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Recharge Yourself as a Host this Fall

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Someday, we’ll all be able to look back on 2020 and laugh, right?… We can only hope. 

There’s no denying that this year has been, in the words of CNN’s Jake Tapper, “a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck.” (His remarks were in response to the first presidential debate, but they still apply to the year as a whole, wouldn’t you say?)

So, while a few things remain on this year’s check-off list, one thing may not be on your to-dos that really should be is to recharge

We’ve all taken a beating and we all need a little R&R. Here are a few of our recommendations on how to recharge yourself as a vacation rental host this fall. Best of all, they’ll fit any budget. 

 

1. Book an Airbnb staycation.

You may be rolling your eyes at this one, but hear us out on this one. There are two reasons we recommend going this route: 

A) You’re away from home and a true guest somewhere else, and 

B) If you can’t help but work, you can take the opportunity to spy a little on your competition.

We recommend going a little crazy here and booking a night or two in a place that you wouldn’t normally – maybe something more expensive than you’d typically look for. Consider a place like this super-hip downtown loft or really get outside the city in this cozy Airbnb Plus historic home once owned by actress Bette Davis.

The idea here is to, for once, be the guest and not the host. Treat yo’self. 

 

2. Support local businesses: Book a spa appointment, order a hefty take-out order from your favorite restaurant, and look for other “shop local” opportunities.

Everyone is struggling these days, especially small businesses across America. If you’re looking to recharge yourself, you can also do a little good by supporting your peers.

If you’re not comfortable visiting a spa, purchase a gift card from them or buy one for a friend. You’re still supporting the business! If funds are tight, look for deals on Groupon.

If you’re not comfortable (or unable to because of city or state closure mandates) sitting in a restaurant to eat, order a big takeout meal. Order for a meal or two and choose menu items that will still taste great when they’re reheated at home. This way, you’re supporting a local business and saving yourself the trouble of cooking for multiple meals. *HIGH FIVE* While you’re at it, tip the staff at the restaurant even though you’re not dining in. 

Ask friends and search the web for other ways you can treat yourself and support other community entrepreneurs. 

 

3. Find a new hobby.

There are so many things you can do to fill your time and the internet has opened a world of learning to everyone. Even before the pandemic hit, online classes and courses were available to anyone willing to learn a new craft. 

Look into Airbnb’s Online Experiences or consider learning hubs like Skillshare or Masterclass. There’s so much to learn out there and at such an affordable price. Take your mind off your struggles for a while and find something new to enjoy.

 

After a year like the one we’ve had, it’s important to remember to take time to reflect on the good. Step away from everything for a moment and make an effort to do something for yourself.  

Take what time we have left to turn things around and prepare for the awesomeness that will be 2021. By giving yourself a little time to recharge as a host, you’ll be ready for what comes next.

 

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The Best Airbnb Management Tools for 2020

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Running an Airbnb requires the same skills as running a small business. If you’re not organized, things can easily slip through the cracks. A misstep on crucial parts of the vacation rental process can lead to unhappy guests, or worse – problems during tax season

Here are 4 of the best Airbnb management tools that can help you keep your business on track and elevate your rentals in 2020. 

 

Guesty

Guesty is one of the most popular Airbnb management softwares on the market. One of the main draws is a 24/7 guest hotline that can manage communications with your guests even while you’re unavailable. This can considerably lessen the pressure on you as a host and provides a backup plan for times when you can’t respond. 

Guesty offers tools for every step of the vacation rental process. From analytics to see how your listing performs to a unified inbox for guest correspondence, this software is designed to help you perform better. Pricing varies depending on your specific business needs, so talk to their team if you want a quote. 

 

Expensify

Expensify is an app that allows you to easily keep track of all of your receipts, making it easier than ever to stay on top of your business spending. Using it is simple: Just take a picture of the receipt and the app will pull all the relevant information for you. No need to worry about making a typo when entering all of those numbers!

In addition, Expensify can automatically categorize your receipts and you can sync it with most accounting software tools for a streamlined process. It’s just $5 per month per user which is well worth the price if you rack up a lot of monthly expenses. 

