Category Archives: Organization

Prepping for Back-to-School Time

Doesn’t it seem like it was just a few weeks ago when your kids were chanting “No more teachers, no more books …”? And yet here we are again—already in August, when families across the country are preparing for the return to school.

As the countdown begins, parents everywhere find their schedules getting more hectic and their to-do lists growing longer. But there are actually several steps you can take to make this school year the best one yet!

  • Make a checklist of what needs to be done. Your daughter needs a new lunch box? Your son’s backpack has a tear? You’ve been meaning to look up healthy meal options you can send them on their day with? Still need to fill out those permission forms that have been sitting on the counter? Now’s the time to take care of whatever can be accomplished in advance, so you’re free to attend to more time-sensitive homework assignments and book reports once they start rolling in. Space out all these tasks so they’re more manageable time-wise.
  • Take a clothing inventory. The simple process of getting dressed in the morning can become stressful when drawers aren’t organized, closets are in disarray, clothes no longer fit, and the jacket most appropriate for the weather isn’t hanging in the coat closet within easy reach. Now’s the time to go through all your kids’ clothing—sorting out what to donate, what to hand down to younger ones, what seasonal items can be stored in bins, and what to hang up versus fold neatly away. In the process, you’ll identify gaps in the wardrobe—socks, shoes, sweatshirts—and you’ll make room for them. There’s nothing like starting off a new school year with a clean, fresh slate!
  • Go school supply shopping. The earlier you can check this item off, the better—before stores run out of the folders that are trending, the required type of pens and pencils, and book bags and gadgets that pass your kids’ approval. The best way to tackle this is to arm yourself with a detailed list of what you need to buy. Not only will this ensure that you don’t forget anything, but it will prevent you from making unnecessary and impulse purchases, saving you both money and repeat last-minute trips to the store. You can even make a game of this, dividing up the list and letting your kids hunt down the items in the aisles themselves.
  • Create a designated study area. Setting aside a particular part of your home for your kids to do their schoolwork is a great idea that signals when it’s “work time” and instills solid study habits. In this space, for example, cell phones are on silent and distracting music isn’t playing. Not only that, but you can set up storage bins or crates to neatly organize and arrange all those school supplies you just bought. This doesn’t have to be a big project or space—you can open up a corner in their bedroom, rearrange furniture to put a comfortable chair here, a compact desk there, situate a lamp just right to ensure good lighting. Whatever you can do to provide a calm and quiet place for their studies will get your kids off to a great start and keep them going that way all year.

Home Services Enterprise can help with all your organizing and home-optimization needs. Call 301-674-9564 today to schedule an appointment or visit our website: www.homeservicesenterprise.com

Readying Your Home for Your Vacation

Planning a vacation can be fun for everyone—where to go, how long to stay, checking out the local attractions, booking exciting activities and excursions. For homeowners, however, the thought of leaving your home unattended for a week or even longer can be worrisome. Who will take care of your pet? Will your plants die without watering? What if something goes wrong—a pipe breaks, the power goes out, the alarm goes off, an intense storm hits?

Preparing for a smooth departure and taking steps ahead of time to deal with any unexpected developments that might arise while you’re away will go a long way toward easing your mind and making your getaway truly relaxing!

THINGS YOU’LL NEED BEFORE YOU LEAVE:

  • Extra keys to the front door, back door, garage door
  • Timers for lights, inside and out
  • Padlock for gates for added security

SIX TIPS TO READY YOUR HOME: 

  1. Notify a neighbor or family member of the dates you will be away and provide them with emergency contact numbers. Either give them key(s) to your home before you go or leave them somewhere secure where they can access them. A garage door opener is another option, with the added bonus of easy access to garbage or recycling bins that might need to go out to the curb. Ask your neighbors to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity around your home.
  2. Make arrangements to stop mail and newspaper delivery or have them picked up by a trusted friend or neighbor. (Nothing signals you’re away more than a pile of newspapers on your front stoop.) While they’re there, have them water plants as needed.
  3. A great security measure is to set automatic timers for various lights inside your home that will turn on before dark and back off by morning. Timers and/or sensor lights for the outside of your home are highly recommended for extra security.
  4. If you have pets, make arrangements for either a pet care facility, a pet sitting service, or a steady visiting neighbor or friend who can come and care for your pet as often as needed. If you plan on using a facility, call early to make a reservation since they fill up quickly during the summertime!
  5. Turn off your water, inside and outside, to prevent dripping faucets, running toilets, or even worse, a flood in your home.
  6. Call Home Services Enterprise to schedule a house cleaning while you’re away. We can organize and clean your home in your absence, taking care of things like disposing of any spoiled food in the fridge, so that you can return to a spotless and welcoming home!

