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  • How to Clean and Organize Your Garage
    Tip Be sure you have a plan for directing your helpers through the process from start to finish 3 Categorize the items in your garage Typical categories include recycling sports and recreational equipment camping gear automotive seasonal decor garden gear and tools Evaluate things like luggage and paint and see whether you can store them elsewhere Tip It s much easier to tackle a garage after you ve organized the rest of the house Once you determine the purpose of your interior storage many garage items can be relocated 4 Group the garage s contents Once you know the categories of the items that will live in your garage begin grouping them into the categories in the driveway or the center of the garage A few cardboard boxes will help you to group because everything from huge paint cans to nuts and bolts will eventually need to be contained Be sure to label the boxes Tip Don t buy containers bins baskets and boxes to organize your items just yet A big mistake is buying containers now and later discovering you don t have the correct sizes or sturdiness 5 Trash or donate items that don t fit the categories Sometimes random parts or items are discovered in the garage and you don t know what to do with them If you want to keep them assign them to the most similar category or put them in a visible place so you remember that you have them Otherwise start your donation and trash piles now 6 Determine the best garage layout Decide where you want each type of item to live considering its frequency of use and the available space For instance recycling should live near the entrance to the home and tools should live near the workbench Tip Think about valuable real estate when considering available space Parking space and shelves at eye level or within reach are valuable real estate Less valuable real estate would be very high or low shelves and should be reserved for less frequently used items 7 Install built in cabinets or modular storage if needed Now that you know what you re keeping and how much space you have determine what containers to use Make the most of vertical space with wall mounted pegboards and wire grids that hold everything from sports equipment to garden tools Also take advantage of overhead space with sturdy shelves that mount to the ceiling 8 Relocate items to their new homes within the garage 9 Set an organizing schedule Get your quarterly or biannual garage maintenance on your calendar If it doesn t make it onto your calendar it s less likely to happen And remember to put things away promptly after using them Remember that when cleaning a room or garage must get dirtier before it is clean This is why setting aside a couple of days in a row to work on your garage project will prevent large piles of items from sitting around in

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  • HOW TO CREATE A HOUSEHOLD TOOL KIT
    to remove or use two to twist sticky things apart They provide a slip free hold when you need it Assortment of Nails and Screws You might find prepackaged sets of basic sizes at a home center or get a small divided box and put together a custom assortment that will come in handy when you hang pictures or make minor repairs Wire Cutters Save your scissors with this essential tool A wire cutter makes it easy to snip wire for crafts electrical repairs and other household projects Pencils You ll probably need to mark a drill hole or record a measurement Have pencils handy and write on post it notes or bits of blue painter s tape if you don t want to write on the wall Blue Painter s Tape Even professional painters use this tape to mask off areas they don t want to paint It s available in several widths and looks like plain masking tape But this special tape is blue and can be removed from most surfaces without damage You can use it for other household jobs besides painting Mark stud locations with a small square when hanging a picture or installing molding Tape off the edges of a door frame when painting a wall or tape down runners of heavy kraft paper to protect floors from dirt and scratches when moving Here are more basic items to put in a household tool kit Cordless Drill You may feel this is a luxury but there are nearly endless uses for this handy tool The obvious use is drilling pilot holes for nails and screws but you can also insert screwdriver bits to help insert or remove screws Utility Blades and Holder There are several varities to choose from in knives A fast easy one has breakaway blades which is especially useful when doing a wallpaper or a delicate craft project They are also handy when opening sealed boxes Metal Straightedge Choose a heavy ruler long level or angle It can be used to measure or mark and serves as a cutting guide for heavy materials when using a utility knife Felt Plastic and Carpet Dots Keep an assortment of these sticky backed furniture protectors on hand Felt dots can be applied to the bottoms of vases candleholders boxes or any accessory that might scratch a table surface Plastic or rubber dots applied to the bottom back corners of a picture can help keep framed pictures level Carpet dots are heavier and thicker and used under chair and table legs to avoid scrape marks on hardwood floors Spackle You ll need spackle for filling nail holes in sheetrock before painting or to repair small scratches holes or dents in walls Unless you do lots of repair jobs we d recommend buying a small tub Spackle dries out even if you seal the container well and then it will not go on smoothly Putty Knife To apply spackle you ll need a putty knife Other uses

