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Keep Crafts Clean This Fall!

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As the temperature drops and the days grow shorter, parents everywhere are looking for indoor activities to entertain their children. Crafts are fun and educational, but there’s a downside that often causes parents to hesitate: the mess! We’ve rounded up some great craft ideas and tips to minimize the mess and set your mind at ease when it comes to crafting with kids. With our tips, you won’t have to endure paint stains on the table and glue on the carpet for the sake of your child’s creative expression!

Simplicity is Key

Sometimes, less is more. Don’t feel pressured to get out all of your art supply every time that it’s time to create. Kids can feel overwhelmed by too many choices and may focus better on the task at hand when only a few necessary supplies are set out for them. Plus, it’s easier for you to clean up! Consider opting out of (messy, difficult) pumpkin carving and spend a fun afternoon decorating pumpkins instead. Adhesive felt is an inexpensive and easy option for all ages of children to cut into creative shapes to stick on their pumpkins. 

Use What You Have

The easiest crafts involve supplies that exist already in and around your home. Instead of bothering with messy paint brushes that are obnoxious to clean up, search your fridge for unused produce; broccoli, cauliflower, apples, and more! These fruits and vegetables make great stamps. Draw a simple tree outline, and invite kids to “broccoli stamp” with washable paint to decorate the tree with autumn leaves. The best part? You can just toss the paint-soaked veggies when the craft is complete! And don’t forget, Autumn offers great craft inspiration that can be found right in your backyard. Send children outside for a pine cone hunt, then spend the afternoon wrapping the pine cones in yarn to use as a colorful and seasonal centerpiece.

Keep it Contained

Before a craft session, preparation is key. Provide each child with a sheet pan or narrow-lipped tray to have as their craft station. This will keep supplies from rolling off the table, contain the mess and tiny scraps, and give you a smaller surface to clean up when they’re finished. Crafting with paint can be risky, but there are many ways to keep paint under control without taking the fun away! For toddlers, consider making a “goo bag”; fill a sealable freezer bag with 1 cup corn starch, ⅓ cup sugar, 4 cups cold water, and food coloring. Kids will enjoy playing with the sensory colorful bags and feel as if they’re finger painting – without the mess! For preschool-age and up, make pour-paint rockets. Help the child select paint colors to pour into an emptied plastic bottle. Once all the paint is poured, hot-glue the lid back onto the bottle and let the child twist, shake, and move the bottle until all the colors have painted the inside.

We know messes are inevitable when it comes to life with kids, and we hope these tips will give you the confidence to try engaging crafts and seasonal activities with your little ones. By doing our best to minimize the mess, we’re all likely to enjoy craft time more than ever!

 

The Maids

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The Ultimate Germ-Eliminating House Cleaning Guide

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We have all made changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing required that we stay at home; safety precautions determined that we would wear masks in public; and, finding that disinfecting wipes were in stock genuinely made our day. We’re living in truly unique and unprecedented times.

The changes we’re making- both big and small- are designed to help mitigate the spread of the illness, and hopefully, get us closer to a new normal. In addition to hand washing and keeping our distance, maintaining a hygienic home is another method aimed at keeping your family safe. 

With health at the forefront, The Maids has designed the following room-by-room guide to focus on a germ-free home.

Home entryway or mudroom.

This space is hugely important as it’s the location that you enter right as you “exit” the outside world. If you don’t already, invest in a tray for shoes so that you’re in the habit of removing them as soon as you enter the home. Sanitize the door handles, light switches, and other “high touch” surfaces in the space.

Kitchen and dining room.

Due to food prep and high-traffic, kitchens can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Your sinks, faucets, and countertops should be cleaned thoroughly after each meal preparation. After cleaning, sanitize the area with an approved disinfectant, and make sure to allow the product the proper time to be effective. Oven handles, microwaves, cabinet handles, and refrigerator doors are other frequently touched surfaces that need to be disinfected often. Sanitize your kitchen sponge by heating it in the microwave for two minutes (or simply replace it).

Mop the kitchen and dining room floors at least once per week. Use a microfiber mop head that you can wash in hot water, separately from clothes and other items. Clean the seats and backs of chairs, as well as under and around your child’s booster seat or high chair. 

