Spring Cleaning 2017 Checklist

Spring has finally started to fill the air with jacket-free temperatures when we step outside! But before you can open up the windows, you must clean them. Yes, we’re talking about spring cleaning. And to make this daunting task seem a little more manageable, we’ve created a handy-dandy spring cleaning checklist. We’ve organized the cleaning checklist room by room!

ALL ROOMS

Clean windows and windowsills
Vacuum curtains
Dust corners for cobwebs
Steam clean carpets and rugs
Sweep and mop floors
Dust ceiling fans and light fixtures
Replace light bulbs as needed
Test batteries in smoke detectors
Disinfect door knobs, cabinet handles and light switches
KITCHENS

Clean appliances:
Oven
Microwave
Coffeemaker
Toaster / toaster oven
Refrigerator and freezer
Scrub stovetop / range
Clear out cabinets and wash shelves
Sanitize sink and clean drain
Clean behind and beneath refrigerator
BEDROOMS

Organize drawers and closets
Wash bedding and pillows
Rotate mattress
Disinfect kid’s toys
BATHROOMS

Organize cabinets and drawers
Clean backsplash and countertops
Clean sink and shine faucet
Scrub the shower and bathtub
Wash shower curtain
Clean the toilet
HOME OFFICE

Clean keyboard
Wipe down computer monitor
Disinfect computer mouse and phone
Clear away the clutter
LIVING ROOM

Wipe down television screen
Dust / vacuum furniture
Clean fireplace
LAUNDRY ROOM

Clean behind washer and dryer
Thoroughly clean lint trap in dryer and washer
OUTDOORS

Wash screens
Organize garage
Clean deck and outdoor furniture
Hose-out garbage can and recycling bins
Congratulations, you’ve reached the end of the Spring Cleaning Checklist. No sweat, right?  Give us a call for all of your house cleaning and home organizing needs as we are standing by and happy to help! 🙂

February House Cleaning & Home Organizing Checklist

It’s the start of February, the coldest time of the year here and it’s the perfect time to catch up on indoor chores that loved ones can appreciate before Valentines day!  With that, we here at QC Cleaning are excited to share our times for getting cleaned up and organized for February while enjoying the warmth indoors!

1. Embrace the Nesting!

Launder all your home’s bedding this month to get each room clean and ready for spring.
Clean all bed linens, including comforters, duvets, bed skirts, pillows, etc. Launder what you can; dry-clean the rest.

2. Pillow Fluffing

Fluff up down pillows with a short spin in the dryer (no or low heat).

3. Linens and Towels

This is an especially good time to clean out your linen closet. Rotate little used linens and towels to the front lines. Launder everything.

4. Flip the Mattresses

Keep your mattresses comfort level high by flipping it!

5. Tackle the Shelves

Clean bookshelves. Take everything down and dust. Now, consider very carefully what you return to the shelf. Does it really deserve to be there? Or would it be happier in a second-hand bookstore?

7. Clear the Air

Replace the filter in your heating unit, nows a good time when our heater is used most.

8. Freshen Up the Walls

Check walls for nail holes, blemishes, scuffs and do any light indoor repairs you wouldn’t want to tackle once it’s warm out.

9. Big Appliances

Get your significant other to help you move all the large appliances out from the walls so you can vacuum behind and underneath them. Change the water filter for the fridge while you’re back there!

Holiday Cleaning Tips From QC Cleaning – Maid Service Pros

Holiday Cleaning for Thanksgiving

Holiday Cleaning can be hectic and time consuming if you don’t plan ahead!  Our already busy schedule are in overdrive for the holidays s0 cleaning becomes more and more difficult to fit in. Divide your holiday cleaning tasks up into small segments that can be accomplished in a short amount of time and won’t overwhelm. The goal would be to have all the heavy lifting done before the day of your event and then the day before or the day of the event, you would just have a few items to touch up.

You are in your house everyday, so looking at your house differently will help you clean better. Walk through your home as if you were a guest at a holiday party to look for items that you’d like to clean or put away.

