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Cleaning Tips, Tricks, and Tools

When it comes to cleaning, having a few tricks up your sleeve is the way to go. And if you want to know how to quickly get rid of dust bunnies, grime, dirt, and allergens, count on The Maids to provide the best cleaning tricks for your home. With over 30 years of experience under our belts, we have more than a few house cleaning tips to share. After all, we don’t go anywhere without a vacuum and cloth in hand! Read on to learn more about cleaning tools and housekeeping strategies you can use to get your home shiny and bright.

5 Ways to Organize a Small Bathroom

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Despite what you see in magazines and on Pinterest, not every bathroom is a sprawling ode to marble and gilded fittings. In fact, some are downright small. This doesn’t mean you need to give up all hope of having a nice space for a quiet sit-down—far from it. To help

How to Make Your Short Term Rental Feel Like Home

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Whether you’re in a short term rental for work, vacation or a major relocation with your whole family, it’s important you make the space feel like home. We partnered with HomeSuite, experts at finding luxurious and homey short term spaces, to show you some great ideas

I Use a Cleaning Service: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom

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                        I was in your shoes once. I waited until my family was asleep, snuck down the toy-strewn stairs, around piles of laundry with ninja-like agility, and snuck onto the computer to ask the

DIY: How to Clean and Preserve Your Wedding Dress

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Your wedding day is one of the most important and memorable events in your life, and your dress is probably a large part of what made it so special. Let’s be frank, you probably shelled out quite a bit of money for your gorgeous gown, so you’re going to want to keep

It’s “Simplify Your Life Week.” Here’s What You Can Do About It.

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                      “Simplify Your Life Week” is the first week of August, and just in time for the new school year. We’re taking the first step and giving you all of our home organization blogs in one

Clever Cleaning Tips for Kids Sports Equipment

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Kids are messy. That’s something all parents learn at one point or another. Wherever your child is, at some point the order you’ve surrounded them with will become chaos. That’s especially true, and even amplified, for kids in sports. Just about every athletic pursuit

Retire From Work and Housework at the Same Time. Here’s Why (and How)

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                        If you find yourself retiring from the conventional workforce, you aren’t alone. In fact, this year could see as many as 4 million people retiring, to the tune of 11,000 a day. The

4 Undeniable Reasons People Love Traveling With Their Pets

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                      The American Pet Product Association (APPA) found in a survey that American pet lovers share their homes with 78.2 million dogs and 86.4 million cats. (Need a reference point? In that same

3 Eco-Friendly Kitchen Cleaning Hacks

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The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, and for good reason–after all, this is where the food happens! But the amount of foot traffic through this room means it gets cleaned a lot more frequently than other parts of your house. Think of all the

Ultimate Tips for Moving Cross-Country

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How to Stay Organized during the Transition Moving cross-country just may be your personal Everest. It could be the most complicated logistical endeavor you ever undertake. Here at The Maids, we know that it’s all in the details. That’s why we’ve teamed up with

What Your Pinterest Boards Are Missing!

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                      If you’ve been following the blog a while, you know we love to clean. We love everything about the cleaning process: the before’s, the after’s, the clean slates, and the fresh starts. Whether

Clean Up Work: Office Cleaning Checklist

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If you do any sort of work from home, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “You’re so lucky!” And you are. Working from home is a privilege not everyone gets to partake in, so if it’s something you’ve been able to do, well, we’re envious! However, working from home has

How to Keep the Bathroom Stocked During a Party

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Party time! You’ve lined up the adult beverages, warmed the appetizers, and are ready to throw a smashing good time for your guests. There’s just one lingering issue: the bathroom. It’s clean, of course; you saw to that. But there’s a ton of people coming over

10 Cleaning Memes That Prove You Aren’t Alone

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If you are like us, every once in a while you need a cleaning meme or a few cleaning jokes to tell it like it is. We’ve collected a few of our favorites for you. Stay tuned! We find new favorite jokes about cleaning all the time! Clean Serenity      

How Not to Ruin Your New Carpet

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So you just moved into a swanky pad, and dang…that new carpet is looking fine. In order to keep things bright and fresh, we’ve gathered some carpet cleaning tips and tricks to tell you how not to ruin this blossoming relationship. Getting to Know Each Other First

Warning: You are losing money from a cluttered home office

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If you work from home, a cluttered office can not only cost you time and productivity, it can also cost you a chunk of your paycheck, whether in the form of late fees on bills or billable hours. We’ll show you the biggest offenders and the best ways to banish them for

Top 5 Ways to Clean with Baking Soda

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The last time you cleaned out your refrigerator, did you spy that little half open box in the back and wonder to yourself, “What is baking soda used for besides trapping odor?” Well, we can answer that. We’ve rounded up the top five tricks and tips of the trade to