Living room. 

Frequent vacuuming is essential for eliminating many different pathogens. In addition, having your carpets professionally cleaned about twice a year is prudent. 

Pay attention to the items in this area that are commonly touched, such as remotes, video game accessories, light switches, coffee tables, and lamps. Disinfect daily.

Bedrooms.

We don’t usually associate bedrooms with outside germs, but our beds are the resting places for dead skin cells, dust mites, and other allergens. It’s important to wash your bedding weekly in hot water and dry thoroughly. Clean and flip your mattress twice a year. 

Another imperative detail related to germ mitigation is putting dirty clothes directly in the hamper, and never on the floor (PSA for teenagers and select husbands). Staying on top of laundry helps to eliminate contact germs with the outside world.

For children’s toys, separate by material. Most fabric toys and stuffed animals can be washed in a washing machine (be sure to check each label). Plastic toys can go in the dishwasher, as long as they don’t have the ability to collect water inside without draining.

Office.

For home offices, the germ-ridding cleaning emphasis should be put on disinfecting the high touch surfaces. These include the keyboard, desktop, phone, computer mouse, calculator, etc. 

Bathrooms. 

In addition to daily disinfecting of faucets, doorknobs, and toilet handles, it’s crucial that you deep clean your bathroom at least once per week. Click here for complete instructions on bathroom cleaning. Complete the task by cleaning and disinfecting the bathroom floor.

Attend to wastebaskets by keeping them lined and changing them regularly. Avoid unnecessary spreading of germs by closing the toilet lid before each flush.

Keep your family healthy by maintaining home hygiene. To book a one time deep clean or schedule a recurring service, contact The Maids.

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The Ultimate Germ-Eliminating House Cleaning Guide

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We have all made changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing required that we stay at home; safety precautions determined that we would wear masks in public; and, finding that disinfecting wipes were in stock genuinely made our day. We’re living in truly unique and unprecedented times.

The changes we’re making- both big and small- are designed to help mitigate the spread of the illness, and hopefully, get us closer to a new normal. In addition to hand washing and keeping our distance, maintaining a hygienic home is another method aimed at keeping your family safe. 

With health at the forefront, The Maids has designed the following room-by-room guide to focus on a germ-free home.

Home entryway or mudroom.

This space is hugely important as it’s the location that you enter right as you “exit” the outside world. If you don’t already, invest in a tray for shoes so that you’re in the habit of removing them as soon as you enter the home. Sanitize the door handles, light switches, and other “high touch” surfaces in the space.

Kitchen and dining room.

Due to food prep and high-traffic, kitchens can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Your sinks, faucets, and countertops should be cleaned thoroughly after each meal preparation. After cleaning, sanitize the area with an approved disinfectant, and make sure to allow the product the proper time to be effective. Oven handles, microwaves, cabinet handles, and refrigerator doors are other frequently touched surfaces that need to be disinfected often. Sanitize your kitchen sponge by heating it in the microwave for two minutes (or simply replace it).

Mop the kitchen and dining room floors at least once per week. Use a microfiber mop head that you can wash in hot water, separately from clothes and other items. Clean the seats and backs of chairs, as well as under and around your child’s booster seat or high chair. 

Living room. 

Frequent vacuuming is essential for eliminating many different pathogens. In addition, having your carpets professionally cleaned about twice a year is prudent. 

Pay attention to the items in this area that are commonly touched, such as remotes, video game accessories, light switches, coffee tables, and lamps. Disinfect daily.

Bedrooms.

We don’t usually associate bedrooms with outside germs, but our beds are the resting places for dead skin cells, dust mites, and other allergens. It’s important to wash your bedding weekly in hot water and dry thoroughly. Clean and flip your mattress twice a year. 

Another imperative detail related to germ mitigation is putting dirty clothes directly in the hamper, and never on the floor (PSA for teenagers and select husbands). Staying on top of laundry helps to eliminate contact germs with the outside world.

For children’s toys, separate by material. Most fabric toys and stuffed animals can be washed in a washing machine (be sure to check each label). Plastic toys can go in the dishwasher, as long as they don’t have the ability to collect water inside without draining.