Instead of trying to accomplish your holiday cleaning yourself, get some help. If your children are old enough or you have another helping hand, assign them some tasks that fit their ability levels and you can concentrate on the more involved tasks.

Some common items you’ll want to attend to:

  1. Wash Windows and Screens
  2. Mop or Wipe Baseboards
  3. Clean and Press Window and Shower Curtains
  4. Iron and Clean Bedspreads
  5. Deep Clean Bathrooms
  6. Straighten and Clean out Coat Closets
  7. Wash or steam clean rugs
  8. Clean Stove Top or Range
  9. Wipe Kitchen Cabinets
  10. Wipe down Small Appliances
  11. Clean out the Refrigerator
  12. Dust All Surfaces
  13. Clean the Kitchen Sink and disposal

Of course many of these items are included in our cleaning packages. But, if you are doing it yourself, hopefully this list will at least get you started.

Once you have all the large items done, keep them maintained until the event. The day of the event we have a 1 hour quick cleaning list to go through.

  1. Hang Fresh Hand Towels
  2. Fill up Soap Dispensers
  3. Sweep the Front Steps or Porch
  4. Clean any Front Door Glass
  5. Damp Mop Kitchen Floor
  6. Wipe Down Counter Tops
  7. Move all larger items to the back of the refrigerator
  8. Straighten Magazines and Books
  9. Straighten and Fluff Sofa
  10. Vacuum High Traffic Areas

For regular cleanings or a one time clean schedule an appointment with us today!

How Much Stress Can A Messy House Cause?

Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel day to day with a cloud following us around reminding us of our messy house! Messy homes and places of work leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Why does mess lead to so much stress?

1. Clutter bombards our minds with extra “to-dos” and distractions causing our senses to work overtime distracting us from what’s important!

2. A messy place makes it more difficult to relax, both physically and mentally, continuously reminding us out work is never done.

3. Clutter makes us anxious because we’re never sure what it’s going to take to get through to the bottom of the pile along with feelings of guilt if we prolong tackling it!

4. Clutter inhibits creativity and productivity by invading the open spaces that allow most people to think, brain storm, and problem solve – making our actual work outside of home more difficult in time.

5. Clutter frustrates us by preventing us from locating what we need quickly (e.g. files and paperwork lost in the “pile” or keys swallowed up by the clutter).

Fortunately, unlike other more commonly recognized sources of stress (e.g., our jobs, our relationships), clutter is one of the easiest life stressors to fix! Here are a few ideas:

Make it fun! While you’re de-cluttering in between professional cleaning and organizing services schedule a time for yourself to clear your mind, put on some music and have at it! The more up-beat, the better! Not only will you enjoy the tunes, the time will pass faster and you’ll probably work faster than you would without the music! Live stress free in your home today with a solid cleaning and organizing plan!

Great Tips To Organize Kids’ Rooms

Kids Rooms Home Organizing

Have you ever said these three words to the kids: “Clean Your Room!”? Can we keep ourselves from ever having to say this? We sure can try with some great organizing ideas for the kids’ rooms!

Think like they do! First off, before we get started with our organizing, lets try to put ourselves in the mindset of our kids by looking at the spaces we have to work with from their vantage point! This may include having toys or games on shelves or bins that are low enough for them to put back into their normal areas on their own.

Organize top to bottom! Start organizing from the bottom of the room, and work to the top. Most used toys and belongings should be kept on lower shelves, in lower drawers, or on the floor. Keep the less-used toys on high levels so there is always room to put back the more frequently used ones.

Make sure you simplify categorizing items the best you can so they don’t have to think to put items back. Using a computer printer, you can print out simple little labels to make up categories around the room that can be turned into a fun game of “matching the item to the label”!

Devise a simple checklist to make sure each section of the room is accounted for when it comes to things getting back in their place! Building small routines like this will make doing the tasks at hand seem much less stressful and it will keep disorder from becoming overwhelming! Try these simple tips today for a more organized home in between regularly scheduled cleanings or a complete organizing by professionals!

