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3 Ways to Get Your Kids to Help Clean The House

Posted on August 21, 2014. Filed under: Atlanta House Cleaning, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Kitchen Cleaning | Tags: , |

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

One of the 8 keys to a clean home  is to get your children to help. While some children are more eager to clean than others, getting them to clean does not have to involve a tug-of-war.

 

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Here are 3 ways to get the kids to help with cleaning.

1. Get Started Early

Think a toddler is too young to help? Think again. In her Growing a Jeweled Rose blog, Crystal Underwood lists 17 household chores that are a right fit for a toddler.

2. Make it Fun

You’ll be surprised to find that your children, especially the younger ones, find some house cleaning chores fun. It helps them feel as if they are “big” to be able to help Mom and Dad. Find other ways to make house cleaning chores a game.

3. Give Rewards

Create a reward system to encourage good work. Be creative. Rewards don’t have to be money, they can be fun outings or treats.

There’s no reason you have to shoulder the entire burden of a clean home. In addition to hiring a professional cleaning service, get the kids to pitch in. After all, they live there too!

 

 

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Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

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How to Select the Right Atlanta House Cleaning Service (Video)

Posted on August 14, 2014. Filed under: Atlanta House Cleaning, Cleaning Industry |

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

For some, hiring a maid service seems like a pretty straightforward task – make a few calls and hire the one with the cheapest bid.

Making the wrong decision, however, can be costly.  The wrong decision can land you in trouble with trial attorneys, or even worse, the Internal Revenue Service.

Our latest video has a few tips to help you select the right house cleaning service.

 

 

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Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

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5 Easy Ideas for a More Sustainable Home

Posted on August 7, 2014. Filed under: Atlanta House Cleaning, Green Cleaning, Household Tips |

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

Sustainability is a buzz word we’ve all heard, but what does it mean? There are many definitions of sustainability, from the simple to the complex.

 

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For the purposes of this article, let’s define sustainability as taking care of your needs while minimizing the effect it will have on future generations. In other words, we use what we need in order to exist without depleting what’s available for our grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the generations to come.

While 100% sustainability might not be possible, we can make simple and easy choices to have a more sustainable home.  Here are 5 ways to start.

1. Reduce your energy use.

Reducing energy use can be accomplished by unplugging appliances when they aren’t in use, using energy efficient appliances, using low-energy light bulbs, plugging your home for air leaks and more. Your local utility company might conduct a free energy audit and recommend specific ways you can reduce your energy consumption.

2. Embrace Meatless Mondays.

A study of 30,000 meat eaters, 16,000 vegetarians, 8,000 fish eaters and 2,000 vegans by University of Oxford scientists found that meat lovers’ diets cause double the carbon emissions of vegetarian diets. (Source)  Switching to Meatless Mondays might do more for the environment than driving an electric car!

3. Buy Less.

Do you really need all of those gizmos and gadgets? Do you really need all of that stuff? According to the Self Storage Association, one billion square feet of storage was created between 1998 and 2005.  This proves that we not only have more than we need, we are hoarding it.

Invest your time in making memories and having experiences, rather than buying more stuff.

4. Reuse More.

Find additional uses for objects before sending them to the landfill. Buy used when you can. Donate what you no longer need to someone else who can really use it. Check out our blog post for more ways to reuse your items.

 5. Use Less Water.

Monitor your water consumption and cut back where possible. Is it really necessary to leave water running while you take a shower or brush your teeth? Do you really need to run the dishwasher for a few dishes?

You are invited to the conversation.

How do you live a more sustainable life? If you have tips for our readers, do share.

 

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Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

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