Office.

For home offices, the germ-ridding cleaning emphasis should be put on disinfecting the high touch surfaces. These include the keyboard, desktop, phone, computer mouse, calculator, etc. 

Bathrooms. 

In addition to daily disinfecting of faucets, doorknobs, and toilet handles, it’s crucial that you deep clean your bathroom at least once per week. Click here for complete instructions on bathroom cleaning. Complete the task by cleaning and disinfecting the bathroom floor.

Attend to wastebaskets by keeping them lined and changing them regularly. Avoid unnecessary spreading of germs by closing the toilet lid before each flush.

Keep your family healthy by maintaining home hygiene. To book a one time deep clean or schedule a recurring service, contact The Maids.

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Back to School During a Pandemic

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I’m not sure where you’re at for school – returning full-time with safety precautions, doing a hybrid model of remote and in-person learning, or completely remote. Or maybe you’re homeschooling or sending your kids to a new school. This school year will be different – I’m determined to make the best of it and go into the year with confidence and a flexible plan. Much like life, we have to be ready to make adjustments as we go, but give yourself grace. Take a deep breath, we can’t control what goes on outside our walls, but we can control how we react to it inside our homes.

I thought you might like to see how we’re navigating back to school and some systems I’ve put into place to keep everyone safe and healthy and successful learners, regardless of how school plays out. I will preface this with the fact that I am not a medical professional – I’m a mom and a former teacher and I am just sharing what we’re doing.

DON’T MISS THIS!
I’m introducing something brand new in my shop this coming Wednesday, August 14th – Clean Mama’s 5 Day Home Refresh. I am so excited to share this do-able program with you – it’s just what we need to give us a little re-frame and refresh in our homes before this next season.

BACK TO SCHOOL ADJUSTMENTS

Mask storage. Depending on where you live and the rules in place, you most likely need masks in some capacity. It’s mandatory here in any public space, so I’ve set up a clean mask basket in the mudroom. We are using washable face masks and I’m also putting a bag with disposable masks in the kids’ backpacks in case they need them for any reason. When they come home from school they will need to put their dirty masks in a mesh laundry bag to be laundered.

Backpacks, shoes, coats. Drop everything at the door – well, hang it up nicely and put your shoes away. I might change this to keep shoes in the garage, but the main thing is to not let the germs from school make their way in to our home. As soon as the kids remove their shoes and coats, they thoroughly wash their hands.

School and homework station. I am always a believer in a clear separation of schoolwork and homework and want these areas to be easy to keep clean as well as easy to clean up. I am still working through some potential systems for what we do, depending on how the school year plays out but I know that we will continue to have a homework caddy at the ready. 

MINDSET SHIFT

Do you need a mindset shift? A little direction and routine? I have always argued that regardless of how busy you are, you need a cleaning routine. If you’ve been waiting for the ‘right time’, now is the time to put it to the test and see how it works for your family. Everyone is coming at this from a different angle and it has affected your home and family in a different way. I am not pretending to understand your personal circumstances, but I am merely extending the same advice I always have but maybe you’ll see it a little differently through this experience. Routine, even if it’s loose, is everything in a time like this. It brings a sense of normalcy and you know that your home won’t fall apart even if it feels like everything around you is. Fact: clutter = stress – let’s use this time to bring the stress level down in our homes instead of increase it.

If you haven’t tried the Clean Mama Routine or even if you have but need a little refresher, the Start Here page is completely redesigned to help you get started. Check it out! When you do the Clean Mama Routine you are already keeping your home CLEAN on a daily basis – this is essential to keeping germs away.  The Clean Mama Homekeeping Planner and the Homekeeping Society Subscription are designed to take the GUESSWORK out of cleaning – everything is laid out for you with Daily and Weekly Tasks.

