs.

Supplies

While most remote workers are pretty good about bringing what they need with them, there are always odds and ends that would be nice to have: pencils, pens, scratch paper, paper clips, a stapler, post-it notes, etc.  Have those neatly arranged in a convenient spot for your guests to use and keep it stocked.

Photo/Poster

Remember those corny “motivational” posters from the 1990s?  Yeah, don’t buy one of those.  You might have a wonderful large scale photo from one of your trips or a print or work of art that really resonates with you.  Just keep in mind that this is something that will be by a work area, so it should be something that allows someone to “drift away” for a moment without distracting them too much.

Blazing Fast Internet

“Fast” internet depends less on what your connection is than on how many people are using it.  If you’re around at the same time as your guest and you are going to be working as well, you would do well to be north of 50 Mbps.  If you won’t be around during the workday or your guest is at a property you’re not resident in, make sure they have at least 25 Mbps.  This will allow them to connect multiple devices and not experience any lag.  Pro tip: take a screenshot of your speed test and put it as a photo in your listing.  People looking for remote workspaces will appreciate it (and book right away).

This article originally appeared in our Guest Book newsletter.

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