5 Tips for Living Clutter Free in the Summer

Summer is almost here and the kids will be home from school all day! Most of us who work during the week, or stay at home, feel we need a vacation too! Summer is the perfect time to work on some new household habits when it comes to cleaning and organizing to give yourself more time to enjoy your free time! So let’s go over 5 quick yet powerful tips to help us live clutter free during the summer!

1. Everything has its own place! We’ve all heard of this before but what does it really mean? It means that not only do you know where everything goes around the house but the kids also have a good idea and can put things back where they belong!

2. Entrance Spaces! In the summer our doors are always opened and the shoes and sandals are less likely to be put away with such inviting weather outside! Continuing on the ‘everything has a place’ mentality, have somewhere specific to store all of the shoes where it’s easy accessible!

3. Toy and Electronics! iPads, iPods, Kindles, and even Legos all are items that we never want lost and we know the kids and adults want readily available! Get some small baskets or table arrangements that can add to the décor of the house and do away with clutter.

4. Clear the floor! This may just be the easiest clutter rule out there but one of the hardest to follow. Having a floor clear of any items can make your living space seem much larger and roomier with a minimal-feel that most of us are looking for. If you don’t set stuff down on the floor, you won’t need to remove it so be sure to have everyone in the house place things in their designated spot!

5. The Outdoor areas! With all of the lawn work going on and the lawn toys of the kids that may be scattered around the outdoor spaces, pick up some bins or outdoor furniture with build in storage to tend to any clutter! Whether it’s the an outdoor kitchen, a patio area, the driveway or a pool area, there are a bunch of creative ways to make for hiding away anything worthy of clutter!

5 Smart Home Organizing Products and Ideas

Home Organizing Products

We at QC Cleaning have organized countless homes and have gotten to know the spaces, nooks, and crannies in residences from top to bottom! While our services have never required that homeowners purchase any products whatsoever for their home to be fantastically organized, we have certainly come across some spaces where a simple home organizing product would be ideal and here are our five smart home organizing products & ideas!

1. Clothing and Closet Storage – One of the most difficult to maintain areas of the home when it comes to organization is your closet storage area because we interact with it so often as we change clothes and do laundry day to day. But we’re here to help! The best way to manage closet and clothing storage is with simple and inexpensive products such as clothes hangers that store multiple pieces of clothing on one hanger and closet storage racks where folded clothes, shoes and purses can be stored neatly.

2. Kitchen Storage – When it comes to kitchens there are two main places that typically need most of the organizing and they are in the cabinets and on top of your counters. Often we have counters with little room left for good cooking because of too many appliances and utensils but products such as pot racks, coffee k-cup organizers and minimalist dish racks can save loads of space making for a great cooking area! There are also some really great cabinet organizers out there that

3. Laundry Storage & Organization – Laundry organization is right up there with our closet space because the two interact on a daily basis! Since we see these so often it’s easy to forget how important laundry baskets and hampers are. Consider updating your hamper to something neatly disguised as a decorative item for your room or hallway! You can also save space with foldable drying racks and door-mounted laundry baskets for the kids!

4. Office & Desk Organization – If you work from home, have kids in need of homework space or just like to have your own computer time in an office type of environment in your home then you know that the desktop can be a little hard to keep in check at times. Consider getting letter and file organizers if you tend to accumulate loose-leaf paper and files, you can also get desk supply organizers for pens, pencils, and other small items to keep them all in one place!

5. Garage Storage & Organization – Garages are our specialties! Garages and attics can be the most time consuming areas of the home to clean and organize due to the amount of stuff normally taking up the space! The best way to organize your garage and preserve space is to use vertical storage products. Bins and shelving that you can put up against the wall of your garage can save tons of space and keep a garage organized. Also consider getting racks for any broom, shovels or rakes your might store in your garage along with other yard tools!

And that does it, our top 5 smart products and ideas for home organizing!

10 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips For A Fast Clean Up

When it’s the time of year that we start to use our screen windows and doors spring is just around the corner and our house is calling for it’s clean up before summer comes! In this post we’ll go over ten easy cleaning tips for a fast clean up around the house!

1. Get the Fabrics in Order: Wash the pillow covers, mattress pad and pillows (that can be washed) from everyone’s bed as well as any from couches! After this do a separate load of laundry with kitchen, doorway and bathroom mats!

