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Are you considering hiring a housecleaner? Well, first of all, congratulations! You’re about to have some much needed free time! Second of all, where do you even start with one? The idea of having a housecleaner can be new and uncharted territory for most, but don’t worry, it’s not that complicated. After all, your housecleaner is there to help take some of the work off your hands. Most would prefer you leave a list of tasks so they can manage their time accordingly, but what chores should you list? The most common go-to’s for housecleaners include dusting, mopping and wiping, but if you want to get really specific, and get the most out of your time, here’s are 4 other tasks your housecleaner could take on.

Start The Laundry

Ask your housecleaner to start a load of laundry. If they start with this one, they can work on other chores on your list while it’s running and take it out when it’s done! Why not kill two birds with one stone! If there’s time when the laundry machine is finished, do a second load!

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Swap Your Sheets

Not only can your housecleaner make your bed, they can freshen it up with new sheets! Leave a clean set of sheets out for your housecleaner and get them to swap your sheets during the day! This is something that will pay off in satisfaction when you come home at the end of a long day and crawl into a fresh, clean bed.

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Empty Garbage

One task that everyone procrastinates doing is taking out the garbage. Let your housecleaner know in your note that you’d like them to change the garbage. Make sure to let them know where they can put the trash too, and if sorting options like compost and recycling are available. This is something more practical than simply wiping down the kitchen counters, and will take this irritating chore off your list!

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Clean Out The Fridge

Lastly, fridges are always in need of a good wipe-down. This is a chore that not many people have time to do but when done, can make a big difference. Cut down on duplicates, expired food and wipe the shelves. Rid your fridge of any odours or spills, replace the baking soda or ground coffee beans that are keeping the shelves fresh, and enjoy the cleanliness!

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Living room décor should reflect the personal style of its inhabitants. This can range from cozy and comfy with earthy tones, bright and cheerful with vibrant hues, or rich and textured layers of character. But no matter how carefully you decorated your living room initially, it’ll start looking shabby in a couple years without proper maintenance and upgrade. Here are 5 quick tips on how to freshen up your living room without breaking the bank or throwing everything out for new furniture!

Brighten Your Wall

Add instant liveliness to the room by painting a wall with a poppy accent or switching the color of an already-painted wall to a new trending tone. Elevate your wall by experimenting with textures, geometric shapes and patterns to create depth and style.  

Be Bold With Print

Use well-curated bold accents like animal print cushions, rugs with asymmetric patterns or bold table pieces to add contrast to an otherwise monotonous or monotone room. If you want to invest in something more seasonal, add colorful art to your walls for a touch of visual, on-trend counterpoint.

Deliver Couch Appeal

Give your couch a look by switching its cover with the season. It’ll add character and provide the look of “instant renovation”. For smaller piece options, acquire a luxurious new throw, or fluffy cushions for the sofa. Whatever you do, make sure your couch is an accurate reflection of your lounging best self, whether that be monochrome minimalist, vain and luxe, or wine and leather!

Draw a Silver Lining

For a sleek new look, bring in metallic elements to the room.This  can come in the form of cool mirrors on the wall, chic silver bowls on the coffee table, and fancy aluminum vases besides the couch. Although we said silver, we mean any tone on the metal spectrum, including copper, brass, matte black metals and mirrors!

Arrange For Symmetry

If your feel your living room looks cluttered or untidy, try arranging the furniture in a symmetric pattern to give a sense of organization and balance to the room. Simply rearranging your current assets can  greatly affect the outlook of the space as a whole!

 

Hope you’re itchy to give your living room a brand new look, we know we are! Time to start that Pinterest board, and head out just in time for all those holiday deals!

As the temperatures dip, it’s looking more and more like curl-up-on-the-couch-with-hot-chocolate weather. Chores will be chores though. You’ll still have to haul yourself out of your comfortable potato position to tackle basic cleaning. We have a tip for getting around that: Read some books about cleaning … say maybe five. They’re sort of the same thing right?

Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day

“If I’ve learned anything, it’s that a schedule will never be perfect forever…”

Written by Becky Rapinchuk, the blogger behind the Clean Mama brand, Simply Clean breaks your cleaning down into micro-bites of maintenance that accommodate for a variety of schedules and personality types. The key here is to learn new ways of thinking about task management and time constraints that will effectively contain cleaning tasks instead of allowing the burden of the clean to overrun your whole life! If you’re feeling overwhelmed, this might be a great resource.

The Housekeeping Handyguide

“The only thing that is worse than living in a house full of clutter is most probably the task of cleaning it.”

This e-book is a speed read for anybody looking to get a quick masterclass on how to tackle the deep clean. Daria Foster walks you through the process step-by-step in easy-to-read, intuitive language. Cleaning is definitely an art, and some people are just better than it than others. If you’re someone who finds cleaning an inscrutable process, and need a little clarity, Daria Foster is here for you.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”

No list would be complete without Marie Kondō’s trendsetting, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Effective and thought-provoking for some, useless and redundant for others, this book has been sparking endless conversations about our relationship with things, which is kind of the point anyway. If you’re looking for a thought-provoking read as a precursor to the thankless task of cleaning, you might want to pick this one up. 

The Complete Book of Home Organization: 200+ Tips and Projects

“Balance, not perfection, is the key to a happy home.

If you are handy and love interior design, Toni Hammersley’s The Complete Book of Home Organization might be a great year-long exploration for you. Additionally, the thoughtful and beautiful photos will motivate you to make room in your house. More than offering the basics of home organization, Hammersley transforms the process into an aesthetic and creative adventure that will satisfy the Pinterest itch in you!

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify

“…finding ways to “enjoy without owning” is one of the keys to having a minimalist home.”

Written by Francine Jay, this book is a celebration of minimalists everywhere! If you’re finding yourself deeply unhappy amidst the clutter of your personal space, you may want to consider practicing a new outlook toward life – one that involves less things. In the flow of a busy work life, your home might need a bit of simplicity.

 

Well now you have it. You can put off your chores for another five books about cleaning in the name of consultations. You’ll even come out on the other end more cleaning-savvy than ever! Enjoy! Have a pumpkin spice latte after the hot chocolate is finished. If you’re reluctant to emerge from the couch, no worries. Here’s $10 off on us: enter BLOG10 off your first AskforTask order!

We at AskforTask know that motivation for cleaning is hard. We are here to turn that ritual cleaning session into an enjoyable experience. Before you get your handy rubber gloves on or roll up your regular cleaning plants, make sure to do these three things, and house cleaning won’t seem like such a chore.

Get Your Morning Cuppa And Make A List

Not everyone has the natural energy to just jump out of bed and get to cleaning, because honestly, who wants to clean on their time off. Just like waking up in the morning, it takes work. We recommend starting the day with a coffee, tea or smoothie break that can energize you and set the right mood and tone for the hard (but gratifying) work you’re about to do! While taking little sips of your beverage of choice, make a checklist of tasks you want to accomplish for the day. Going through a tangible set of to-dos where you can check things off makes cleaning that much more rewarding!

Set A Timeline and A Reward

Maybe you want to light a scented candle while you’re goal setting. Maybe you want to save that scented candle for when you’re done and relaxing in the tub. Either way, set yourself a timeline of when to finish cleaning for the day, and give yourself an incentive to get there. Reward yourself with a nicer dinner, watch that movie you’ve been meaning to watch, crack open a new book. Whatever it is, treating yourself after a job well done will motivate you to do the job, and to do it well.

