The 3 W’s of Decluttering Your House

The 3 W's of Decluttering

No matter how tidy and clean a person you are, there are still areas in your home where things start to pile up. And no, we’re not just talking about your house’s storage room. Naturally, there’s an area where before you know it all kinds of stuff might have gathered there already.

Decluttering

According to Cambridge Dictionary, declutter or decluttering means “to remove things you do not need from a place, in order to make it more pleasant and more useful”

In this blog, we will discuss how you can naturally declutter your home without stressing too much. This would be beneficial mentally, physically, and hygienically. It’s not just for yourself but also for your hired professional house cleaner. Before he or she comes in to make your home sparkling clean, the place has been decluttered.

What to Declutter?

  • Tables, Countertops, and Shelves

Let’s start with the most visible items. As you see these surfaces everyday, the items you see on top of it are becoming less and less eyesore (sometimes almost [hypothetically] invisible), and additional items that don’t belong there were generally missed. So before things become messier, take control and assess which items should stay and not so things won’t pile up.

The best examples are the magazines and books on the coffee table. Sure, at first it looks great. It gives the idea of a decorative vibe. However, this is not always the case. Most of the time, we start to put in more than what we need to. The best solution is to check which should be stored away, disposed or recycled. If there are still a “few” pieces you want to keep, make sure that it’s placed neatly before the dirt accumulates.

  • Under the Sink

Whether it is under the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, or laundry sink, we’re storing items in it. But if you start to declutter this area, you’ll realize that there are things like empty bottles that should be disposed of already. And since you’re already on your way to achieving a decluttered and organized storage under the sink, why not clean it too? And once you’re done, put back or restock the items there neatly. In this way, you’ll also be able to check one more time which items should be kept.

  • Cupboards

Okay, it’s our little secret but we know that most of the time this is where we hide away items instantly when we need to. With or without knowing, it’s our instant solution if we need to make the top surfaces neat and clean. It’s not a bad thing to hide some of your belongings in the cupboard since this is its main function, isn’t it?

However, what’s not good is when all items there get jumbled which makes it unorganized. So the best solution is to check, declutter, clean, and reorganize the items you want to keep in there.

  • The Closet

You might not believe it but, in general, your closet becomes a hideout of your unused items. If it’s unorganized, you won’t realize that there are items like shirt, pants, skits, and others that should be thrown out already or items that have not been used before because it’s hidden too deep. So, have some time to declutter for the reason that dust and dirt more or less has accumulated there.

Which Should I Declutter First?

To be honest, there’s no exact formula or step on which area, room, or space you should declutter first. The best way to do, as always, is to start with those easier areas before moving on to the ones that would take a longer time. This practice is the best one also so your body won’t stain immediately.

Take time to check first which part of the house where you can start.

Why Should I Declutter?

Decluttering has always been a good practice in every home. It is also beneficial physically, mentally, and hygienically. It’s a practice of self-care also for the reason that you’re giving yourself to detoxify.

According to studies, decluttering helps boost your self-confidence and self-efficiency as you’re able to make decisions. It helps your mind and body to function. You may not see it but it is also an exercise to reduce stress, and an exercise for your body to boost and energize it.

It also acts as a way to find some hidden or long lost “treasures” that might have forgotten overtime.

Lastly, decluttering helps you save time and money because when a hired professional house cleaner arrives, he or she will just focus on doing the main task of cleaning. This makes the cleaning job faster and you won’t have to pay extra for overtime, for additional tasks. You also build a good relationship with the cleaners as they can perform their job smoothly.

Need Assistance Cleaning Your House?

My Marvelous Maids is always ready to serve and clean houses in Aurora, IL, and its surrounding areas. Having good reviews and feedback from our loyal clients, we’re doing our best to deliver the best cleaning services possible. We have highly trained professional cleaners always ready to make rooms in your house sparkling clean.

If you need assistance cleaning your house, you can book a clean with us.

How to Ensure a Successful House Cleaning

How to Ensure a Successful House Cleaning

Hiring a professional house cleaner or a house cleaning company technically means you’re entrusting them to make your house sparkling clean. It’s actually a fact, but at the same time it won’t work without you helping them. Just like the saying, “it takes two to tango” means that there’s a part you must fill in for the house cleaning to be successful. In our latest blog entry, allow us to share with you some insight to ensure a successful house cleaning.

