Category Archives: Organization

Easy Steps for Winterizing Your Home

House cleaning

Sometimes the chill of winter can sneak up on us, particularly with unpredictable weather patterns. You may first notice it when you are sitting next to a window or door and you can feel a cold draft coming through. Or perhaps with the first heavy snowfall, your roof may spring a leak. Whether you have experienced any of these things or not, some quick and easy steps will help you winterize your home to prevent future problems from occurring during the cold winter months.

Inspect All Openings  For the typical homeowner, addressing the drafts coming in through doors and windows will be a major improvement in energy bills. Weather strip and caulk all openings to prevent drafts.

Check Your Heating System – It is very important to change air filters at least annually and check the ductwork in your basement or attic for any gaps. You can use metal-foil tape to seal any gaps so that heat does not escape.

Caulk Trim and Baseboards – Check to see if any caulk on your trim and baseboards is old or worn away. This can cause drafts to seep through the walls and floors of your home.

Ready the Roof – Hiring a roofer to caulk the roof or doing it yourself will prevent ice damming which can form on your roof after snow melts and there is insufficient drainage. This can cause serious damage to your roof and possibly leaks inside your home.

Check the Fireplace  You might be amazed to know that most people forget to close the flue in their fireplace. It will be cold in the house and people won’t know why until they go to build a fire and discover an open flue. Checking to see if the fireplace doors are energy-efficient will also help with heating the house and energy costs.

These few steps will help with heating your home more efficiently and preventing costly repairs later on down the road. For more winterizing tips or to schedule a cleaning please call us today. 301-674-9564

Check Your List Twice – Holiday Cleaning

Residential Cleaning

The holidays will be here before we know it, and the last thing you need to worry about is cleaning your home in preparation for decorating, holiday dinners or parties, and guests dropping by. That’s why it’s a good idea to get a head start on cleaning and organizing the house now. There is much to be done with shopping, decorating, and cooking meals during the holiday season. If your surroundings are clean, uncluttered, and organized, the holidays will be less stressful and much more enjoyable for you and your family!

Here is a simple checklist to follow:

Begin Early

Start your cleaning early so you can break things down into smaller tasks. This will also leave more time for the longer (and often more enjoyable) projects like wrapping presents, cooking, baking, and polishing the silver.

Make Lists

No one can remember everything! Make lists for tasks and chores around the house or errands to be run. This will help keep you on track with your schedule.

Divide Cleaning

Set aside a fixed time each day to tackle a room or an area to clean, like right after your morning coffee or after dinner. You will be amazed at how much you can check off your list in under an hour.

Spot Cleaning

Take shortcuts when cleaning certain areas when you don’t have a large block of time to do a thorough cleaning. This will tide you over till you can get to it again. Something is better than nothing.

Simplify

Instead of cleaning around the clutter, just throw it out! This is a good opportunity to de-clutter your rooms and to donate or throw out items you no longer use.

Enlist Help

Dividing chores among family members gets the entire family involved and also cuts down on the time needed for cleaning. Set aside a specific time each week, like a Saturday morning when the whole family home and they can dust rooms and help tidy up the house.

Home Services Enterprise can assist with cleaning and organizing your home for the holiday season. Visit our website to schedule a cleaning with us.

Back to School? Time to Clean and Organize!

Home Organization

Now that the kids have gone back to school in the Rockville area and summer vacations have come and gone, the house is empty and (hopefully) quiet. This is the perfect time of year to clean and purge your home of unwanted items. Why not go through all the things you and your family members have accumulated all year long and decide what you’d like to keep, donate, or throw out?

With everyone is out of the house for most of the day, it’s much easier to go through and clean, organize, and donate things that are no longer wanted. Once that is accomplished and your home is more spacious and less cluttered, it’s time to clean and organize!

Home Services Enterprise offers a wide variety of Standard Cleaning Services and Special Services.

