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The Cleaning Professionals at Fresh Living Say "Get Your Kids to Clean"!

You know those spotless, clutter-free, amazing looking rooms you see in magazines? That can be your home. Seriously! Fresh Living’s founder, Chantal Hounjet, created the company out of her combined love and talent for interior decorating and home improvement which paved the way to a career in Home Staging and Interior Redesign. Chantal is an International Staging and Redesign Professional, bringing her talents directly to your door! Fresh Living is a Trusted Saskatoon Cleaning Service & Trusted Saskatoon Interior decorators and staging professionals!


Get Your Kids to Help You Clean With Some Tips From Fresh Living!


If your house needs a hand and there are kids around, why not put them to work? They may not always enjoy helping tidy the home, but here are some ways to make it more fun for them and, by extension, less painful for you!



Setting the Process


The age of the child can be a slight trick to this, but all the same, having them enjoy the process is what helps. It can be frustrating to forget the tasks at hand, so a chalkboard checklist can make all the difference in the world! It may only be scratching item X or item Y off at a given time, but if there’s a set reward at the end… well, we’ll get there in a moment!


Keeping it Realistic


Remember that time you perfectly finger-painted Monet’s Water Lilies when you were six?

Probably because that’s not a thing kids do. Toddlers and young children aren’t known for their dexterity or situational awareness, that’s why watching them chase the ball around in soccer is often so darned cute!


Lower dexterity is why it might be a little difficult for the younger kids to make the bed, or neatly fold their laundry. Rather than applying the tykes to frustrating tasks, get them to work from their strengths: dogged determination and an abundance of energy (that you wish would shut down by 8pm most nights)!

Getting their dirty clothes into the laundry hamper, putting their shoes away nicely, putting toys and art supplies back where they belong, keeping the floors of common areas straightened up, having them use the vacuum, or pick weeds – there are plenty of tasks that kids are happy to do. Opportunities to contribute to the order and goodness of the household, and appropriate praise, are a staple. Speaking of which….



The Other "R-Word"


We’ve talked Realistic. It’s time to discuss “rewards.” Whether you believe in allowances or not, children like knowing there’s a carrot at the end of the race. Allowances work fine, but another consideration is an arbitrary “points” system. I mean, you were going to take them to see that new animated movie anyhow, right? That puts the tasks they do into their capable hands – if they want to go to the movie and they feel responsible for the actions they take to get to the movie, then obedience is second-nature behind what they chose to do.




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Cindy and her Trusted Saskatoon cleaning team will meet with you at your home to go over your areas of concern and goals for organization. They offer decluttering and organization in the following areas of your home: 

  • Closets, cupboards & pantry's
  • Basements, bedrooms, home offices
  • Laundry rooms, storage rooms, toy rooms, kitchens
  • Entry ways & garages

 




Their new service can even include labeling, storage containers and much more. Free estimates are included and a clean-up after they are through.


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Trusted SASKATOON MAID SERVICE and CLEANING SERVICE EXPERT Trusted Tip

Fresh Living is a Saskatoon maid service that is incorporated, bonded and insured, as well, all employees have passed a criminal record check. They strive to create clean, positive, uplifting environments that you can enjoy and feel proud to live in. Stop wasting your most valuable possession – TIME – and contact Fresh Living today!

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Let’s face it. Nobody actually LIKES cleaning. It’s just something that needs to be done to keep our places from becoming dirty and looking like something on an episode of Hoarders.

 

So how do we make everyone’s least favorite chores a little more fun?

Well, I’ll tell you!


1) Get a friend to help you Cleaning can be quite time consuming and overwhelming if you’re doing it alone. As the old adage goes, the more the merrier…right? So maybe a friend won’t actually help, but a spouse, partner, roommate, or kids are great resources. Divide tasks evenly so everyone knows what to do and will avoid getting in each other’s way. When all hands are on deck, the job will get done quicker. Sure, there may be an IOU for their efforts, but do you really want to spend your Saturday cleaning house alone? I didn’t think so.

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2) Rock out with your broom out I’m a huge advocate for playing music to get just about anything done. Something about a catchy tune helps me get work done more efficiently. But when it comes to cleaning, I find it especially effective. There’s nothing like dancing around a room, blasting Madonna, and making your vacuum your newest dance partner. Not to mention singing along and working to a beat makes it a little more entertaining than working in complete silence.