 

Wunderlist 

Hosting comes with a long list of responsibilities and if you’re not organized, some of them won’t get done. Wunderlist allows you to create any number of to-do lists and share them with other users, making it ideal for collaborating with co-hosts if you have them. 

You can set deadlines, add notes, and set up reminders so no task gets left behind. The business plan is $4.99 per month for each user, which is a small price to pay for the perks you get. 

 

Quickbooks

In order to keep your business in the green, it’s vital to manage your finances correctly and efficiently. Quickbooks allows you to keep track of your expenses, send invoices right from your phone, set up automatic payments for recurring charges, and stay on top of your financial documents. 

The most popular plan is their Plus option, which is $35 per month. It allows for up to 5 users and features mileage tracking, time tracking, contractor management, and more. They also offer plans as low as $12 per month if you don’t need the full range of services. No matter the plan you choose, tax season will be a lot easier with Quickbooks on your side. 

 

While hosting can be a big job, there are plenty of ways to stay organized if you have the right tools. The right software can go a long way towards helping you get ahead. If you take the time to incorporate these apps into your rental business, you’re sure to reach new heights in 2020.

 

 

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3 Tips for Dealing with Early Arrivals and Late Departures

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We’ve all been there: Your vacation flight lands in the morning but you can’t check in to your accommodation until mid-afternoon. Or, perhaps your flight leaves town much later in the evening but you have to check out by noon. So, what can you do in those in-between hours?

Many times, check-in or check-out doesn’t line up well with your guests’ timeline. Because of this reality, they may ask for a little wiggle room when it comes to arriving or leaving.

Instead of stressing when these things come up, prepare ahead for them and avoid unexpected snags in your business. Here are 3 tips for how to manage early arrivals and late departures.

1. Offer to let your guests store bags.

When people are on vacation, they want to get the most out of the time they have. That means they may have to figure out what to do with their luggage before or after they stay with you. Depending on a lot of factors – how early or late they arrive or leave, how close the airport is, whether or not they rented a vehicle – this may prove difficult for them.

You can give your guests a little something extra to rave about by providing them with a place to keep their bags for a few hours before or after they stay with you. Whether you give them space in your home or access to a place outside, like a waterproof outdoor storage bench, you’ll potentially be saving them a lot of hassle.

Whether or not you charge your guests for this service is up to you, but we recommend offering it for free. Consider how most hotels do this for their guests for free: You’re certainly not a hotel, but you are in the business of making your guests’ stay as excellent as possible. If you choose to charge a fee, we recommend setting your price somewhere in the ballpark of what other options charge, if not offering a fairly big discount.

2. Charge a late check-out fee.

As an Airbnb host, solid check-out times are a necessity. When you’ve got guests lined up to come in the same day or even the following day, you can’t waste time getting your turnover cleaning scheduled.

When you set your check-out time in your listing, be firm. Don’t be swayed by guests, especially if you have other bookings to worry about.

If you’re providing a place to keep luggage, late check-outs shouldn’t be a common issue. However, if guests don’t follow your rules or unexpectedly aren’t ready to check out on time, charge them a late check-out fee. Be sure you’ve mentioned this clearly in your listing and do your due diligence to communicate with your guests about when they expect to arrive and leave. This way, you’ll have no headaches trying to collect the fee for your inconvenience.

3. Give specific recommendations on how to fill the in-between time.

What better way to avoid early arrivals or late departures than to usher your guests to suitable time-fillers or solutions to their problems?

 

  • Baggage: If you’re not comfortable storing bags or don’t have a good way to do it, provide your guests with a few options on how they can do it themselves – whether that’s at the airport or at various locations in town.

 

  • Sight-Seeing: Make a few suggestions on places your guests can see in a few short hours that are somewhat near your place. Get creative here: Choose a few local things that are off the beaten “tourist” path.

 

 

  • Eateries: Your guests will need to eat on either side of their stay, so make some recommendations of where they can go to fill their tummies. If you can, talk with the restaurant or business owner about allowing your guests to store their bags while or after they dine for a few extra hours, too, for a small fee.