HOUSE RULES

  • No shoes on in the house. Take them off in the entryway, garage, or mudroom. If you haven’t done this in the past, now is the time to start. You can carry in all sorts of germs, pesticides, and just plain dirt on the bottoms of your shoes.
  • Wash hands in the powder room upon entering the rest of the house – even if you’ve just been playing outside. Remember, you just removed your shoes. This is a normal household rule for us, but if it isn’t for you, I’d recommend adding it!
  • Change clothes when coming in from school.
  • Change hand and bath towels DAILY. This is something that we already do with hand towels but I’m adding the bath towels in now too. Not everyone takes a daily shower and yes, it might seem excessive but this is what we’re doing at the moment. Do what is right for you. I wash all sheets and towels on Saturday – Sheets Towels Day.
  • Everyone helps! Here’s a post all about how to get the kids involved in cleaning with a free printable chore chart too.
  • If someone gets sick, this is what we do. – I wrote this post a couple months ago but it still applies, in the case of COVID-19, we would quarantine the sick family member differently than we normally do.

A COUPLE THINGS I’M DOING/ALREADY DO TO PREVENT ILLNESS

  • Whole house air filter is running 24/7 – I usually do this during cold/flu season anyway.
  • HEPA filters in vacuum cleaners – this is important to get small particles and contain them so you aren’t breathing them in. Germs ride on dust particles – it’s important to get those dust particles out of the home safely.
  • Wipe down most-touched areas frequently/daily – I use rubbing alcohol for most areas and I use Hydrogen Peroxide or Clean Well Disinfecting Wipes on areas where I can’t use rubbing alcohol.
  • Using the sanitize option on the dishwasher – I do this all the time anyway, but if you can select that, this is the time to start. If you wash dishes by hand, wash and rinse on the highest water temp you can stand.

  • Vitamins supplements are stocked and in full force – We all take vitamins and supplements and I’ve upped a couple things and added a couple others to help build our immune systems over the past few months. Some important ones for us – Vitamins C D, Zinc, Probiotics, and Elderberry Syrup. You can see some of the supplements we use and what I keep on hand just in case – here in my Amazon shop under ‘vitamins supplements’.
  • Whole foods plenty of water – Making sure we are hydrated and keeping our sugar intake low and filling up on whole foods and plenty of fruits and vegetables is helpful for just feeling great, but it’s also helpful for keeping inflammation down and our immune response up.

LAUNDRY

  • Do at least a load of laundry from washed and dried to folded and put away. This is a Daily Task, but it’s so helpful to keep up with this if it works for you and your family. Now is the time to try it!
  • Launder sheets towels weekly. This is something we do as part of the Clean Mama Routine on Saturday – Sheets Towels Day. Weekly sheet washing keeps what you spend a third of your life doing, clean. Wash your sheets! I do this on Saturday so everyone can help out and learn how to change sheets, make beds, and keep their spaces clean.
  • Launder each family member’s clothes SEPARATELY.  This keeps any potential germs contained. Washing on warm/hot and drying on warm/hot will kill most germs naturally. Wash on the warmest temperature you can as stated on the tag and dry on warm if possible. I also use 1/4 cup of white vinegar in each load of laundry to soften the laundry and keep things fresh. You can find the laundry products I use in the shop.
  • Clean the washing machine weekly. This is something I normally do on Saturday after all the sheets, towels, and cleaning cloths are laundered. On our machine we have a ‘clean washer’ option, making this easy. Go here for a post on how to clean a front or top loader.
  • Clean laundry baskets. This is especially important if someone is sick. Use steam, take them outside and spray with hydrogen peroxide or wipe with a disinfecting wipe or clean with soap and water and let sit in the sun. I have clean laundry baskets for clean clothes to simplify this process.

