How To Organize Your Paperwork

How To Organize Your Paperwork. Are you drowning in paperwork? Need a system to set your bills and correspondence straight? You are in luck! Here are some great ideas for organizing your paperwork!


How To Organize Your Paperwork

Are you drowning in paperwork? Need a system to set your bills and correspondence straight? You are in luck! Here are some great ideas for organizing your paperwork:

How To Organize Your Paperwork


Early Bird Mom share here Organizing Family Paperwork: a Simple System to organize: bills, mail, receipts and schoolwork! Boy I could have used these tips when I was positively swimming in paperwork from Sonny-boy’s school! Organizing Family Paperwork: a Simple System would have saved me many an hour looking for papers.

How To Organize Your Paperwork


What could be more convenient than an Office in a Basket that you can take with you from room to room? Head over to What’s up Fagans to see how to store you files, planner, notepads and more in this Office in a Basket.

How To Organize Your Paperwork


Organized Island offers many different ideas for Paper Organization including binders, folders, and more. The key to her system is so easy, anyone can do it! Head over to read these easy-peasy Paper Organization tips.

How To Organize Your Paperwork


If taming the desk-mess is your goal, head over to Girl Organized for 5 Useful Tips to Organize Your Desk! Heck these tips looks so doable, I may implement them! 5 Useful Tips to Organize Your Desk.

How To Organize Your Paperwork


How Was Your Day has How to Organize Paperwork tips that include what to keep, how long, and how to get rid of your paperwork. For these important tips on How to Organize Paperwork, click here.

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Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring Cleaning Tips and ideas for a faster, easier, more thorough spring clean. Use these 8 great spring cleaning tips to help make your major housecleaning easier.


Spring Cleaning Tips

Do you spring clean? And by that I mean deep cleaning that you do not do on a regular basis? Do you get out the rags and buckets and scrub the walls, wax the furniture, clean the windows, beat the rugs (ok most likely have them cleaned), clean under the beds, take apart the light fixtures and chandeliers for a through wash, possibly cleaning and resealing the grout? Do you put away your winter cloths, air out the closets and pull out the spring clothing? Polish the silverware (I admit that I put this one off until I need it, and then curse myself for not cleaning it sooner)? What cleaning chores do you do only once or twice a year?

I look at spring cleaning as a time to clean what isn’t cleaned on a regular basis. I regularly clean the oven, the furniture and lamp shades are vacuumed every other week, wall switches are washed as necessary, and so are door knobs and hardware. The inside windows are washed on a regular basis, and the whole place is of course mopped, vacuumed and dusted weekly when we are home. I don’t consider that spring cleaning, I consider that every day (ok, weekly or bi-weekly) cleaning.

When we head home, the place is going to need a through cleaning. We have not been home since January, and while we are gone we had our staircase refinished and a new banister installed. Even with using “dustless” equipment, and closing off the rooms next to the staircase, I expect more than normal accumulation downstairs. We had our duct work cleaned last year (which really cuts down on the dust), and our furnaces are new-er. The water was shut off, so I expect the toilet lines to be a bit grim, but the showers should fine. No one has walked through most of the house, so I don’t expect a trail of dirt or debris. I do expect the house to be really, really dusty, I am just not sure how dirty it will be.

Here are my spring cleaning tips:

Don’t try and do it in one day. Seriously. Unless your house is tiny, you will just set yourself up for failure.

Have a plan. Even if it is simply… wash this, rearrange that, do room A first, room C last, have a plan specific to your house, your wants, your needs. No one else lives in your house, so only you, your spouse, or your roommates can make up this plan.

Start with the easiest room. And by that I mean either the smallest room or the room that needs the least amount of deep cleaning. It will give you a great sense of accomplishment to see a room finished and motivate you to go on.

Ask for help. Enlist the kids, spouse, friends and family! Heck, you could get together with a group of 5-6 friends and work through each other’s houses over the course of a few weeks if a lot of heavy lifting is involved.

Don’t get distracted. I have a bad habit of looking through old photos when I clean out drawers, reading old letters, etc. Stay focused and you can get that room done!

Finish one room before moving on to the next. This is part of not getting distracted. If you bring a load of paperwork into one room, leave it there. Don’t start that next room until you get the last room finished.

Don’t get overwhelmed. Do one room a week for six weeks. Sure everything will not be done at the same time, but it will be done! And that is the important part.

Hire help. This is my #1 recommendation if you work full time, are disabled, elderly, just hate cleaning or aren’t a very good cleaner (not everyone is).

What are your spring cleaning tips?