Turn On This Cleaning Playlist

Yes, at AskforTask we go the extra mile for you. With that list ready, your timeline and incentive set, it’s time to choose your epic soundtrack. If you’re a connoisseur and already have your own tunes, go for it. For everyone else, we’ve compiled a two-hour playlist of groovy tunes you can shake your hips to while vacuuming or karaoke to while folding that endless pile of laundry. May the beats give you motivation when you feel like the cleaning is neverending, and celebrate with you when you’ve washed that last pillowcase. You’re welcome.

If you need a boost on how to begin your deep clean. Check out this post on how to successfully declutter or how to use vinegar as a cleaning agent for almost anything!

A little greenery goes a long way in feeling relaxed and rested, especially if you’re worn down from the Monday to Friday 9-5 plus overtime. Houseplants have become increasingly popular over the last few years for many, and Instagram inspiration lush with in-house vegetation has only fuelled more green thumb aspirations. If you’re someone looking to buy a first pot, or looking to add a new plant to your collection of 15 houseplants, this list of 10 ideal houseplants should cover all of your needs!

Plants

Pothos

Pothos are a beautiful leafy vine that are wonderful beginner plants for new plant owners. Not only are they easy to care for and low light tolerant, but they are hardy and durable as well, needing a moderate amount of water, and fertilizer only twice a year. Additionally, pothos are known to top choices for indoor growing as they absorb indoor air toxins and improve the air quality of your house. A beautiful, tough plant that keeps on giving!

Parlour Palm

A small palm with green, slender leaves, the parlour palm is a tree native to tropical regions such as Mexico and Guatemala! They are great indoor plants that thrive in low light conditions, and do well in smaller spaces. Parlour palm plants should be grown together as a cluster in a single container as they look better nestled together, with their leaves branching out. It’s great for a wall or shelf corner!

Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo are not actually bamboo, but a plant called dracaena, and used often as part of feng shui designs, and gifted to bring luck. They do well in sunlight but will grow more slowly in the shade, and are often grown in water and pebbles. Just change the water regularly and make sure to rotate the plant so that it’s receiving light evenly and you’ll have a happy lucky bamboo, and maybe some extra luck!

Snake Plants

Snake plants have a reputation for thriving on neglect, and maintain a vibrancy with their structured leaves and rich colouring. They are low maintenance plants that can withstand a drafty winter, and have few insect problems. If you’re looking for a house plant that is an independent roommate, a snake plant might be your best option.

Tillandsia

Tillandsia are also called air plants and grow attached to rock surfaces. This means they need no soil and can live practically anywhere in the house. This gives them a versatility to be decorative on your shelves and as table pieces without any mess. They are also extremely difficult to kill, and require only a bit of committed care once every 1.5 weeks. Run the base of the plant under water for a while and leave out to dry completely before returning the plant to its perch.

AskforTask Design Tips:

  1. Maximize your wall space by installing vertical wall planters  for smaller options like air plants

  2. Install hangers for vine plants like pothos to create different draping lines

Herbs

Mint

A staple herb in so many recipes, mint comes in many different types and all are fragrant in their own way. Besides giving off a wonderful scent, they are fast growing and can be harvested regularly for your daily mojito, iced tea, lemonade or salad! Mint plants do best in partial shade and should be grown in containers.

Basil

Basil is another popular herb that can be used fresh for dishes or dried for a different form of seasoning. Basil plants prefer sunlight and warmer temperatures and need to be watered often in the hot weather so that they don’t dry out. When grown indoors, they are also fragrant enough to be eaten right off the plant!

Lavender

Besides its strong aesthetic contribution, lavender is known to be a relaxer. Growing lavender in your home can infuse your home with a fresh, calming scent, and provide a wonderful pop of colour. They are plants that like the sunlight and will do best near windows, and with a minimal amount of watering.

Parsley

Parsley are slow growers so expect to be patient with these little herb plants. But what they lack in speed, they make up for in convenience. They are easy to start from seed and can deal with the cold, making them a great first time herb to try. They are wonderful garnishes for dishes and also for soups!