WHAT I’M USING TO CLEAN

  • First and foremost, wash hands frequently – before meals, after meals, after using the bathroom, and periodically during the day. Go here for how to make foaming hand soap and hand sanitizer.
  • DIY Natural Disinfecting Spray – Once things started to open up and with research around the Coronavirus, I re-formulated my DIY Disinfecting recipe. If you are looking for strong AND safe ways to disinfect surfaces, this is it! You’ll find a vinegar-based recipe and a soap-based recipe, both with over 60% alcohol in the recipe. Head to the blog post for my new DIY Natural Disinfecting Spray Recipes.
  • Any of my DIY cleaners will REMOVE germs when applied properly – Plain soap and water will remove germs. Check out this post and video on how to make 8 of my favorite DIY cleaners. I recommend spraying and letting sit for 10 minutes and wiping with a clean microfiber cleaning cloth. If you are needing a disinfectant for surfaces, I recommend cleaning the surface with a DIY cleaner or all-purpose cleaner and then spraying with hydrogen peroxide or my DIY Disinfecting Recipe and allowing to dry on the surface or using a disinfecting wipe (see below). I use rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad on those most-touched areas like door handles, light switches, remotes, phones, etc. Personally, I do not use using any cleaners that have harmful chemicals and fragrances in them even in this scenario because they have endocrine and immune disruptors and can contribute to superbugs. 
  • Clean Mama All-Purpose Spray – this is another great way to clean surfaces – it will be back in stock this week!
  • Disinfecting wipes – I use CleanWell Disinfecting Wipes (currently sold out) if I do have a situation that needs a disinfecting wipe.
  • Steam Cleaning/Sanitizing/Disinfecting – I bought this Dupray Steam Cleaner a couple months ago and love using it to sanitize and disinfect hard and soft surfaces. When we had influenza in February I used it to sanitize the couch and hard surfaces. If you have little ones and are concerned with soft toys or anything that can’t go in the washing machine, this is a great option. Steam to this temperature will kill 99.99% of germs and viruses. It’s pricey but in my opinion, worth it!

 

I hope this post provides a little hope and guidance in this time of uncertainty.

Here are a few more posts that might help:

Cleaning During a Crisis : Helpful Tips for Your Home

How to Plan in Uncertain Times

How to Clean Your Home’s Most Touched Areas

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Get an Insta-Worthy Playroom with these Fun and Functional Ideas

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For parents everywhere, having a playroom is an extravagance. It’s a spot for kids to imagine and create; and it’s home to all of the brightly colored plastic possessions that would otherwise take over the living room. Although it serves as a designated location for toys and other “kid things”, it’s still important for the playroom to have a calming look and matches your home’s aesthetic.

Here are some ideas for combining fun, functionality, and style in your playroom.

Create zones. Having distinct places for different types of play will encourage your child to use them. The types of zones you have will depend on your children’s ages and interests. 

  • For a little one who loves dress-up, you can reserve a corner and add a “full” size mirror. Using a wire hanging rack or hooks on the wall, display some of their favorite costumes.

  • Forts and play tents are especially great for inspiring imaginative play. Lots of differently themed play tents are on the market. From greenhouse to school to castle, there’s something for every imagination. The tents’ collapsibility makes them convenient for cleaning and storing.

  • Interactive art is another creative option for younger children. Some options for this are felt boards and chalkboard walls.

  • A reading nook is something that works for any age. Add cozy, kid-friendly seating (such as bean bags or miniature arm chairs), some throw blankets, and shelving or a book caddy to create a comfortable retreat.

Depending on your playroom’s size, limit the zones to two or three at a time, tops. You want your children to be engaged in the space, while also keeping the room calming and focused.

Be smart about storage.  The challenge of playrooms is that they’re difficult to keep tidy. When it looks like a herd of elephants passed through, it’s hard to find the motivation to sort through thousands of miscellaneous debris. That’s why the key to selecting playroom furniture is to focus on storage capability. This way, every toy can, theoretically, have a place it belongs. A piece that includes cubbies is ideal to minimize visual clutter. Wall hammocks work to keep stuffed animals off the floor and double as cute décor. Open toy storage organizers, with removable bins, are great for keeping items sorted for various types of play. This neutral option is both simple and versatile.

Leave lots of floor space. Maintaining a clutter-free floor space is important. Design-wise, the space helps to balance the visual noise of the various colors and objects that exist in a playroom. Additionally, having the unoccupied floor space gives your kids the room to expand their game or activity. Help to preserve this region with a large, comfortable area rug.

If your playroom (or any room!) needs a deep clean, The Maids are here to help you get a fresh start. Contact The Maids today.

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Get an Insta-Worthy Playroom with these Fun and Functional Ideas

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For parents everywhere, having a playroom is an extravagance. It’s a spot for kids to imagine and create; and it’s home to all of the brightly colored plastic possessions that would otherwise take over the living room. Although it serves as a designated location for toys and other “kid things”, it’s still important for the playroom to have a calming look and matches your home’s aesthetic.

