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Voted Top 3 House Cleaning Services in Memphis!

December 17, 2019 by memphismaids

Voted Top 3 Best Rated House Cleaning Services Memphis

We are thrilled to have been voted as one of the top 3 best house cleaning services in Memphis by ThreeBest Rated®. A local business must pass a 50-point inspection criteria to be considered as per their website:

Expert recommended Top 3 House Cleaning Services in Memphis, Tennessee. All of our house cleaning services face a rigorous 50-Point Inspection, which includes customer reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence. You deserve only the best!

Memphis Maids absolutely appreciates this recognition for our hard work and dedication to providing the best maid service in Memphis, Tennessee. Book award-winning maid service now, online in 60 seconds. We would love to clean your home!

Memphis Maids Cleaning Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

August 28, 2019 by memphismaids

.Cleaning Hacks


Cleaning and dusting are tasks that usually feel like they take forever, there is always that stain that won’t come off or those inaccessible areas that give you a hard time, so many people come up with cleaning hacks that can make your life easier. You’re probably asking yourself, “if only I knew about them” right?

That is what I’m here for, to talk to you about some of the most popular cleaning hacks there are out there. This will make the whole cleaning process easier for you.


Cleaning Hacks Part 1: Dusting


It is a fact known by many that dusting should be the first step when cleaning a house. But what happens if I don’t have that fancy gadget I see every night on infomercials? Well, a great replacement is to use a chenille sock. Just put it on your hand and get to dusting, not only for blinds but this can be used to get the dust off your floors after or even to dust your ceiling fan!

Softener sheets are a great product to avoid dust from accumulating. After you finish dusting just go over different areas with a sheet and ta dah! No more dust for a longer period of time.

It can be used on the baseboards, floors or some furniture. Appliances, as much as we hate it, get dust all over them as well, the easiest way to prevent it is to apply wax after cleaning them which will make the process easier next time.


Cleaning Hacks Part 2: Sanitizing


I believe it to be the most important task of keeping a house clean, it prevents germs from spreading everywhere every time you touch a different item.

Here are some effective cleaning products to sanitize your home:

Vinegar and Baking Soda

The two most popular ingredients to always have in your house are vinegar and baking soda. Why? you ask. Well, for example, a simple hack for when you want a clean dishwasher is to set a bowl halfway full with vinegar.

Leave it in there for the first cycle (make sure the water setting is on hot). In the next cycle, you spread baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and let the cycle run, once this is done your dishwasher should look brand new!

If you have not cleaned your dishwasher in ages and you can tell there is some mold starting to grow. Then, run one more cycle and add one cup of bleach this time in the bottom.

If the dishwasher is stainless steel on the inside, this step is not recommended, as it can damage the appliance permanently.

Another great option is to vinegar to clean the inside of your microwave without scrubbing and just wiping instead. What you’re going to do is put a glass cup or bowl with vinegar and water, throw a wooden spoon in it so it can prevent it from overheating, set it for 5-10 minutes and the steam from the water and vinegar will help loosen up any old splatters and spills making it easier to wipe them off without any scrubbing!

Cleaning With Borax

A very common ingredient that I also want to talk about is Borax. Borax can be used with just about anything, to remove dust, scrub showers, tubs, toilets and tiles without damaging them and has great anti-fungal properties.

It is also used for carpets, just add half a cup in a gallon of water and use that mix to clean them.

Any rust stains can also be cleaned easily. Just mix one cup with ¼ of a cup of lemon juice, rub the paste over the stains, then rinse with warm water.

Did you know that a very important item to clean is your garbage disposal?
I bet not… well, I have an easy solution for you. Throw 3 tablespoons of borax in the bottom of the garbage disposal and let it sit there for at least an hour, then rinse with warm water.

Two extra cleaning hacks for the use of borax are: how to remove odors from a trash can and a mattress. With a mattress you have to damp the area with a bit of water. Then, add the borax covering it completely, wait till it dries and remove all the excess with a vacuum.
To completely eliminate odors from your trashcan, just fill it with water and add a big scoop. Let it rest for an hour at least, then rinse and clean.