To schedule a cleaning, call 301-674-9564 or visit: www.homeservicesenterprise.com

 

A Month-by-Month Guide to Organizing Your Home

A house that is well organized and less cluttered feels calmer, looks better, and operates more efficiently than a home that goes neglected and disorganized, with clutter strewn about. Easier said than done, however, since the pace of life these days often keeps people too busy to attend to wish-list tasks and too exhausted to undertake them even when they have the time. Not only that, but it’s hard to know where to even start a significant cleanup project, so sometimes people just don’t begin at all.

But organizing a home doesn’t have to be so overwhelming and taxing. The trick is to start small and not try to tackle the whole thing in one fell swoop. Use this monthly checklist to break down large chores into smaller, more manageable increments completed throughout the year, and your house will be running like a fine-tuned machine in no time!

Monthly Checklist:

  • January: Pack up all your holiday decorations and return them to clearly marked boxes and bins as you clean and straighten common areas of your home as you go. Didn’t use that tree stand, tablecloth, or wreath the past few years? Make a donation pile of no-longer-used holiday items and drop them off at your nearest Goodwill the next time you’re running errands.
  • February: Now that all your holiday cooking and hosting is over, it’s a good time to clean out the pantry, dispose of expired and unused foodstuffs, and reorganize your kitchen shelves.
  • March: It’s almost tax time, making it the perfect opportunity to go through all your files and drawers of paperwork and bills, throwing out anything you no longer need.
  • April: This is the month of spring cleaning—a reenergizing and rejuvenating time of year to get home surfaces sparkling and home textiles aired out. But first, you have to restock all your cleaning supplies: make one trip to the store for kitchen, bathroom, dusting, vacuuming, and sanitizing supplies.
  • May: Now that the warmer weather is here, sort through your family’s winter clothes—in dressers, drawers, and closets—laundering what needs to be cleaned, storing what won’t be needed until winter, and donating items no longer worn.
  • June: It’s a great month to attend to the kitchen, so open the windows and turn on some tunes as you clean and organize kitchen cabinets and drawers and weed out any pans and cooking utensils you no longer use. You can even add a backsplash or paint an accent wall a new color to freshen things up!
  • July: The long days of summer offer the chance to take on the bathrooms while there’s daylight to spare. Go through cabinets and medicine closets, eliminating whatever’s not needed to make more space and then straightening up everything that’s staying. Set up accessories—like electric toothbrushes, hair styling tools, and cups and soap dispensers—in such a way to eliminate morning chaos as everyone gets ready for the day.
  • August: Before a new school year starts is a prime time to get the kids’ rooms in order: fold clothes, clean out closets, go through the toy chest and donate unused items, get the bookshelves back in order.
  • September: It’s time to put the summer things away and get the winter apparel back out again. Shop for school supplies, organize and label your kids’ school supplies and lunch boxes, maybe even map out a weekly meal calendar so you know what groceries to buy and prep for quick breakfasts, wholesome lunches, and ready-to-go snacks.
  • October: As fall sets in, get your family room ready for quality family time by organizing your movie and video game collection, tidying up the software and technology in the entertainment center, and dusting off the books and photos in the room.
  • November: In preparation for the holiday season, clean windows, draperies, and carpets so your house looks its best and is ready for company. Stock the guest bathroom if you’re expecting visitors.
  • December: With all your closets and cabinets in order, you’ll be ready to wrap all those holiday gifts you now have time to shop for, decorate your home, and get to all that cooking and baking!