Thyme

Thyme is a twiggy herb that’s easy to maintain and can be harvested abundantly all summer. Their leaves and sprigs can be used fresh or dried for different culinary purposes and can also be burned to get rid of annoying insects in the house.

AskforTask Declutter Tips:

  1. Use old biscuit or tea tins as plant potters, just make sure there’s a generous layer of rock under the dirt for drainage purposes!

  2. Repurpose chipped cups or bowls, or old kitchen appliances for planting seedlings or for nurturing herbs in your kitchen

Have a tiny little bedroom and trying to make storage work while pursuing the minimalist aesthetic saturating your social media feeds? Umbra has your back. Umbra’s functional and minimalist furniture and decor offer a variety of custom options for the aspiring tiny bedroom designer. We’ve cooked up 5 design tricks to organize your tiny bedroom space better with Umbra pieces! With these little upgrades, you’ll never suffer from Instagram envy ever again.

1. Minimize Bedside Clutter

We all need some bedside space to place essentials, like a charging phone, a book, glasses or hair ties, and other miscellaneous things we seem to need.

Introducing the Umbra Hammock, a multi-functional organizer that can go on the wall or on a bedside table. When wall mounted, you can hang keys, scarves or handkerchiefs along the bottom wire as well. A small clip-on lamp can be added to make this organizer all the beside space you need! 

2. Float Your Books

Bookshelves are a quintessential cozy factor in bedrooms. We all want to have a few of our favourite or inspirational reads on hand for when we need to unwind, or need to a kick in the pants.

With Umbra Conceal bookshelves, you can literally deconstruct your bookshelf and stack them on the wall. Achieve the floating book look, create a sleek or funky wall design, and potentially add trinkets on top of your books to integrate them into a larger design.

3. Consolidate Your To-Dos

The key to organizing a small space is using all of the space you have. That means you have to go high with your organization. Declutter the space at eye level by moving all your papers and to-do lists up to a designated spot.

The Umbra Trigon Bulletin board is a sleek addition to the wall, which you can pin or magnet your loose papers to. Get creative with organizing and intersperse your notes with memorabilia like photograph and postcards to create a contained collage as a colourful counterpoint in your space!

4. Maximize Storage Options

Tiny bedrooms come with tiny closets, and tiny closets often mean your clothing spills over in piles all over your room. To be honest, it doesn’t matter how big your closet is, storage is always going to be an issue.

We were torn up over the many options so we’re offering two Umbra remedies.

The Umbra Stash is a hanger slip-on that allows you to keep those pesky small pieces like scarves, gloves, hats and socks on a hanger, underneath larger pieces of clothing. It’s genius!

The Umbra Estique is a multi-functional series of hooks you can attach to the back of your door. Think space for your bags, oft-used jackets, belts, scarves, and hats. The possibilities are endless! The wooden balled hooks prevent any rogue hooks from destroying your more delicate pieces. 

5. Seek Out Multi-Functionality

In a small space you should be doubling up! Everything has to have a practical place and function, or maybe even two. This way you cut down on the number of furniture pieces you have, but maintain the same degree of utility with what you have!

A perfect example is the Umbra Magino Stoolwhich can be a stool seat, a side table, and a magazine organizer as well! The clear aesthetic is right on trend this year as well, so you’ll have a multi-functional piece that’s hot design!

Want to try one of these ideas but don’t have the time or tools? AskforTask has someone ready to do it for you! Use coupon code BLOG10 to get $10 off your first booking!

“How did I accumulate so much stuff?” said everybody ever.

Are you constantly considering downsizing, tired of cleaning all the time, deciding to clear out that spare room or just missing the days when sunlight hit a patch of bare floor or wall? You might have a clutter monster living in your house.

Yes, the thought of it can be overwhelming. All this stuff to sort through! But don’t fret! We are here to help. Take a deep breath, change into some comfortable clothing and follow these 9 simple steps to successfully declutter your way into a less complicated life.

