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A Holiday Checklist for a Sparkling Festive Season

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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

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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

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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!

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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.

How to Begin De-Cluttering your Life

Spring is just starting to come in with the breezing March winds to refresh and renew us. Refreshing our lives can be as simple as spring cleaning our homes and throwing out some unwanted things that add clutter to our environment.

Why is de-cluttering your life so important? When we are bogged down with too many “things”, we may start to feel like we are losing control of our environment. A good session of de-cluttering will make you feel accomplished and give you breathing room because it will open up your living space. One of the easiest ways to get rid of clutter, of course, is to simply give it away!  For most people, starting in either the bedroom or the kitchen is a good starting point. After you’ve accomplished that, you can move on to different areas in your home:

  • Bedroom – Changing seasons comes with changing clothes. Go through your closets, try on any clothes you haven’t worn lately and give away anything that no longer fits or that doesn’t feel good on you. This includes clothing, handbags, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. A clearer space will make it easier to begin to organize your closets.
  • Kitchen – Start with your refrigerator, clearing and throwing out any old or expired food items. Wash shelving and drawers with warm soapy water to clean.
  • Pantry – Clear out the pantry and go through all food items for expiration dates, throwing out any that have stayed beyond their welcome. Any other food items that you will not use but that have not expired can be donated to a soup kitchen or local shelter.
  • Basement – Basements tend to accumulate the most clutter. If you don’t know what to do with a particular item, usually it gets stored in the basement! Go through these items and hold an estate sale or give away anything you won’t be using.
  • Garage – Garages can also accumulate a whole lot of things. Sort through these items and either throw them out or donate anything you will not be using in the near future.

Starting with a couple rooms will make a big difference and open up your living space. Your house will feel more airy and the breezes of spring will sweep through and freshen up your home.

Cleaning Tips for the Professional

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If you are one of the many professionals in the Rockville area juggling a career while maintaining a home, you know how difficult it can be to get things done around the house. All too often our weekends are filled to the brim with errands, kid’s activities, and playing catch-up on various things.

One trick is to do a little each day, or set aside half a day just for some spring cleaning to help get your home back in order. Whether it’s tackling the dust that has settled over the winter months, freshening up the rugs, or getting rid of clutter, you will see a big difference and feel much better with these cleaning tips:

Organize Your Closets:
Organize closets and get them decluttered by getting rid of any clothing, shoes, or accessories that you won’t be using anymore. Fill up bags with any unused items and donate to shelters or charities. This will make room for anything new you will be purchasing for the next season and will help keep your closets looking neat and organized.

Give Bathrooms a Deep Clean:
Giving the bathrooms a deep clean and a thorough disinfecting makes a huge difference. Scrubbing tubs and tiles will keep the bathrooms fresher and cleaner for longer periods of time. Once this is done, you can do maintenance with cleaning cloths during your quick clean-ups.

Rearrange Your Furniture:
Give floors a good cleaning by moving furniture to one side of the room to clean underneath. This will keep the floors looking shiny and dust free. These areas are usually overlooked during routine cleaning and doing this once a season is usually all that’s necessary.

Have Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned:
Having your carpets, draperies, and upholstery professionally steam cleaned after the winter season will keep your rooms looking and feeling fresh. Hiring a professional will ensure that the accumulated dirt and dust will be removed thoroughly.

Giving these essential cleaning tips a try will help keep your house looking clean and tidy for longer periods of time, which is just what you need while you are juggling your work schedule too. As always, we are happy to come and do any cleaning that you’re too busy to do yourself. Call us today to schedule a service: 301-674-9564

Easy Steps for Winterizing Your Home

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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

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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!

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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

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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!