Professional Cleaners Take Care of The Work But…

It is always beneficial to have a checklist not just for you but also for the cleaners if you could have the basic thoughts on what, which, and where parts of your house to clean. Despite the fact that the cleaners have their own guidelines, it is best if you have your own checklist that you can share with them. They have their checklist too, and it mostly may include each room of the house.

Having a checklist of your own before the cleaner arrives is beneficial on your part because you’ll be able to determine which areas in your house need more attention when cleaning. You’ll also be able to set a realistic expectation about the clean to be done. And lastly, you can share it to the cleaner and have the idea if it covers a spring clean or needs to be done through deep cleaning.

It is also worth mentioning that it could help the cleaner to clean faster and efficiently your place which would make every penny that you’ll pay them worth it.

A Checklist Should Be…

A checklist should be realistic and simple. But does that work? Sure, you list down those areas that you think that the cleaner must focus on when cleaning. However, from that list, determine which really should be prioritized. Don’t expect a cleaner to cover everything (a long list) in a span of a couple of hours unless you’re willing to pay extra.

If there are areas you can cover on your own (such as decluttering), it’s actually good so that hiring them would be more cost-efficient. They will be able to take care of bigger cleaning tasks on your behalf.

Be Systematic Like Them

Professional house cleaners follow a checklist of what to clean as it makes them more productive, faster, and not miss anything (the best way possible). And you can be systematic like them also.

What you can do is categorize your own checklist. Determine which areas should be prioritized. If you think there are too many you can always coordinate with the cleaner and have your list compared with theirs. In that way, you can have the other tasks to be taken care of maybe on the next clean.

Give Them Privacy

When you do your own stuff, most of the time, you want to be at peace and alone. This helps you become more productive. But at the same time, you don’t want someone prying on your work unless you want to, right? It’s the same feeling that the cleaners have when they work. It is best that when they start working, you give them some privacy. They are professionally trained to do the tasks, so you should be comfortable that they do their work thoroughly.

And once they are done with their work and you have some feedback, inform them in the best possible way. If it’s a complaint, still let them know but in a civil way. Letting them know about it helps them improve their work for the next clean. Also, if you have nothing but satisfaction with their job, let them know also because it boosts their esteem.

Need a Professional House Cleaner?

My Marvelous Maids has been in the house cleaning industry for quite some time and continuously delivering the best possible services they offer. If you are living in Aurora, IL, or its surrounding area, you can book a clean with us. We’ll go to your house and clean it as we have highly professional and well-trained house cleaners to make your home sparkling clean.

How Long a House Cleaning Should Be?

How Long a House Cleaning Should Be?

House Cleaning is not an easy task. It’s a fact! According to a study, Americans spend six hours cleaning a house per week. And although you might not be aware of it, not everyone has the time to clean. So the best solution you have is to let us into your homes and do the cleaning for you.

A Clean House is a Clean Home to Live In

Your home is your safe haven and we don’t want to take that away from you. Especially, in times like this with the pandemic, cleanliness matters the most. Who would want to live in a smelly and untidy place, right?

And this is exactly the reason why your home should be cleaned properly. A proper time should be allotted when removing all the dust, dirt, virus, bacteria, and germs to every surface in your house.

Spring (Regular) House Cleaning

If you’re wondering how long it takes to clean your house, you should have an idea of what services are included for a typical house cleaning.

There’s no official setlist for this, but depending on the house cleaning company (and the services offered), here are the list which are normally included:

  • Sweeping
  • Mopping
  • Dusting
  • Vacuuming
  • Cleaning surfaces
  • Cleaning the kitchen
  • Making/Setting up the bed
  • Taking out the trash
  • Cleaning the bathroom

Taking care of these regularly such as on a weekly basis makes your house tidy and organized.

Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning your house does not necessarily have to be done weekly. It could be once a month or as needed. 

There’s a long list of what to do and clean when it comes to deep cleaning. The main point is, compared to regular cleaning, deep cleaning needs more and proper attention to details such as ensuring a thorough cleaning will be done to areas. It also requires a longer duration of cleaning as sanitizing and disinfecting are some of the important tasks when doing a deep clean. Furthermore, if you, as a homeowner, have a special cleaning request, the cleaner should know about it to meet your expectations.