Feel free to reorganize this checklist any way that works best for you—like starting in rooms that you use the most or with the chores you enjoy the most—and know that you can begin at any time. It’s never too late or the wrong time of the year to launch a home improvement initiative that will improve your quality of life!

Home Services Enterprise is happy to help with cleaning and organizing your home. Call 301-674-9564 or visit www.homeservicesenterprise.com.

 

Customize Your Cleaning with Our Special Services

Everyone’s life is so busy these days, making finding the time to get to household chores more difficult and stressful than ever. How long is your to-do list every day? How are you supposed to regularly attend to cleaning and household tasks amid all your other obligations, like your work schedule, family responsibilities, school activities, and more?

Well, with Home Services Enterprise, you can pick and choose the services you need on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. We offer a menu of special services that allows you to customize your own cleaning list and concentrate on the areas of your home or office that require the most attention. This frees up your own time so you can relax and enjoy life more!

HSE’s special cleaning services include:

  1. Windows: cleaning interior and exterior windows
  2. Walls: washing and cleaning
  3. De-cluttering: closets, kitchens, garages, children’s rooms, storage areas, offices, and supply areas
  4. Organizing: home or office, kitchen cabinets, bathroom shelves and cabinets, mail, bill paying, and plant watering
  5. Laundry: washing, folding, and ironing
  6. Polishing: silver flatware, serving and decorative pieces
  7. Exterior Cleaning: garage, decks and patios, outdoor furniture, and outdoor fixtures
  8. Outside Work: gutters, cement, asphalt, brick, stone, landscaping, retaining walls, and walkways

With the convenience of a fully customized cleaning service tailored to your needs and your schedule, you can book appointments for your home or office starting in increments as little as one hour. What better way to quickly and affordably reduce your stress and make your life a little easier?

Call today to schedule an appointment: 301-674-9564.

 

New Year’s Resolutions for your home – A Fresh Start

Home House office cleaning

This is the time of year when most of us typically make some New Year’s resolutions in our lives; whether to lose weight, save money, or spend more time with family and friends. But what goals do you set for your home? January is the best month to set some goals around your house because you are usually taking down holiday decorations and already cleaning and sorting through your items. Setting new goals for your home will make it more efficient, clean, and green for the coming year.

THREE TIPS FOR HOME CLEANING IMPROVEMENT

  1. Streamline and organize your things:
    One of the best ways to start feeling better about your home is to clear out some of the clutter! Each year, most of us accumulate many things that we don’t ever use. But without regular purging, all that stuff can become jam-packed in drawers and cabinets. Resolve to go through each room and throw out or donate any items you are not using. Clear off your kitchen counters and keep them spacious and clutter free. You will enjoy the cleaner look of your home and be able to find things more quickly and easily.
  2. Go green in your home:
    The best way to start going green in your home is by cutting energy usage. There are a few things we take for granted around the house as far as lighting and energy usage is concerned. Making an effort to turn off the lights and TVs when you leave a room or turn down the heat or air conditioning when you leave the house will cut down on your energy usage and will make a difference in cutting your energy bills so you can save money at the same time.
  3. Daily systems for cleaning your home:
    Cleaning up around the house at the end of the each day or in the morning when you wake up will help keep your home organized and tidy. Keeping up with the dishes in the dishwasher and dirty clothes in the hampers every day can eliminate the clutter and mess around your home. Try enlisting family members to help with dusting and vacuuming each week so that dust does not pile up, making it even harder to clean later on. Using green cleaning products while washing floors, counters and bathrooms will keep the air in your home fresher and cleaner and may be more cost efficient if using natural products that you store in your home such as vinegar and baking soda.

And if your schedule is too busy to allow daily or weekly cleanings, Home Services Enterprise can help with regular cleaning and organizing of your home. You can begin your new year with a happier and cleaner home for you and your family!

 

Create Less Stress by Organizing your Home for The Holidays

House and home cleaning

Winter is here and the holiday season is upon us, whether you are ready or not! Most people tend to feel overwhelmed when this time of year hits, with so much to do and such little time to do it.  Along with the shopping, decorating, cooking, baking, and visiting friends and family, we also have our regular schedules with work and family. Since the first step is admitting to yourself that you just can’t do it all and may even need to ask for help. Once you have accepted this fact, you can start to relax and get done what you can. The best way to do this is to prioritize your life and the things you want to accomplish during this time of year.

