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Spring Cleaning – Get into the Groove

Spring Cleaning – Get into the Groove

After our winter season, just hearing the word Spring puts a “spring” in our step. That joyful word makes us think: tulips and daffodils; bbq’s and deck parties; shorts and sunscreen; and cleaning. Oh ya! Spring cleaning…. way to burst my bubble!

Although some of us truly love cleaning… the before and after; fresh smell of our house; the shine and sparkle, most of us… do not. Most people have great difficulty getting motivated to clean, especially, a deep thorough top to bottom spring clean. Here are some great tips to help you get in to the groove:

  1. Plan an Event: held at your home shortly after the cleaning. This will kick start your motivation.
  2. Make a Prioritized List: I am a big believer in organized lists and a timeline. The most critical tasks get done first.
  3. Play Music: Make a playlist of your favourites, or just turn the radio on.
  4. Set a timer and challenge yourself to what you can accomplish: 20 minutes always seems manageable. The countdown is a natural motivator. Repeat.
  5. At Take Time We Always Work in a Systematic way: to start, go room to room collecting garbage, tidying and removing whatever doesn’t belong (like dirty dishes)
  6. Make every Step Count. Be organized in your cleaning routine. Complete one level before starting another.  Don’t zig zag around the room or you will miss things.
  7. Wear an Apron: with pockets to hold your cleaning tools and clean cloths
  8. Colour Code Your Cloths: don’t mix up bathroom cloths with kitchen cloths etc. Change to fresh cloths often.
  9. Reward yourself. Once your finished. Look over your work and touch up areas if needed. Now, treat yourself!

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Call the Experts: Many of us just don’t have the time for spring cleaning.  Like our radio ad says:

At Take Time Home Cleaning, 

We Know You’re BusyAnd We’re Here to Help you

Take Time to Live Well!

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Top Choice Awards Hat Trick!

Take Time Home Cleaning is thrilled to announce that we have just won the Top Choice Award for Top Cleaning Company in Winnipeg for the third year in a row! No other cleaning company in Winnipeg has achieved this hat trick before and we would like to thank our wonderful customers for voting for us time and time again. This recognition is so meaningful to us because it is authentic and comes direct from our customers. We strive hard to provide consistent quality service at an affordable price, and we value the opinion and feedback from our customers. We do not buy or incentivize our clients or our friends in any way to post fake 5 Star Google Reviews. Our reviews come from those who actually know the quality we provide and are happy to endorse us without any kind of financial reward.

Top Choice Awards is an International Marketing Research Company, providing social market insights and customer satisfaction analysis and solutions. Each year, they conduct a public survey that gives people like you the power to choose the Top Choice Award winners in each major city. The survey acts like a bridge between you and the businesses and professionals you know and love, allowing you to support your favourites and giving you the opportunity to provide anonymous feedback to help their business. Unlike traditional market research, Top Choice Awards conducts its studies openly and interacts directly with participants of the survey.

Thank you for our staff for providing quality service, and a BIG THANK YOU to our wonderful and supportive customers!

How to Choose a Reputable Home Cleaning Service

Once you decide to use a home cleaning service, you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner! If you live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, there are many options when deciding where to look for a person or company to clean your house.
Most people start with a Google search for terms such as “home cleaning Winnipeg” or “house cleaning Winnipeg”. Typically the companies you find in the top 10 results are established companies with at least 5 employees; Take Time Home Cleaning is one of the largest with over 35 employees! Don’t simply trust the Google reviews or star ratings of these companies, review their website and contact them to ask these questions:
  1. Are their staff employees of the company or simply independent contractors? It is important that your house cleaner is an employee, that way they are held accountable if something goes wrong. Contractors can disappear without notice and can simply move on to another company.
  2. Are the house cleaners bonded and insured? This is important in case the cleaner gets injured within your home, they will be covered by their own insurance and will not affect your own home insurance.
  3. Are they a part of the Better Business Bureau? If so, what is their BBB rating? Trusted companies such as Take Time Home Cleaning will have an A+ rating.
In addition to Google searches, people can also find home cleaning services on sites such as Kijiji Winnipeg. The results here can range from established companies to independent cleaners. Please be careful if you decide to choose an individual to do your house cleaning, typically they are not insured or bonded. Would you let a stranger that is not affiliated with a reputable house cleaning company into your home? Besides the obvious risks when hiring an individual, it is best not to depend on just one person. What if they get sick or go on vacation? With a larger company such as Take Time Home Cleaning, there are lots of qualified cleaning staff on hand to fill in when needed.
After all of your research, you may still be undecided on which house cleaning company in Winnipeg, Manitoba to go with. If so, then just take the recommendation of review sites such as the Top Choice Awards, Best of the Best, and Three Best Rated. The companies that have been selected by these respected organizations is a great way to short-list your options.
Whichever home cleaning company that you decide to go with, you will undoubtedly be happy that you did so that you can now take time to spend with your family and be able to do the things you want to do instead of cleaning your house!

