5 Masterful Ideas to Maintain Your Home Like a Pro!

I guess the one thing I didn’t realize about home ownership was how much CONSTANT work it is. I mean, seriously! I hate to be behind on things, so if I want to stay on top of stuff, there’s literally something to do every single day, and the weekends are taken up with larger projects! That’s only because the minute you fall behind…it takes SO much more work to catch back up! 

Nevertheless, I always want our home to be at its best. So I’ll put in the work, for sure. But when Nick Stoyanov sent me over a guest post on the best ways to maintain a home, I figured it was fate. I needed it, for sure! Here’s Nick!

Homeowners know how hard it is to maintain your house. It is a constant work that never ends! Fortunately, there are some small tricks that can make it easier. Instead of doing things the hard way, why don’t you try these more efficient solutions?

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Here is a list of 5 masterful ideas to maintain your home like a pro.

Taking care of your pool

There are a lot of homeowners who do not have a pool. One of the main reasons for this is that pools require a lot of money and time. Luckily, there is a way to address both of these problems. Most of the pool work (including pool pump maintenance, chlorination, cleaning, etc.) can be done without outside assistance. These are menial jobs that do not require any prior experience. Furthermore, pool maintenance is crucial not only because it protects your pool but it also safeguards the health of your whole family.

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Proper Ways to Deep Clean Your Bathroom

When there were no pets and no kids in our house, I could take one day and get the entire house clean. All 4 bedrooms. Both bathrooms. All the rest of the spaces. Totally, perfectly, spotlessly clean. The hubby and I could maintain that clean for a month or so…and then I’d clean big time again.

Things got a little harder when we got CoCo the Black Kitty. Enter a litter box and cat hair, right? Figured out how to make that work, and the clean house continued.

Then came Taffy the White Doggie. Enter dog hair and everything she would bring in from the outside. Got that down pat, too, and the clean house continued.

THEN came TWO sweet baby girls. Oh, they’re so sweet and cute. Love them SO much!

But, I’ll be honest: I’ve yet to figure out how to keep the house as clean as I used to before they arrived! And, in the spirit of honesty…it’s about to drive me NUTS!

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I can get two rooms clean in about a week’s time now. And then I do my best to maintain that, but somehow they are filthy again before I get around to cleaning them again. I’ve been noticing that I really need to focus some more of my efforts in our bathrooms, because, really: CAN your bathroom ever BE too clean? I think not! Continue reading

The Ultimate Expiration Date Cheat Sheet!

There are some things in your fridge that leave no guessing as to when they expire. Cue the cucumbers and the applesauce, right? (Those seem to be the two things that are always going bad in OUR fridge!) And then there are others that I stop, smell, wonder if I’ve smelled something rotten and start looking for the expiration date. If it’s expired, you can bet your bottom dollar that it’ll go right into the trash can!

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Oh. And that’s just the FRIDGE! What about around the rest of your home? Cleaning supplies? Electronics? Beauty items?

Thankfully, the folks over at Quid Corner sent me this lovely piece to share with all of you! I think it covers the bases, don’t you?! 

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Why Declutter and Organize Your House?

I’ve heard folks talk quite a bit about their New Year’s resolutions in the past week or so – you probably have, too! And something I keep hearing over and over from people is, “I’m gonna declutter my house!”

I’m right there, too. I have a whole list of spaces in my home that need some major decluttering, and I’ve already started on a few of them. But the other day, someone asked me why I was even bothering with it at all! They felt as if clutter was what happened when life happened, and there was nothing that could be done about it. 

First of all, I don’t believe that for a second. Second of all, I know it’s not true in MY home, so I knew it couldn’t be true for everyone. And third, when Mackenzie  Fox contacted me with a guest post on this very topic, I then had the facts to back up my assumptions! She puts it quite well, and gives us some simple steps to follow to get the decluttering process going! Read on…

Opening image for article in AARP Magazine on the social and psychological effects of clutter in the home.

Do you live in a highly-organized living space, or can you just not be bothered about the “creative” chaos that surrounds you? If you belong to the second category, you might want to re-consider your fondness of clutter for the following, very important reasons (quite a few of them are related to your health):

  • Although you might think you are living in the perfect symbiosis with your clutter, the fact remains that it does cause stress and anxiety. Huffington Post conducted a survey which showed that a whopping 84% of people were worried that their homes were not clean or organized enough, while 42% feel anxious when their houses are unorganized and cluttered.

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Carpet Cleaning for Homes with Babies

If you’re a regular follower here on the blog, you know I LOVE things around my home to be clean. It’s a lot harder now to get that clean feeling than it used to be before the babies arrived, but it’s still very possible! In fact, one of the best gifts I was given after we brought the twins home was a maid service to come in and give our home a deep cleaning from top to bottom! My goodness, it was FANTASTIC!!! I mean, I really enjoy cleaning myself, but I wasn’t able to, so why not bring in some professionals?

These days, we’re staring down the barrel of the “crawling” stage. At almost 5 months old, the twins are now enjoying tummy time instead of getting angry about it, and even doing a bit of rocking on their knees and similar “right before crawling” poses – they’ll be mobile before we know it! With that in mind, I’ve been trying to find someone to come in and sanitize all the floors completely. That way, I can maintain their cleanliness, but I know from the get-go that I started off with something perfectly clean and fresh!

So when Kevin from Chem-Dry contacted me about their cleaning process, I was impressed, to say the least. And schooled, as well! Turns out I didn’t know much about carpet cleaning. But never fear – Kevin is here to give us all the details and help us to decide what works best for our home! 

There is nothing more exciting than bringing a new baby home from the hospital! It’s a wonderful event for a home and a family. But, it can be stressful, too, and you have to be prepared. Especially if you are a brand new parent! Do you have the crib put together? Is the nursery decorated? Did you buy enough diapers and clothing and wipes and…

…the list goes on and on and on. It’s overwhelming, and that’s not all!

There is one important thing that’s not even on the list that you will want to complete as soon as possible: professional carpet cleaning.

Deep carpet cleaning probably isn’t one of the first things that come to mind when preparing to bring home a baby from the hospital. It’s not as important as the car seat, but it is a very good idea. Dirty carpets contain a lot of allergens, germs, contaminants and yucky stuff you won’t want to subject your newborn baby too. Your baby will spend a lot of time on or near the floor and carpet not long after you bring him or her home. You will want the floor to be as clean and as safe as humanly possible.

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Is Carpet Cleaning Safe for Babies?

First of all, we do not recommend rental machines or DIY solutions. Misuse of a rental machine can lead to damage of your carpet or danger from chemicals, and most DIY solutions are ineffective at removing deep, embedded dirt. Trust a professional service when it comes to cleaning your carpet, especially with a newborn in the house.

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