Standard Cleaning Services:

  • Dust all surfaces and under all furniture
  • Clean windows, ledges, and frames
  • Clean fans, vents, and doors
  • Dust and polish all baseboards, light switches, and doorknobs
  • Hand wash all floors
  • Clean bathrooms including sinks, tub and shower, toilet, and treat mildew
  • Vacuum all carpets and under furniture
  • Change bed linens
  • Scrub kitchen counters and sink
  • Clean interior and exterior of refrigerator, oven, and microwave
  • Load and unload dishwasher
  • Collect and take out trash

Special Cleaning Services:

  • Windows – cleaning interior and exterior
  • Walls – cleaning and washing
  • Plants – watering, dusting, and trimming
  • Decluttering and organizing – closets, kitchen, garage, children’s rooms, storage areas, paperwork,  and offices
  • Exterior – cleaning garage, sweeping deck, cleaning and polishing outside light fixtures, cleaning and polishing outdoor furniture
  • Laundry – washing, folding, ironing
  • Polishing – silver flatware, serving and decorative pieces

With all the cleaning services that are offered, you can enjoy that same old-fashioned cleaning that your mother and grandmother were proud of in their day. Your home will feel refreshed both inside and out!

Prepare for a Happy Homecoming After Vacation

Home and Office Cleaning

Are you and your family getting ready to head out of the Rockville area for a vacation or road trip? Sometimes we get so focused on where we’re going, we forget to prepare for our inevitable return home.

Tidying up the house before you leave will create one less thing to take care of upon your return. Here are just a few things you can do to prepare for a happy homecoming:

  • It’s always a good idea to pick up any clutter throughout your home and straighten up each room.
  • Freshen up the bathrooms and wash any clothes sitting in the hampers.
  • Clean out your cabinets and fridge of any leftover food and throw out any produce that will not keep.
  • Check on your bills’ due dates and pay any that are scheduled to be paid while you are away.
  • Don’t forget to arrange for stop and start on any newspapers and mail that you have delivered during your time away.
  • And perhaps most importantly, empty all trash cans throughout the house to avoid lingering odors.

Hiring a house sitter can also provide peace of mind. Knowing that someone will be there to keep an eye on your vacant house is one less worry. They can bring in the mail, set out the trash, and turn on any lights inside at various times while you are away. House sitters can also take care of any pets that you are not able to bring with you on vacation. Either way, it’s always a good idea to have your veterinarian’s contact information nearby in case of an emergency.

Home Service Enterprises can come in and spiffy up your home while you are away so that things will be fresh and clean when you return. With a little planning and organization you can rest assured that your home is well taken care of in your absence. Relax, smile and have a great trip!

Time to Move Out? Dorm Cleaning 101

Residential CleaningNow that the semester is nearly over, college students everywhere – from the Rockville area and across the country – will be cleaning and moving out of their dorm rooms.  This can be an arduous task for students. Even though the dorm rooms are usually on the smaller side, they tend to accumulate a lot of things during the school year. Of course, after the end of each spring semester, college students have to clean all of their belongings out of their dorm rooms.

Most colleges use these dorm rooms to house students for summer classes, and therefore require that all belongings be removed – and a thorough cleaning done – by a certain deadline.

There are 3 main pieces of dorm furniture to tackle and clean, and it’s best to start in this order:

  • Clean off your desk and pack up books, supplies, and laptops.
  • Clean out your trunk or dresser and place folded clothing on your bed.
  • Clean out your closet and remove clothing; fold and place the clothing on your bed.
  • Pack all of your clothes in duffel bags and/or suitcases.
  • Remove all bedding, blankets, and pillows from the bed and pack in a large bag.

Now that all the pieces of dorm furniture are cleared off, they are ready for a thorough cleaning. Wipe down the desk and the trunk with cleaning wipes and clean the inside of the closet, wiping it down as necessary. The bed can be sprayed with a disinfectant spray for freshness.

Always have large trash bags on hand to throw away unwanted clutter. If you have a refrigerator and/or microwave, clean them out, wipe them down, and throw away any remaining food you no longer want. Clean out the bathroom if there is one inside your dorm room. Pack away all toiletries and clean the bathroom thoroughly.

As a college student living on your own now, you are learning how to become independent. You are responsible for your own living quarters – clearing them out and cleaning them per school regulations. If there is no time in your schedule to clean the dorm room thoroughly or you need any additional help, you can call on a professional cleaning service to professionally clean for you. Keeping small places clean is not easy, and good cleaning habits will keep your roommates happy and your parents impressed!