 

3) Come on downnnn…to the Clean is Right! If you have someone willing to help you clean, make it fun. Challenge roommates or siblings to see who can clean their room faster. Use a garbage bin as a hoop to toss garbage into. Or you can play ‘What’s Missing’- clean an area and see if someone can guess what’s missing that was there before. Games can be effective to teach young kids how to clean while making it a fun experience, as opposed to a chore. Set a timer and challenge them to pick up as much as they can in a designated time. Be creative…the possibilities are endless! ________________________________________

4) Shape up while you clean up Why not take advantage of the opportunity to get 2 birds with 1 stone? For those of you who love to exercise, or for the ones that can’t get enough time in the day to do it, cleaning can help. Put on your favourite tunes, preferably something with a fast beat, to help you pick up your pace. Tighten your abs and stretch to reach extra-high areas. Making big movements, like doing big circles when cleaning a shower door, will help those arm muscles. Start lunging while vacuuming and it won’t just be your house that’s in tip top shape!

 

5) Break Time To avoid feeling overwhelmed (especially if your house looks anything like mine), take breaks as you clean. Set a timer for 10-15 minutes and rest for a minute or two, drink something or have a snack. Many people tend to get less and less motivated while cleaning so try eating a favorite food, dress up funky, or pretend to be someone else to keep yourself from getting bored or tired and stopping.

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6) Get someone else to do it The most fun way to clean is by not cleaning at all! If you’ve got way too much on the go or just don’t want to waste precious down time on cleaning, hire in the professionals. It will free up your social calendar so you can enjoy your free time but just be mindful that it will cost you. If money is an issue, look to do professional cleans on an occasional basis and mindfully manage your space in between.

You’ll notice it’s easier to clean in small doses on a daily basis than a big overhaul at the end of the week.

 

 

Trusted SASKATOON MAID SERVICE and CLEANING SERVICE EXPERT Trusted Tip

Fresh Living is a Saskatoon maid service that is incorporated, bonded and insured, as well, all employees have passed a criminal record check. They strive to create clean, positive, uplifting environments that you can enjoy and feel proud to live in. Stop wasting your most valuable possession – TIME – and contact Fresh Living today!

Fresh Living are your TRUSTED SASKATOON RESIDENTIAL CLEANING SERVICE 


 

 

5 Cleaning Myths You Probably Believe Are True

Disinfecting & Cleaning are the same

Although bleach and vinegar are seen as ‘super cleaners’, they have led to many misconceptions about disinfecting and cleaning. Cleaning and disinfecting are NOT the same thing. Cleaning is a way to remove dirt and grime at a surface level to prevent the spreading of bacteria and diseases. The more debris that is removed at the cleaning stage, the better your disinfectant will be able to do its job. Disinfecting makes a surface free and clear of all microscopic organisms by killing things like bacteria, viruses and fungi which can lead to infections or disease. Two common household solutions that get mixed up are bleach and vinegar. Bleach is a disinfectant. This means that it helps to kill bacteria and other viruses on a surface but does not clean it. If you are looking to disinfect an area, it is best to clean the surface with a cleanser to clean before disinfecting. On the other hand, vinegar can act as a great cleaning and deodorizing agent on a variety of surfaces. It can damage porous surfaces like stone and unsealed grout and dull the finish of hardwood floors so be mindful of what areas in your home it’s being used on. Unlike bleach, it does not kill microorganisms that can lead to infections.

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Vacuum first

Unless your floors are so dirty that the thought of walking over them sends chills down your spine, always vacuum last. It’s always best to follow the top down cleaning rule for every room in your home. While you’re dusting and wiping down furniture, dust, hair and other particles will collect and fall to the floor. If floors are not vacuumed after you are finished dusting, it can resettle on areas you have already cleaned. Although it’s appealing to get what can be seen as the most time consuming task done first, vacuuming first will require you to do it a second time after you’re done cleaning the rest of the room. So much for a time saver! Did you know… Regular vacuuming helps your carpet last longer. Dirt and grit are abrasive and when they get ground into the carpet, they can ruin carpet fibers.

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Use furniture polish every time you dust

Furniture polish is great for keeping your wood furniture healthy and new looking. For regular cleaning, it is best to use a microfiber cloth to remove dust. Polishes tend to contain oils that can create a sticky film that attracts dust. You should either skip it or use it once in a blue moon to get that ‘polished’ look. Our best advice is to use what is recommended by the furniture manufacturer and use it sparingly.

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If it smells good, it’s clean

It’s been proven that scented and unscented versions of the same product clean equally well. So why do we assume a surface is clean because it smells good? The sweet smell of pine or lavender comes from the chemicals or natural oils in the product you’re using, not the cleanliness of the surface. The best way to know a surface is clean is to do the touch test. If it feels clean and looks clean, chances are you have sufficiently removed dirt and grime from the surface. ________________________________________

More is better

FALSE. Use the proper amount of soap or cleaner specified. We know how tempting it can be to add more ‘cleaning power’ for a bigger job. But when you can’t rinse all that excess soap away, it’s going to leave a sticky film that attracts more dirt and grime. Follow the directions and you’ll get better results. Extra isn’t always better. Just remember the only thing you need more of is a little elbow grease. So roll up those sleeves, get your trusty rubber gloves and get to work!

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