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8 Reasons to Plan Your Free Time

Whoa, whoa, whoa!  Plan my free time?  Doesn’t that defeat the purpose?  Actually, no.  By planning your free time, you are helping to ensure that it will happen, instead of just making it to the end of another day/week/month in which you didn’t take time for yourself.  What can you do in your free time?

Chat with a friend.
Read.
Work on a project/craft.
Exercise.
Play a game (that Candy ain’t going to Crush itself!)
Journal.
Plan a vacation.
Do nothing.

Those are just some ideas.  There are plenty more you could add.  So, let’s go through the reasons you want to start planning your free time.

1. Encourage self-care

Think of the phrase “pay yourself first” but applied to your free time.  This doesn’t mean you have to start your day with free time (though you could), but rather that you actually have it scheduled.  You know that no matter what else happens today/this week/this month, you will have made time for something you truly care about outside of your work and home responsibilities.

2. Give yourself something to look forward to

Closely related to the idea of self-care is the motivation that comes with having something on your calendar that you are looking forward to.  That can help you get through the tasks in front of it more easily.

3. Give yourself more control

So many people feel “out of control” these days in relation to time and calendars.  Rather than just being captive to what others are demanding of you, you are staking your claim to your own demands of yourself.  This increased agency will lead to better management of your other tasks as well.

4. Get up

It’s now well-known that simply sitting in your chair for hours and hours isn’t the best way to work.  By having things (even if it’s a small 5-15 minute break) that break up your work, you’ll have a reason to get up, move around, and keep yourself from staying too long in one position.

5. Be more productive

More and more it is being acknowledged that the most productive workers have proper balances in their lives.  By giving yourself more free time, you’re reducing your stress and necessarily becoming more productive.

6. Create buffer

As we know, sometimes meetings run long or start late, or sometimes clients don’t get you what you need on time.  By having free time blocked out in your calendar, instead of simply being frustrated when these things happen, you can dynamically shift around based on the activities you have planned for yourself.  Again, instead of being only acted upon, you can take more agency into your hands.

7. Be more creative

Aimlessness or boredom can boost creativity.  I know, we were never told this when we were younger because, well, you don’t tell an 8-year old who complains, “I’m bored,” that that’s a wonderful thing and that some creativity is sure to commence!  But seriously, studies have shown that there are many instances in which the mind’s activity during periods of boredom or aimlessness can lead to more creativity.

8. Be intentional

The most successful people don’t simply expect things to happen for themselves.  They help make them happen.  If you want more free time, you’re going to need to plan for it.  It won’t magically appear in your calendar.  You need to put it there.

This content first appeared in our Open Calendar Club email newsletter.

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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? 

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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? 

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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

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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).

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3 Ways to Make Your Home Cleaning Easier and More Efficient

How can cleaning be made more efficientAccording to the American Cleaning Institute, Americans spend around 6 hours per week on cleaning. Less than an hour a day may not seem like much, but it adds up to more than 24 hours per month. That’s an entire day out of your month you spend cleaning!

Having a maid service in Burbank take care of your house cleaning for you is a simple and effective way to reclaim your free time, but is it really the only thing you can do? Of course not!

In this article, we’ll provide you with 3 tried-and-true tips on how to speed up your cleanings and keep your home tidier. Keep reading to learn more!

How can cleaning be made more efficient?

First off, you should always gather all your cleaning supplies in an easy-to-carry bag or basket before you start cleaning. This way, you’ll avoid repeat trips to the laundry room and make sure you always have the right cleaning equipment on hand. 

Here are 3 ways to make your cleaning take less time:

1. Top-to-bottom cleaning approach

Always clean the upper areas first (eg., tall shelves, ceiling fans, light fixtures, etc.), and then work your way down. This way, all the dust and dirt you don’t manage to pick up with your cleaning cloths will end up on the floor, where they can be easily vacuumed later on.

2. Adopt good cleaning habits

Just as eliminating bad cleaning habits can prevent you from sabotaging yourself when it comes to cleaning, adopting good ones can completely prevent some areas from getting dirty in the first place.

Here are a few things you can do:

Wash your dishes immediately after you’re done using them

Always store the clothes you’re not wearing in the closet or throw them in the laundry

Train your pets not to jump on furniture to reduce the amount of hair you have to pick up

Use cable sleeves to keep cables from collecting dust and getting tangled

Keep a trash bin in every room for easy napkin, food wrapper, etc., disposal

Have designated storage areas for certain items (eg., remotes always go under the TV)

3. Book a maid service

By far the most efficient way to clean your home is by outsourcing it to the pros, especially if you’re in need of a heavy-duty service such as a deep cleaning or a move out/move in cleaning. 

In addition to ensuring your house receives regular cleanings, this also enables you to devote the time you’d otherwise spend cleaning to other activities, such as taking a pleasant stroll by the Downtown Burbank Post Office with your family.

