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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!

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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How to Turn Your Bedroom into an Oasis for Sleep

Did you know that your bedroom can have a big impact on the quality of your sleep? It’s true! From how hot or cool it is, to your light sources, to where you put your electronics; it can all be affecting how well-rested you feel each morning!

Whether you’re looking to wake up feeling more alert, or simply want to turn your bedroom into a retreat for relaxation and sleep, these tips will help you make the most of your bedroom and turn it into a calming, welcoming oasis which is perfect for getting a good night’s rest!

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Stay Cool

Did you know that those mornings when you wake up covered in sweat are actually indicative that you didn’t sleep well? You’re not crazy! In fact, being in a warm or too-hot room can drastically affect the quality of your sleep. In fact, the optimal temperature for the best rest is 15 to 22 degrees Celsius.

If you’re not comfortable with leaving your AC on all the time, invest in a can (ceiling fans are great for this, but a regular standing or desktop fan works well, too), or even open the windows a little to let some cool air in.

Keep Things Dark

Your internal clock is based on light signale which are fed to your brain through your eye’s optic nerves. When light is detected, even when you have your eyes closed, it can delay the melatonin release which brings sleep, so always turn off the lights when you’re ready for sleep.

If you have to keep your phone or electronics in your bedroom, keep them as far away from your bad as possible and keep them face-down. Studies have shown that exposure to electrical light before and during sleep suppresses melatonin, meaning that your phone could be disrupting your sleep cycle and making you tired!

If your windows let light in, or you tend to sleep in past sunrise, investing in heavy shades and light-obscuring blinds can also make a world of difference.

Is blocking light just not feasible? Consider buying a sleeping mask. No longer for glamour-pusses and old ladies, they come in a variety of cute styles with comfy strings or elastics to help you sleep better.

Keep Your Bedroom Quiet

Noises and disturbances can affect the quality of your sleep, so if you live in an environment which is particularly loud – maybe you live near or on a busy street, or your partner snores like crazy – investing in some earplugs can go a long way towards a restful night’s sleep.

If earplugs are uncomfortable or bothersome, you can also try investing in a white noise machine, or wave machine which can block out other, more unpleasant, sounds.

Keep the TV Out of Your Bedroom

It may feel relaxing to lounge around in bed and watch Netflix, research has shown that watching TV can negatively impact your sleep.

The motion, sound, and light from the TV all keep your mind stimulated, and in particular the light from the TV affects your internal clock, making it harder to fall asleep and to have the kind of sound sleep you need to feel rested and productive.

Additionally, research has shown that small kids and infants can experience sleep problems, such as resisting going to bed and increased anxiety, when exposed to TV right before sleep.

Upgrade Your Bedding

Make sure to have the right kind of bedding for optimal sleep. Fabrics like cotton, wool, silk, bamboo and linen absorb the moisture from your body and keep you comfortable, while fabrics like polyester trap moisture and can make you warmer

It’s not necessary to get the highest thread count available, but it is important to select bedding which feels nice against your skin, and doesn’t distract you while you’re lying in bed.

For those of us on the prairies, and in other places where we experience the full range of seasons, having separate sets of bedding for both winter and summer can go a long way to keeping you comfortable at night.

Invest in a Mattress

We spend 1/3 of our lives asleep, so it makes sense to be as comfortable as possible! Most people keep their mattresses for around 10 years, but the Better Sleep Council suggests that you begin looking for a new mattress every 5-7 years. However, if your mattress is showing signs of wear and tear such as deep impressions, or is causing you pain to sleep on it, it’s time to look at getting a replacement.

Additionally, if you’ve recently been having physical issues, are recovering from an injury, or experience chronic pain, speak to your doctor about the right kind of mattress to suit your needs.

Upgrade Your Pillows

Pillows should be replaced every 1-2 years, especially in the case of down or poly-filled pillows, which can lose their shape more easily. If a pillow is too flat, or too thick, it’s time to purchase a new one.

Also, don’t forget to regularly wash your pillowcases! While it’s important to regularly wash your bed linens, our pillowcases quickly pick up and trap all the grease, bacteria, dead skin, and other unpleasantness from our faces while we sleep and rub our hair and faces on it.

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5 Mobile Apps to Help You Go Green at Home

If you’ve been thinking about “going green ” at home and in your life overall, but aren’t sure where to start, or are worried about maintaining it once the initial feel-good vibes wear off, there are a variety of apps out there to help you make this important lifestyle change. Living green and being eco-friendly isn’t just about saving the planet, it’s about living a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle which benefits everyone!