House Cleanings are Based on Time and Size

The size of your house matters for the cleaners to determine how long it would take to clean it. Some cleaning companies, like us, use a chart or calculator on their website for you to have an idea of the overall time and total cost it would take cleaning.

Also, you’ll have to decide whether you just want a regular or a deep cleaning to your home.

You should also determine how often you’d want the cleaners to clean.

The overall cleaning time actually varies depending on some factors such as:

  • Cleaning schedule
  • House size and number of bedrooms
  • Number of cleaners to do the task
  • Schedule of when the cleaning will take place
  • Also, it’s worth mentioning the distance if, for example, your house is far

What Type of Cleaning Takes Additional Time?

Believe it or not, there are factors to be considered when a cleaner estimates the time to clean your house. If, for example, you have a small house but wasn’t cleaned for quite some time, extra time might be requested to ensure the cleanliness. In some cases, there are big houses, but two cleaners are assigned to clean and the house wasn’t that messy and untidy, it’s possible for the cleaning to be done on or before the allotted time is consumed.

So, How Long Does it Takes to Do a House Cleaning?

To be honest, it varies depending on the current state cleanliness of your house. But what we can advise you is to make it a habit to declutter, clean bit by bit if you have spare time, and clean when you can. So that when you hire house cleaners to take care of your home, you would have the basic idea of how long you’d require for us to clean.

If you need professional housekeepers within the area of Aurora, IL, My Marvelous Maids is always at your service. We have well-trained cleaners who ensure to deliver the best possible house cleaning services. You book an appointment with us and we’re ready to make your house sparkling clean.

The Best Ways And Smart Practices For A Cleaner Home

The Best Ways And Smart Practices For A Cleaner Home

If there’s one top thing about a house that is it can wear and tear. This is the reason that proper maintenance such as regular cleaning is very important. Cleaning a house is a good opportunity to ensure the cleanliness but also its lifespan as your shelter.

Clean All the Clutter

Cleaning your house is not just about sweeping, swiping, and mopping. It all starts with declutter. It is important that before you dust everything, take off or put away first the unnecessary things that might get in the way when you clean. In this way, it is easier for you to clean and dust the visible areas.

Clean the Cabinets

Even though the main purpose of a cabinet is for storing your belongings, it doesn’t mean that it’s a place for dust and dirt inside to accumulate just because it’s hidden. Cleaning and tidying it will safeguard you against any kind of germs, bacterias, and possible diseases.

Ensure a Pleasant Smell

Okay, so here’s a fact. No matter how clean and polish a room or an area in your house is, when a foul odor is up in the air, the place will still look dirty. Toilets and Baths are the most common examples for this where it is important that aside from being sparkling clean, it should smell good also. Always ensure a hygienic atmosphere in all parts of your home.

Focus on Areas that Needs Attention

When cleaning a house, there are certain areas that need proper and special attention for a variety of reasons. But one of the top reason is that to keep hygienic such as:

  • Refrigerator – it needs more than just cleaning but also ensuring that there’s no foul smell in it.
  • Oven – a dirty oven could boost the danger of fire, smoke inhalation and food undercooking.
  • Bathroom – as mentioned earlier, we should always ensure a hygienic atmosphere. That is why more than just cleaning, there should be no foul smell lingering in the toilet and shower.
  • Trash can – spoiled and expired foods should not be kept for a long time in the trash can in the kitchen. It could bring an unpleasant smell the longer it stays in the kitchen.
  • Windows and Blinds – these are one of the top spots where dirt and dust accumulate faster. And thorough and efficient cleaning is needed.
  • Floor – clean the floor thoroughly and don’t let stains be uncleaned otherwise the staind might become permanent. Moreover, the floor also wears off through the years which is why deep cleaning the floor is a must to rejuvenate it and make it look fresh, clean and new.

There are a lot of areas someone needs to cover in order to make a thorough house cleaning. It is important that you should know whether you need a regular or deep cleaning when you book an appointment with a professional house cleaner. If you are unsure, you can always consult and meet half way if there are special cleaning instructions you need.

