Archive for January, 2014

6 Steps to a Clean, Organized “Junk” Drawer

Posted on January 30, 2014. Filed under: Atlanta House Cleaning, Clearing Clutter, Kitchen Cleaning |

by Raina Raflo, Founder, Sponge & Sparkle – Atlanta House Cleaning Experts since 1981

Keys, extension cords, medication, even tools – it’s amazing what we tend to accumulate in our “junk” drawers.

Organizing your Junk Drawer

It is possible to get and keep those pernicious junk drawers clean. Here are the 6 steps to getting it done.

  1. Dump it out.

    Clear a space on a counter, and cover it an old cloth and just empty the drawer.  While the drawer is empty, wipe it clean from any debris so you can start over fresh.

  2. Pay attention to patterns.

    As you look through items (even the ones you need to throw away) pay attention to groupings and patterns. There’s a reason you placed the item in the junk drawer – you don’t have a convenient place to put it, or you don’t trust your designated space. If you have 20 writing pens and a large assortment of sewing tools, for example, then you are in need of a pen cup on your desk, or a well-placed sewing kit. In order to stop the pattern of dumping items in the junk drawer, you need to find new places to put items.

  3. Throw away the trash and anything that is truly junk or outdated.

    Don’t hold onto items that have been in the junk drawer for two years, or that you have no idea what it is used for.

  4. Sort the remaining items into groups.

    You will surely have stationary items, tools, magnets, clips, hair bands, and the like.

  5. Organize what’s left.

    You can use empty baby bottles, plastic storage containers, ice-cube trays, utensil drawers, and even paper towel rods to organize items. What you use depends on the size of the drawer and the size of the items you need to store.

  6. Have a storage spot for everything.

    Don’t forget to leave space for items you anticipate putting in your junk drawer.

Remember, the key to keeping your junk drawer clean is to have a convenient storage space for everything, even if that storage space is a trash basket.

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How to Clear Kitchen Clutter

Posted on January 23, 2014. Filed under: Household Tips, Kitchen Cleaning | Tags: , , |

by Raina Raflo, Founder, Sponge & Sparkle – Atlanta House Cleaning Experts since 1981

The kitchen is best known as the gathering place of the home.  With all of that gathering going on, clutter is sure to happen. You can clear kitchen clutter by following these helpful tips.

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Dress up your dining table.

The prettier your dining room table looks, the less likely it is to become a catch all for junk. It doesn’t cost much to create an attractive table setting. Just pick up some place mats on sale, and find creative ways to make napkin holders for a start. Then mix and match plate designs to keep it interesting. You may want to take it to the next level by changing around the table settings twice a year.

Keep counters clear.

You do not have to keep every single kitchen appliance on top of the counter. Instead, you can put the ones you use often on the counter and keep others within reach.  Use one cabinet strictly for small appliances so that you build the habit of putting them away in the same place after each use.

Keep a basket as a catchall.

When the basket is full, go through it, putting items away and throwing away things you don’t need.

Keep trash cans easily accessible.

Don’t let garbage accumulate in your kitchen when you can just as easily throw it away. The same goes for your recycling.  Keep a recycling bin just outside your kitchen door so you can toss out those bottles and cans before they accumulate.

Schedule cleaning.

At least twice a year, take everything out of your cabinets and wipe the cabinets down. Use this as an opportunity to wash all of your pots and pans and throw away or donate items that you no longer need.  This will also help you find storage containers and misplaced lids, and will keep you from purchasing items that you already own.

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Smog Alert!

Posted on January 13, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

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We all know of the importance of breathing clean air and the effect that pollution has on our health and environment, but we rarely consider the quality of the air where we typically spend the most time: INDOORS!  According to the EPA, “indoor levels of pollutants may be 2 to 5 times- and occasionally more than 100 times- higher than outdoor pollution levels.”  Yikes!

Fortunately, Sheryl Eisenberg of This Green Life has some great tips for reducing indoor air pollution in our homes and workplaces:

1.  Regular thorough cleanings rid your home of dust, which contains many biological and chemical pollutants that can easily become airborne or ingested through hand-to-mouth contact.  Eisenberg recommends vacuuming with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter, using a wet mop, leaving shoes at the door, and sealing cracks to keep dust down in the first place.