1. Avoid Tackling the Whole House

If you’ve never read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizingthe first step comes down to tackling your clutter bit by bit. Kondo’s recommendation is to begin in categories, instead of in sections of the house. This allows you to focus on just one type of thing. Begin with things of least emotional value: clothing, kitchenware, cleaning tools.

2. Try the Four Box Method

Sometimes a “yes” or “no” is too difficult for items with emotional attachment or nostalgia. Try using these four categories instead: “Trash”, “Give Away”, “Storage”, “Put Away”. Sorting your items into four categories gives you more room to consider the value of each item, and declutter with less emotional turmoil. Maybe there are things you want to keep but don’t need to use. Pop that in storage and have a box for memorabilia neatly tucked away.

3. Lose An Item A Day

If tidying all at once is too daunting for you, try a simple method of getting rid of one item every day for a whole year! Here’s Max Wong’s play by play on decluttering by removing just one (or ten) items daily. Are you the competitive type that works well with an adrenaline rush? Set a timer for yourself and race to clock to meet your daily quota of things to throw out! Who told you decluttering was all gloom and misery?

4. Everything Has A Home 

Think about where everything goes. All items in your home should have permanent spaces of their own. This way, after use, you know there’s a place to return it to, and it doesn’t end up piled high on the kitchen counter amongst all the other things that also don’t have homes. You could even zone your storage spaces so that even new purchases have spaces to go to right away. Now everyone and everything in your home will be right at home!

5. Optimize Your Space

Consider whether or not your closet and storage areas are being used to their maximum potential. Apartment Therapy has some pretty amazing suggestions for elevating your bedroom closet to new organizing levels! One of our favourite upgrades is simply to switch out your closet seasonally and leave all those bulky winter coats and scarves in storage until the temperature starts to dip!

6. Try the 10 x 10 Challenge

Is clothing your weakness? Are you the type with shoes stacked on shoes and the same top in 5 different slight variations? Here’s a fun declutter challenge. Pick 10 items from your closet and style them differently over the next 10 days. Have fun with it! You’ll also be building awareness of just how far your wardrobe can already go, so that the next time the itch to shop comes around, it might be easier to resist.

7. Garage Sale, Swap, Or Sell Online

It’s now summer season which means garage sales will be popping up like dandelions everywhere. Swap season and flea markets are also in full swing. All these are really fun options for your “Give Away” box and you could make a bit of extra cash on the side too! Plan a few weeks ahead, put up signs in your neighborhood to advertise, or do some research on upcoming swap events in the city. Ever heard of Bunz?

8. Give To Someone In Need

Do some research on local charities in the area, secondhand and thrift stores and even prison book programs, and donate your relevant unwanted items to them. Make sure to double check the lists of requirements for things they accept, and that what you are donating is in good condition.

9. Bring In A Pro!

Hire a friendly and professional Tasker from AskforTask to help you declutter your room. This does not have to be a dreaded task or a lonely one! Sometimes, it’s more fun to do it with a helping hand.

Request a Tasker here!

Spring has FINALLY descended upon us, offering its good graces and we’re so excited! What is it about this season that makes us want to clean? Perhaps its the need to dust off the dreary winter, or just that fresh breeze that puts us in the mood for something new. As they say, out with the old and to the mall we go! If you’re looking to jumpstart your annual spring clean, here are 5 simple tasks that will feel like your home just went through a complete revamp!

Clean That Carpet

Carpets are hothouses for musty odours, dust, random food scraps, stains and everything else you have tracked in with your feet, and can be pretty gross and unhygenic with all that bacteria. Take them for a clean, either professionally or DIY, your carpets will look brand new, and you might find yourself having less sniffles in the early morning and late at night!

Clean Your Appliances

Clean your kitchen vents. Wipe down the washing machine. Scrub the fridge. Dust out the bathroom air vents. Replace those furnace filters! What better way to bring spring in than to actually clear the airways of all the dust, and your appliances with all the stains collected throughout the winter months?