Three helpful pointers:

  1. Quality Over Quantity
    If shopping for gifts becomes stressful, consider making your own gifts—everyone appreciates hand-made items such as ornaments, flower wreaths, candles, etc. Or even consider buying less this year. Maybe spend a little more on one item and cut back on quantity. Try to personalize items, thinking of the person’s interests, personality, and hobbies. You will probably end up spending less money when concentrating on one gift at a time.
  1. Budget Your Time & Money
    Budgeting your time is as important as budgeting your money. Your time is equally as valuable to your family and friends and giving of yourself and your time is something they will remember. Spending quality time with friends and family will make meaningful memories.
  1. Get Yourself Organized
    Get your house in order and organize the rooms you will be using during the holiday season such as the kitchen, bath and bedrooms. Tackle the clutter on your kitchen countertops to make space for cooking and baking. Clean out junk drawers and organize your wrapping materials. Decorate the dining room and setting out china and silverware for holiday meals. Get bedrooms and bathrooms cleaned and ready for visiting guests.

Don’t forget to start right away with your cleaning and organizing and always ask for help when necessary. This will ensure a less stressful, and more fun holiday!

A Holiday Checklist for a Sparkling Festive Season

Home cleaning for the holidays

The autumn season blows in with colder weather, colorful leaves, and… the holidays! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s a good idea to get a head start on your cleaning and decorating now, so you are not so overwhelmed or stressed when the holidays do arrive.

This tends to be the busiest time of year, with many things to get done in preparation for the holidays. Starting now will allow you to clean and organize your home at your own pace so you are not rushing at the last minute while trying to finish the cleaning, decorating, shopping, and cooking. Being organized and prepared will allow you to relax and enjoy the holidays with your family and friends.

POINTS FOR YOUR CHECKLIST:

Prioritize your cleaning strategy:
Start with the most important rooms that will be getting the most use, like the kitchen, dining room, guest bedroom, and bathrooms. Your family and guests will be using these rooms the most. Set out your china and polish the silver ahead of time for your holiday meals. Get the bedrooms and bathrooms tidy for any guests that will be visiting.

Clearing out your closets: 
Start clearing out your closets now to make room for visitors. At the same time you can donate any unused or old items that you no longer use. Organize the remaining items with new shelving to make room for any new items and gifts you will receive during the holiday season.

Stock your pantry:
Get your grocery shopping done early with items to stock in your pantry so you will be prepared to feed guests who pop in to visit! Stock up baking supplies to start your holiday baking early.

Decorating early: 
After your cleaning is done, you can get a head start on decorating your home. Starting early will make your home more festive looking and get everyone in the holiday mood. There will also be much less to do later on. You can start decorating with candles, festive lighting, garland, and wreaths throughout your home.

Home Services Enterprise can help clean and organize your home during these busy months. Please call us to schedule a cleaning: 301-674-9564

House cleaning and organizing

A Checklist to Get Ready for Summer Travel

Getting your home ready for summer travel always tends to be a hectic time of year. We all look forward to getting away and relaxing at our favorite resorts and getaways with family and friends. But… preparing to leave town usually requires some organization and planning on your part. There are many details to be taken care of, including arrangements to be made for pets, plants, or any other living thing that requires attention while you are away.

SIX HELPFUL TIPS FOR PREPARING TO LEAVE FOR VACATION

Give the illusion that someone is home: Using timers for lighting outside and inside to turn on and off at different times during the day makes it appear as if someone is living there. Stop the newspaper and mail or have someone pick them up for you, so it is not piling up in the mailbox outside.

Turn off the water: It’s always a good idea to shut off the main water valve to your home and the washer/dryer water valve to be safe.

Unplug appliances & adjust the thermostat: Unplug computers, stereos, toaster oven, and the TV. Fires can start easily and summer is a time of thunderstorms and power outages. Don’t forget to adjust the thermostat to save on energy.

Set an alarm: If you have an alarm company, be sure to call them with the dates you will be away. Also, inform a neighbor that you are away. In the event that your alarm goes off, they can contact your alarm company.