Civil Conspiracies Cause Harm to the Businesses They Victimize and Kill Competition

Civil Conspiracy:A civil conspiracy or collusion is an agreement between two or more parties to deprive a third party (usually all parties are within the same industry) of legal rights or to deceive a third party to obtain an illegal objective.[1]

“Even when no crime is involved, a civil action for conspiracy may be brought by the persons who were damaged.” [1]

If a civil conspiracy is found to have been committed, each conspirator will be held jointly and separately liable for the actions of each conspirator.

In order for the victim to succeed in a civil conspiracy case, he or she must prove the elements. The elements of a civil conspiracy are as follows:

  1. Two or more people who;
  2. Make an agreement to act together;
  3. With the intention to accomplish an unlawful goal with the purpose of harming another;
  4. That results in damages.
Running a small business takes a lot of time and energy, so when someone(s) acts in a way that negatively affects your business, it can be very frustrating, and when damages are caused by their actions, it can be very expensive.
conspiracy occurs when two or more people (businesses) usually within the same industry, plot to commit an unlawful act. In some cases, a conspiracy can also occur when an act is not illegal, per se, but becomes unlawful when committed by a group of people. The main difference between a civil conspiracy and a criminal conspiracy is that in a criminal conspiracy, the actors are intending to commit an act that is punishable under criminal laws. A civil conspiracy can occur when two or more people conspire to commit an act that is not criminal, but is still unlawful, and another person is injured by the act.*
A conspiracy may also refer to a group of people who make an agreement to form a partnership in which each member becomes the agent or partner of every other member and engage in planning or agreeing to commit some act. It is not necessary that the conspirators be involved in all stages of planning or be aware of all details.
A recent example of collusion:  It was revealed in the news recently that Loblaws and a number of other companies colluded for years to price-fix the retail cost of bread. They purposely got together and discussed how to raise the price of bread together so that they would not have to compete with each other. What this resulted in was over a decade of everyone in Canada paying more for a loaf of bread than they should have. Without competition, the bread makers were making a lot of dough!
Any voluntary agreement and some overt act by one conspirator in furtherance of the plan are the main elements necessary to prove a conspiracy. A conspiracy may exist whether legal means are used to accomplish illegal results, or illegal means used to accomplish something legal.[1]
Unfortunately Take Time Cleaning has been a victim of civil conspiracy as well. For many years, a few of our closest competitors have met and acted together to purposely discredit our company online, in social media, and to our existing and potential customers. They have purposely sent an impostor to find out how Take Time operates causing a great deal of loss through payroll expense. This collaborative effort by them have tried to disrupt our competitive advantage of being able to charge less for our services, and pay our employees more than the industry average.
The people that will suffer most from this “Cleaners Civil Conspiracy” are the customers. They having misleading and false information, and they develop a distrust of the home cleaning industry in general, which hurts everyone. What is the solution? It’s simple, let competition thrive! Whether it is in sports, life or business, competition makes us try to perform our very best, at all times. Let’s let competition kill these civil conspiracies so that we can all win!
*Source: http://smallbusiness.findlaw.com/business-laws-and-regulations/civil-conspiracy.html

Business Bullies

Unfortunately Take Time has been dealing with attacks from competitors for years but they have really ramped it up lately. Business owners who do this are the BULLIES of the business world. Bullies exist everywhere. They’re in every area of your society, including business. They are probably the same people that taunted and started damaging gossip about classmates in school. They’ve learned how to put their friendly face on but underneath it’s all about them. They don’t care how much damage they inflict. Unfortunately the internet and social media gives bullies the power and means to continue their behavior, usually anonymously and without repercussions.

Attack Number 1:
A competitor posted a 1 star review on our Google listing from someone we’ve never heard of and then posted a 5 star review on their own site from the same person on the same day. Not only is it not true but it brought down our Google rating. Then a couple of days later we receive an email from 3BEST Rated saying that they had received an email asking why Take Time was selected when our rating was low? Coincidence? You be the judge.

