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.
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
The Psychology of Clean
A full day’s work can leave many of us drained, and for those that are rife with energy, the plans following a day at the office usually involve a quick-change into something more comfortable and a quicker turnaround to get out for the next social. But the work bag stays put on the couch. The dish in the sink from a speedy meal the night before continues to soak. Perhaps you rushed out the door in the morning and didn’t have time to make the bed. How long have those pajama pants been in the corner?
It can be funny to think about, eliciting a self-inflicted eye roll, but items out of place, even minor clutter, can have consequences.
Neuroscience tells us that a cluttered workspace can have a direct, negative impact on the amount of work that gets done by pulling the brain in different directions, inhibiting both creativity and productivity. I should probably find a drawer for my multicoloured Post-Its, and I haven’t the faintest as to how the painter’s tape got out here.
New paragraph, less stuff on desk. I think it’s working!
Aside from focus, the mind can often parrot the state of the environment; that is to say, chaos in the home, even organized chaos, can have an impact on our focus and mindset.
The space we live in should be comfortable – the creature comfort of familiarity, even with a mess, can be the norm for some – but does that make it okay to do? Within reason, yes, but adding clutter to the environment can have a lasting effect by making it harder to relax through a created sense of guilt: “I need to clean this.” It can also produce anxiety, especially as the work needed to alleviate the situation grows larger and further beyond your control.
Organizational psychology has shown us that in most environments in our lives, even classrooms, orderliness becomes a metric for an individual’s enjoyment of the space.
So what’s the answer, then?
It starts with self-discipline. We all crave structure, but it can be hard after a long day to maintain that structure. Done with that tea mug? Put it in the dishwasher, or give it a quick rinse in the sink. Take the extra minute and make the bed in the morning. In fact, if a task takes less than 5 minutes, get it done – see if that doesn’t improve your day! Alas, the problem can sometimes come back to time. Maybe you get home at 5, and have dinner plans at 6. Maybe you just want to spend the weekend kicking back, after a stressful stint at the office.
If You Don't Have Time to Clean Fresh Living is Here To Help
We get that time is money. The more time you get to spend in a positive, clean environment, the happier you often get to be. So, let us assist in providing that relief. Here’s what some of our clients have had to say:
Whether by the academics or word of mouth, the proof is there: a clean home is a happy home for your mind. When cleaning doesn’t fit into your schedule, we here at Fresh Living are more than up to the task!
Bow Home Services Inc. a
Trusted Saskatoon painting expert consolidates painting services in house with
their talented, professional and knowledgeable crew members! With more than 20
years of experience, Bow Home Services is a Trusted Saskatoon painting service
you can depend on to provide beautiful results, seven days a week!
In this pro tips blog Bow
Homes Services Inc. emphasizes the importance of getting things in writing.
Many contractors will want to start jobs with verbal agreements which can often
lead to miscommunication and unsatisfying results.The team at Bow Home Services
Inc. operates using written or email contracts for any work they take on to
ensure expectations are met on both ends.
This commitment to
strengthen communication is why they are so fitting as a Saskatoon Trusted
Partner. The Trusted goal and vision is to eliminate the unanswered questions
or 'grey areas' when dealing with our partners. Written communication is
crucial for turning these grey areas black and white! Written documentation
allows Bow Homes to understand what is expected out of them without anything
falling between the cracks during verbal communication! Bow Homes provides this
assurance to make sure you get exactly what you want without any surprises!
you're looking to update the appearance of your home or business, Bow Home
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kitchen and main level renovation from their Trusted Saskatoon Design Blog
Out with the oak, in with the new! A look at a kitchen and main level renovation:
Many people will be able to relate to our homeowners renovation story. The clients were looking for some relief from their formally oak clad home. Closed in walls and oak cabinetry and trim throughout the house made it feel dark and dated.
The goal of the renovation was to open up the main level and make it more family friendly and create a beautiful, functional kitchen. The clients worked closely with our Designer to shape a living space that really matched their style. A personalized palette of white cabinetry, subtle patterns, and a touch of teal blue make for a contemporary/transitional and timeless space that perfectly suits the family! Special touches like the soft blue inverted bevel kitchen backsplash, and marble mosaic front entrance add a unique element to the space that really sets it apart from other home renovations.
The finished product is a light & airy, well organized space that allows the family enjoy spending time together at home!
The Trusted team work for the public, we do that by finding great local businesses, verifying they are as good as we have heard, and contracting them to uphold the 5 Trusted Guarantees. These businesses are the best and when they found out about Janice, a hard working single Mum in Saskatoon who had been ripped off from a local contractor and left living in a building site with her 10 year old daughter ...they STEPPED UP !
Here is Janices's Story Part 2 ...including the first video of the property so you can see for yourself whats she' dealing with. ( here is a link to Part 1 so you can read the full story)
JANICE's BUILD a Trusted Rebuild
After the initial meeting with Janice last week, the next step was to get a Trusted Contractor in to look at Janices's house.
Dave Andercheck from JABA Construction, is a well recognized business leader and expert in construction , he and his team met with Janice so he could look over Janice's bomb site of a home, he was shocked at the mess and terrible workmanship. He is now compiling a report so he can lay out just what needs to be done, and from there we can start planning the rebuild, and what we need in regards help & materials from the amazing Trusted partners across Saskatchewan and their suppliers -
Thank you also to Aaron Loraas- from Loraas disposal for donating bins and garbage fees for the project , Rona for their huge donation and Winroc for many of the materials , and of course the new heated roofing system donated by Heated roofing in Colarado!