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  • Garbage Disposal Do's and Don'ts
    out Don t grind glass plastic metal or even paper Don t grind anything combustible Don t grind cigarette butts Don t pour grease oil or fat into your garbage disposal or drain Grease will slowly accumulate and impede your garbage disposal s grinding ability as well as clog drains Don t use hot water when grinding food waste Hot water will cause grease to liquefy and accumulate causing drains to clog Don t grind extremely fibrous material like corn husks celery stalks onion skins and artichokes Fibers from these can tangle and jam the garbage disposal motor and block drains Don t turn off the motor or water until grinding is completed When grinding is complete turn off the the garbage disposal first Let water continue to run for at least 15 seconds flushing out any remaining particles Then turn off water Don t put too many potato peels down the garbage disposal The starches in the potatoes will turn into a thick paste and may cause blades to stick Don t put large amounts of food down the garbage disposal Feed food into the garbage disposal a little at a time with the cold water running this will help the food scraps flow down freely through the drain pipes and plumbing Don t put expandable foods into your garbage disposal Foods like pasta and rice expand when you add water in a pot they do the same thing once inside your pipes or garbage disposal and are the cause of many jams and clogs Don t grind large animal bones beef pork etc Avoid putting coffee grounds down the garbage disposal They won t harm the garbage disposal and they ll actually help eliminate odors However they can accumulate in drains and pipes causing clogs Best to avoid Don t use harsh chemicals like bleach or drain cleaners They can damage blades and pipes Borax is a natural sink cleaner and sanitizer that effectively works on odor causing mold and mildew that accumulates in garbage disposals See more below Keeping Your Garbage Disposal Running Problem Free Ice is an extremely effective and inexpensive method for cleaning your garbage disposal sharpening the blades and breaking up any grease build up which has accumulated Just toss a few ice cubes into the garbage disposal and run it As the garbage disposal chops into the ice cubes the ice chips will effectively scour all the hard to reach areas of the unit and melt down the drain Try this once or twice a month to keep your garbage disposal in fine working order To Remove or Prevent Nasty Garbage Disposal Smells Here are some natural methods to clean your garbage disposal that are good for the environment and very inexpensive Periodically take a lemon or orange and toss it into the disposal The oils and juice from the fruits and peels naturally clean the walls inside the garbage disposal and create a fresh long lasting scent Freeze vinegar in ice cube

