Keepin’ it real

I’m not gonna lie to you, housekeeping has never been a skill of mine. I struggle with day to day cleaning, and I resent having to pick up after other people. For me, I have to pretty much have a motivation tape playing in my head all day, “You can do it!” “It will look so nice when it’s done!” “Clean dishes are fun!” Ok, that last one is stretching it a little, but you get the point. Perseverance and a positive attitude are keys toward my goal of a clean, uncluttered home.

Bins, drawers, and containers, oh my!

I am a busy Mom of two small kids and I can tell you from experience that kids are messy! Duh, right? Well it’s true! I have compared my kids to tornadoes before, they gather up little legos, dolls and various tiny pieces of toys in their path and then swirl them around the house, leaving a disaster everywhere.

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21 Days

There is research that suggests that it takes 21 days of consistency to form a habit and have it stick. I am not a big fan of cleaning, I feel that it’s an exercise in futility, the living room is just going to get cluttered again, clothes will just get dirty again, etc. So when I found out about the 21 day habit change, I decided to try it with my least favorite chore: dish washing.

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The Many uses of Dawn Dish Soap

I have to admit, I am a bit of a snob when it comes to dish soap. I have tried many brands, but find that Dawn is the only brand of dish soap that has the best grease-fighting power on pots and pans. I also like that the bubbles stay in the sink longer, so a little bit of soap goes further than other brands.

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The Holidays are Here!

Oh my, Christmas is right around the corner and there is so much to do! For many people, the holidays are all about being with family and friends, eating good food, and enjoying extended stays with relatives near and far away.

While you are bustling around getting your cookies baked, dinner menus prepared and a guest list assembled, there will come a time when something else very important will crowd into your mind. Cleaning the house! Who has time for that? But you have company coming, you HAVE to make time to clean the house!

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Store bought vs home made

I fall into the category of people who like store bought cleaning solutions because I feel that I won’t be able to effectively get my home clean with anything homemade. I like the labels I see on the shelves at the store that say “antibacterial”, “anti-microbial” and BLEACH! To me, this offers comfort that I am getting the best clean that I can for my family.

However, the problem with this of course, is that I am spraying all kinds of chemicals all over the house that are probably best not inhaled. And because my children are getting to an age now where they want to help me with cleaning, I need to be more careful so that they don’t potentially get sick.

Now here’s the rub. Going to the store and buying something is much simpler than experimenting at home with multiple products to see if you can achieve the same kind of clean without the chemicals.

Fortunately, we live in the digital age, so DIY (do it yourself) cleaning recipes are available in abundance for those that would like to be more ‘green’.

In fact, one recipe that I saw online was a combination of castile soap, orange and tea tree essential oils, warm water and baking soda as a great cleaning agent for the bathroom. This recipe can be used on counters, sinks, floors, especially the area around the toilet and in the shower/bathtub as well.

If you are looking for a cleaning solution in the kitchen, many have used a combination of vinegar, lemon and water to do much of the work on stove tops, microwaves, counters, sinks and faucets. You can also use vinegar and water to clean out the inside of the refrigerator.

Baking soda also has many other uses. From removing grime, to grease stains, oven cleaner and even making homemade toothpaste the sky is the limit with this wonderful product!

House Cleaning Services

I own a home, and I have a busy family with 2 kids, a husband and a cat. House cleaning is something I work hard on but I feel as though I’m never caught up, and I don’t have time to do the other things I want to do because there is so much to be done at home.

I didn’t think that a house cleaning service would be a possibility for me, I couldn’t possibly afford it, right? Ann Arbor Cleaners is an affordable house cleaner service that has quality employees who are dedicated to their work and to providing the very best service to all of their clients. They also offer a satisfaction guarantee, if you are not satisfied with their work, Ann Arbor Cleaners will send out another employee at no additional cost.

Ann Arbor Cleaners offers flexible scheduling; whether it’s a one time service or weekly or monthly cleaning, they work around your schedule.

It’s so nice to know that they are there to help me focus on my busy life and not on my house cleaning!