10 Guilt-Free Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Service

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We get it. Hiring a cleaning service can be a tough decision. We’re not even talking about our regularly scheduled services, although we obviously do those, too; we also provide “one-hit-wonder” services all the time for special situations, like the ones below. Do any

Six Natural Mosquito Repellent Methods That Actually Work

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You knew this would happen.  As soon as the weather warmed up, they arrive in swarms, making you uncomfortable with their constant interference in everything that would ordinarily be so peaceful—picnics, outside parties, ball games and lakeside fun. As if their

Seven Words That Just May Change Your Life, and Your House

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I’m going to tell you all something I wish I would have learned years ago, a lesson so important that I sometimes wish I would have tattooed it backwards on my forehead so I would be reminded every time I looked into the mirror.** Here it is: There’s nothing wrong

Ten Non-Toxic Ways to Prevent Mold

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                                Poor indoor air quality due to mold can impact the health of everyone in the home. Symptoms are wide spread and can be serious, ranging from allergies to

How to Get Fingernail Polish Out of Wood Flooring and Furniture

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There’s a reason why our “How to Get Fingernail Polish Out of Carpet and Fabric” post is popular—accidents happen! Especially when it comes to drippy, brightly colored nail polish. So what do you do when you’re ready to paint the town red and you accidentally

A New Contest for June: Pin to win!

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                                We know the challenges of getting—and keeping—a house clean, and we are constantly pinning our favorite cleaning tips, hacks and sanity savers on Pinterest.

De-Stress the Laundress: 10 Tips on how to make laundry less of a pain in the basket.

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Laundry. Whether you love it or hate it, chances are there are times you wish you could go to bed and wake up with it all washed, dried, folded, and put away. (You mean I should have wished for something else on my last birthday?). While I can’t bring enchantment to

Summer is Coming: How to Get Your Home Ready For Swimsuit Season

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                            We knew this time was coming. After a brutal winter of snow days, bitter temperatures, and blustery winds, warmer temperatures are arriving, and with them, stark reality.

Drawings, paintings, handprints, oh my! How to celebrate kids artwork (without drowning in it)

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                            If you have one—or several—young, budding artists in your home, you are probably blessed with an abundance of authentic, original, hand-signed pieces of incalculable

Things Are Looking Up: 7 Surprising Ways to Dress Up Your Ceilings

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Ceilings are often referred to as the “forgotten fifth wall”, but no more! Distract your guests between house cleanings with the newest trend in home décor! Make your ceiling (not your stacks of paperwork and randomly placed socks) the focus of the attention.  

5 Plants That Shouldn’t Be Missing From Your Kitchen Window Sill (and Your Life)

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Growing your own herbs is rewarding work. Their bright leaves impart an effortless happiness to windows, their scents are naturally soothing, and their tastes, well, are downright life affirming. Here are a few of my favorite herbs based on their ease to grow and

10 Ways To Help Washers and Dryers Clean Up Their Act

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Washers and dryers are the dynamic duo that keep you and your family clothed, so, like every other relationship in your life, you’ll need to give them some love on occasion to keep them humming along. Remember: Safety first! Make sure to unplug these appliances

How to Pare Down Without Losing Your Mind In The Process

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                            I know I’m not alone when I say that this past winter has been BRUTAL. It doesn’t matter where you live in the United States, it seems the entire country, from its human

Clear The Air: A Houseplant For Every Room In Your Home

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Studies have shown that indoor air quality can be substantially more polluted than outside air. Here is a list of easy-to-care-for plants for every room in your home. Living Room: Try Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum), a tough-to-kill houseplant that removes VOCs

10 Things You MUST Do Before Spring Cleaning

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                            Ah, spring cleaning. Your house’s very own “Happy New Year!” complete with a whole list of resolutions (No more eating in the living room! Baseboards will be cleaned

Keep Your Refrigerator Running With These Easy Tips

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                            As promised, we’re tackling each appliance in the kitchen and breathing new (or extended) life into it. This month, it’s the cool kid in the room. From the inside. Start

The Maids Announces the Winners of its “Happy You Year” Sweepstakes

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The Maids is excited to announce the winners of its (third annual) “Happy You Year” Sweepstakes, an online promotion that ran from Nov. 25, 2013 to Jan. 6, 2014. The grand prize winner and 20 first-prize winners were selected in a random drawing out of over 81,000

Give Your Oven Some Lovin’: 5 Tips To Clean Cooking Machines

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There is a reason for everything, and the reason for this post is bacon. Crisp, salty, oven-baked bacon. It crackles to perfection, but one jostled attempt to remove a rimmed cookie sheet filled with the savory strips can lead to a greasy disaster. Lose the courage of

Take Five: 15 ways you can make the most of 5 minutes.

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                            It’s true, five minutes isn’t a lot of time, but in the space of a Super Bowl commercial break, you could tackle a task that you’ve been putting off. Need some ideas?

10 Uses for Rice

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Make a pet toy. Take an old sock, fill it with rice and catnip, and seal the open end with a knot, hair tie, or a quick stitch. Your cat will get some exercise and you’ll get some entertainment. Win-win. Clean small-necked bottles and vases. They may defeat the


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