Create your own DIY Cleaner

Making your own disinfecting cleaner is also pretty simple, make it using 1 cup of vinegar,1 cup of water, 25 drops of lemon essential oil and 25 drops of tea tree oil, pour the mix into a spray bottle and give it a good shake before using. This is a quick way to spray any household item and disinfect it.

Another alternative is reusable disinfecting wipes. Combine in a large glass jar 1 cup of water, ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol and 2 tablespoons of dawn dish soap. Then, place the kitchen cloths in there and you have yourself disinfecting wipes for everyday use.


Cleaning Hacks Part 3: Sweeping/Mopping


Sweeping can be so frustrating especially if you have pets or you have a lot of hair to deal with. The reason is that you have it flying everywhere. An easy solution to this problem is to add tape to the bottom of your broom where the adhesive is facing down. Go over your floors after the first sweep to get any excess hair or even trash so the tape can pick it up.

Mopping is another task that requires attention if you don’t have the right products for every type of floor. If you are in your kitchen and you notice any grease marks it can be so hard to remove but with a mix of dish soap, baking soda, vinegar and warm water together it can create an amazing solution (just do not use it on wax floors).

Are there scratches on your linoleum or laminate floors?  Just use club soda to make them disappear use very soft steel wool and buff it lightly on the spot where the scratch is at. Now, if there’s a spot that won’t come off, I mix together hydrogen peroxide and lemon oil drops. This works better in a well natural lighted area. It’ll basically gently bleaches away the stain without damaging the floor. So awesome!


Carpet Cleaning


If I use club soda to get little stains out of shirts, why not off carpets?
If it’s a white carpet you have though, just use club soda, vinegar and/or ammonia, and spray on the carpet. Cover with an old t-shirt or any cotton cloth and iron the area.

Let’s say you have one of those mystery stains that you have no idea how to get rid of. Well, this trick has worked for me every time. Just simply soak a cloth in the solution mentioned above instead of just spraying the area, and iron it over the carpet.

We hope these life cleaning hacks help you out because they sure help me! And remember, there are many benefits when hiring a professional cleaning service. Make sure you check our booking page if you need professional maids in the Memphis area!

How To Dust Your Home

August 15, 2019 by memphismaids

How To Dust Your Home


Dust is sometimes hard to clean, being a complex material that not always behaves in the same way, which is why we wanted to give you the best way to dust your home. What do you need and how to do it. First, let’s talk about the tools. Which ones work the best and how to use them. So we arranged an awesome guide and tips for you!

First, we need to talk about what tools are good for the job. Some of the best ones are DIY solutions. So don’t panic if you are in a pickle. First let’s talk about tools, you can make your own or buy one.


Cleaning Tools to Get Started


Traditional dusters: These after a while they stop being useful. They don’t trap the dust and just disperse it all over the place. You should avoid this kind of device, it will give you more headaches and allergies than any other.

Regular cloths: Old clothes you have can act as a cheap substitute for a cleaning cloth. An old shirt that is too damaged to donate to charity can be cut into pieces and be used to clean your place. Old kitchen clothes are really good to clean the place. They are reusable and could last you a long time. They are not the perfect solution but they are practical, cheap and really good.

Socks: These are a good fit when they are so old that they have holes in them. You put it on your hand like a puppet and clean every surface that you can reach. This is an effective method and overall cheap.

Microfiber cloths: The single best way to clean dust is with a microfiber cloth! They trap every little mote of dust well and you can wash them and reuse them for a very long time. They are very cost-efficient because of this perk. You can 

Vacuums: These are good for large quantities of dust. You need a good one with great quality with long-lasting capabilities. You really need to use all the accessories to use the full range of your vacuum. If you stick to the basic one you won’t see much improvement over your cleaning. Use it heavily on carpets, cushions and even plush toys could benefit from a good cleaning once in a while.