How to Prevent Dents and Scratches When Moving

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There’s no two ways about it: Moving is stressful. For all the rewards that come from setting up a new home and decorating to your heart’s content, getting all your furniture and belongings into a new house, whether it’s across the street or across the country, is

Professional Kitchen Storage Ideas

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At some point in your life, there comes a time when you’re not sure what to do with all your stuff. No matter how clean you keep your surroundings, life requires a certain amount of objects to get through the day—and those things can pile up.  The kitchen in

Quick House Cleaning Checklist

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Quick, hide the magazine stash! Guests are coming over, and your house is looking less than its best. We know things can get crazy sometimes, and daily tidying can fall by the wayside. Meanwhile, occasionally you need to blast through some cleaning in a hurry. Here

3 Reasons Why Hiring an Uninsured Cleaning Service Could Cost You Millions

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We know that hiring the best maid service can feel like a luxury, especially when you know someone who cleans houses on his or her own for a fraction of the cost. However, any money saved at the forefront could cost you much more than pain, stress, and heartache; they

Don’t Lose Your Lid: Five Tips for Keeping Plastic Containers Organized

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  You can’t beat the convenience of plastic food storage containers, except when you go to dig them out of the drawer or cabinet only to find that you have twice as many containers as lids, or vice versa, and none of what you have fits each other. It might not be

Refrigerator Organization: Zone Defense is a Good Offense

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Before we burst into refrigerator organization, make sure you read about how to clean a refrigerator properly. After all, what good is an organized fridge if it’s full of expired items on sticky shelves? Once you’ve tossed the expired items (check your salad dressings

What Nail Polish Stains, Mold and Hydrogen Peroxide Have In Common

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One thing we’ve learned about our readers, you guys really love to learn how to do stuff. And based on the popularity of certain posts, it’s because you spill (how to get nail polish out of carpet), have unwanted funk (how to kill mold), or really just need a laugh

The White Glove Test: 4 Ways To Improve Your Dusting Technique

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Our staff does more dusting than the average homeowner. Here are some dusting tips and tricks to help make this household chore quick and effective. A little polish goes a long way. Or none at all. In fact, for the majority of dusting jobs, all you actually need is a

Your Teen’s Bedroom: To Clean or Not to Clean?

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Teen bedrooms. In a word: Yeesh. A recent New York Times article explored the forsaken habitat of the human adolescent, and described, in anecdotal detail, the frustrations of both the parents and the teenager in the endless battle of who should clean what. It’s kind

Three Free Apps for Tracking Your Recycling Habits

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We all understand the benefits of recycling, but we may not know what is recyclable and where it can be recycled. Here are three great (and FREE) recycling apps that help answer those two questions and more. Earth Day is April 22nd—what better time to start saving the

The 5 C’s of an Organization Wizard

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Color-coded closets. Clean countertops. Captured clutter. While these C’s may resemble the homes of the organized wizards of the world, they aren’t quite the action verbs that teach the rest of us how to reign it all in. Master the five C’s below and you’ll learn how

Declutter Your Home For a Cause: Where to Donate Books

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Even though there are numerous studies that link clutter to negative impacts on mental and physical health, most of us have a hard time parting with our stuff. As it turns out, however, the benefits of decluttering your home can have a much greater impact than you

March Madness Cinderella Story: Make a Clean (Commercial) Break

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We get it, it’s March Madness. Workplace productivity is grinding to a halt, as is most of the bandwidth. There’s no reason why you can’t get things done at home, however. It just takes a clever use of commercial breaks. Every March Madness has a Cinderella Story, and

House Cleaning Games: How to Get Lucky on St. Patrick’s Day

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It seems to be the dynamic of every relationship: One person does most of the cleaning, the other…doesn’t. Sometimes it’s because they don’t do it well (and have been told as much). Sometimes it’s because they don’t want to. Sometimes it’s because they just don’t see

Our Spring Cleaning Checklist: Cleaning Tips For What Not To Clean

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The interwebs are full of spring-cleaning tips and websites touting the best spring-cleaning checklist.  We at The Maids don’t believe an ultimate list exists; in fact, we believe the best spring cleaning tips we could share are ultimately ones everyone should use all

Best Organizing Blogs of 2015 (Besides Ours)

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If you’ve been reading our blog, you know we are on one heck of a decluttering kick. And who could blame us? Once you get a taste of a pristine desk and the ability to find exactly what you are looking for, you want to keep cleaning it forward! As we were researching

10 Decluttering Tips That Take 5 Minutes or Less

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If you have five minutes, you have the ability to take back your home from the clutter that threatens to take it over. Just five minutes a day—or whenever you can spare it—will help you feel better about the space you live in, giving you more room to breathe and

These Clutter Statistics Will Shock You.