Here are some ideas for combining fun, functionality, and style in your playroom.

Create zones. Having distinct places for different types of play will encourage your child to use them. The types of zones you have will depend on your children’s ages and interests. 

  • For a little one who loves dress-up, you can reserve a corner and add a “full” size mirror. Using a wire hanging rack or hooks on the wall, display some of their favorite costumes.

  • Forts and play tents are especially great for inspiring imaginative play. Lots of differently themed play tents are on the market. From greenhouse to school to castle, there’s something for every imagination. The tents’ collapsibility makes them convenient for cleaning and storing.

  • Interactive art is another creative option for younger children. Some options for this are felt boards and chalkboard walls.

  • A reading nook is something that works for any age. Add cozy, kid-friendly seating (such as bean bags or miniature arm chairs), some throw blankets, and shelving or a book caddy to create a comfortable retreat.

Depending on your playroom’s size, limit the zones to two or three at a time, tops. You want your children to be engaged in the space, while also keeping the room calming and focused.

Be smart about storage.  The challenge of playrooms is that they’re difficult to keep tidy. When it looks like a herd of elephants passed through, it’s hard to find the motivation to sort through thousands of miscellaneous debris. That’s why the key to selecting playroom furniture is to focus on storage capability. This way, every toy can, theoretically, have a place it belongs. A piece that includes cubbies is ideal to minimize visual clutter. Wall hammocks work to keep stuffed animals off the floor and double as cute décor. Open toy storage organizers, with removable bins, are great for keeping items sorted for various types of play. This neutral option is both simple and versatile.

Leave lots of floor space. Maintaining a clutter-free floor space is important. Design-wise, the space helps to balance the visual noise of the various colors and objects that exist in a playroom. Additionally, having the unoccupied floor space gives your kids the room to expand their game or activity. Help to preserve this region with a large, comfortable area rug.

If your playroom (or any room!) needs a deep clean, The Maids are here to help you get a fresh start. Contact The Maids today.

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Keep or Toss: What to Do With Your Kids’ Papers

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It is estimated that each month, kids bring home approximately one large tree’s worth of paper. Okay, that’s not exactly true, but it sure feels like it, right? Regardless of age, kids tend to accumulate a huge amount of paperwork. From projects to coloring pages, awards certificates to artwork, it just keeps coming, and it’s hard to find a place for it all.

If you decide to keep the piece, there are several great options for what to do with it. Contrary to popular belief and practice, you don’t have to just carve out an 8’’ by 11’’ area of the kitchen counter to accommodate the stack. Check out these ideas for organizing, storing, sharing, and enjoying your child’s best work.

Create a simple storage system. Once a paper is deemed a “keeper” (perhaps an A essay, extra special project, or funny paragraph), move it to a specified storage container. Some parents like to use a traditional file box; hanging files can be used to sort by grade level or type of document. Take the extra few minutes to sort each item into the correct spot. The diligence is sure to pay off in the long run when you have a well-organized collection of treasures.

Find a new way. If you’re clutter-phobic and the thought of adding more storage bins to your life makes you cringe, think about memorializing your kids’ masterpieces differently. Artkive is a unique company that takes your child’s art pieces and transforms them into a book. You can also try your hand at this by simply taking pictures of your kids’ pieces, and then uploading them into an app like Chatbooks. These options are organized and streamlined options for keeping memories, and not clutter, alive.

Have a rotating display. Let your kids relish in their brilliant designs by allowing them some special, prominent space. A hanging cord with clothespins is a fun way to exhibit some exceptional items, and it can make a cute addition to a toy room or breakfast nook. The fridge door is also a timeless option, but is space-limited.

Send some art to grandparents. With the challenges of social distancing, many families are feeling more separate than ever. Bring some joy to the grandparents in your life by sending them a personalized or particularly special item. 

Recycle it. Don’t let the mom guilt get you; it is perfectly acceptable to recycle your kids’ old papers, projects, or even art. It’s virtually impossible to keep and enjoy it all. So here’s that permission you’re waiting for: throw it away. It’s okay!