In this post we’ll share five of our favourite eco-friendly apps to help you get started on your sustainability journey:

Green Kitchen App

1.Green Kitchen

Green kitchen is an app designed to help you make healthier meal choices. Banish those carps and fatty, processed food and explore a variety of organic, vegetarian (delicious!) sustainable dishes which require less energy consumption to make. It features hand-picked recipes which are easy to follow and beautiful photos which will have your mouth watering!

Available on: iOS

Green Genie App

2. Green Genie

If you’re new to the idea of living sustainably, this is the app for you. Green Genie is developed by a slew of eco-friendly professionals and features a massive database of green living tips, sustainable projects to make your home more eco-friendly, and resources to help you make the right purchasing decisions.

Available on: iOS

Locavore Green App

3. Locavore

Locavore uses your phone’s GPS to find farmers market’s and farms close to you which sell in-season, local food. Locavore gives you profiles, directions, and lists of what’s in season, as well as a ton of delicious recipes to put that locally-grown food to good use. Yum!

Available on: iOS and Android

UNEP Carbon Calculator App

4. UNEP Carbon Calculator

The UNEP Carbon Calculator is an app designed to help you understand the impact of your emissions as you travel. As many of us know, greenhouse gasses have some of the worst effects on global climate change, and understanding and curbing those behaviours is one of the best ways we can work to be more eco-friendly. This handy calculator lets you calculate how much CO2 is given off when you travel.

Available on: iOS

GoodGuide App to Living Green

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Are you the kind of person who wants to know which toothpaste is the greenest, or how “green” your makeup products are? Then this is the app for you!

GoodGuide is a terrific little app which allows you to scan the barcodes of more than 120,000 products to see if they’re safe to use or consume, healthy, socially responsible, and green. You can look up the ingredients, nutritional value,  impact on animal welfare and human rights, how energy-efficient the product is, and more!

Available on: iOS

Do you have any favourite green or eco-friendly apps? Tell us in the comments!

5 Ways to Naturally Clean Your Kitchen With White Vinegar

5 Ways to Naturally Clean Your Kitchen With White Vinegar

Many people don’t realize it, but white distilled vinegar is one of the best tools to have in your kitchen – both for cooking, and for cleaning! Vinegar has a variety of uses, from scrubbing scum away, to disinfecting your butcher blocks, and today we’re going to cover 10 great ways that you can use vinegar to naturally clean your kitchen.

1. Shine Your Stainless Steel Appliances

We love the look of stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, but they can easily show streaks, fingerprints, and hard water marks. Multiple months (or years!) of use, touching, and water stains can leave your stainless steel looking flat and dirty.

Luckily, adding some new life to your stove, fridge or dishwasher is easy! Just combine vinegar and olive oil in a spray bottle, mist your appliances, and wipe away with a soft cloth or paper towel.  This salad dressing-like mixture works wonders and will have your appliances gleaming in no time flat!

2. Soak Before Buffing Tarnished Silver

With Thanksgiving coming and Christmas just around the corner, many of us will be opening up those silverware drawers and polishing our best silver. Want an easy way to make your silver shine? Try out this easy project:

Use an aluminum or glass baking dish and line it with aluminum foil (shiny side up). Make sure the dish is deep enough that your silver can soak in the mixture we’re about to create. Next, combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of sea salt, 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of boiling water. Pour the mixture over your silver and allow the pieces to soak until the tarnish can be buffed away. Older, more tarnished pieces may need to sit longer.

3. Refresh Your Dishwasher

If your dishwasher is looking like it’s seen better days, empty it and run a cycle with 2 of cups of vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher. By the time the cycle is complete the vinegar will have washed away hard water deposits, streaks and even odours! You can also use vinegar to clean around handles, scrub the utensil rack, and wipe off the exterior as well!

4. Wash the Dishes In the Dishwasher

If your current dishwasher soap doesn’t include a rinse aid, don’t worry about buying any; white vinegar works as an excellent rinse aid. Just fill the rise aid reservoir in your dishwasher with white vinegar and run as normal. The vinegar will leave your dishes sparkling!

5. Clean Your Coffee Carafe

Over time coffee carafes can become stained and unsightly, so use white vinegar to restore a clean, shiny look! Simply follow these steps:

After emptying out any old coffee grinds from your coffee maker, fill the carafe full with equal parts white vinegar and water. Fill the water reservoir with the mixture from the carafe and begin a regular brew cycle. Shut the cycle off halfway through and leave your pot to sit with the mixture for an hour. Once the hour is up, start a fresh brew cycle with enough water to fill your carafe. Do this 2-3 more times to ensure that all the vinegar is washed out, and you’re left with a sparking coffee carafe!

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