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  • Creative Storage Ideas for Your Home Office
    up office essentials and keep your desktop and drawers clutter free 6 Clear as Glass Store pens markers paper clips and more in simple glass kitchen containers The clear glass makes it easy to spot what you need and twist off lids make them a breeze to open 7 Magnetic Attraction Install a magnetic knife wall mount to the side of a shelving unit and hang small items on magnetic hooks 8 Keep In Touch Need a better way to keep track of your business cards Rather than throwing cards into a drawer keep them organized in a leftover mint container They re the perfect size for keeping all your contacts in one place Don t know what to do with your own cards Organize them in a separate container 9 Corral with Cans Use empty cans for wall storage in your home office They can organize sewing essentials as shown or corral writing utensils scissors and other small office items To make this wall storage clean the cans then spray paint them the desired colors Attach each can to the wall with a single screw through the bottom or with a heavy duty wall mounting tape 10 Take Note Don t spend money on a corkboard instead turn an artist s canvas into a practical memo board For a magnetic surface attach a sheet metal square Hang this above your desk to keep important items visible 11 Hanging Around Take advantage of your wall space by turning it into storage space Hang clipboards magnetic boards and plain containers around the room Each item is inexpensive and available at office supply stores 12 Can Do Recycled soup cans make great holders for writing utensils Install pan head screws through the backs of the cans and mount the cans to the wall 13 Mail Center Use unexpected containers such as these simple mailboxes for desk side storage They re perfect for organizing mail takeout menus and bills Plus they ll keep your desktop paper free Dress them with pretty motifs from wallpaper remnants or decorative paper and adhere with decoupage medium 14 Mini Compartments This pan will do more than help you cook when you use it to compartmentalize office supplies Use an inexpensive cupcake pan to organize small items that have a tendency to get lost in drawers 15 Magnetic Pull Create a magnetic memo board out of a cookie pan Just add magnets and important papers and your memo board is ready for business 16 Write Stuff Can t keep track of your writing utensils Get them in line with a holder made from a cloth napkin Fold over one third of the napkin and sew the side edges Then create the slim pockets by spacing seams 2 inches apart along the napkin s width 17 Financial Planning Keep your finances in order with food containers turned piggy banks Disposable food containers are great for keeping track of loose change Pick a denomination for each container and cut a

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  • Floor & Tile Cleaning
    s surface Cleaning Hardwood Floors Hardwood floors should be swept weekly to remove dirt Time saving devices such as electric sweepers or vacuum cleaners will make the task easier and the attachments are useful for sucking up debris that collects along baseboards Beater bar vacuum attachments meant for carpeted surfaces should not be used on hardwood because they can scratch floor surfaces Wood can expand crack and even buckle from moisture so excessive water should not be used for cleaning and spills should be quickly mopped up The method of cleaning a hardwood floor may be different for prefinished products than for products that were finished after installation Homeowners with prefinished floors should use products recommended by the product s manufacturer Floors that were sanded and had the finish applied after installation can be cleaned with a damp mop that has a terrycloth cover and rotating head Spray on hardwood floor cleaning products can be used on spills heel marks and for spot cleaning Cleaners with ammonia or oil can dull the surface of a wood floor and affect the ability to recoat it with urethane Hardwood floors with a urethane finish should not be waxed Cleaning Tile Floors A ceramic tile floor should be mopped as needed after sweeping Homeowners can use tile floor products sold in stores or the manufacturer s recommended cleaner Textured tiles might require periodic scrubbing with a soft brush or an electric polisher to lift dirt out of indentations According to the World Floor Covering Association scrubbing a tile floor with scouring powders and steel wool can permanently scratch the surface Also oil based cleaners are not suitable for tile floors Thoroughly removing any soap residue by rinsing with clean water prevents the tile from looking lackluster or streaked Tile can take a while to dry and is very slippery so make sure children do not try to cross a wet tile floor Grout can begin to look dirty over time especially if it was not properly sealed Bleach and ammonia products should not be used because they can discolor grout over time Cleaners specifically made for grout can be used with a soft bristled brush to remove tough dirt and stains If the entire floor needs to be cleaned before sealing the grout it might be worthwhile to hire a professional floor cleaning service to avoid sealing in dirt Cleaning Natural Stone Floors Cleaning natural stone floors such as slate and travertine is similar to cleaning ceramic tile in many ways However stone is porous and does require some special care Like ceramic tile the stone should be swept and damp mopped but with products designed for stone not regular floor cleaner Using the wrong cleaning product can remove or reduce the effectiveness of the sealant Rinsing thoroughly with water will prevent streaking or a cloudy film over the surface Abrasive or ammonia based cleaners can dull the luster of stone Additionally acidic products like vinegar or lemon juice should not be used

