How to Get Rid of Garage Clutter In 4 Simple Steps

Clean garage with storage and no clutterGarages are one of the most neglected areas of the house. Junk and clutter often pile up over time, until the task of removing them seems unbearable. Here are a few tips to help you get rid of all that clutter.

First, Get Some Help

You can’t do it yourself. If you try to, you’ll just get overwhelmed when you’re only partially through, and you might end up abandoning the task. Get some professional cleaning help that you can direct and who will do the hard work for you.

Organize Your Stuff Into Categories

When clearing out your stuff, organize them into categories — gardening equipment, sports gear, hardware tools, lawn and yard furniture, seasonal items, etc. Separate each item and place it in the category it belongs. Put the junk in a separate pile.

Organize Your Garage Into Zones

When it comes time to put your stuff back into the garage, you don’t want to deal with the same problem that caused the mess in the first place. Organize your garage into “zones” — a place for your car, a shelf for the hardware tools, a rack for the bikes, a corner for the seasonal items, etc. This way, you’ll stay organized.

Don’t Put Everything Back!

When clearing out your garage, make sure to have a special place where you dump your unneeded items. But that’s not enough! When putting things back, take a second look at every item and ask yourself, “Do I really need this thing?”. If you don’t, toss it into the junk pile. Not everything has to go to waste — you can donate many items to charitable organizations who would be glad to come down to your home and pick them up.

Your Clutter Could Be Another’s Treasure

Family happily leaving garage saleYou don’t have to be a hoarder to have a lot of clutter around the house. Many of us are reluctant to get rid of things that we have become attached to, even if we don’t use them any longer. But one way to motivate yourself to get rid of clutter is, instead of just throwing it out, to donate it to a worthy charity such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

The way it works is that you gather up the books you no longer read, clothes you no longer wear, kitchen gadgets that you never use, and anything else that you no longer need. Box them up, and then call the charity to send a truck around to haul the stuff away, You will have the satisfaction of having a cleaner house. The worthy charity will have some more stuff with which to raise money for its causes.

Alternatively, you can have a garage sale. That way your neighbors and whichever bargain hunters come will buy some of your clutter and take it away. You lose your clutter, but you have a little extra money. You’ll also get to interact with your neighbors, always a good thing. It goes without saying that a garage sale only works to get rid of clutter if you don’t go to other people’s driveway bazaars.

The last option is to find out if any of your used items will do as gifts. Maybe you know someone who would love a used pasta machine or your complete set of DVDs of every episode of “Friends.” Your relations and friends get something that they don’t have, and you get rid of something that you’ve had for far too long.

Cleaning Tips & Tricks for Kids – Make Cleaning Fun

 

2 happy boys unloading a dishwasherComing up with new and creative ways to get your little kids to do chores is like… well, it’s like trying to pause your favorite T.V. show right in the middle of a new episode. It’s hard and many times doesn’t work. Here are some fun and creative ways to make chores more exciting for your kids with chore charts and games:

The Chore Chopper

The Chore Chopper is a fun way for kids to take responsibility for doing their own chores. Here is how it works; all you need are some bones and a monster. Simply draw the bones yourself or you can find some cute little bones online to print, then write down the chores on each bone and laminate them – this keeps them around longer. Next, you draw a monster out of paper (make sure he has a big mouth). Using another piece of paper cut out a mouth that matches the monster mouth. Now, use glue to attach the edges of the mouth to the mouth on the monster – this makes a pocket out of his mouth. Now, every time the kids have to do chores you can give them a bone for each chore they accomplish and they can feed the monster (put the bones in his mouth).

Popsicle Sticks

Kids like to feel that they have at least a bit of control in their life. You can give them that sense of control while also getting them to accomplish all their chores with Popsicle sticks. All you have to do is write down the chores that need to be done on Popsicle sticks then put them in a jar or a cup. Now your children can draw for chores, if they do not feel like doing that chore at the moment they can put it back and draw another chore. The point is that all the chores need to be done but your child gets to choose when they do those chores they like least.