How can I keep my house clean with a busy schedule?

A good way to prevent the dust and clutter from getting out of hand if you’re very busy is to do a little cleaning every day. By tidying up, washing the dishes, making the beds, and performing other types of light cleaning for 15-20 minutes before bedtime, you’ll greatly reduce the amount of dirt you have to deal with during your weekly cleanings. 

If you’re simply too busy or too tired to fit 15-20 minutes of cleaning into your daily schedule, your best bet is to hire trusted cleaning professionals to do your cleaning for you. 

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How can I keep my house clean with a busy scheduleWith the coronavirus crisis still being a huge problem in the US, making sure your home is hygienic at all times is more important than ever. Here at MaidThis, we’d like to help you do just that by introducing you to the very finest cleaning experts in Burbank.

The cleaners we work with can provide you with a wide range of cleaning services, including regular and deep cleanings, move in/out cleanings, and vacation rental cleanings. Contact us today and take full advantage of our 100% satisfaction guarantee!

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4 Bad Cleaning Habits & How to Break Them

How can I improve my cleaning habitsOn its face, cleaning seems like a pretty straightforward activity. All you need to do is wipe down a bunch of surfaces, mop and vacuum the floors, throw out the trash, and make sure your bathroom is sanitary. There isn’t all that much you can do wrong, right?

If only things were so simple! Like many everyday activities, housework is full of little details that are easy to miss or get wrong. Over time, these mistakes can turn into bad cleaning habits that are hard to break. 

This not only makes keeping your home hygienic and dirt-free more difficult, it can also damage your possessions and even endanger your and your family’s health. Read on to learn more about these bad cleaning habits and what you can do about them. If you’d like to further improve the efficiency of your cleaning routine, you can always count on professional house cleaning in Burbank to deliver top-tier results.

How can I improve my cleaning habits?

Eliminating bad cleaning habits is a great way to make your cleaning more efficient. In addition to providing you with a healthier home, this will also make your extensive spring cleanings a lot less time-consuming

Here are 4 common negative cleaning habits:

1. Not cleaning your curtains

Almost all curtains are made of some sort of fabric. As such, they’re prone to attracting dust and absorbing odors. Over time, this will make them look and feel dingy, and may even cause them to accumulate toxins and allergens. 

While regular vacuuming will help control the problem (to a degree), you should still launder your curtains (if the material allows it) once every 6 months or so, or take them to a professional curtain cleaning service. 

2. Using expired cleaning supplies

While factory-made cleaning chemicals tend to last a long time, it’s still a good idea to check the expiration dates on the bottle every now and then. Doing so is especially important if you use eco-friendly products or homemade cleaning solutions. 

Typical expiry dates for food-grade green cleaning products include: 

– Baking soda: 6 months in an opened package and 2 years in an unopened one

– Distilled white vinegar: indefinite

– Rubbing alcohol: 2-3 years

– Lemon: 3-4 weeks in the fridge

– Hydrogen peroxide: 3 years in an unopened package and 1-6 months in an opened one

3. Letting the interior of your appliances get dingy

Dirty microwaves, fridges, and ovens not only look gross, they can also contaminate any food that is being prepared or stored inside them. Same goes for any kitchen cabinets that contain food or eating utensils.

You should clean the interior of your oven and microwave once every few months (or even more often than that, depending on how much you use these appliances). Furthermore, any spills inside your fridge should be taken care of immediately.

4. Not cleaning your equipment

Not cleaning the interior of your vacuum cleaner or removing built-up detergent residue from your washing machine will automatically make any cleaning you do with them less effective, and may even spread dirt through your home. 

Where can I book a comprehensive house cleaning in Burbank?

Where can I book a comprehensive house cleaning in BurbankAre you looking for someone who can give your place a truly in-depth spring cleaning? Or maybe you’d like to set up a recurring home cleaning plan? Whatever your cleaning needs may be, you can’t go wrong by giving MaidThis a call!

We work with the top cleaning experts in Burbank who will gladly give you the gift of a squeaky clean house while you pick your kids up from the Burbank High School or simply relax in the company of your loved ones. Book your cleaning today and take full advantage of our 100% satisfaction guarantee!

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Airbnb Has Gone Public: Here’s What it Means for Hosts (You!)

It turns out that 2020 had one more surprise up its sleeve for the travel and STR industry: the Airbnb IPO.  While the company had planned to go public this year anyway, no one would have predicted that they would have been able to get the valuation that they started 2020 with.  Those predictions were right.  Airbnb finished 2020 on the Nasdaq at more than three times the valuation it started 2020 with.

