Archive for December, 2011

NEW BEGINNINGS

Posted on December 30, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

With  the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one, our thoughts naturally turn to ruminating on improvements to our lives.

Since we have gotten 2 calls this week from old clients who had to cancel service, but now want to resume service again in January,  I can clearly see that having a home that is clean, beautiful, tidy, and healthy is intrinsic to happiness.  It is a basic component to making our lives work better.

When our house is neglected and dirty, it is not only unhealthy,  it is a subtle (or not so subtle) drag on our energies, and we feel stressed and anxious.  Usually these feelings are below  our radar, and we don’t often realize the actual source of our low grade discontent.

Contracting  with a maid service in the new year could  be the absolute best thing that you can do for your happiness  and  ease. Do it for yourself; you deserve it.

 

 

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Kitchen Cleaning Tips for Stress Free Holiday Entertaining

Posted on December 15, 2011. Filed under: Household Tips | Tags: |

Atlanta Cleaning Service - Kitchen Cleaning TipsOnce you have had your home cleaned by an expert Atlanta maid service to prepare for holiday guests, the last thing you want to do is spend all of your time maintaining the sparkle.

One of the most troublesome areas is the kitchen. You need to use the kitchen to prepare the holiday feast, but you want it to be clean and orderly when your guests arrive.

Here are six quick kitchen cleaning tips to help you quickly clean up so that you can spend more time with your guests.

Tip # 1 – Keep your counters pristine

Cover the counter with butcher or wax paper before making a mess; and just fold up the paper with the scraps and toss it away when you’re done.

Tip # 2 – Prep your dirty dishes on the go

Fill your sink with hot soapy water – as you work, toss in the tools and dishes you’ve used and let them soak. When it is time to load the dishwasher, a quick drain and rinse is usually all that is needed.

Tip # 3 – Keep scraps out of the way

Keep a bowl beside your cutting board. (If you compost, use two bowls – one for compostable, and another for non-compostable scraps). Toss scraps into your bowl(s) as you work. When you are done, empty your scrap bowl(s).

Tip # 4 – Clean in stages

Once you are done with the food prep stage, put your dishes into soapy water. Put away any items you don’t need for the cooking stage. Do a similar deck clearing at each stage to make working easier and buildup lighter.

Tip # 5 – Stave off stickiness

Line your baking and roasting pans with foil or parchment paper to save scrubbing later. Coat measuring utensils with non-stick spray so sticky ingredients like honey and peanut butter will slide right out and clean up easily.

Tip # 6 – Use your downtime wisely

While the water is boiling, the oven heating, or onions are softening in the pan, handle those small-dose kitchen cleaning tasks like loading or emptying the dishwasher, wiping spills, or sweeping.

Remember, as host or hostess of holiday gatherings, you don’t want to be locked in the kitchen. Use these tips to get your kitchen clean quickly so that you can socialize.

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Less Clutter May Make You Happier

Posted on December 8, 2011. Filed under: Household Tips | Tags: |

Picture of cluttered frigdeThere are at least three reasons to banish clutter.

  • Clutter attracts dust bunnies.
  • Cleaning around clutter is very tedious and time consuming.
  • Clutter makes you unhappy.

As Gretchen Rubin notes in the Happiness Project blog, “outer order contributes to inner calm.” In her article, “Test Yourself: Do You Have Clutter Mentality?,” she lists the reasons people use to justify accumulating clutter, and a link to an article on fighting clutter.

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