Universal cleaners: If you live in a humid area the dust can become more of a paste. This paste is quite hard to remove most of the time. You need some kind of liquid to remove it and here is where it comes these universal cleaners. Put some on any kind of clothing you have in your home and rub it on the dusty surface.

Vinegar: This one’s a classic. Vinegar is an acid that you can dilute a little in some water and put it on your cleaning cloth and clean with it. This is a great cheap substitute of the universal cleaner. It can be helpful in a pinch.


Cleaning Tips to Dust Your Home


Our best tip for dusting is to do it regularly. Change your sheets once per week or once every two weeks. Keep your closet tidy. Your closet is one of the places where dust builds up the quickest, you spent a great deal of time there and your clothes and shoes release particles that create dust. So keep your things tidy and your home clean.

* Change your sheets once a week. While you’re asleep you release skin cells and this skin gets together and create dust. Your sheets get so much dust in them. That you wouldn’t believe it. So change them often so you don’t clean as often the dust in your room. Is way easier to change it than to clean the dust. You can read our Cleaning Sheets and Bedding guide for more tips.

* Use air purifiers. Air purifiers trap the dust particles floating in the air. This way you would see a great diminution in the dust accumulation in your home. 

* Don’t use carpets on every room in your house. Carpets are dust magnets and dust accumulators. They trap every single dust particle that floats and cleaning them is hard and expensive. Deep cleaning a carpet should be done.

* Clean your shoes when you get home. Set a little cleaning carpet in your home to shake your shoes when you arrive. A large percentage of the dust that is inside your house comes from the outside.

That’s it! We hope you enjoyed these cleaning tips to dust your home fast and efficiently. Remember to check out our booking page if you need a cleaning service in Memphis. 

Good luck with your cleaning!

Get Cleaning Leads: The 7 Day Facebook Challenge

March 27, 2018 by memphismaids

Get Cleaning Leads The 7 Day Facebook Challenge - Memphis Maids


Do you see Facebook as something you are “supposed to” have for your business? Something that is good for building your brand but kind of useless for generating real leads? Do you spend most of your time on Facebook talking to other business owners that aren’t likely to buy your service? This post is for you.

If you commit to this plan, you will see remarkable results. Real cleaning leads from real local people. Facebook will go from being a time vacuum or a chore to being a valuable source of leads for your business.

I have set this up as a 7-day plan but you can go at your own pace. Ready to get social? Let’s do this!


Day 1: Not-So-Extreme Facebook Fanpage Makeover


It’s time for a checklist, does your Facebook page:

  1. Have all of your important business information filled out in the “About” section?
  2. Have a unique BRANDED Facebook cover that represents your business and includes your contact information: phone number and website? If you aren’t interested in doing it yourself we recommend Fivver, you can get a custom Facebook cover made for just five bucks!
  3. Have a profile image that is appropriate, probably your logo.
  4. Have a nice description that uses your keywords and mentions your city?

Your job for today is to make sure you’ve taken care of every item on that short list, if you need help just add us on Facebook as friends and send us a message!


Day 2: Facebook Group Hugs


To be able to join Facebook groups (today’s task!) you’ll need to be logged into Facebook with a personal account, preferably the one that is connected to your page. Once you are in I want you to do some searching with the Facebook search box at the top of your page. We are going to be looking for several types of Facebook groups:

  • Local “Yardsale” Types of Groups, this is where you can post coupons and promotions
  • Local Groups where the people are likely to be interested in your service
  • Industry-specific groups
  • Groups where you might get referrals from other local businesses

We have a quick video here for how to find the right groups in all of those categories:

Can’t get easier than that!

Now once you are in the groups I want you to be charming and helpful. Comment on other people’s posts in the group, join the discussion and make friends.


Day 3: Find Friends in Bulk


We need to get you some more friends, ones that you can invite to like your page. Get out your contact lists and lead logs and watch this video:

That is your job for today, load that bulk inviter up and get those requests sent!


