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Is Your Kitchen Pantry a Gong Show?

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 Use clear storage containers so you know what you’re looking at. Tape cooking or soaking instructions for rice, grains and beans on their respective containers, as well as the dates you last filled each bin. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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...

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...

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! 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...

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: 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 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 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 4. UNEP Carbon Calculator The UNEP...
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...
10 Ways to Get Your House Ready for Thanksgiving

10 Ways to Get Your House Ready for Thanksgiving

For those of us in Canada Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and if you’re hosting a large meal for family and friends the laundry list of things to do before your guests arrive might seem overwhelming. Luckily even if you haven’t had the chance to do a deep clean before guests start arriving, there are a few key things that you can do to instantly make your home feel cleaner and more inviting. Below are our favourite ten ways to get your house ready for Thanksgiving: Clean the bathroom. Most guests will overlook dust on the TV, or lint on the couch, but dealing with a dirty bathroom is an unpleasant experience that your guests shouldn’t have to deal with during their visit. Wipe down the toilet and sink, spray and wipe down the bathroom mirror, empty the trash, make sure the toilet paper is stocked up, light a candle or incense, and put out fresh towels. Dust and tidy. Remove clutter from surfaces and give them a wipe before your guests come over. Some areas to focus on are coffee and side tables, electronics (which are usually dark and show dust easily) and low shelves. Fluff your pillows. Having fluffy, fresh-looking pillows instantly makes a room look more inviting. Plus, if you had a nap earlier your guests will be none the wiser! Wipe kitchen countertops. No doubt you’ve been busily preparing food for your guests, but wiping down your counters is an easy way to make your kitchen look (and feel!) less hectic than it’s likely been over the past few hours. Sweep the kitchen floor. Once...
How To Get Your Kids To Clean Their Rooms

How To Get Your Kids To Clean Their Rooms

Getting your kids to clean up their bedrooms can be an exhausting challenge. Many kids will do just about anything to avoid cleaning up including whining, dawdling, getting distracted or trying to distract you, and outright refusal. In order to help you overcome and eventually avoid having this battle, here are some great tips: Set a good example Kids are far more responsive to what we do than what we say. Because of this, it is crucial to lead by example. Respect their space Children are more likely to want to keep their space tidy and organized if it feels like their own. Give them control over how the space looks and where things are kept. Define cleanliness You can tell your kids to clean up until you are blue in the face but it is never going to get done if you don’t tell them exactly what they need to do. Make a checklist to help them learn all of the steps involved in getting their room up to your standards of clean and don’t forget to include: Making the bed Put laundry in the hamper Putting away clean clothes All toys and sports equipment off the floor and in its place Dusting and Vacuuming Do chores together Armchair supervision is often less effective than active participation. Set aside a specific amount of time to work together getting their room spic and span and, once they have learned how to perform all of the necessary tasks, use the time to catch up on how their schoolwork is going and what is going on with their friends. Set reasonable...
Get a Life! Take Time to Live Well by Hiring a Handyman and Cleaning Service.

Get a Life! Take Time to Live Well by Hiring a Handyman and Cleaning Service.

We had to face it. With two full time jobs, 2 children, a puppy (why do they seem like they can be more work than kids), and my extremely demanding career, we had a growing to-do list and just not enough time. Our house was a mess and falling apart. We never could quite manage to wash the dishes, make the beds, clean the bathroom or vacuum, and have a few minutes of free time for ourselves. There were things which needed cleaning or fixing that we kept pushing off. Often, we’d settle for superficial cleaning just to get some peace of mind and time to wind down and take a breath. We’d worry about leaks every time it rained and water spewed off one of the broken gutters, but, honestly, neither of us had the heart nor the energy to tackle the problems at hand. All that changed one day as a good friend of ours stopped by on her way back home from grocery shopping for a quick chat and a coffee. It was 2 p.m., I was still wearing my pyjama bottoms and Josh had decidedly suspicious brown stains speckled all over the front of his shirt. My hair was a mess and I hadn’t taken a shower in two days. My friend took one look at us, at the house, and, BLESS HER, said nothing. It spurred me, though, and I decided to hire the help of a Winnipeg-based handyman and cleaning service. There are two reasons why we both feel this was worth our money. One, hooking up with handyman and cleaning service in...
Spring is the Time to De-clutter, Reorganize, and Deep Clean

Spring is the Time to De-clutter, Reorganize, and Deep Clean

The best order of operation is: De-clutter, Reorganize, Spring Clean. We’re going to look at the most efficient way to de-clutter your home. Follow each step as listed: 1. Find 4 boxes and label: a) Toss it—items that are damaged, broken and not worth giving away b) Sell or Give Away—seldom or never used but often have an emotional attachment; be hard on yourself and ask “when did I last use it?” This can be the most difficult part of the entire project c) Store It—useful and needed items but used infrequently d) Put Away—used often; must have a designated place. Work your way through each room depositing items appropriately into the boxes. To stay organized, finish one room before starting another. The feeling of accomplishment will energize you to continue on to the next room. Remember to include closets, cabinets, and storage areas. This may take a day or several depending on the circumstances. 2. Toss, Sell, Store and Put Away When you’re finished, you can dispose of the Toss it items, put the Store It and Put Away items in their designated homes. Now…on to the difficult part. We advise our clients to keep the Sell or Give Away box in the garage or basement for one week giving you time to accept or reject the idea of being without those “emotional” items. If you just can’t part with an item then you should retrieve it and find a place for it in your home. But…be hard on yourself. Garage sales or charities are typical ways for dealing with the items in this category.   Take Time Home Cleaning & Lifestyle Services...
What You Should Know About Allergens

What You Should Know About Allergens

Do you suffer from airborne allergies?  We do and we have a system for greatly reducing the allergens that make it difficult to breathe. Reduce allergens=breathing freely=sleeping well=enjoyable life! Here are easy steps for you to follow to reduce dust mites, pet dander, mold and pollen. Allergens collect on stuffed animals and thick rugs, remove them. Change and wash your bed linens weekly. If you’re allergic to dust mites, cover your mattress, pillows and box springs with dust mite covers helps but not 100%. Keep bathtubs and showers free of mold and mildew, wipe dry after use and clean often. Pet sensitivities? Limit their access to certain parts of the home only. Change air filters every month or so if you have pets. Vacuum twice a week with a HEPA filter vacuum. You may want to invest in a high quality vacuum. Shampoo your carpets regularly. Do not over-wet carpets. Clean your kitchen sink daily. Leave windows shut during high-pollen season. Spread aquarium gravel over the dirt if you have potted plants in your home, this will help reduce mold build-up. Check your dryer’s vent to make sure it is venting the air outside the home. Reducing allergens will help you sleep better, breathe better and live better! Take Time Home Cleaning has a system called Hygienitech Mattress Cleaning for Need help eliminating allergens in your home? Call us today to schedule a free in-home evaluation....