If you’ve overhauled the paperwork, and you’re ready to get the rest of your house looking fresh and clutter-free, call The Maids. Click here for a free estimate.

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Keep or Toss: What to Do With Your Kids’ Papers

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It is estimated that each month, kids bring home approximately one large tree’s worth of paper. Okay, that’s not exactly true, but it sure feels like it, right? Regardless of age, kids tend to accumulate a huge amount of paperwork. From projects to coloring pages, awards certificates to artwork, it just keeps coming, and it’s hard to find a place for it all.

If you decide to keep the piece, there are several great options for what to do with it. Contrary to popular belief and practice, you don’t have to just carve out an 8’’ by 11’’ area of the kitchen counter to accommodate the stack. Check out these ideas for organizing, storing, sharing, and enjoying your child’s best work.

Create a simple storage system. Once a paper is deemed a “keeper” (perhaps an A essay, extra special project, or funny paragraph), move it to a specified storage container. Some parents like to use a traditional file box; hanging files can be used to sort by grade level or type of document. Take the extra few minutes to sort each item into the correct spot. The diligence is sure to pay off in the long run when you have a well-organized collection of treasures.

Find a new way. If you’re clutter-phobic and the thought of adding more storage bins to your life makes you cringe, think about memorializing your kids’ masterpieces differently. Artkive is a unique company that takes your child’s art pieces and transforms them into a book. You can also try your hand at this by simply taking pictures of your kids’ pieces, and then uploading them into an app like Chatbooks. These options are organized and streamlined options for keeping memories, and not clutter, alive.

Have a rotating display. Let your kids relish in their brilliant designs by allowing them some special, prominent space. A hanging cord with clothespins is a fun way to exhibit some exceptional items, and it can make a cute addition to a toy room or breakfast nook. The fridge door is also a timeless option, but is space-limited.

Send some art to grandparents. With the challenges of social distancing, many families are feeling more separate than ever. Bring some joy to the grandparents in your life by sending them a personalized or particularly special item. 

Recycle it. Don’t let the mom guilt get you; it is perfectly acceptable to recycle your kids’ old papers, projects, or even art. It’s virtually impossible to keep and enjoy it all. So here’s that permission you’re waiting for: throw it away. It’s okay!

If you’ve overhauled the paperwork, and you’re ready to get the rest of your house looking fresh and clutter-free, call The Maids. Click here for a free estimate.

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That’s A Wrap on #TheMaidsCleaningChallenge

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We launched our #14DayCleaningChallenge with the hopes of motivating our social media followers to achieve a happier and more hygienic home. This year, the tradition of Spring Cleaning went from yearly ritual to necessary precaution. With this in mind, the campaign was designed to maximize both functional organization and cleanliness.

The chore of deep cleaning your home can be a daunting endeavor, but chunking out tasks over the course of two weeks helped to lighten the load and increase the fun.Take a look at how we structured 14 days of do-able duties, which resulted in cleaner homes everywhere.

Day 1: Catch all the Clutter worked to eliminate the excess and out of place items in each room. The clutter-free spaces provided a clean slate.

Day 2: Light Switches, Doorknobs, and Cabinet Handles…Oh My! These are the best places to begin the task of cleaning your home. The commonly touched surfaces are key to disinfecting and staying healthy.

Day 3: Quick Bathroom Touchup provided some simple yet effective tips for getting your bathrooms cleaned quickly.

Day 4: Tackle the Shower. The space that’s used to keep us clean should (in theory!) be the cleanest place of all. That’s why Day 4’s focus was on getting your shower sparkling.

Day 5: Under the Sinks. They’re out of sight, but not out of mind. These tips were ideal for keeping this area organized and functional.

Day 6: Easy Disinfecting with Bleach. It’s crucial that part of the cleaning process involves antimicrobial disinfectants that can kill viruses and bacteria in our homes. This is how to do it safely.

Day 7: Conquer the Kid Room. The Legos that are strewn across the floor are just waiting for an unsuspecting foot; foil their plans, and get it cleaned up! Here’s how to make it less overwhelming.

Day 8: Deep Clean Those Kitchen Appliances. Anything that’s used every day needs to be cleaned regularly; here is how to clean your gas stove, stainless steel, and oven.