Day 4 – Hashtag for Profit


Time to find the hashtags that are going to extend your reach and bring you more leads. Watch our cool tutorial for more tips:


Day 5 – Smarter Posting


Can you commit to posting three times a day, Monday through Friday? I’ll show you how to schedule your posts in advance later but if you can post three times a day you will see a much better return on your Facebook efforts in the form of traffic and leads!

Here are the laws for smarter posting on Facebook:

  1. Do stay on topic, remember you are building a brand.
  2. Don’t get into controversial topics on your business account.
  3. Don’t post just to post, have a strategy for each post.
  4. Don’t cuss or make lewd references on your business Facebook account. (Nuff said!)
  5. Don’t try the hard sell on Facebook.

How to Sell on Facebook

A good rule of thumb is to limit your soft sell posts to one out of every three posts on Facebook. So one out of every three posts can be “Hey we have a promotion/special/discount/referral program” or an image that is self promotional but not obnoxious. The rest of your posts should be on topic but more about building your presence and building your brand through relationships with your fans. Post something that they are going to find interesting!

There are several types of posts that you should be taking advantage of: images, text only, video and link shares. Let’s run through them quickly:

Why You Should Learn How to Make Custom Images for Facebook

Research from some very smart marketers has show again and again that image posts outperform text posts on Facebook for interaction, engagement, sharing and click through rates. What does that mean to you? If you can create good looking, BRANDED images you can potentially generate more traffic and leads from Facebook.

Not only do photo posts get more engagement than links, videos or text-based updates, they actually account for 93% of the most engaging posts on Facebook. According to Kissmetrics, photos get 53% more likes, 104% more comments and 84% more click-throughs on links than text-based posts. And as we’ve mentioned before, self-explanatory photos seem to perform best.

-Belle Beth Cooper on Buffer

Here is what we DON’T want to do as small businesses:

  • Spend a lot of money/time on graphic design for Facebook.
  • Take other people’s images and put our names on them.
  • Miss out on all that traffic just because we are intimidated.

Check out our video on creating wall posts for Facebook with no photoshop or design experience required. (It’s free and takes just a few minutes to create!)

You can definitely share other people’s images on Facebook as long as you don’t alter them so feel free to fill out your post calender with images that you find online and that your followers will enjoy!


Text-Only Posts

These posts are just text, easy peasy! You are going to want to mix these in with other kinds of Facebook posts but not every post has to be an image right? Keeping your posts below 250 characters can get you 60% more engagement than you might otherwise see. You can even get up to 66% more engagement if you cut it down to less than 80 characters.

Here are some text-only post examples:
  • Post a quote. Make it a good one, something that really elicits an emotional response out off people. Make it funny, profound or wise but don’t be boring. Search for quotes about your keywords/industry on BrainyQuote.
  • Post a CLEAN joke. Yes, it’s a play on our cleaning industry niche but also dead serious. No cussing or naughty references on your business Facebook account. (Yes, I see this sometimes, keep it clean guys!)
  • Fill in the blank. Even though this is a simple concept you will want to put some thought into it. Think: On Sunday afternoon you’ll probably find me  ______.
  • Greetings and niceties. It’s hard not to like a nice greeting on Facebook, just don’t be too generic. Good examples: “Brrr it’s getting chilly! Hope you all are staying warm this morning! #hotcoffee” or “Happy Monday Facebook! Did everyone have fun this weekend? We hope so!”
  • Holiday Wishes. These don’t have to be huge national holidays. How about something like this: Taking a minute to say thank you to all our local teachers for their dedication and hard work! Happy Teachers Day!
  • Share Company News.
  • Celebrate a Milestone. Did you just hit the 500 friend mark? Did your business page get its 1000th like? Post about it and thank your fans. Get creative and celebrate offline milestones too: you just cleaned your 100th house this year! Make sure to give thanks and credit where it is due.
Get your friends and followers to interact with you with some of these strategies:
  • Polls! Studies have shown that poll questions in text form get more engagement than if you use the “poll” option to post the question. Keep it short with two or three choices tops for best results.
  • Trivia questions. People love to show off their smarts!
  • Thought-provoking questions, make them think! Yes or no questions aren’t going to get you the engagement you want.
  • Ask your fans/friends for advice. (“Do you like the green logo or the grey one?”)
  • One little-known way to ______. Giving a tip like this is brilliant because people that didn’t know about it will thank you and people that did know about it will say “Oh, I’ve been doing that for years.” Great way to get comments.