 

 

Dealing with early check-ins and late check-outs can certainly be a headache but they don’t have to be. As with everything, the more prepared you are, the better off your business and your guests will be.

These tips will help you manage guests looking to bend the rules and still keep you in the hosting “winners circle” – all while providing an above-expectations experience.

 

At MaidThis!, we pride ourselves on the quality and reliability of our work. For a cleaning service you can rely on time and time again, check out what MaidThis! can do for you.

 

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Growing from Afar: How One Host Manages Multiple Listings from Out of Town

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Recently, we at MaidThis had a fantastic opportunity to chat with and interview Elizabeth K., a Dallas-based vacation rental host. Elizabeth has built her business from just one vacation rental listing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to 7: She’s recently expanded into remote Airbnb management with one listing in LA and the other 6 in DFW.

Check out our interview with Elizabeth and learn more about:

1) the systems she’s been implementing to help her grow and keep her business organized.

2) which services and apps she uses to help manage her listing.

3) how Elizabeth manages guest reviews.

 

 

Getting to Know Elizabeth K.

MT: Well, to start us off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your business, and how you got started?

EK: Yeah, sure. So the first time I got into Airbnb, I was living in Denver in a very cool neighborhood – LoHi – for those who are familiar with Denver… and I moved in with my boyfriend but my lease wasn’t up yet and I was kind of stuck in the lease. So I thought, well, perfect, I’ll just throw it on Airbnb.

I was doing very well with that, actually, and eventually found myself in a similar situation later in Dallas – the boyfriend and I got a place together, an apartment with a least still on it – and what I was paying in rent I was doubling that amount, so I was covering my rent and making that much more…

So, that was my first one [here] and then the lease was up a couple of months later, so I got another one nearby where I live. I was worried about the risk and got one that was very inexpensive. From there, I got another one in the same building and in the past seven months, I have 7 Airbnb rentals.

MT: Wow! And are they all in the Dallas area, then?

EK: This is how I was introduced to MaidThis! I got one in Los Angeles – in Marina del Rey. It’s an awesome location and I was so excited about it. Everyone I know was telling me it was a horrible idea, but I felt confident I could pull it off.

One week was spent getting it fixed up and decorated, and the second week was going to be focused on finding the right cleaning company. And fortunately, I came across [MaidThis] and that was the biggest hurdle. I mean, I can decorate any place in no time, but obviously, in this business, a partnership with the right cleaning company is very pivotal, especially if you’re trying to scale your business.

Expanding & Scaling the Business

MT: Wow, that’s incredible. You’re managing multiple places locally as well as dabbling in remote Airbnb management. So you’ve done all of this since February 2018, is that right?

EK: I have, yeah, And I don’t know that I would recommend that to most people. [Laughs] I think my fiance wants to shoot me half the time!

I love getting them fixed up, you know, and creating homes for people and whatnot. And slowly, as I’ve been scaling, I’ve had to create operating systems or put systems in place that help. I can’t possibly reach out to all the people and handle everything.

So now I’m working with Guesty and a few other great Airbnb apps that automate a lot of things, which really, it’s a lifesaver. I really don’t have to worry about the one in Los Angeles because you guys go and clean, we don’t have to talk about it, or I don’t have to worry about what I owe you. I love it.

MT: So tell us how kind of how you’ve managed … Because you don’t actually own any of your locations. They’re all literally rentals that you’re renting in your name and then renting out as well on Airbnb. Have you had any issue with that as far as not being the actual owner or has it been smooth sailing for you?

EK: Some days, everything goes great and other days it’s like, oh my gosh. I’ve got a lot of hoops to jump through and it’s kind of a gray area so I certainly don’t go announcing it… Like this past weekend, it was kind of crazy. I was in LA at the Marina del Rey location, and one thing after the next is going wrong, and one of my new units – somebody walked down to the leasing office and asked for a parking pass saying they were Airbnb-ing my place. So that wasn’t very exciting. So sometimes, yeah, of course, I have to deal with things like that.