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10 Tips For Hiring a House Cleaning Service

10 Tips For Hiring a House Cleaning Service. What you should know and consider before hiring someone to clean your home! Ever hire a home cleaning service? Have you been disappointed with the results? Or, would you like to get a little more out of the cleaning service that comes to your home? Here are 10 tips for hiring a house cleaning service that I have learned over the years.


I have had multiple cleaning services for well over 10 years now, at home in New York and in our other residences in Utah and Florida. I have learned a lot about the dos and don’ts of hiring a cleaning service, and what to expect once you have hired one. These are my tips on what you should know and consider before hiring someone to clean your home!

10 Tips For Hiring a House Cleaning Service

What you should know and consider before hiring someone to clean your home!

Ever hire a home cleaning service? Have you been disappointed with the results? Or, would you like to get a little more out of the cleaning service that comes to your home? Here are 10 tips for hiring a house cleaning service that I have learned over the years:


Interview more than one potential service. If you are interviewing individuals, you need to be comfortable with that person (people). If you are hiring from a large company, ask if they will send the same person consistently, or if they rotate staff. There are pros and cons to both: the same person is familiar with your house, but I have noticed the longer the same person cleans for me, the more places that should be cleaned, are missed. The downside to a new crew weekly: there is a learning curve that I am paying for as they familiarize themselves with my home.

Make certain the individual or agency (and their employees) are licensed and insured. If they break something, will it be replaced? Repaired? If someone if hurt in your home, who will pay the medical bills?

Define the scope. Are you looking for a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or a one-time clean. Make certain that everything you want done, will be done. If the cleaning crew needs to use a stepladder to get to the top shelf and dust, are they willing to do so? Will your furniture and lampshades regularly be vacuumed? What about under cushions? Is cleaning out the refrigerator extra? Are baseboards regularly dusted? Door and window casements? Will the dog-snot be washed from the front door? Are nicknacks dusted? How much to clean a finished-basement? How is the kitchen floor washed? Mop or hands and knees? Ask about OSHA restrictions. I once had a cleaning service tell me it was against OSHA rules for them to use ammonia in my house.

Make sure pricing is explicit! If you are hiring an agency, make certain that there are no hidden fees. If you are hiring an individual, make certain they are paying their taxes and social security. Definitely consult an accountant to make certain you are not hiring that person as an employee, but as an independent contractor. The tax implications for you of one versus the other are great, so make certain your accountant fully explains the ramifications of hiring an individual to you.

Don’t forget to inform the agency/individual of any pets you may have for allergy and phobia considerations. You may think a white rat allowed to roam loose about the house is perfectly normal. The house cleaner may freak and beat Whitey with a broom. The cleaning service may also schedule more time for a dog that sheds copious amounts of fur, may not be willing to change the litter box or the lining of a bird cage. Or, those services may come with an additional cost.

Who supplies the cleaning products? I have steered away from the ultra green companies that will not use a swiffer on my furniture, but would rather spray everything down and wipe away the dust. Regardless of how gentle, I don’t want anything sprayed on my furnishings. And, while vinegar may be an excellent cleaner, it will destroy my marble floor. I have found very few products that don’t leave streaks on my stainless steel appliances, so I want to be certain that the cleaning company is happy to use some/all of my products.

Discuss with the service how many people will be coming to your home. You have cleaned your house and know how long (or short) it takes to clean. If it takes 6 hours for you to clean, do not expect a cleaning service to be able to accomplish the same task in 4 man-hours. I prefer one person in my house for every 2 man-hours of labor. I truly do not want a cleaning service here all day, and cleaning is hard work! That means one person will take longer to clean your 6 man-hour house than 3 people at 2 hours each. Fatigue sets in and people slow down. Not only that, but do you really want one house cleaner in your home all day long?

Decide if you need to be home when the cleaning is conducted. Most companies/individuals give an arrival time-frame. Only first service of the day will be “on time”. If you expect a service “between 10 and 12”, and then they clean for the next 2 hours, you need to block out that time to be home. However, if you are willing to give a service a key to your house (or a code if you have coded locks and security system), you are not tied to the house during that time-frame.

Do not clean your house before the cleaning service arrives. Believe me, you will not be the messiest/dirtiest/most disgusting house a seasoned house cleaner has ever seen, especially if they do trash-outs.

Do pick-up and put away the clutter. The more surfaces that are clear of clutter the better the job in the shortest possible time the cleaners can perform. Moving clutter takes time, and some agencies will not do it. I cannot stress the importance of: put away your junk! Also, don’t forget to put away jewelry, prescription medications and cash. Yes, you have checked for licensing and bonding, but better safe than tempted. I have never had a cleaning person snoop or take anything. Ever. But, there is always a first time.

Do you have any tips for hiring a house cleaning service?


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