Day 9: Control the Pet Hair. Get all that crazy fur off your furniture (and other surfaces) with these instructions.

Day 10: Mattress Maintenance is easy to unintentionally ignore, but it’s crucial for keeping allergens and other issues at bay. Learn best practices for making the most of your mattress. 

Day 11: Organize the Mudroom. A mudroom entrance makes for a natural catchall location, but sometimes it needs an organizational overhaul

Day 12: Office Electronics are often used but seldom tended to. But considering how often they’re touched, they need to be sanitized STAT. 

Day 13: Fire Up the Grill provided guidelines for getting your outdoor oven-ready- just in time for summer.

Day 14: Master Vacuuming was the cherry on top of a terrific clean. Nothing makes your place feel officially fresh like those crisp carpet lines.

Did you join in on #TheMaidsCleaningChallenge? Tell us about your experience in the comments! If consistently deep cleaning isn’t happening at your home on a regular basis or even once to start summer, call in the cleaning experts at The Maids. We’ll make sure your home is clean and disinfected with our professional equipment and meticulous 22-step cleaning system.

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That’s A Wrap on #TheMaidsCleaningChallenge

that’s-a-wrap-on-#themaidscleaningchallenge

We launched our #14DayCleaningChallenge with the hopes of motivating our social media followers to achieve a happier and more hygienic home. This year, the tradition of Spring Cleaning went from yearly ritual to necessary precaution. With this in mind, the campaign was designed to maximize both functional organization and cleanliness.

The chore of deep cleaning your home can be a daunting endeavor, but chunking out tasks over the course of two weeks helped to lighten the load and increase the fun.Take a look at how we structured 14 days of do-able duties, which resulted in cleaner homes everywhere.

Day 1: Catch all the Clutter worked to eliminate the excess and out of place items in each room. The clutter-free spaces provided a clean slate.

Day 2: Light Switches, Doorknobs, and Cabinet Handles…Oh My! These are the best places to begin the task of cleaning your home. The commonly touched surfaces are key to disinfecting and staying healthy.

Day 3: Quick Bathroom Touchup provided some simple yet effective tips for getting your bathrooms cleaned quickly.

Day 4: Tackle the Shower. The space that’s used to keep us clean should (in theory!) be the cleanest place of all. That’s why Day 4’s focus was on getting your shower sparkling.

Day 5: Under the Sinks. They’re out of sight, but not out of mind. These tips were ideal for keeping this area organized and functional.

Day 6: Easy Disinfecting with Bleach. It’s crucial that part of the cleaning process involves antimicrobial disinfectants that can kill viruses and bacteria in our homes. This is how to do it safely.

Day 7: Conquer the Kid Room. The Legos that are strewn across the floor are just waiting for an unsuspecting foot; foil their plans, and get it cleaned up! Here’s how to make it less overwhelming.

Day 8: Deep Clean Those Kitchen Appliances. Anything that’s used every day needs to be cleaned regularly; here is how to clean your gas stove, stainless steel, and oven.

Day 9: Control the Pet Hair. Get all that crazy fur off your furniture (and other surfaces) with these instructions.

Day 10: Mattress Maintenance is easy to unintentionally ignore, but it’s crucial for keeping allergens and other issues at bay. Learn best practices for making the most of your mattress. 

Day 11: Organize the Mudroom. A mudroom entrance makes for a natural catchall location, but sometimes it needs an organizational overhaul

Day 12: Office Electronics are often used but seldom tended to. But considering how often they’re touched, they need to be sanitized STAT. 

Day 13: Fire Up the Grill provided guidelines for getting your outdoor oven-ready- just in time for summer.

Day 14: Master Vacuuming was the cherry on top of a terrific clean. Nothing makes your place feel officially fresh like those crisp carpet lines.

Did you join in on #TheMaidsCleaningChallenge? Tell us about your experience in the comments! If consistently deep cleaning isn’t happening at your home on a regular basis or even once to start summer, call in the cleaning experts at The Maids. We’ll make sure your home is clean and disinfected with our professional equipment and meticulous 22-step cleaning system.

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