4 Quick and Easy Tips to Simplify Cleaning Your Home

Let’s face it: cleaning is not fun for everyone. It is a means to an end. Sure, the end product is nice and you feel accomplished afterwards, but the road to getting there is at best sweaty and at worst exhausting. Here are four quick ways to make cleaning your home simpler and easier.

1. Designate Organised Areas

Image source: winnond at FreeDigitalPhotos.netIf you know where everything goes (or should go) in your house, then cleaning will be a whole lot quicker. Encourage your kids to put their toys away when they are finished. They should know where the toy trucks go, where the sporting gear goes, where the colouring books go, and so on. If there are specific places for everything, and the places are common knowledge, this will reduce clutter and keep your tidying up time to a minimum. Keep all cleaning items to a specific area based on use. Put your supplies in areas that are easy to get to. Vacuums are always bulky and a pain, so relieve some of that annoyance by setting it up in a place that is easy to access.

2. Reduce Clutter

Keepsakes are nice, but do you really need that trophy you got for participating in the school spelling bee in grade 2? Throw it out, or have a special closet, box, or shed for such items to look back on later. Keeping your home free of clutter will save you lots of time and energy as you clean. If keepsakes are important to you then save them. There are no rules when it comes to your home, but there are tips to help keep you from pulling your hair out later. Do you need a month’s worth of the same magazine or newspaper? If you find a particular article interesting, save it… and throw the rest out.

3. Maintain the Cleanliness throughout the Week

Clean as you go, do small loads of laundry during the week so it doesn’t pile up on one big day, wipe down surfaces as you use them, and teach kids to put toys away after use. Upkeep like this will save you lots of time when you have to do the heavy-duty cleaning. Tidying up can sometimes take longer than the actual cleaning itself but, if each person in your household knows where everything belongs and knows they’re expected to put things away, they can each do their part. Before you head to bed each night, do a quick tidy of the kitchen, living room, and play area.

4. Schedule Cleaning

Have a specified day to clean the whole house or choose a day where you only do bathrooms, then the vacuuming the next day, and so on. Maintain your schedule and stick to it. This will let you mentally prepare for cleaning and allow you to schedule the rest of your day and week accordingly. Try to be strict with your schedule without putting too much strain on yourself. By keeping a schedule, you’ll know everything will get done.

Putting these tips to use will allow you to clean your house more thoroughly than ever before. It may even look like a professional cleaning service like AMC Cleaning has visited recently!

 

 

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Is Your Home Ready for Storm Season?

Storm season is coming around again so it is time to batten down the hatches and make sure your home is safe. You don’t need to worry about anything when you are fully prepared for the worst weather. Come rain or hail, if you follow this simple guide you and your family will be as ready and safe as you can possibly be.

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Storage

Due to the high winds that come with storms and cyclones, it is important to take any loose outdoor objects, furniture or toys, and store them in a safe place. If you have a shed on your property, you may find pallet racks are a useful way to store your outdoor furniture. You can find pallet racks solutions with storage supply companies like Elbowroom . For pool owners, plastic furniture can be submerged under the pool, keeping it safe from the wind.

Check Your Roof

Now that we are coming into storm season it is important to check your roof, as most damage occurs here. First off you will need to clear out the gutters. Make sure none of the down pipes are clogged up and the water has somewhere to escape to. If water can’t flow away your gutters can become too heavy and break off. Once the gutter is clean, you need to check the roof tiles and replace any that are loose, or cracked so no water is able to leak through into your home.

Supplies

It is possible that you could get stranded at home without food or drinking water, so think about what supplies you could need if the worst happens. Clean drinking water is your most important commodity. Stock up on containers to hold the water and if a severe storm hits, fill them up along with any buckets and bathtubs. If you think your home may be at risk buy some canned foods next time you go shopping. You will also need some sandbags to block off the drains, preventing any sewage backwash caused by flooding. Be sure to have an emergency kit in your home, containing candles, matches, medicine, radio transmitters, bandages, torch, batteries, utility knife and copies of identification.

General Maintenance

As the saying goes, the best solution is prevention, so to help avoid serious damage to your property a good amount of general maintenance is recommended. Look around your property at any overhanging trees that could be a threat to your house or nearby power lines. If trees are overhanging power lines call professional tree loppers to remove it, due to the risks.

For houses with a flood risk it is important to store any chemicals well above ground level and consider having any low power points raised up high. When storms come, place any precious furniture or other items above flood level if possible. To prevent broken glass during high winds, protect them from debris with metal shutters or screens. Remember to put tape on any windows at risk of being broken.

 

These are just a few quick and easy steps you should be taking to make your house ready for storm season. What steps do you take to keep your home safe?

 

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5 Tips on How to Keep Warm on Those Cold Nights

For most people, getting through winter is an annual struggle, and many look for ways to make those cold nights all the more bearable. There are a number of ways you can keep your home nice and toasty even on those coldest nights. In sum, most of these strategies involve better insulating your home, as well as adding extra heat sources. To give you an idea on just what can be done to get through winter this year, read on.

 

 

Here are 5 tips on creating a warmer home this winter:

1. Insulate your doors.

If you have cracks or gaping holes around the doors in your home, then it’d be wise to close these up, and keep whatever heat that exists inside your home. You can do this by applying foam around the edges of your door frames. Of course, you’ll need to ensure the doors can still function properly. But any effort you put into this will surely make your home that much warmer.

2. Insulate your windows.

Windows that are not double-paned allow heat to escape more easily. If you have these windows in your home, then it helps to place thick curtains in front of them so you can retain as much heat inside your home as possible. Adding this extra barrier between the inside and outside of your home will help your home’s insulation and make for a much more bearable winter.

3. Insulate your roof.

If you have an older house, then it’s possible that much heat is escaping through the roofing in your home. Unfortunately, the insulation (if any) used in times past was not of the highest quality, and by re-insulating your roof with modern insulation, you can greatly improve the heat retention in your home.

4. Install a fire place.

Having an actual fireplace can be very effective in heating your home. However, they can be expensive to install (if you don’t already have one). Luckily, these days there are many fireplace alternatives that are just as effective in keeping your home nice and warm. Check out Barbeques Galore for some ideas on just what is available on the market today. Sure, they still use wood (which you’ll need to purchase throughout the sometimes long winter), but they simply deliver in making your home a pleasant place to be when the sun goes down.

5. Purchase an electric heater.

Apart from installing a fireplace (or a fireplace alternative), one of the most common and effective ways of staying warm this winter is by purchasing an electric heater. They are a cost-effective heating solution that can keep any home warm during even the coldest of winters. Most electric heaters these days are quite energy efficient – saving you from high electricity bills – and there are a number of different designs, sizes and styles to suit anyone’s tastes.

Staying warm this winter period shouldn’t be too difficult if you keep to the above suggestions. A warm home starts with proper insulation and ends with placing additional heating sources around the house. Of course, you’ll still need to face the brutal cold when you leave your home, but at least you’ll have a nice and toasty place to come home to at the end of each cold day.

 

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