Furthermore, it is better to seek a professional house cleaning service to ensure the cleanliness of your house. If you need a house cleaner that can provide you a great service, you can always reach out to us. My Marvelous Maids offers professional house cleaning services for home owners in Aurora, IL, and its surrounding areas. We have professionals who are well-trained and always deliver the best house cleaning services possible to meet your expectations.

House Cleaning Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

Is It Safe To Hire House Cleaners During COVID-19 Pandemic?

We’re already in the middle of Q1 of 2021, but the risk of COVID-19 is still out there. Strict safety measures are continuously being implemented to ensure our health now that businesses everywhere are starting to get back to the way they used to.

House guests are rare these days. Although you might be too eager to visit someone’s home, there are some who still don’t allow visitation in order to prevent the spread of germs, bacteria, and viruses. As the saying goes, “it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

This pandemic affected us in many aspects including our freedom to call a professional house cleaner whenever we want to. And it’s not just us, the house owners, who are affected because even the businesses or companies who offer house cleaning services are affected. It’s either they have paused their house cleaning services, maybe only now restarting it, or they did not stop but offering the service in a limited capacity.

The Challenges We’re Facing

COVID-19 is still a global illness that has made everyone (businesses and individuals) emphasize more the importance of proper hygiene, sanitation, and cleanliness. We’re strictly advised to wear a facemask (and face shield in some areas) in public, maintain social distancing or avoid crowded places, wash hands for specific lengths of time, and stay at home as much as possible. It’s like a wake-up call for everyone not to neglect ourselves from taking care of ourselves and our surroundings properly.

Regardless of the situation, we might still need someone to clean our house for us. And in this manner, most local households would ask if it is safe to hire professional cleaners and keep your house safe during the pandemic? Yes, you can safely have professional cleaners in your home on a regular basis as long as it’s done properly to keep you safe. This only means that some effort from you and the person (or people) you hire is needed and a requirement to ensure everyone is safe as much as possible.

Wearing Protective Gear is a Must!

Professional house cleaners should wear face masks and gloves when they arrive and enter your home. But as mentioned above, it’s not just them who should exert effort but also you. When you welcome them in your home, it’s better and safer if you wear a face mask also, especially when you’ll face and talk to them to give additional instructions. If you’re staying at home while they clean, then don’t take off your face mask. You should also wear your own protective gear to protect you and the cleaners in case of unforeseen circumstances.

For the house cleaners, they should change gloves often while cleaning (such as different gloves in different rooms) to prevent germs from spreading.

You, as the house owner, it’s a good idea if you would prepare or provide extra masks and gloves for them. They always bring their own cleaning supplies but remember that we’re in pandemic season so it never hurts to be prepared. Also if you have additional instructions for them, it’s much better to communicate with them ahead of time.

Be Responsible and Overcome Fear and Panic

Look into the bigger picture. Professional house cleaners take the responsibility of ensuring that you have a safer and cleaner home. So, you should also be a responsible homeowner and a citizen in your area who follows the safety protocol. Book a clean with them during their working hours so they won’t be jeopardized, especially if your area has curfew to follow.

Maintain social distancing when you welcome them into your home. If you are concerned with your safety, limit the time they clean your house. But be realistic if they can handle a couple of hours clean depending on the cleanliness situation of your house. You can also reduce the frequency of house cleaning sessions and let them focus on cleaning to what’s necessary.

Decluttering your belonging before they arrive is another good way to ensure they will clean faster. Make sure to emphasize to the house cleaners not to come to your house to clean if they are sick. Reschedule or cancel the cleaning schedule if you or one of the household members is sick.

House Cleaners Are Professional, Safe, and Responsible

House Cleaning Professionals have protocols and safety measures they follow in accordance with the law and rules of their companies. On the other hand, let them know if you have special requests or instructions. Inform them what you need them to include in their clean. But be mindful that they work also according to their capacity and the services they offer. Understand if additional fees might occur if they need to go an extra mile to respond to your special requests. In this way also they can meet—if not exceed—your expectations for each cleaning session they do in your house.

At My Marvelous Maids, we ensure that our house cleaning professionals are well-trained, top-notch, and clean accordingly. Also, we make sure to follow the safety protocols in order to keep and protect your safety from COVID-19. For Aurora, IL, and surrounding areas, homeowners, we’re ready to clean your house. Contact and book a clean with us today!