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There’s an epidemic sweeping our nation’s households. More pervasive than mold and more time-consuming than binge-watching Scandal episodes, this epidemic is negatively impacting our productivity, budgets, time and health. It’s the “Epidemic of Clutter.”

The Maids Heat Things Up In The Kitchen

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We’ve written a lot about kitchen cleaning in the years this blog has been published, so we thought we’d take a moment to consolidate our favorite and most popular posts and present them in one handy place. If you find yourself snowed in or cabin-fevered, use these

10 Colors Your Walls Can’t Wait To Wear in 2015

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Even on the most limited budget, nothing completely transforms a room the way a few hours and a can of paint can. Adding color to walls can instantly make a house feel like a home, one room at a time. The hardest part of the painting process often isn’t the taping or

6 Ways to Trick Kids (and Some Adults) Into Cleaning

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We get it. Cleaning is a chore. If it were always awesome and fun and easy, we wouldn’t get so many chances to do what we do. That being said, cleaning isn’t really an optional thing; after all, dishes must get done, laundry must get washed (and dried, folded and put

Don’t be a Loser: 10 Ways to Find What You Need in 2015

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We all know that January is Resolution Month, and this time we are refusing to put “lose weight” at the top of our list. Let’s strike the word “lose” from this year’s vocabulary. Let 2015 be the Year of Found Things. May you find whatever you are looking for, whether

5 Things the Flu Virus Hopes You Never Do

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The flu virus is an unwelcome houseguest that would love nothing more than to take up residence and make your life—and the lives of everyone in your home—absolutely miserable. Kick the flu to the curb with these helpful tips. And if you need a visually stimulating

6 Ways to Remove Pink Biofilm For Good (Health)

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If your tub is tinged with pink “soap scum,” you have more problems than an unclean bathroom. You may have a very uninvited guest that has every intention of overstaying its welcome. Its name is S. marcencens and it is ruining your clean reputation. A bacteria that

4 Cleaning Mistakes We Know You’ve Made In The Last 3 Months

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Mistakes are a part of life. It’s how you learn from them that matter. And if it makes housework easier, everyone wins! More product is not better. It’s just more. Today’s detergents and cleaning agents are so concentrated that using more than the recommended amount

10 Ways To Prevent Your Doorbell From Catching You Off Guard

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There are two sounds that occur in my life that nearly always send me over the edge. The microwave beep that keeps reminding me the cold coffee I tried to reheat has now, in fact, gone cold again. The doorbell. For really any reason. While the microwave is like a

Cleaning habits to set your clock to: Living area

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It’s easy to overestimate how long it takes to deep clean a room. If you break it down into manageable chucks of time, however, the process becomes both manageable and efficient, especially when you know exactly how to do it. In this week’s installment of our Cleaning

5 Cleaning Tasks Your Holiday Guests Will Only Notice If You Don’t Do.

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Fill in the blank: When a guest steps into your home, they ask, “What’s that _____________ smell?” A. Delicious B. Clean C. Musty D. No adjective, just an uncomfortable pause. If you are hosting guests this holiday season, no doubt your cleaning efforts have

Get Undone in the Bedroom: 7 Ways to Take Clutter Out and Put Awesome In

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Dropped socks, forgotten books, unmade beds–it’s easy to pick up messes in the bedroom, but when was the last time you really cleaned it? For a room that sees you more asleep than awake, it’s easy for bedroom grime and dust to sneak up on you. Take a couple of

5 Scandalous Cleaning Tasks That Will Have You Cleaning More Often

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There are some that would argue that there is nothing sexier than a clean home. (Men, take note: The majority would argue there’s nothing sexier than when you do it without asking). Defrocked closets, lovely pantries, fresh food, and an inviting bed all hit the sweet

5 Ways To Keep Football Season From Driving You Crazy

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An article from the International Business Times claims that Fantasy Football will reduce productivity of the American workforce by $13 billion this football season. And while that number is astounding, if not unbelievable, there are many people who would agree that

5 Biannual Tasks Your Kitchen is Grateful for

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They call it the heart of the home for a reason. Today’s kitchens are bustling with activity, which makes them one of the happiest—and the dirtiest—places to be. We’re all about keeping hearts healthy, so whip your kitchen into shape at least twice a year with these

5 Cleaning Tasks That You Never Thought Of (And Now Won’t Forget)

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I’m a little afraid to put this list in writing, as I’m sure it will have you noticing dirty areas in your home that you were perfectly fine ignoring just a few minutes ago. I apologize in advance if you become somewhat hypersensitive to these newfound nuisances. The



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