Video Posts

Share funny ones, instructional ones, interesting ones; just of course keep it clean! If you have your own videos on Youtube make sure you share those as well!

Link Shares

Share your blog posts and other things that you have going on on your website. Share articles that will interest your followers, try to stay on topic and don’t share anything too controversial that is likely to spark a big nasty discussion in the comments!

Now that you have an arsenal of post types to draw from start planning your posts out in advance for the next week.


Day 6: Schedule in Advance for the Win!


Scheduling posts in advance will free you up to run your business by allowing you to manage the time you spend on Facebook. You can set aside an hour or two a week to plan out and schedule the next week’s posts.

I always recommend that you aim for 3 posts a day, it’s not that tough!!

First Post: Between 7:00 am and 9:00 am

Second Post: Between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm

Third Post: Between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Here is a video that shows how easy it is to schedule your posts:


Day 7: In for the Long Haul Baby!


Even if you are scheduling your posts in advance, I would still recommend that you login to Facebook at least once a day for 5 or 10 minutes and you can use that time to:

  • Respond to any direct comments or private messages
  • Like, comment on and/or share other people’s statuses and pages
  • Accept any incoming friend requests
  • Interact on your groups a bit

So, summing it up: one hour a week plus 10 minutes a day (Monday through Friday) means less than two hours a week for a smoking hot Facebook presence that is going to drive traffic and leads to your business.

Last step: tracking your progress. We have one more video for your challenge and it’s going to teach you how to check the performance of your posts an the progress of your page:

Did you make it?? Congratulations, you just built an asset that will generate leads for your company for years to come! Please don’t forget to like/share this post if it was useful to you so that other small business owners can benefit from the traffic and leads that Facebook can provide!

 

Note: This content was originally created for SEO Maids, a company I had planned to start but decided not to do. It is being posted here because I hope other maid services may benefit from it.

Removing carpet stains and keeping your sanity!

August 27, 2013 by admin

carpet

Having carpet throughout your home is almost nearly impossible to keep clean and stain free. Coffee, juice, ink and yes, even wine stains will vanish in no time at all. Here I have 5 simple and quick tips that will remove those embarrassing carpet stains. Bonus part is that most of these carpet friendly stain removers can be found in your home.

Shaving Cream

Kids and juice together means spills, and those spills will normally happen on any surface, including the carpet. Be sure to soak up all the juice with a clean towel by blotting. Never rub the carpet; this will only make matters worse. Next apply a small amount of shaving cream to the area and then with another clean towel wipe away.

Baby Wipes

Who doesn’t like baby wipes? They are super handy not just to tiny fingers and faces, but stains as well. Baby wipes will soak up coffee and the spot it left behind. Just gentle dap the stain with a wipe and watch it vanish!

Ammonia

2 liters of warm water and I cup of ammonia will cause that carpet stain to lift right up and disappear. The great thing about this little trick is that you can repeat it over and over again. Just gently dap the spot with a clean sponge with your solution and the stain will lift right up.

Cornstarch

This helpful quick tip works wonders on ink stains. Take a little bit of cornstarch and mix it with milk until it has turned into a paste. Once you have your paste apply it to the area and let it dry. Once dry, vacuum over it and just like that it’s gone!

Vinegar

Vinegar is some pretty powerful stuff. Not only will it clean and disinfect any area in your home, but it’s also great on carpet stains. Take ½ cup of white vinegar and just 2 tablespoons of salt, mix together and then apply where needed. After the spot has dried vacuum over it and just like magic, it’s disappeared.

So there you have it. A few quick and easy tricks to removing carpet stains without losing your sanity. We all have a spot that one stain that drives us crazy and after scrubbing, dabbing, blotting, it’s still there. Not anymore! Just try one of these tips and that spot will be gone in no time.