Purge Your Closet

Is there anything more thrilling than getting rid of stuff you don’t need anymore? As the old saying goes “when in doubt, throw it out”. We could not agree more. Time to stop playing packrat and donate everything of limited keepsake value. Old toys, clothes and games need to be cleaned out and replaced. Trust us, the feeling after you get rid of stuff you no longer need, is thrilling and look, now you even can go shopping. Rinse, recycle and repeat, just so long as you don’t forget to purge.

Preserve Your Furniture

Furniture preservation might seem a bit excessive, but honestly it makes such a difference. A good polish or wax will really elevate the appearance of your furniture and combat wear and tear. If you have furniture that is more particleboard than real wood, use glue to reinforce the joints and backing to give it another few years of life. Use construction adhesive or polyurethane glue on particle board, and wood glue if you are working with real wood. Don’t forget to varnish, and remember, coasters!

Refresh Your Interior

Interior is everything when you walk into your home. So why not give that a spruce as well? Paint is chipping? Time for  color update! Floors looking dull? Give it a good polish! Curtains need to flow with the spring breeze? Switch your winter set for a fresh translucent set.
AskforTask Design Tip: If you have a small space, use light colours like an off-white with clever contrasts to make it look bigger than it is.
As always, AskforTask is here to help. Whether you hire a cleaner to help freshen your place up, or a handyman to preserve your furniture, we are here for you!

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If you’re like most people, you manage to successfully dodge doing chores on the regular, and then one day find yourself living amidst a disaster zone. Well who can blame you?

While we understand the tedious nature of chores, chores also keep our home spaces tidy and relaxing. If you find yourself battling the desire to skip out on chores, here are a few ways to commit to a tiny little activity daily that won’t take up too much time, 5 minutes in fact. You’ll find your home cleaner and tidier in no time.

Day 1: Clear A Counter

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Just pick one counter. Do a little organizing. Wipe the surface down. Put away food items and wash a few dirty dishes. Set a timer, do it for 5. That’s it.

Day 2: Straighten Out Your Wardrobe

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This is hard, but necessary. Just shake out those tangled hangers and move clothing items around to reduce the messy clutter of your closet. Refold that shirt you threw back in there this morning.

Day 3: Place 5 Things Into Designated Places

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This is an interesting exercise in space allocation. Pick 5 things in your house that tend to be left lying around, and designate a place for them. You’ll quickly discover just how many things you have, how little storage space you use, and innovative ways to put everything away!

Day 4: Choose A Cupboard

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This may take a little more than 5 minutes, depending on the size of the cupboard. In extreme cases, just go with a shelf. Reorganize all that tableware, the condiments, the books, the photo albums. You’ll feel much better after re-introducing order.

Day 5: Put Away Shoes

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We love to leave our shoes wherever we take them off. This is a BAD HABIT. Take some time to put away the shoes that have been left out, and you’ll be greeted by a much more welcoming doorway.

Doing small tasks like these are wonderful tiny steps in the larger habit of decluttering. We at AskforTask believe that a clean home is a happy home. Our general help experts specialize in decluttering and organization and if you use our special code BLOG10 you can receive $10 off your first booking!

As housing prices continue to escalate in the big cities in Canada (particularly Toronto and Vancouver), it is becoming increasingly difficult for younger people to buy homes. Enter the new movement of “tiny living” and “micro-homes”. These teeny houses range between 100 – 400 square feet, in comparison to a North American house which averages about 2,600 feet. The movement has really taken off in areas like Colorado, the Pacific Northwest and the Carolinas.

Why would you want to live in a tiny house?

Well, first off, when you see these multi-functional little homes, you might feel a sudden urge to go build one yourself. There are three main reasons as to why people have begun adopting this trend:

  1. Money, money, money! For the majority of people working in North America, around a third to a half of their monthly income is set aside to pay for their rent or mortgage on their $300,000 home. Particularly popular with generation X, building one of these tiny homes from scratch will only cost you between $10,000 and $100,000.