MT: Wow, that sounds like a lot to try and juggle! On the other handing, using Guesty specifically to help you manage all of your bookings across multiple sites has been working well?

EK: Yes. And let me tell you, it’s a learning curve. I was the last person on a Blackberry and trying to get me to switch to an iPhone, it literally was very challenging. It’s learning a whole new operating system.

But it’s proven to be very, very useful. I can’t tell you. The key on scaling any kind of business like this is automation. So now whenever guests check in, they automatically get an email and they think it’s coming from me because it’s very personalized.

But yeah, everything kind of runs itself. Now, I don’t even know who’s checking in, checking out. Whereas before, I was constantly reaching out and there’s just no way you can do … I have so many reservations every month it would be chaotic!

MT: Do you also work with any kind of outside management company that helps you keep track of your guests and correspondence and things like that? Are you able to manage it on your own?

EK: No, I don’t. It’s just me and Guesty and you guys now, MaidThis, fortunately. And then I’ve got my housekeeper whom I very much consider my business partner here [in Dallas]. She’s wonderful and is the first person I call about everything. She’s the only one that gets it, you know? We can laugh about things together and cry whenever people leave it especially dirty and whatnot.

It’s been … very rewarding, I guess is the right word? Is just being able to provide work for her. Not that she doesn’t already have enough clients, but now she’s been able to let go some of them, and she has her own schedule. I don’t have to keep tabs on her. She gets updates as the cleanings come in, and does her work, and I can trust that. Then she’s hired a couple of people below her, so it just makes me feel good that I’m providing employment for people.

MT: What you’ve accomplished this year is really incredible! So just to confirm, you have six rentals currently in Dallas or in the Dallas area? Dallas, Fort Worth, and then just one in LA?

EK: Right. One right now in LA. The whole thing, it’s kind of just been an experiment. From what I read from other companies that have done this and done a good job of it, I think it’s kind of crazy that I’ve gotten seven in the past six months.

But now, we are actually, we just put our own house that we live in on there. I thought I had it blocked off for another week, but I noticed Friday morning when I woke up I was like, “Oh no, honey, we’re not gonna have to go stay at number one.” I have them all numbered because yeah, we just got like an eight or nine night booking here!

It’s exciting. It’s crazy. We’re kind of like living this hobo lifestyle of having to bounce back and forth.

MT: So tell us a little bit about how you decided to expand outside of your own – for lack of a better term – niche there in Dallas into a completely different state. How did you make that decision? How did you get started? That’s very unlike what most other MaidThis Airbnb hosts are doing currently. It’s a really interesting story.

EK: It makes me sound like a crazy person, but I noticed this girl and she had hundreds of reviews and I thought, how on Earth? So I clicked and I saw that she had 64 listings and I was like, what on Earth? There’s no way. This cool chick from Canada, she looks, like, younger than I am. I’m like, how does she manage that? That’s when I first started really diving into the idea of expanding and I saw that she had places in Dallas.

And then the more I started diving in and finding other people with multiple listings, it seems like there’s a handful of them that they like to center themselves in cool cities and the urban areas of cool cities. I know Dallas very well because I was born and raised here, and lived in LA for that 12 years, so I know LA well. I know Denver well. So I was thinking, you know, I might as well … Plus, I feel landlocked here in Dallas. So I thought it’s a great excuse that I have a place to go stay for free out there. [Laughs]

If I can pay the rent and put some money in my pocket, and it’s making a lot of money in my pocket, so yeah. I just decided to take the leap and I’m pretty excited about it.

My plans moving forward, but I’m going to slow down because it’s not practical to continue at this rate. I want to get everything really dialed in, but I would like to get maybe four more in that area in LA and then yeah, maybe like Denver or Hawaii.

Dream big! The more I’ve grown, lately, I’m targeting nicer places and trying to furnish them very nice and really make it fancy because for me, at least, I found that the nicer properties tend to be a little more profitable. They’re more risky, but yeah.

Getting It All Done

MT: Are you purchasing all of the furniture yourself to furnish these places and the décor? Or are you renting that stuff?

EK: I am purchasing.