Decluttering and Organizing Your Home and Office

Organizing and DeCluttering

Everyone can always benefit from a clean, efficient, and organized work space – whether you’re a student trying to study for a test, or a work-at-home mom trying to run a business from home. As we head into spring, you may find that the clutter from the winter has begun to take over. From back-to-school shopping last September to the Holidays and beyond, now is a great time to clear out what’s no longer needed.

Our work spaces should always be a high priority when it comes to staying organized. Studies have shown that keeping an organized desk helps to boost productivity. When you start with a clear work surface, your mind opens up to the project at hand more easily, without being distracted by any other unfinished projects that may be lying around your office.

Where should you begin? The biggest trick is to not bite off more than you can chew. Start with a small area; even as small as one desk drawer. If that goes well and you have time to move on, tackle the next drawer or perhaps a shelf. You can always take on more if you finish a small section. Sticking with small sections allows you to reach completion on small projects in a short period of time, whereas trying to do a whole room at once can feel overwhelming.

If you simply do not have the time to go through and clean out, organize, and de-clutter your home or office, you can always hire an expert to come in and take care of that for you. Cleaning services and organizing experts are available to come in and assist you or even take care of the whole job for you.

We all tend to accumulate things throughout the year, and especially during the winter. The key is, are you getting rid of what’s no longer needed, or just pushing it into a corner of your office? Accumulating too many things leads to disorganization and chaos, which can have a negative effect on productivity. Get off to a good start this spring with a fresh, clean, and organized work area. You will be happier and healthier – and so will your family!

A Cozy Nest for the Winter

Once February is upon us, the weather can get so cold that we may wish we could simply hibernate until spring. Assuming that’s not an option for you, we’ve got the next best thing: Suggestions to make your home as cozy as can be during this cold time. And best of all, you don’t need to leave the house to do any of them.

Your Bed
Sheets may get washed regularly, but the comforter doesn’t always get the same care. Freshen things up by washing all of your linens, including the bed skirt. While the washer is running, give your mattress a flip.

Filters, Filters, Filters
Replace any filters in your home. Check the furnace filter and the kitchen range hood. Water filters may be in the fridge, the basement, or under your kitchen sink.

Clouds of Dust
Dust collects everywhere, especially in spots up high where we may not clean on a regular basis. Grab your step ladder and wipe down ceiling fans, light fixtures, and door and window frames.

Pillow Time
Breathe new life into your pillows by putting them through a cycle in the dryer. Be sure to have the dryer heat turned off when you do this.

Clean Out the Fridge
While you’re in the fridge checking for the water filter, look for any expired or old leftovers that are ready to go to the trash or compost.

Disposal Time
Cut up a fresh lemon into ice-cube sized pieces. Put the pieces in the freezer. Once frozen, put them down your garbage disposal and run it with no water until the frozen lemon chunks are gone. Once they’re gone, turn the water on to rinse. The frozen lemon chunks not only grind food residue off of the disposal blades, they also leave your sink smelling fresh.

Once you’ve spent just a little time refreshing your home, the rest of winter can fly by while you’re comfy and cozy in the nest you’ve created for yourself. If you’d like help with of these steps or any other tasks to keep your home clean, organized and cozy, give us a call any time: 301-674-9564

5 Fun Ways to Clean House After the Holidays

Little girl wiping  dust off a kid chair

Now that the excitement of the holidays had settled, you may look around your home and find a bit of a disaster area. Whether you had holiday gatherings and house guests or traveled to see loved ones, the change in routine that the holidays bring can make it hard to keep things clean and organized.

Here are a few fun ways to get things back in order:

  • Have a party. Organize cleaning parties with a small group of friends where you all agree to help clean each other’s houses. Choose whose house will be first, and make the cleaning process fun by having races, singing along to loud music, and enjoying the support of community.
  • Take a vacation. If cleaning parties sound like the furthest thing from fun to you, hire a cleaning company (like us!) to come in while you’re on vacation and take care of everything for you, from laundry and dishes to organizing closets and paying your bills.
  • Barter the broom. Another creative way to get your house clean is to barter with a friend or neighbor. Find something you love to share with others (cooking, for example) and barter for cleaning services – trade a few homemade casseroles for a clean house.
  • Take it slow. If you’d rather clean things yourself but don’t have much time, remember that you don’t have to do it all at once. Try doing one room a day. Or start with dusting, and do the bathrooms another day and floors another. Taking small but consistent steps can get your house clean and keep you stress-free.
  • Get the kids involved. Make it a family event where everyone pitches in. And to celebrate the teamwork, take each other out to the movies or dinner when you’re done. The best part is that you’ll come home to a nice, clean house!