A Sticker Chart

Kids love stickers, utilize that knowledge and make a basic chore chart with spots for your kids to place stickers when they have finished their chores. Most kids get bored with only one chore chart method after a few weeks so try switching it up to keep chores fun and interesting.

 

Three Ways to Prepare your Home for Professional Cleaning

 

Mother picking up her son's toys in his room

If you have never called a professional house cleaner before, you may not know what to expect. No, you don’t have to scrub down your house before the cleaners come. But, if you consider a few cleaning preparation tips it will allow our teams to work more quickly and efficiently. Here are three ways you can get ready for a housekeeping service.

1. Communicate with your cleaners. We send the same two cleaners to your home each time, so don’t hesitate to clue them in on the quirks of your living space. Let your cleaning team know about trouble spots or areas where you don’t want them to go. Tell them where to get water or where tough stains may be. If you are not home at the time they arrive you can leave them a note.

2. Remove clutter. You don’t need to do the things we will do, but it helps a lot if you do a quick pick-up of scattered items. Put away books, children’s toys, and other small items. It will allow the cleaners to quickly come in and get to work more easily. Plus, you will know where these frequently used items are and the cleaners don’t have to guess where to put them.

3. Stay out of the way. If you have children or pets, make a plan to keep them away from the area being cleaned. Typically our customers are not home when we arrive. Our cleaners are licensed, bonded and insured. So, go to the playground with your kids, take your dog for a walk, or go about your workday without worry.

Our cleaning teams want to help you make your home more comfortable for you and your family. Contact us to learn more about our services.

 

Windows and Bathrooms — Summer Cleaning Projects We Can Help With

 

Blue and white modern bathroom in a house

Summer is quickly approaching. With it comes good weather, backyard barbecue parties, more time with the kids, and relaxing by the pool. That is time well spent; however, those things are easily missed opportunities if you and your family are spending considerable time simply trying to maintain a clean household. Let Custom Cleaning of the Treasure Coast, Inc. help you clean the parts of your home that are too difficult or too time consuming to clean. Then you can spend more time having fun and less time cleaning. Here are two projects that we would love to take off of your “to do” list.

  • Cleaning the windows. Chances are that your windows and screens are in desperate need of cleaning. Between the rain and airborne dust, windows and screens can quickly become coated in grime. Not only is that dirty to look at, but it also prevents some natural light from illuminating your home. Custom Cleaning of the Treasure Coast, Inc. is fully capable of cleaning your windows and screens and bringing back a like new transparency to them. Our service is a full treatment window service. We remove and wash the screens, scrub the window glass, and use the proper tools to maximize our cleaning efforts. Additionally, cleaning those hard to reach upstairs windows becomes our responsibility. There is no need for you to precariously balance yourself on a ladder that is too short. Let us clean your windows, so you can spend more time enjoying them with your family.
  • Cleaning the bathrooms. A clean and shining bathroom is a wonderful thing. It feels fresh, welcoming, and even invigorating at times; however, cleaning the bathroom in order to get it to that refreshing feel is a chore. The tight spaces, awkward angles, and scrubbing make bathrooms difficult to clean. As with your windows, Custom Cleaning of the Treasure Coast, Inc. is more than happy to help keep your bathrooms shiny and clean all summer long.

Custom Cleaning of the Treasure Coast, Inc. can help you with a variety of other cleaning projects as well this summer. Feel free to contact us in order to set up a free custom estimate or ask us any questions that you may have.

 

Attacking Clutter a Little at a Time

 

Dresser drawers exploding with clutter.Cleaning is something you hire done, but clutter is something only you can deal with. When we go about our normal lives, day-after-day, we end up with a build-up of useless stuff. If we don’t stop and deal with it, it will take over our homes, making our lives much more complicated. But who has time to do whole-sale organizing?

Prioritize Your Attack

What do you need organized the most? For most of us it is our wardrobe, and our closet. Perhaps you are someone who piles things, and that needs the most work. Take a look at your home and your life and pick a place that needs it most. After-all, too much gathered stuff not only makes your life look cluttered, but make your life run less smoothly.