It’s like a constant running joke if ever stuff were to hit the fan. I have got like a warehouse-full worth of stuff. I’m gonna have so many washer dryers, PBs, air mattresses galore, sheets. Yeah, there’s a lot of stuff!

LA, that was very challenging. Here, I’m like a handywoman. I’ve got a garage full of tools and I’ll buy furniture. In the beginning, I was buying nice, used furniture and then I would fix it up and make everything look pretty, but the more I’ve grown, the more that’s not practical. So I started buying stuff. LA, I really spent a lot of money. That was challenging trying to just get everything and be out there without my car and my tools and my crap.

MT: So, when, officially did you start listing that rental on Airbnb or the other online listing platforms? And because you’re so far removed from LA currently, how often do you go or plan to go to see it?

EK: I think I posted it in September.

And you know what else I do? A little cheating tip I do is I normally post them on Airbnb or whatever. I go ahead and create the listing even like two weeks before I have the keys. So I might snap some pictures whenever I’m doing a walkthrough and things like that. Yeah, I put that one on in I think late September and it was booked the entire month, maybe.

There was one weekend it wasn’t booked, and so I flew out there. That was last weekend, but it’s been booked solid since. I had one girl that booked it for over two weeks, and she really wanted to stay the entire month, but the rest of it was booked up so she couldn’t. But that one’s been great.

There have been a few things, like, when I just went back out there, I had a storage thing for the garage. It actually arrived late and my first guest was already there… I’m in Dallas. and there’s a huge box out on the patio. So that was a little stressful.

When I was just there, we got it set up. My fiance helped me and it took a long time, but there’s a back stock so we have extra supplies and stuff like that in LA. Here, I can run them around or whatever, but obviously, I couldn’t do that there.

Over the weekend though, I have this guy coming tomorrow, and he requested bottled waters to be there. But I have a girlfriend that lives around the corner, so she went and stocked the fridge for him.

MT: That’s nice. So it definitely helps to have somebody or some entity that can help for things like that. If you didn’t have that kind of contact or friend in the area, so let’s say you do decide in the future to expand to Hawaii or to do a rental in Denver, how would you handle a situation like that if you don’t have somebody that you can call and say, “Hey, can you do me a favor?”

EK: I don’t know yet, but we will find out within the next six months, I guess! I know a lot of people in LA, but Hawaii, for example, I’d have to go out there and get the furniture, and da, da, da. During that time, I would definitely find somebody that’s local that I trust or you know. There are those apps like Handy and I don’t know what else there is, and I’ve thought about that. But I don’t know; I prefer having a person.

Systems for the Win

MT: So you mentioned that you are listed on multiple vacation rental sites. Do you find that there’s another one that you tend to get booked on often or not so much?

EK: Well, thus far, the only other one that I’m on is booking.com. However, I have an onboarding lineup with Rentals United through Guesty and then through them, and get like VRBO … Home Away and all that stuff. That’s gonna be, I guess let’s call it “Phase Three.” “Phase One” was Airbnb, “Phase Two” was Booking.com. And Booking.com, each new channel, that’s a serious learning curve too and getting everything set up right.

It’s been really complex. I think the more you spread out to various sites, the more hurdles you have to cross. But once you get it dialed in, I hope, I don’t know, it’s all an experiment, that everything should kind of run itself.

MT: So you mentioned that part of your expansion and growth has involved a lot of systems, and we’re firm believers in systems at MaidThis What kind of systems have you set up for yourself that you feel like have been successful? Or have you had a system that you thought was going to work really well that failed?

EK: I think a lot of that came into play wherever I went over to Guesty. Even before that, just from researching and whatnot, learning that in order to scale the business, you have to have systems and automation, automation, automation. So with Guesty, the automation has been incredibly important. So I don’t have to reply to people, check-in instructions, check out instructions, the WiFi stuff.