No matter how you choose to clean house, the results are always worth it. We encourage you to have fun with the process, and to call us if there is anything we can do to help. We wish you a Happy, Clean, and Healthy New Year!

Tips for Staying Organized During the Holidays

Holiday Cleaning

It’s that time of year again. December, filled with holidays, family gatherings, parties, and more as we head toward the New Year. Our calendars can get so full this time of year that keeping the house clean and organized can sometimes feel impossible.

Here are some tips to help you stay sane during this busy time of year:

  • Clean Out the Paperwork: Those piles of bills and junk mail may not take up much room on the counter, but they can certainly add stress every time you see them. Dedicating just one hour to go through it all and at least get it organized can take a weight off of your shoulders.
  • Get Ready for Guests: If you’ll be having guests stay with you at some point, it’s never too early to prepare a basket of fresh linens and bath towels. This way you won’t be rushing to get everything ready on the day they arrive.
  • Double the Recipe: As you prepare meals and do your grocery shopping, you may want to go ahead and double your recipes. It takes about the same amount of time and work, but you end up with a freezer full of leftovers. These will come in very handy on those days when you get home late after school plays, get-togethers, and more.
  • Tame the Tupperware: Speaking of leftovers, this is a great time to go through your Tupperware and match lids to containers. We inevitably end up with lids with no matching containers and vice versa. But until we identify which ones have no match, think of how many minutes are wasted looking for the lid that doesn’t exist! These minutes add up quickly, but it doesn’t take very long to go through and get rid of mismatched pieces.

Everyone here at Home Services Enterprise wishes you a joyful and stress-free holiday season. If there is anything we can do to help make things easier for you, from house cleaning and laundry to watering your plants while you’re away, don’t hesitate to give us a call at: 301.674.9564

Give Your Kitchen Some TLC

Residential Kitchen Cleaning

No matter how clean you keep your house or how hard you try to stay on top of keeping things neat and organized, there are always those little things that build up and need some special attention every once in a while – especially in the kitchen.

Here’s a rundown of some simple steps you can take, whenever needed, to give your kitchen a little TLC:

Toaster Oven
The toaster oven is one of the most versatile appliances in the kitchen. To give your toaster oven a thorough cleaning, start with the crumbs. Remove the crumb tray, and dump any crumbs out of the toaster oven and into the trash. Next remove any cooking racks and clean either by soaking in soapy water until baked-on food is easy to remove. Finally, clean the oven itself with your preferred all-purpose cleaner, paying special attention to the glass.

Kitchen Sink
The kitchen sink is something that may need special attention more often than anything else. You can clean any spots or grime in your sink with an all-purpose cleanser. To sanitize your sink, fill it with warm water, and add a tablespoon of bleach. Let that sit for about ten minutes, and then rinse it all out.

Garbage Disposal
If you have a garbage disposal, there is an easy way to both keep it running smoothly and smelling nice. Cut a few lemons into thin wedges, place them in a Ziploc bag, and then freeze the wedges. Any time your disposal needs a little freshening, simply put a few frozen lemon wedges down the drain and turn on the disposal for about ten seconds. Then turn on the water with the disposal still running for another few seconds, and viola – you have a clean and fresh garbage disposal. Save the rest of the wedges in the freezer for next time.

Refrigerator
The most important thing you can do for your refrigerator is to go through its contents regularly, throwing out any old or expired food. Aside from that, give the trays and drawers a quick wipe-down or scrubbing as needed.

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s a good time to make sure your kitchen is ready for anything. Even if you’re not cooking any big meals at your home, cleaning out your fridge will ensure that you’re ready to receive leftovers and sweets at any moment!