Set Aside a Time

Most of us can make a few minutes here or there for sorting through the stuff we have accumulated. Once you get started, it really doesn’t take that long. Ten or twenty minutes can make a huge difference. If you commit to doing this a little at a time and stick with it, you will have things organized before you know it.

Start With Sorting

Sort first, putting trash, recycle, and thrift store items into piles or bags. Just getting this stuff out will be more than half the battle to cleaning up any closet, drawer, purse, or catch space pile. Don’t allow yourself to get overly nostalgic over items that you don’t use. This does not mean the extra special things that you cannot replace, but the everyday items that bring back a memory. If you want to remember it, make a note and take a picture. This will take up a lot less space, and stores easily forever.

Sort as You Go

Keep a trash can handy for things like old papers, mail, ads, and junk. Don’t be shy about throwing this stuff out before it adds to the junk that needs organizing. If you open a drawer and see something you know is not good, take a second to get rid of it now. If you are getting an outfit and find it doesn’t fit, throw it in the thrift store bag or box. It will be one less thing to clean later. Once you get in this habit, you will find things stay cleaner.

Don’t Let It Overwhelm You

The junk did not get there all at once, you don’t have to get rid of it all at once. Take it a little at a time. If you don’t get done this time, it is okay. There is less to look at next time. As long as your making progress it is good.

Allow Time to Notice

As you clear out the stuff you don’t need, take time to notice how much easier your life is getting. You will also find that your stress level is usually lower, and life is more satisfying with less clutter in your life. As you soak in the sense of calm that is increasing in your home, you will be more energized for life. You will also be more motivated to continue simplifying and organizing.

Cleaning, like mopping floors and dusting is something we can help you with. For help with your cleaning needs, please give us a call, we would be happy to set up a free estimate.

Prompt & Reliable Cleaning from a Company You Can Trust

 

woman in apron with cleaning supplies

Prompt. Reliable. Thorough. These are just a few of the words our customers use to describe our services. Because at Custom Cleaning of the Treasure Coast, Inc. we take pride in the cleaning services we provide for your home or office. And we’ve been doing so for over 26 years!

Do you know how we got started? Our founder, Rhonda Leon, volunteered to clean the office building where she worked at the time. For fun. Yes, you read that right. The regular office cleaning crew went on vacation and Rhonda stepped in to take their place. Rhonda valued a clean environment so much that she was happy to step up and do a better job than the hired cleaning company. She recognized that the old crew had grown complacent and often cut corners. To Rhonda, this was unacceptable. And it’s this work ethic that infuses our business philosophy today.

Indeed, you can feel confident that these core values are still the heart of our business. We never grow complacent and we never quit until the job is done to our standards. And our standards are incredibly high. Just take a look through the many testimonials from our satisfied customers.

When you rely on us you never have to worry about the job getting done, and getting done right. Our customer satisfaction rate is of the utmost importance to us. When you entrust us with all your cleaning needs, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home or office will always be taken care of as if it were our own property.

Contact us today and we’ll even set up a free in-home cleaning estimate!

 

Who Benefits from Hiring a Professional Cleaning Company?

 

stressed mom and dirty house in need of a professional cleaning company

Life is incredibly hectic these days, and not everyone has the time or desire to keep a tidy house. Hiring an experienced, professional cleaning company is the way to ensure a clean home no matter what life throws at you. Who needs a such a company?

Busy Families

Today’s parents are stretched to the limit. Not only do both mom and dad usually work full-time; they also transport kids to school and weekend events, prepare meals, pay bills and a myriad of other tasks just to keep the family running smoothly.

Cleaning a messy house is the last item on their to-do list and is often left undone. Hiring a professional company to do the dirty work of housecleaning helps keep a busy family sane.

Young Professionals

Young professionals, whether single or married, are climbing the corporate ladder. Their dedication to work means long hours at the office. When they are not at work, they are usually out on the town. When they are home, the last thing that they want to do is clean it.