It’s crazy how many messages you can get in one day about WiFi and how confusing it can be trying to find the right passwords and network names and whatever when you’ve got multiple things going on. So just having all that stuff automated is the number one thing. And the cleaning, to have that automated. And now I’m actually converting my housekeeper here in Dallas over to this system that I use with MaidThis

And now actually, I mean I wouldn’t really follow my example if I were anybody else, but I’m just now really getting on top of reports and accounting. I’m very lucky that I’ve been making money and staying afloat and everything that just intuitively, I’m like, okay, I’ll go get one in Marina del Rey because that sounds fun. And it’s all worked out so far, but now I’m just trying to really get down to like the accounting part of it. And how much am I really making per unit? Obviously, I’m covering all my expenses, but I want to be making as much as I can per unit.

So seeing in reports and deducting all the expenses. You know where it gets more complex, too. As I’ve been growing is just in the beginning, I was the cleaner, and I was making a lot more money. But obviously, I can’t clean all the units and scale the business, but now it’s like the more you grow, everybody kind of takes a piece of the pie.

Choosing Airbnb Rates

MT: Did you raise your rates at all or by a small percentage to help you cover those kinds of costs or have you maintained the same rate since you started, for the most part?

EK: Great question, and yes. Hopefully, I believe I got it set up correctly. On Guesty, I’m able to adjust the rates per booking channel. So for example, Airbnb takes three percent, and I didn’t include that because I’m just accustomed going to Airbnb rates, but booking.com charges 15 percent for any bookings that come through that.

MT: Have you been changing anything with the seasons? Obviously, LA is probably not a good example just because it is so new to you, but as far as Dallas is concerned, did you raise your rates for summer? Are you starting to lower them now that fall is coming?

EK: That’s another system that I have. I don’t know what you want to call it, but another app that I’ve integrated is BeyondPricing.

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In the beginning, and I would advise nobody to follow Airbnb’s suggested rates because they’re way off and usually way under. For me, knowing the areas and how nice my places are or whatever, I can kind of guess what the good rate wouldn’t be and Airbnb’s is way low. But BeyondPricing, now that I’ve integrated it, changes and handles all the pricing for all of my units. It has algorithms that like hotels use for rates and seasonality, or if there’s a concert in Dallas that would make it more popular, or weekends or whatever.

So I kind of follow what other people have done that are successful companies and hope for the best. So far, it seems to be okay. Based on the advice on their website, I also removed my weekly and monthly discounts, and it seems to be working out well. And another system, by the way, is I’ve also changed things to require a 2-night minimum stay.

MT: That’s been a wise decision, you think?

EK: Yeah, you know, I did that actually because with MaidThis, I need to be able to give 48 hours advanced notice to 100% confirm a cleaning. And I thought, you know, with that 2-night minimum, I’d always be able to give that advanced notice. Plus, with my housekeeper in Dallas and the people who are now working for her – if you do it all in one night and everyone checks out on Sunday, that’s a lot of cleaning going on… It’s just so tough to do that.

I think you just get more quality bookings when you have minimum amounts.

MT: As far as feedback goes, do you have a system or foolproof system for getting positive feedback for yourself? Do you tend to leave negative reviews for “bad” guests?

EK: I know everyone is concerned with negative reviews, but it all kind of balances out. I have automatic reviews implemented through Guesty so I don’t have to worry about it. Because that’s a big pain to go through for each person. And every once in a while, when a guest is a nightmare – leaving the place super dirty or just was a major thorn in my side or threatening me with bad reviews to try and get a free stay, which is all once in a blue moon – I try to do that before the automation posts its review. But for the most part, I get good reviews.

If something happens, I often find myself giving some kind of monetary compensation just to make sure that people don’t get mad or give me a bad review. When you’re renting, there’s so much that’s out of your hands and in the hands of the maintenance department. So, you have to be prepared for that.

 

Thank you, again, Elizabeth, for sharing more about your business! We wish you the best as you continue growing and scaling your business.