Arrange for a pet sitter: Arranging for a pet sitter to stay at your home while you are away will be an added security. If this is not necessary, arrange for a neighbor to come in once a day to care for your pet, water the plants, and keep an eye on your residence.

Arrange for a cleaning service: Arranging for a cleaning service to come in to clean and tidy up your home and water your plants while you are gone so that your home will be fresh and tidy upon your return will make a perfect ending to a perfect vacation.

The key is to prepare ahead of time and your household will be running smoothly while you are enjoying your time away – and so you can enjoy your return. To schedule a cleaning, give us a call any time. 301-674-9564

Storage Solutions to Organize your Rooms

House cleaning; home organizing

Whether for home or office, the possibilities seem endless for storage solutions for getting rooms organized. By now, your spring cleaning is well underway and you have cleared out some unwanted items in your rooms.

The best way to determine how to store the items you are keeping is to focus on the room and its specific function. Will the room be a private retreat room, like a bedroom, or will it be used for family and friends, like the kitchen or family room? In an existing home, getting creative with the space you already have is the best solution.  Shopping for storage items can be daunting because you will encounter endless aisles of containers, both large and small. All sorts of containers and storage ideas are available and can solve most storage problems.

Choose the right furnishings – When deciding on furniture for a room, take into consideration the unused space in the room so that it does not become overcrowded with too much furniture. Not only will the room feel closed in and cramped but can also become a safety hazard for children with too many things scattered about. You might settle on foot rests, stools, and coffee tables with built-in drawers that pull out for extra storage. Cabinets and tables with lots of drawer space also work well for storing items.   

Use all areas wisely – Bedrooms tend to accumulate most of our possessions, and therefore have the biggest shortages in space. Tap into the space underneath the bed by using long storage containers for clothing and other items, especially if your closet space is limited. Using storage bins in your closet will help keep shoes, handbags, belts, and any other accessories organized so they are not cluttering the floors of the closet.

Multi-functional pieces – In the kitchen area, using storage bins underneath the kitchen island will keep cooking items organized. Using kitchen drawers for all kinds of items, such as cookbooks, platters, cookie sheets, and more can help conceal some of the larger cookware items.

Getting creative with existing space and making the best use of what space you do have will give you functionality and tidiness in your home.

Freshen Up Your Environment – Spring is in the Air!

Cleaning Service

As the spring season comes, it invites changes to your home with fresh spring decorating – changing up your decorating will brighten up your environment and lift your spirits. Spring often calls for delicate colors, fresh florals and soft fabrics. Of course, everyone’s taste is different, so always do what works for you.

The great thing about these updates is that decorating your home can coincide with your spring cleaning. This is the perfect time of year to decorate because you are probably already in the process of spring cleaning your home, reorganizing it, and hopefully getting rid of some of the clutter. Starting with a fresh clean living area, you can begin to imagine the possibilities!

HERE ARE SOME GOOD DECORATING IDEAS

  • Paint Walls & Trim
    Freshen up your rooms with a new coat of paint. Introduce colors from the outdoors such as blues, greens, and neutral colors – bringing “mother nature” indoors.
  • Add Color & Patterns
    An easy, inexpensive way to give a room a new look is to add a splash of color with some colorful, patterned pillows and throws. Also, adding some sheer draperies or blinds to the windows will make the rooms appear light and airy.
  • Have the Floors & Carpets Cleaned
    A clean floor is a good base for a well decorated room. Schedule a professional cleaning for your hardwood and tile floors, and have your carpets professionally steam cleaned. This will freshen up the room, while adding some new area rugs with spring colors will give the rooms an updated look.
  • New Comforters, Duvet Covers & Pillows for the Bedroom
    A quick and easy way to decorate and freshen up your bedroom is to add a new comforter or duvet cover in a nice, neutral color. Include some complimenting pillows for a nice touch.

Don’t forget to schedule your spring cleaning first with your professional cleaning company. They will come in, reorganize, and de-clutter your rooms for you. Starting with a clean and spacious living area will allow you to add to your existing décor or start over with new and exciting ideas.