  2. Save the world. A strong trait of people choosing to live the “Tiny Life” is that they care about the environment and are keen to live a more sustainable life. The environmental footprint of these structures is very low, and many include cool green features like compost toilets and solar panel roofs.

  3. Freedom! When interviewed, many tiny home owners defined a new sense of personal and financial freedom as a major reason of building a tiny house. Not only did they eliminate mortgage payments, they were also able to de-clutter their lives. It would make cleaning a breeze!

You can do it too!

So, do you think you could build and live in a tiny house? Check out “The Tiny Life” website where you can find out more about the movement and receive guides on how to build out every inch of your prospective tiny home. Are you really excited about the idea, but would need another set of hands? Give AskforTask a call on +1 844-275-8275 and request a handyman for a “tiny” price.

In the meantime, check out this BuzzFeed video of people experiencing living in a tiny house for the first time!

 

The trick to a clean house is consistency. We wish it wasn’t so, but it is.

In the end, the cleanest house is one where cleanliness is actively upheld, as opposed to passively reinstated. One should be following a quick and fast-track approach to kitchen cleaning so you can clean your kitchen in small increments and enjoy it more often. Here are just few simple tricks and tips we recommend so you don’t have to spend hours and hours every day to manage the heart and center of your house. It can be a low-maintenance area of the house and still the most used and fun to be in and cook amazing meals in.

Keep Counters Clean At All Times

DO NOT let them clutter for days before you get to clearing it out. Recipe books should be kept in the book cabinet at once. Receipts in your drawers or in the trash. Clean plates in the cupboards, dirty plates in the dishwater. Crowded countertops will just make your kitchen look uselessly dirty and claustrophobic. What’s the use of mopping your kitchen every day when it’ll still look untidy because of the unwanted stuff you’ve collected on the counter tops?

Dust The Kitchen Every Second Day

Make sure you wipe down every high and low zone. With neglect and over time, kitchen surfaces become sticky and more difficult to clean. Start from the oven, counter top, cabinets and sink. Some stubborn marks? Remove difficult stains with a little hydrogen peroxide in water, plus a few drops of ammonia. Now pay attention to the floors. Mop it all out once you’re done doing all of the above. Add half a cup of baking soda in 2 gallons of water and see how your tiles shine. Do you have a wooden floor? Add 1 part white vinegar in 9 parts of warm water. This simple trick comes from our old cleaning maid and is the best and cheapest remedy to make your wood floors look dazzling. Also, don’t forget to plunge your drain every 2 weeks so they don’t clog!

Clean The Oven

While you dust your kitchen every 2nd day, also spend some time specifically on your oven every other Monday. Leaving your oven at the courtesy of only-cooking-no-cleaning will just increase the residue around the stove and the aggregated gunk will be a headache to get rid of afterward. Add dishwasher liquid in warm water, scrape the gunk off and mop it with the liquid.

Attend To Utensils Every 2 Weeks

Make sure to properly season any cast iron pots and pans you might have.  The oil, butter and smell of spices would just go away in a snap. Give a warm rinse and scrub to any other cooking containers. Keep the rust off your metal knives and spoons by soaking them in hot water with dishwashing liquid for some time and all residue will easily scrub off.

Pro Tip: Oil your cutting boards and spoons once a month to increase their life.

Get The Right Cleaning Tools

You can make use of generic kitchen products like baking soda, salt, vinegar and lemon to perform almost any and every cleaning regimen; but having the right tools will just make your life much easier. Get a scrub brush to easily scrub away almost anything from your sink, dishes or countertops. A plastic scraper is the holy grail of oven-cleaning; your work will decrease by half. Grease-cutting dish soap and a dish drainer for dishes you just rinse. Lastly, a powerful plunger for those days you feel your drain is clogging, this is your ultimate friend.