 

 

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At first I tried to take care of all of the cleaning process myself, and it turned out to be a bigger headache than anything else. So a friend told me about MaidThis and its been fantastic. I’ve been working with my cleaners for a few months so far. I recommend you check out the service for yourself.
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I definitely think that as a company we've been able to make more money, not only because we're saving money by using Maid This, but also because they're helping take a few of the necessary evils with doing vacation rentals off of the property managers plate.
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Remember To Have Fun: The Most Awesome Party Games

Party games - cleaning services TorranceWe get it, it’s hard to party like you used to. Not only does your idea of a party nowadays boil down to occasionally having pizza in bed while watching a sitcom during what little free time you have, but the mere idea of organizing a party gives you a headache. Obviously, you’ll need some snacks and drinks, people whose company you actually enjoy, and last but not least, an impeccable-looking home. Luckily, as with any major clean-up, you can rely on cleaning services Torrance to be at your beck and call.

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My wife and I are thrilled how easy everything is with MaidThis, and now I’m a customer for life! If you don’t want to go through the hassle of finding your own cleaner, definitely try MaidThis
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I work a full-time job and I have a small kids at home, so by the time I get home the LAST thing I want to do is clean. If you need to save time, I recommend going through MaidThis. Their customer system was amazing.
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How to Find More Time in a Day

More Time - Cleaning Services Santa Monica“Ti-i-i-i-i-me is on my side, yes it is…” Such a good song, such a good feel.

When was the last time you felt like that?

Seems that enough time in a day is what we actually want, time to spend with our loved ones, with ourselves, time to do what we truly love. But 24 hours is all we get. Or 16, 17, 18 waking hours – depends on how much you sleep. The only way round the conundrum of finding more time is to make better use of the time you already have.

Since we are a referral agency offering cleaning services in Santa Monica and across Los Angeles, every day we come in contact with people who want to manage their time better. Here are some hacks that we have collected.

Drains, gaps and triage

The guiding principles of time management are: recognize time-eaters, reclaim gap time and focus on what’s important. When you take a close look at your average day, you’ll see where you waste time – working without producing results or having leisure time that doesn’t bring joy. Another thing that will stand out is the gap time you could be overlooking – time between activities that isn’t long enough to start something else, like when you are commuting. Finally, when it comes to the crunch when you have to decide which things you’ll spend time on, prioritizing is the best way (and the hardest, but it pays off).

Robbers and gems

Here are some areas of life where you could be robbing yourself of more time or you could be oblivious to hidden time gems.

Try watching only the most favorite shows on TV or TiVo the shows you’re interested in. Avoid watching the news in the morning, because it has a way of depressing us. Plus, it distracts you from being present in the moment and getting ready for the day ahead of you, both physically and mentally.

Try out an Internet diet. Limit your surfing time to one hour per day. When you know you have a designated amount of time to spend surfing, you’ll do it more consciously and efficiently.

Stop yourself from checking the email for the nth time. Checking emails and responding to them is best done in a chunk of time. It distracts you from other activities. The same goes for voice mail and all kinds of paperwork – deal with it once and don’t go back to it until tomorrow. That will enforce your focus.

Housework is another Bermuda triangle for time. Consider hiring maids in Los Angeles because their job is to do things that are just a chore to you. If you are not convinced this would be money well spent, read this article about reasons for getting professional cleaning services. Otherwise, you could take your cleanliness standards a notch down and approach cleaning as a way to keep things going, rather than achieving spotless shine (which is something professional cleaners could achieve for you).

Be present in the moment as opposed to trying to multi-task constantly. A clear head brings more value to the time you’ve got. On the other hand, some things can get done simultaneously like – waiting in line and organizing your calendar, or waiting in line and reading something. Cooking and washing the dishes could also work. Talking on the phone using a wireless headset and doing a 10-minute decluttering routine could do the trick. Find activities that you can group together in a way that doesn’t sap your physical and mental energy.

Protect your high-productivity time in the day by redirecting calls and not checking the inbox during that time. Find out which period is your peak productivity time and make most of it.

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My wife and I are thrilled how easy everything is with MaidThis, and now I’m a customer for life! If you don’t want to go through the hassle of finding your own cleaner, definitely try MaidThis
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Redondo Beach, Ca
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I work a full-time job and I have a small kids at home, so by the time I get home the LAST thing I want to do is clean. If you need to save time, I recommend going through MaidThis. Their customer system was amazing.
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Los Angeles, Ca
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