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 Steps to Help Your Washer and Dryer Clean Up Their Act

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Washers and dryers are the dynamic duo that keep you and your family cleanly clothed, but how often do you give them the cleaning love they deserve? If you don’t exactly know how to clean a washing machine and dryer, we get it. But both these appliances work

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

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

Kitchen Efficiency: Six Ways To Make Your Kitchen Work for You

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                            No matter the age or style of a home, every kitchen inside has its own quirks and personality. If you find yourself fighting with your kitchen’s layout, or cupboard

From streaking to beak-ing: Is window washing for the birds?

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                            I will start this blog with a confession: I can’t remember the last time a bird lost its life trying to fly into one of my windows. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t feel bad

Smartphone Pictures: 15 Ways to Simplify Your Life

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Ever wonder what it’s like to have a photographic memory? It turns out you actually do, and it’s in your pocket. We’ve gathered 15 clever ways your smartphone camera will make your errands more efficient, your desk less cluttered, and your to-do list less

Take the 30 Spaces in 30 Days Challenge

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                            Our clients are always looking for ways to help their homes stay clean for as long as possible. We combed Pinterest, our favorite blogs, and the minds of the organized

The More the Merrier: Age-appropriate cleaning chores for young kids.

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As a cleaning service, we know that getting a house to sparkle is one thing, but keeping it clean after we leave is another. And if that house contains any number of children, the length of time between shiny and disaster shrinks considerably. The good news is that

10 Ways to Display Holiday Greeting Cards

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Arguably the best part of the holiday season is seeing family, whether the moments come in person or with each trip to the mailbox. If you find yourself blessed with more holiday photos and greetings than your decorating skills know what to do with, we’ve got you

Three Ways to Warm Up Electronic Greetings

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This year’s late Thanksgiving holiday is throwing shoppers, party planners, and decorators into a highly caffeinated frenzy. No one feels the pinch more than the holiday card sender, who will give up sleep and meals to mail a picture perfect holiday greeting before

Simplify Holiday Decorating in Five Easy Steps

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                            If your house is like mine, holiday decorating takes on a life (and a storage unit) of its own. This year I was struck with the number of storage bins dedicated to the

Happy You Year Sweepstakes: Keeping it Clean in 2014!

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Imagine what your life would be like if your home was clean for most of it. Impromptu play dates? Bring them on. Want to invite friends over for coffee? Have a seat on your comfy, crumb-free couch. Neighborhood brunch? One more reason to show off your microwave’s


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