Hiring a professional cleaning service lets these stressed professionals keep a sparkling house while at the same time concentrating on their career and social life. It is the best of both worlds.

Baby Boomers

Let’s face it. Baby boomers are not as young as they once were. Most are now in their 60s and early 70s, a time when cleaning the house is not as easy as it used to be. Vacuuming, dusting and emptying trash take more time and cause more aches and pains.

Not only is cleaning more of a challenge now, it is not how baby boomers want to spend their retirement years. They would rather play tennis or travel the world. Hiring a professional cleaning service not only frees them from the chore of cleaning, it also gives them the time and freedom to pursue the hobbies that they love.

Hiring a trusted cleaning company that is licensed, bonded and insured has many benefits. Not only will your home shine; you will have more time to do the things that you enjoy.

 

4 Tips for Getting Rid of Your Office Clutter

 

stack-brochures-files-documents-mess-desktop-monitor-pc-backgroundYour office is where you spend a large portion of your life, and as such, you should keep it nice and tidy. Having a neat office to work in will clear your mind and improve your productivity. Here are a few tips for decluttering your office.

Start Over

There are probably so many things you don’t need in your office. Trying to decide what is important and what isn’t can be a hard task, especially when you’re not sure if you really need something for your business or not. So start over — empty your desk and drawers and put everything in a box in a separate room. Then, when you need something, take it out of the box and put it in the appropriate drawer. You can discard whatever is left in the box that you don’t need after a month or two.

Go Paperless

Whenever possible, scan documents and upload them to a cloud storage application. Discard the actual paper. Invest in a shredder to protect your personal information.

Declutter the Cables

Cables from your computer, fax machine, webcam, etc can easily get too hard to manage. Whenever possible, go wireless and cut the cord. Label whatever cables are left over so that you can keep them organized. Use a special grid box that is designed to manage cables to keep them from becoming messy.

Give Your Office a Structure

Keep your most important things in the drawers and cabinets closer to you. Put your less important things further away. Make sure your office has a structure you can work with.

 

De-clutter a Closet

 

woman-diving-messy-unorganized-closet-searchingClutter

Closets are the greatest things, they hold what we need and hide what we don’t. Sooner or later you get to the point that you can’t fit any more in, and you don’t know what you have. This usually causes stress and frustration. If you’re there, or even almost there, it is time to go through the stuff. Here are a few tips on managing this task.

Clothes

We have a few lies we tell ourselves about clothes, such as I will lose weight enough to fit in that outfit that is two or more sizes too small. We say, it will come back into style someday, but by then the color will be wrong. If it is too small, too trendy, or just not loved enough. If you haven’t worn it in the last year, it should go. Give the good stuff to a thrift store, throw the rest out. There are a few exceptions, like a wedding dress you hope to pass down or the tux that gets rarely worn but still fits. Anything else you should look at more critically. Clearing out the old will make it easier to find what you want.

Electronics/Cords

Electronics are out dated so fast it is not funny. If it is hiding in a closet, it is quite likely you have not used it in years. If you have not been searching frantically for it, it most likely needs to go. Any cords that have unknown devices are junk, especially if they have a boxy end. In the old days, those only went to one thing. Using a cord on the wrong device was a good way to fry the electronics, and for some reason we seem to get rid of old devices and keep the cords. For anything along these lines over a few years old, when in doubt throw it out.

Non-seasonal knickknacks

You hid it in a closet, usually this means you don’t love it. The ones we love, we display. Unless it belonged to your grandma or some other cherished relative, it is time to get rid of it. These are usually good items for “white elephant gifts” if you belong to a group that does that. Otherwise, pass it on, give it to a thrift store, or throw it out.

Most of the time, this will describe the bulk of what you have hiding in a closet. When you get rid of the junk, you can find the treasures. Also, while cleaning you will find treasures you forgot you had. Limit how many treasures you keep. If you didn’t miss it while it was hidden, you will not miss it when it is gone. Having an organized closet with only things you use will give you a feeling of peace, and make your daily life less hectic. After all, when you can find everything you need easily, it takes so much less time to get ready for the day.