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



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