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How to get your Child to Clean up After Themselves

  • Lee
  • November 08, 2015

How to get your Child to Clean up After Themselves

The first thing you need to do is keep your home as organized as possible, make sure that everything has a place. Keep baskets at the front door, totes for their toys, and a place for their things on the shelves. Make sure that they know where all of their things go

One of the ways that motivate children to clean their room is a rewards. I know that some parents do not give their children a reward for cleaning, but I think that it makes it fun and is cheap. My suggestion is to take the children to the Dollar Tree and let them pick out one or two things that they want for cleaning their room. This is a great motivator because they can choose anything out of that store they want and it’s great for mom to because that will not break the bank.

Another tip would be to teach them to pick up their toys from the time they are tiny. If they can pull it out they can easily put it back. Even if they are a year old, this teaches them I pulled this out I put it back from an early stage.

Do not let them have access to every toy and toy bin they own. They need to learn they get one bin, a couple toys, or something similar. When they are allowed to tear out their entire room it really does become a challenge to them because it is so overwhelming. I know how I felt when I was little and friends would leave. Every item I owned was in the floor and it was so overwhelming to have to pick up.

Help them out just a little when they need it. I don’t mean pick up their entire room, but sometimes when mom is helping out it motivates them to get done quicker and they enjoy the time spent with the parent..

Every night before they go to bed make sure that they pick up after themselves. Right before dinner or after bath make sure that they put all their toys away. This would also be a good time to make sure all their homework has made it back in their backpack for the next day.

Making a schedule is another way to help them clean. Every morning when they get up have them check their list, maybe it’s their morning to help unload the dishwasher or fix lunch. Either way they are learning responsibility at an early age.

Be firm with your children about picking up. Remind them to pick up, but do not stand other them. If they choose to not pick up take away one of their privileges, such as spending the night with someone special. Make sure you do not back down or feel guilty because they blew their opportunity and if you back down they want never learn to pick up.

Don’t forget to praise your children. They love to know that mom and dad are proud of them. Children love to hear praises and it helps build self-esteem and confidence that they can do it all on their own.

If you children are really small, but are big enough to pick up, take pictures of items that go in certain bins or baskets so that they know where to put things.

It is ever too early to start teaching a child about responsibility (as long as they can speak!). Check out Maid Savvy for more!


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How to Get Children to Clean Their Room

  • Lee
  • November 05, 2015

How to Get Children to Clean Their Room

One of the ways that motivate children to clean their room is a rewards. I know that some parents do not give their children a reward for cleaning, but I think that it makes it fun and is cheap. My suggestion is to take the children to the Dollar Tree and let them pick out one or two things that they want for cleaning their room. This is a great motivator because they can choose anything out of that store they want and it’s great for mom to because that will not break the bank.
Another tip would be to teach them to pick up their toys from the time they are tiny. If they can pull it out they can easily put it back. Even if they are a year old, this teaches them I pulled this out I put it back from an early stage.
Do not let them have access to every toy and toy bin they own. They need to learn they get one bin, a couple toys, or something similar. When they are allowed to tear out their entire room it really does become a challenge to them because it is so overwhelming. I know how I felt when I was little and friends would leave. Every item I owned was in the floor and it was so overwhelming to have to pick up.
Help them out just a little when they need it. I don’t mean pick up their entire room, but sometimes when mom is helping out it motivates them to get done quicker and they enjoy the time spent with the parent.
Make a chart or list that is expected of them to complete each day and tape it to the back of their door. When they get up every morning they can look at the list and say oh I need to put my laundry away, or take my water cup to the sink. Give them stickers for each task that they complete and at the end of the month maybe award them with a little something extra if they worked really hard to complete all their tasks.


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How to Do Laundry Like a Pro

  • Lee
  • November 02, 2015

How to do Laundry like a Pro

If you are like me you probably don’t enjoy doing laundry, but keeping the laundry clean is a necessity of life. In these steps I will show you how to do laundry like a pro.

  1. First make sure that you are not overcrowding your washing machine. I know that you probably feel like more is less, but actually you are tearing up your machine and the laundry isn’t getting clean like it should be. It is better to keep the loads to the recommended amount to help keep them clean
  2. When you are using laundry detergent, use the smallest amount no matter the load. More detergent cause build up and cause germs to hang onto your clothing. It has also been shown that more detergent will not get your clothes any cleaner than using the smaller amount.
  3. Using cold water is another tip that many people overlook. You should always wash your underclothes in hot water, but your regular laundry can be done in cold water. It not only allows you to mix light colors with whites, but it also saves you money on your power bill.
  4. If you want to get super fluffy towels and absorbent towels do not use any fabric softener. Fabric softener makes the towels less absorbent and they no longer will have that fluffiness to them. You can recreate the absorbency in your towels by adding a small amount of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
  5. If you do at least a load a day it will help you to stay caught up, but it will also keep your clothes from souring. If your laundry sits in the hamper too long it can grow mold and bacteria. When that happens usually the best thing to do is toss it and who wants to toss their favorite outfit because it was forgotten under a moist towel?

Hopefully you can use all of these tips to help improve the laundry you do at home. With Maid Savvy, you can also choose to have a load of laundry done as an add-on when you booking through out online portal. In the comments, please add any instructions for your laundry so that we can best serve your needs.


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How to Clean Your Home Like a Pro

  • Lee
  • October 30, 2015

How to Clean Your Home Like a Pro

First off I think that we need to start with the basics, which is pretty simple...Dusting. I know, I know, you hate dusting, but if you can just take the time to dust thoroughly once a month it will make your home look nice. Dusting is also proven to reduce allergies and improve breathing. Dust everything, baseboards, window ledges, ceiling fans, and of course all of your wood furniture. Be sure to use a micro-fiber cloth and spray the product directly onto the cloth.

The next step is to give your bathroom a good scrub down. Everyone loves a good clean bathroom with a shiny white tub and toilet.

  • Try to keep your bathroom simple with only the necessities out.
  • Spray all the surfaces and let it sit a couple minutes before wiping that way more grime comes off the first time.
  • Make sure to wipe the mirror down and wipe off the towel rack too.
  • Also don’t forget to wipe down the wall beside the tub so that there isn’t any runs down the wall.
  • After everything has been done don’t forget to sweep and mop the floors.

Another great way to clean like a pro is vacuuming. When you are deep cleaning you need to vacuum everything to make sure all of the trapped dust and dander! Use your attachments to get cob webs out of the corners, the tops of the door panels, vacuum around the washer and dryer, and anywhere else dirt crepes in.

In the kitchen start with your fridge, empty everything out of it. Go through checking dates, tossing leftovers, and make sure you scrub the entire fridge out. When you are done put everything back in a nice neat and organized manner. Move on to the stove using a baking soda paste and let it sit while you scrub down the counter tops and the cabinets. Make sure to also wipe down all of the small appliances. Go back and wipe out your stove with warm water. Don’t forget to sweep and mop the floors.

You can see everything that is included in each of our cleanings here

PS: Another tip is to throw those curtains, if they are washable on hand wash, in the machine they will come out clean and give your home a fresh scent to it.



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