Household Cleaners: Damages They Can Cause

July 11, 2013 by admin

dangerous cleaners

 

With everyone going green these days it got me thinking, what exactly is in your typical household cleaner? What I found was astonishing! I’m still confused as to what exactly each of these chemicals is, but I learned enough to know what they are found in and what damage they can cause, for me that am enough! Here are just a few to start with.

  • Formaldehyde – It’s found in spray deodorizers and is known to be a respiratory irritant. Doesn’t smell so great now, does it?
  • Petroleum Solvents – Found in floor cleaners. This chemical causes damage to the mucous membranes.
  • Chlorinated Phenols – This can be found in your toilet bowl cleaner. So after you get done scrubbing that toilet you might want to see your doctor and have your respiratory and circulatory systems checked. This cleaner causes harm to both.
  • Diethylene Glycol – This nasty little chemical is in most window cleaners. Yes, it may get those windows shined but it also depresses the nervous system.
  • Butyl Cellosolve – You can find this ingredient in our beloved all-purpose cleaners. We all love these types of cleaners because it tackles multiple surfaces that need cleaning. It’s also tackling your liver, kidneys, nervous system, damaging bone marrow and in some cases causing cancer. Talk about multiple purposes that are multiple risks to your health.

I bet your thinking twice now about what’s in your cleaning cabinet. All these hazardous chemicals can easily be replaces by safe and non-toxic products. The down side is that it’s hard to tell which product contains what. Most household cleaners contain these harmful chemicals. However the law does not make manufacturers list their damaging recipes or ingredients on their product. Basically the government is backing up the products that contain all these toxic chemicals and forgetting the health of all humans and our environment. I hope that after you have read this you will have a better understanding what’s being used in your home and the damage they can cause.

The Power of Baking Soda!

July 11, 2013 by admin

baking soda

Baking soda has become a must have item any everyone’s home. It’s not just for baking or just popping a box in the fridge, although it does help to keep food fresh. I have a compiled a list of ways you can use baking soda. Here’s to the power of baking soda and its many uses!

1. Drains/Pipes – Sprinkle a little baking soda down your drains and let it work its magic. This will help unclog those pipes in no time at all.

2. Carpet Freshener – Lightly dust your carpet or rugs with a little baking soda, let sit for 15 minutes and then vacuum it up. This helps with any odors that may be hiding in your carpet.

3. Oven Cleaner – Toss a small amount around the bottom of your oven. Then spray a little water over the baking soda and let that sit overnight. The next morning wipe everywhere you see it needs cleaning.

4. Laundry – Throw in a very small amount with your next load of clothes. This is a really great way to getting your clothes super clean!

5. Dish washer – Add a small amount to the dish washer and let it run its cycle. This will not only clean your dish washer beautifully but will also help in cleaning out the pipes once it empties.

6. Trash Cans – Sprinkle a small amount into the garbage cans to help prevent any odors.

7. Cutting Boards – Scrub the cutting board with a tiny amount of baking soda and it will put an end to onion smells, garlic smells and much more.

8. Tupperware – Make a paste with baking soda and a little water and use this to scrub your Tupperware. You will notice all the stains are gone!

9. Diaper Genie/Pail – Throw some down in the bottom of your diaper pail and this will help rid of all lingering smells.

10. Grease Cleaner – Not only will this help put out grease fires but it will clean up the mess that grease caused.

So now you have a list of just some of the ways that baking soda can be used throughout your home. This is a cheap and safe way to clean; the power of baking soda can go on and on.

Shedding Some Light: Tips on Cleaning Windows

July 11, 2013 by admin

window cleaning

It has come to that time when we have to put on the gloves and just face it head on. Let’s pull back those curtains and raise those blinds, it’s now or never. Here I’m sharing a few tips on cleaning windows that will get the job done and live your home a little brighter.