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  • How to Choose the Right House Cleaning Service
    home cleaning service Most services do the basic cleaning such as vacuuming and dusting but not more involved tasks like clearing out a messy basement or attic Decide what you want to be cleaned in your home before searching for a maid service Decide your price range specifically the price you would be willing to pay each month Remember hiring a professional cleaning team isn t free but living in a clean and healthy home is worth it in more ways than one Locate potential house cleaning services This can be done by searching on the internet looking in the telephone directory or asking family and friends Make sure that they are 1 in your area and 2 will suit your specific house cleaning needs If you re looking for a residential cleaning service in the South Connecticut area then The Maids are for you As a leader and expert in home cleaning and maid services our breakthrough plan offers the healthiest cleaning of your home available The Maids combines healthy cleaning supplies with a strict attention to detail If you are looking for the right house cleaning service then trust our highly trained uniformed bonded and insured teams to give you the healthiest most thorough housecleaning you have ever had every visit every time Contact the Maids today to learn more about our services and what we can do for you back to top Sign up below and receive a 50 VOUCHER Please enter your name Invalid email address Invalid Input Our Services The Maids Medway offers a variety of services Please see below for the one that fits your needs Maid Services House Cleaning Hiring a Maid Services Housekeeping Services Service Area See if The Maids Medway services your area by click to see our map or list

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  • How Much Should You Tip Your Cleaner?
    time off paid training and are paid hourly rather than by the house As business owners we take our responsibilities to our employees seriously One of our key measures is employee tenure a long stable group of employees who like working together is far preferable than the opposite Secondly tips are never expected But they are always appreciated The surprise of customer generosity always goes over well with our teams they clearly understand that it s because of their excellent performance in completing a job Lastly when it comes to ranges some customers give snacks such as something they ve baked to large monetary gifts I ve seen up to 50 100 given after projects and 400 given during the holidays Each situation is different one should never be expected to tip One of the best tips is to have the service back for future cleanings Our cleaning teams in Massachusetts truly enjoy the relationships that they have with customers They understand that the quality of their efforts creates their future work efforts back to top Sign up below and receive a 50 VOUCHER Please enter your name Invalid email address Invalid Input Our Services The Maids Medway offers a variety of services Please see below for the one that fits your needs Maid Services House Cleaning Hiring a Maid Services Housekeeping Services Service Area See if The Maids Medway services your area by click to see our map or list of cities and zip codes The Maids Service Area Cities We Service Ashland MA Attleboro MA Attleboro Falls MA Auburn MA Bellingham MA Blackstone MA Dover MA Fayville MA Framingham MA Franklin MA Grafton MA Holliston MA Hope MA Hopedale MA Hopkinton MA Medfield MA Medway MA Mendon MA Metrowest Boston MA Milford MA Millis MA Natick MA Norfolk

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  • Which Environmentally Friendly Products Should You Use?
    own products here are the considerations we make Is this product safe for our employees Continued prolonged use of strong products with a chlorine or peroxide base can create sensitivities and skin problems These problems can result in harm to the people providing service When it comes to green cleaning products make the right environmentally friendly decision for you Is the product safe for the household There are many cleaners available that do a fine job without potentially introducing chemicals to children and pets Strong cleaners are sometimes needed but more gentle cleaners are fine once a deep cleaning has been completed Is the product good for our environment One of our training tips is that we have to remove any product we apply This removal could be through our cleaning cloths or by rinsing down a drain Ensuring that the products are environmentally preferable non toxic biodegradable and low volatile organic compounds Minimizing the cleaning powders disinfectants and degreasers that pass through our water treatment facilities is just another way to reduce our impact on the planet Many customers continue to require their products based on manufacturer s warranties the uniqueness of the product for the application marble leather granite and smoothtop stoves are examples In this case we evaluate each by reviewing the safety sheets while training our personnel in the correct application back to top Sign up below and receive a 50 VOUCHER Please enter your name Invalid email address Invalid Input Our Services The Maids Medway offers a variety of services Please see below for the one that fits your needs Maid Services House Cleaning Hiring a Maid Services Housekeeping Services Service Area See if The Maids Medway services your area by click to see our map or list of cities and zip codes The Maids

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