2.  Use green household and personal care products!  Don’t contaminate your home (or body) with the toxic chemicals that can be found in many conventional products, including cosmetics, haircare, and air fresheners.  Sponge & Sparkle uses exclusively green products in your home, so you can be sure that fresh clean smell is safe to breathe in!

3.  Prevent mold by keeping humidity in your home to 50% or less, fixing leaks, and ventilating appliances properly.  Don’t let water accumulate anywhere, as it can be a breeding ground for mold and all of the dangerous health effects that come with it.

4.  Test for radon and get your fuel-burning appliances inspected every year to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

5.  Don’t allow smoking indoors!  (This one should be a no-brainer).

(More great tips and information can be found on the This Green Life blog at http://www.nrdc.org/thisgreenlife)

It’s up to you to make sure the air quality inside your home is safe and non-toxic, but you don’t have to do the job all on your own.  Let Sponge & Sparkle help you!  Schedule a cleaning today, then take a deep breath and enjoy your beautiful, HEALTHY home!


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8 Steps to a Cleaner Home in 2014

Posted on January 2, 2014. Filed under: Atlanta House Cleaning, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Cleaning Bedroom, Clearing Clutter, Green Cleaning, Household Tips, Kitchen Cleaning | Tags: |

by Raina Raflo, Founder, Sponge & Sparkle – Atlanta House Cleaning Experts since 1981

Given the amazing benefits of a clean home and how important it is to a sense of self worth, it is no surprise that a clean and organized home is a perennially popular New Year’s resolution.

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At Sponge & Sparkle, Inc. we want to help you keep your resolution, so here are a few quick tips to make it easier to keep your home clean.

Tip 1 – Clean Faster

Studies show that each of us spends, on average, 685 hours each year cleaning. That’s almost an entire month! By learning how to speed up the process, you will save untold hours and reduce your aggravation and frustration.

Tip 2 – Hire an Imaginary Inspector

Did you have an imaginary friend as a child? Well, now it’s time for your imaginary inspector. The inspector’s only task is to ask the following question about items in your home: “Is it beautiful or useful?” If the answer to is no, this item should be removed as soon as possible. Assign it to one of the following categories: garbage, charity, or sale.

Tip 3 – Get Professional Help

Starting with a clean slate will make achieving your goal easy. By hiring a professional cleaning service to provide a detail clean, you will quickly gain traction on your New Year’s resolution.

Tip 4 – Watch your Hands

Do this exercise for 10 days, and I guarantee you will be on your way to a much cleaner home. Watch your hands – every single time you put something down, ask yourself if you are placing the item in its proper place. If the answer is no, make sure you put it where it belongs. After 10 – 14 days performing this new exercise, you will find your home getting cleaner, almost as if by magic.

Tip 5 – Make your Bed

Imagine coming home at the end of a long day to a tidy, serene bedroom. Doesn’t the thought of it just make the stress drain out of your body? Making your bed takes, at most, 2 minutes and can really go a long way towards giving you a feeling of serenity. On the other hand, since the bed is probably the largest piece of furniture in your bedroom, having it untidy and messy is guaranteed to raise your stress level.

Tip 6 – Corral your Stuff

Instead of having items strewn all over the place, get in the habit of placing like items together in containers. Corralling can be done in any room in the home. Anything from jewelry to magazines to pot lids can be easily organized in containers or baskets. In addition, cleaning around containers takes less time than having to move and clean around individual items. Here’s another tip: use similar or matching containers in each space to make each area look “pulled together.”

Tip 7 – Clear Clutter

Clutter attracts dust bunnies. If you find the thought of cleaning clutter intimidating, do not attempt it all at once. Instead, work on one room for 15 minutes at a time. Steady, consistent progress is infinitely better than no progress at all. Need help clearing your closet? Click here for our closet clearing tips.

Tip 8 – Pull Rank

You know those little people – also known as your children? Put them to work. Even young children can be assigned small, age-appropriate cleaning tasks. Do not carry the entire cleaning load on your shoulders.

Put these quick tips into practice, and you will find yourself in a cleaner home before you know it.

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