Some numbers might help us understand this better.  Booking.com, a well known online travel agency (OTA) and competitor of Airbnb, has a market capitalization of $86 billion.  At just over $100 billion at the time of this newsletter, not only does Airbnb have a bigger market cap than Booking, it has one bigger than Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt combined.  It turns out those 7 million listings that Airbnb has worldwide continues to inspire confidence in the marketplace, even in a sector that was particular devastated by a pandemic.

What changed for Airbnb?

While there was at first a catastrophic drop in revenue due to lockdowns and quarantines, as Airbnb slashed expenses and made necessary changes, the situation stabilized.  People still wanted to travel, and realized that they could do so while still socially distancing.

The other vector that Airbnb never had planned for was the worldwide acceptance of remote work as a new normal.  This meant that people were able to travel even though they weren’t on vacation.  They were simply “homebasing” someplace else.  This has led Airbnb to reconfigure its website to allow for more inspiration at a closer distance from home: 300 miles seems to be the magic number.

Areas of Scrutiny

Now that it’s a publicly traded company, Airbnb is going to receive even more scrutiny, and can no longer play the “brash startup” that it may have played at times in the past.  

​​On a basic level, this might mean that higher standards will be set for hosts and guests in regards to neighborhood noise, partying, and safety.  On a higher level, city governments around the world will probably try to find a solution with a publicly traded company now that the narrative is no longer protecting the neighborhood from a “startup.”

Neighborhood Support

​Airbnb already has a Neighborhood Support page in place for your neighbors to file a report should they feel there is excessive noise, a disruptive party, or unsafe behavior happening at your property.  

If people have a way to resolve an issue with you, it’s easier for everyone than filing a claim with a company.  Reach out to your neighbors and give them ways to get a hold of you.  If there is something strange happening, you want to hear it from a neighbor before hearing about it from Airbnb (or the police).

Party Prevention

​Airbnb negotiated good rates for Minut, NoiseAware, and Roomonitor, all simple-to-use solutions to keep you in the loop should the noise at your listing get beyond limits that you set.  But beyond that, the pandemic forced them to ban parties globally indefinitely.

Post-IPO Airbnb will likely to continue to put rules and regulations in place to make sure that it solidifies its place in communities worldwide.  Hosts can prepare for these changes ahead of time by following regulations in their municipality, having an open line of communication with their neighbors, and using technology to help them monitor noise levels.

Sharing the Wealth with Hosts?

As many of you experienced, there was a major loss of revenue in the first half of the year, but Airbnb tried to address this by offering some percentages of the refunds they had unilaterally given to guests and by establishing a fund that offered strings-free grants to the neediest hosts.  

Airbnb continued this line of thinking with its IPO, in which it set aside a $9.2 million endowment fund just for hosts, mostly to fund programs and grants.

All this means that there are more opportunities for you (and for us!) as the new year continues.  Who would have thought that after 2020?

This article first appeared in our Guest Book newsletter.

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Cleaning Supplies 101: Which Products Should You Use and Why?

What supplies do I need for house cleaningWhether you and your family are preparing for your annual deep cleaning, or you need to restock household supplies for your home, knowing which cleaning tools and chemicals to get can go a long way toward making your housekeeping easier and more effective

So what are some must-have cleaning supplies? Are professional-grade cleaning supplies, such as those used by Westwood cleaning services, available to you as well? Can you use all-natural products to clean your home?

In previous articles, we discussed some common cleaning mistakes people make and explained how using a wrong cleaning approach can damage your belongings. Now we’ll expand on the topic of home cleaning by giving you a list of tried-and-true cleaning supplies every home should have. Keep reading to learn more! 

What supplies do I need for house cleaning?

It goes without saying that all homes are different, so some cleaning supplies that are essential for someone else’s place may not be necessary in your home, and vice versa. For example, you won’t need a specialized oven degreaser if you already have a self-cleaning oven. 

Here’s a great cleaning supply checklist:

  1. A bucket, preferably with some dividers to keep supplies in
  2. Glass (window) cleaner
  3. Microfiber cloths
  4. Light scrub pads
  5. Toilet bowl brush
  6. Microfiber scrub pads (for kitchen and bathroom sinks)
  7. Old toothbrushes
  8. Grout brush
  9. Appropriate floor cleaner (eg., hardwood cleaner for hardwood floors)
  10. Knee pads
  11. Soap scum remover
  12. Spray bottles
  13. Dishwashing liquid
  14. Plastic scrapers
  15. Disinfectant
  16. Cleaning apron
  17. Vacuum cleaner with multiple attachments
  18. Microfiber mop
  19. Pumice stone stick (for rings in the toilet bowl)
  20. Shoe covers
  21. Disposable gloves
  22. Powder cleaner
  23. Trash bags

In addition to these basic products, you can further streamline your housekeeping by investing in devices that enable you to automate certain types of cleaning. These advanced cleaning products are especially useful if you have a large household that produces more dirt than usual. 