Attack Number 2:
Purposely set up someone to apply with Take Time to get hired and learn how we operate our business. Then they can tell find fault with our systems and tell everyone how in comparison they are so much better. So we paid a lot of money to have this “employee” trained, just to have her quit and take all that information back to our competitor.

Take Time is a rule follower. We don’t BUY Facebook likes or Google Reviews. We learn the best ways of operating our business through trial and error, NOT by stealing information from the competition and especially not to use it against them. Who are these business bullies? Think Pink. Think 3BestRated House Cleaning.

Think S & M (wait don’t think that) Think… well, you can decide for yourselves. We are really tired of this behavior and hope that people can see through the hate that they spew online with their false reviews, comments and accusations.

False Reviews Affects Us All

Small, independent companies like Take Time Cleaning spend years building our businesses, creating jobs, and working hard to provide excellent service. All the years of sweat and tears can be wiped away in a few minutes if a competitor decides to take a short cut to success by slandering their competition with false reviews online, and providing glowing 5 star reviews for themselves without taking the time to earn it.

Below is an example of an recent attack on our business. The reviewer, Gerald Bruck, is not and has never been a customer of Take Time, yet he gives our company a 1-star review. The same day, ‘Gerald’ gives one of our competitors a 5-star review, and then an anonymous email is sent to 3-Best Rated stating that we should be removed from their recommendation. Suspicious? Highly.

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Unfortunately the people that will mostly be affected by these false reviews are the customer. They will either choose companies with the 5 star reviews and be disappointed or avoid the legitimate companies that provide great service. False reviewers pollute the whole review process to the point where the consumer cannot trust any reviews at all, good or bad. Mark Kozak, Cindy Chen… the list of fake accounts and non-existent customers goes on and on.

What can you do as a consumer? Flag suspicious reviews online when you come across them, if a majority does the same then those reviews could get removed. The best way to know about a company is to contact them and ask for referrals. Take Time Cleaning will gladly provide you with REAL customers to talk to and get feedback direct from them. Also, the Testimonials on our website are from our actual customers, many of whom provide their real names. Many of these people do not have Gmail accounts so they cannot provide reviews online but we happily post their accolades when we receive them.

Finding a trusted and reliable cleaner for your home is important, and we hope that you Take Time to find a good one!

UPDATE January 16, 2018: Google has determined that Gerald Bruck’s review is completely false and has removed it from our ratings along with another offender. Thank you Google!

UPDATE #2 January 19, 2018: We received another suspicious 1-star review from an Andrew Mahoney (more like Baloney). Not only has he never been a client, he gave a 1-star review to CS Communications, just like our fictitious Gerald Bruck! Wow, do you think they may be the same person?! 😉

How To Reduce Stress During The Busy Holiday Season

The Holiday Season Can Be A Very Stressful Time of Year!
Here are just a few tips to reduce the stress so you can enjoy the season.

1. Regular schedules may become disrupted because of decorating, shopping and entertaining, leaving people short on time and feeling rushed.

2. Make a list of everything that needs to be done and look for ways to get help: gifts to purchase, decorating, baking, cleaning

3. The holiday season can cause many people to feel lonely or depressed, which can be very stressful.

4. If you are feeling lonely, join others in volunteering to do something for those in need. You will find company and feel good about yourself for helping others.

5. Time pressures can disrupt eating, sleeping and exercising habits, so our bodies become more vulnerable to stress.

6. Continue your exercise program, get plenty of rest and eat healthful foods. Keep the Christmas baking in the freezer or if you are really tempted…keep it at your neighbours

7. Extra financial pressures and not being able to afford the gifts you would like to give can also cause stress.

8. Look for ways to reduce the stress of shopping and financial pressure.

Every year Take Time Home Cleaning sells $1000’s of dollars in gift cards. Who doesn’t want their house professionally cleaned? Our gift cards can be purchased in any denomination. What an easy and inexpensive way to cut down on the stress of shopping.

Too busy to clean? Take Time Home Cleaning can help you with that. We do residential cleaning as well as carpets and upholstery.

Need help with decorating or running errands? We do that too.

Take Time Home Cleaning provides 100’s of hours of free cleans every year through our volunteer efforts.

For an instant estimate and information on all of our services go to www.taketime.ca or call 204-770-7103.

The Mental Health Benefits of a Clean and Organized Home There is a Science to It!

One thing we often hear from our clients is how much they love walking into their home after Take Time has been there. “Energized, a great pick-me-up, happy and more patient with kids, New-lease-on-life” …. Just a few of the reactions we hear from clients.