2. Sanitize the Work Areas: Whether it’s you desk, where your children do their homework or the computer of your significant other, take a lightly dampened microfiber cloth and wipe down commonly used surfaces.

3. The Microwave: Our microwaves can get quite grimy if you don’t have regularly scheduled cleanings or keep up with it on your own. Give the microwave a good cleaning and if there are any unwanted smells you can slice a lemon in half and let it sit on high for a few minutes for a nice citrus scent!

4. Area Rugs: Any area rugs that are easily moved and carried around should be taken outside and shaken thoroughly! Hang them outside for an hour or so before bringing them back in to minimize dust.

5. Bring Spring Inside: Now’s the perfect time of year to gather a few potted plants to strategically place around the house in the sun and watch the flowers bloom!

6. Empty the Fridge: Just before a good grocery overhaul let your fridge get near empty to make it easy for a thorough cleaning throughout!

7. Garbage Odors: Our garbage can have one of the most important jobs in the house but they are easy to forget to maintain! Just incase anything seeped through a bag, take the cans outside for a good rinse with baking soda then let them dry-out upside down!

8. Toiletries: In your bathroom, see if your toothbrush or shower sponge needs replacing, it’s a good idea to replace these every few months. Now is also a good time to throw away and old medicines that you’re unsure of the expiry on.

9. The Garage: If you don’t plan on having organizers like ourselves come out and help minimize clutter for extra space, consider an overhaul of your garage where you remove most everything and then use a strategy for the placement of everything when you put it back together again!

10. The Yard: Last but certainly not least, if you have a yard and one with tree branches that have fallen over the winter or leaves left from the fall, take a few hours to roam your grass and get rid of it so it’s ready for the first lawn mowing!

Organizing & Cleaning Tips for Your Homes New Year’s Resolution

We can all breathe a sigh of relief now that the New Year has come and the craziness of the holidays has passed, allowing us to make or break resolutions we set for ourselves in 2016!

With the New Year come additions to our houses in the form of gifts and possibly new decorations that were added that we’ll be putting away if we haven’t already done so, needless to say we have more stuff around the house than any other time of the year.

Here are three quick organizing and cleaning tips your house will appreciate for your New Year resolution:

1. In with the new, out with the old. A good post holiday rule is that for every new item brought in, recycle or donate an old item that the new might be replacing to preserve space and keep from clutter.

2. Categorize and label. We recommend using a professional home organizing service like our own to straiten the home out but if this is something you try to take on yourself, label as many boxes and bins as you can for storage or easy access!

3. A cleaning schedule. Once all the clutter is taken care of after a good organizing, it’s much easier to maintain the cleanliness of a home. Hire a professional cleaning service to come every few weeks or mark on your calendar when you’d like to do touch-ups so dirt and dust doesn’t have a chance of taking over!

Keeping your home organized and clean will make the rest of your resolutions breeze by making for a stress free, enjoyable 2016!

Holiday Cleaning – Getting Your Home Ready For Guests

Holiday House Cleaning

It’s the time of year again when many of us will be preparing our homes for guests to celebrate the holidays with! So what should we focus on cleaning around the house in anticipation without going overboard?

The entryways of your home are the very first area your guests will see. Sometimes doors themselves can be forgotten so in addition to the doormat and walkway outside, wipe down the front door for a nice appearance! After outside is taken care of, come inside to get started on the area where guests will take their coats off and possible their shoes.

The next two main areas of focus will be the family or dining room, where the guests typically talk and eat with one another, the other is the kitchen. People gather around the kitchen a lot during the holiday so make sure your fridge and sink are looking nice! Be sure the dining room table is clean, chairs are available for guests and the floors look nice in the living room!

Don’t miss the bathrooms! Last but certainly not least, make sure you bathrooms are nice and clean when you have your guests over and there are adequate toiletries. Clear off the sink counter top or vanity, wipe down the floor, shine up the toilet and the shower or tub too if it’s exposed!

So that does it for our quick tip for the holidays when preparing to have guests over, have fun with family leading up to the New Year!