These devices include:

  1. Robotic vacuum cleaner
  2. Robot window cleaner
  3. Self-cleaning oven
  4. Dishwashing machine

What are green cleaning products?

If you want your cleanings to be more eco-friendly, you can simply purchase green cleaning products instead of regular cleaning products. If you want to take it a step further, you can make your own cleaning products by using food grade items that can be found around the house.

Popular items used for green cleaning include:

  1. White vinegar
  2. Lemon slices and lemon juice
  3. Baking soda
  4. Cornstarch
  5. Citrus solvent
  6. Oxygen bleach
  7. Washing soda
  8. Alcohol
  9. Olive or vegetable oil
  10. Hydrogen peroxide

What do professional house cleaners use?

There’s no universal rule that determines which products professional cleaners use. Some cleaners bring their own supplies, others use their clients’ supplies, and others still use a combination of their own and the clients’ cleaning supplies.

When in doubt, it’s best to reach out to your cleaning service of choice and ask. Needless to say, if you want your cleaner to use your own cleaning supplies or to use a specific type of cleaning product, you should let them know ahead of time so that they can make the appropriate arrangements. 

Where can I book dependable Westwood cleaning services?

What do professional house cleaners useAs you can tell from the above, you don’t really need fancy cleaning supplies to be able to perform a great home cleaning. However, what you do need is time and energy, and for many working Americans those things tend to be in short supply.

Here at MaidThis, we’d like to help you solve that problem by matching you with experienced cleaning professionals in Westwood who have been extensively vetted to ensure maximum reliability and trustworthiness. 

They will gladly take care of your home cleaning needs while you enjoy a fun outing to the Hammer Museum with friends. Book your cleaning today!

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What’s the Best Way to Store and Organize Your Cleaning Supplies?

How do you organize household cleaning suppliesAs any homeowner will tell you, cleaning is hard. Keeping a house fresh and tidy takes not only a lot of time and energy, but also a long list of different cleaning supplies that you have to buy, learn how to use, and carry around the house during your weekly cleanings. 

To make matters worse, your collection of cleaning tools and products can take up a lot of space, and even pose a health hazard if you don’t store it properly. This is just one of the reasons why many homeowners prefer to outsource their cleaning to professional Westwood house cleaning services. 

We previously wrote about the things you should avoid doing while cleaning your home and explained how your cleaning products may be damaging your belongings. Now we’ll help you get the most out of your cleaning supplies by giving you some pointers on how to safely store them in your home. Read on!

Where do you store your cleaning supplies?

As a general rule, you should store your household supplies in an area that is clean, dry, and not exposed to temperature extremes. Take special care to keep your cleaning supplies away from any sources of heat such as HVAC vents, space heaters, ovens, or similar. 

Other things to consider when storing your cleaning products include:

Children and pets

In many households, cleaning supplies are stored under the bathroom or kitchen sinks. This isn’t a problem if you don’t have kids or pets, or if you’re using food-grade cleaning items such as vinegar and baking soda. Otherwise, you should keep your cleaning chemicals on the top shelves in the laundry room, closet, or garage. 

Use original containers

Cleaning chemicals should remain in the containers they were originally stored in. Some chemicals can react unpredictably if mixed together, so refrain from combining different cleaning chemicals. 

Check manufacturer instructions

When you get a new cleaning product, always take a moment to read the guidelines on the bottle first. They may contain important storage recommendations that can help you prevent unnecessary problems at a later date. 

How do you organize household cleaning supplies?

Once you’ve learned how to safely store your cleaning products, it’s time to organize them in a way that makes good use of the available space.

Here’s how to keep your cleaning supplies orderly:

  1. Divide tools and products according to what they’re used for (eg., dusting, stain removal, window cleaning, etc.) and place them in labeled drawers or storage bins
  2. Get a tiered rolling cart or a wheeled shopping utility cart and use it to easily transport cleaning supplies while cleaning
  3. Create a designated storage space in the laundry room or a closet and always store bulky cleaning items there (mops, vacuum cleaners, buckets, etc.) 
  4. Create additional storage space by hanging a multi-tiered rack on the back of the laundry room or closet door
  5. Keep kitchen cleaning products such as dishwashing liquid in one of the upper cabinets (but not together with food)
  6. Place all-purpose cleaners in a storage basket or a caddy

Where can I schedule reliable Westwood house cleaning services?

Where do you store your cleaning suppliesKnowing how to properly store your cleaning supplies is all well and good, but it won’t do much for you if work, family, sleep, and other obligations leave you with so little free time that thoroughly cleaning your place simply isn’t possible.  

Luckily, you don’t have to do everything on your own! Here at MaidThis, we specialize in introducing our clients to Westwood’s finest cleaning professionals. These cleaning experts will happily provide you with a squeaky clean home while you watch a fun movie at the Fox Theater with your loved ones. Book your cleaning today! 

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