Having a clean home is a huge boost to a person’s sense of well being.

Blogs and websites that focus on cleanliness and organization are numerous — for instance, Things Organized NeatlyApartment Therapy and Unclutterer, to name only a few examples. Pinterest contains countless organization pictures and tips, and Buzzfeed regularly runs listicles designed to appeal to “your inner neat freak.”

What is it about a clean well-organized home that makes people so satisfied? Why do some people spend their free time scrolling though blogs that teach them how to clean efficiently or rearrange their closets or the best way to color-code their filing cabinets?

Keeping things clean and organized is good for you, and science can prove it.

study led by associate professor NiCole R. Keith, Ph.D., research scientist and professor at Indiana University, found that people with clean houses are healthier than people with messy houses. Keith and her colleagues tracked the physical health of 998 Americans between the ages of 49 and 65, a demographic known to be at an increased risk for heart disease. Participants who kept their homes clean were healthier and more active than those who didn’t. In fact, house cleanliness was even more of a predictor for physical health than neighborhood walkability.

In 2011, researchers at Princeton University found that clutter can actually make it more difficult to focus on a particular task. Specifically, they found that the visual cortex can be overwhelmed by task-irrelevant objects, making it harder to allocate attention and complete tasks efficiently.

The human body is made up of tens of thousands of integrated biological and neurochemical systems, all of which are — yes — organized. Many of our cells operate on strict schedules, or circadian rhythms. Even at the atomic level, we are well-regulated and well-organized. Without this organization, our bodies would collapse into chaos. Maybe we crave symmetry and cleanliness in our homes because it supports our physical state.

Whatever the reason, staying clean and organized is a good thing. It helps us feel better about ourselves, it keeps us productive and it may very well keep us physically fit.

Want to have a clean and organized home but just don’t have the time to keep it that way. Give us a call! Take Time Home Cleaning & Lifestyle Services 204-770-7103

Is Your Kitchen Pantry a Gong Show?

  1. Divide your pantry into zones. For example, group dried rice, beans and quinoa together in one zone. Then create another zone for flours, another for sugars and so on
  2. Use clear storage containers so you know what you’re looking at.
  3. Tape cooking or soaking instructions for rice, grains and beans on their respective containers, as well as the dates you last filled each bin.
  4. To organize cans, use Can racks to keep cans in control. They come in varied shapes and sizes. Tip:Make sure your labels face out in order to easily identify the contents of each can.
  5. Use shoe racks:You read that right. Hang a shoe rack (the type with pockets) on the back of your pantry door. You can use it to store anything from packets of yeast and instant oatmeal to measuring spoons and afterschool snacks.
  6. Use Magazine racks to organize the lids of plastic food storage containers or pots and pans. You can also use these racks as receptacles for boxes of foil, plastic wrap or parchment paper.
  7. Next, hang a dry-erase board or chalkboard on the door of your pantry. When you use the last of an item, note it on the board. That way you’ll always know which dried goods you need more of and won’t have to suffer from any shortage or surplus.
  8. Alternatively, you can keep track of inventory by making a list of items you always keep in stock, along with the quantity you currently have. For example:
  • Marinara sauce — 2
  • Cans of black beans — 4
  • Aluminum foil — 1

When you use an item, update the list by reducing the number, so that you never have to worry about being caught without your favorite food or necessary cooking materials.

  1. Hire Take Time Home Cleaning to help you plan this out and set it up for you.

Take Time Home Cleaning offers a full menu of additional services all designed to help you TAKE TIME to live well!

Check us out at www.taketimecleaning.com or call us at 204-770-7103.

Minimize Headaches While Maximizing Profit

You want to get the best out of your home when you put it up for sale, and we can help you do that. Homes often need a little help getting ready to go on the market.  Our Showcase service will help you get your home market-ready and looking fabulous while maximizing your home’s sale potential. Staging is a great way to put your best foot forward and to showcase your home to potential buyers, and we are passionate about helping you display your home’s potential!  We assess the areas you need help with, both inside and out, and get to work helping you get your home ready to show.  From house cleaning to decluttering, we make the inside of your home buyer ready. We can also help you maintain the outside of your home with lawn-mowing or snow removal services, and help fix up anything that needs a little sprucing up, from painting to re-attaching baseboards to repairing holes in your drywall. From inside to out, and anything in else that needs a little work, we’ll help you get your home ready to show and help maximize the value of your sale while minimizing headaches for you in the process!

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