1. Cloudy Weather is the trick to shiny windows. If you’re going to clean windows do it when the sun isn’t shining so bright. The sun will only dry up any product that you have applied before you even get a chance to properly wash it away. In the end you will be left with a window full of streaks.

2. Mix equal parts vinegar and equal parts hot water. Spray evenly and Wipe away with a clean soft cloth. To help with any product that may have not of washed off from previous cleaning try using a few drops of dish soap mixed in with you vinegar and water solution.

3. Shine those windows up! Using a clean dry chalk board eraser will do work great!

4. Next tackle those screens! You can use any soft bristle brush and gentle give your screens a light scrub. Finish them off with a good rinse.

Window washing is one of the biggest dreaded jobs on everyone’s list. With these tips on washing windows they will for sure to be streak free and shining like new!

Kids and cleaning: Tips to getting your Kid involved

July 11, 2013 by admin

kid cleaning up

As mothers we all know that kids and cleaning is like oil and water, they don’t mix! Getting our little ones to pick up their mess or do their chores is easier said than done. At times we feel it’s just easier to do it ourselves. I have here a couple ideas that may get those toys put up, and the best part is you didn’t have to start a screaming match to get the job done.

1. AND THE RACE BEGINS!
This is one of my favorite tricks! Trying to get your toddler to pick up all those toys can be a battle but turning it into a game is sure way to get that little guy involved. See who can pick up the most toys the fastest! Your kid wins leaving him proud of himself and encouraging him to want to do it again! Pretty slick, huh? I thought so.

2. LET THEM PICK A CHORE
Another fun idea is letting kids pick their own chore. Making sure the chore is appropriate for the age. Taking trash out or feeding the dog is great chore for your 6 year old. For the older ones they can take on something a little more heavily. As the younger ones get older you can always switch up chores.

3. TEAM EFFORT
Hand out a list of very simple of chores that need to be done. This list will have chores for every age. Then set a certain amount of time for the list to be completed. If the list is completed before the time is up the team wins and they get a prize. Whether its ice cream or renting their favorite movie. This is a great way to get all the kids working together.

Kids and cleaning have never gone hand in hand. With these fun little ideas it’s a for sure way to get everyone to pitch in and help out. Keep rewards simple. We don’t want kids thinking that every time the trash is taking out he goes for ice cream. Kids have to understand that it takes a lot to keep a house clean and having a clean home is a reward itself!

Messes Be Gone!

July 11, 2013 by admin

kids messes

Just face it, it’s going to happen. Some days it won’t be as bad as others, and well those other days it will look like a tornado hit. Having children is having messes. Your windows have become a canvas to their love of finger painting, and their fascination with shoving all the toilet paper down the toilet is all things as parents we deal with daily. As mothers we have be given the task to clean up. Cleaning up all day, the same mess over and over can be frustrating. I have made a step by step guide that will help with your frustration.

Room to Room, Mess to Mess.
1. The entire house needs to be picked up. Don’t freak! Take a deep breath and start with one room, focusing only on that mess. Take one room at a time. Once that room is tidied up move on to the next. I get more satisfaction out completing a job then having started something but never finishing. Go throughout the entire house applying this method and voila! Your home will be spic and span before you know it.

Stop, Drop, and Clean!
2. Once lunch is done or finger painting time is up, clean up right then and there. You may need to make a quick trip to the store or run an errand and the last thing you want is to come home to a mess. Leaving the finger paint out will only provoke your little Picasso to take his artistic abilities through the house. In other words, he’s going to finger paint the sofa. So my best advice is to tackle the mess once it’s made, preventing other messes in the very near future.

Designate Areas
3. Kids are notorious for ripping everything out of draws and never putting them back in their right place. Try assigning certain areas for craft projects, making sure that paint brushes and crayons stay in that area. Try enforcing that snack and meal times are to be eaten in the kitchen. This will help keep any food messes in one spot rather than tracked from room to room.

Kids will be kids and with that said there will be messes. Trying to be organized and staying ahead of your little ones will make a big difference in your home. Keep these 3 steps in mind and your home and mental state will be mess free!

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