Coronavirus Lockdown

Coronavirus Lockdown

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For the first time in 12 years, we’re putting down our mops 😩😢

We will be back as soon lockdown is over and when we do we will be Covid-19 trained and qualified in the best cleaning techniques from the London Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Disease, a course we are taking while on lockdown  🧼

Thank you for all the support and the kind messages

, you all rock and we look forward to serving you again soon

The same great team of Moppettes and office staff will be back – our staff are employed, appreciated and loved. We are going nowhere 🥰

Stay safe, keep a distance of 2m between you and other humans outside your family groups and please wash your hands regularly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds 😬

What a crazy and scary time for us all eh folks? 😱

Much love to all NHS staff, care workers, delivery drivers, supermarket workers and all you bad-ass key workers, we love you and we thank you for all you are doing 🙌🏽

We will be posting helpful cleaning techniques, homemade cleaning products and money-saving tricks over the next few weeks, on our Facebook page, so please come join us

Stay safe all ❤️

Stop The Panic Cleaning!

Stop The Panic Cleaning!

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Regain Control Of Your Home With A Simple & Effective Cleaning Schedule

We’ve all been there, people are coming to visit, your house looks like a bomb’s gone off in it, and you only have 15 minutes to make it look like you have your life together. Argh!

Thoughts start racing through your mind – is the downstairs toilet clean? Is the kitchen cluttered with dirty dishes, and oh god, is the dirty washing piled-up the wall and if so how and where can we hide it?

We shouldn’t care. People should take us as they find us, but deep down we all do care. No one wants to be the messy sheep of the family, do they?

Who me?

There is only ONE solution when it comes to panic cleaning…

Create and design a cleaning schedule for your home and stick to it!

Granted, it’s not the sexiest schedule you’ll ever create BUT it will save you time, energy and mental sanity in the long run

5 Reasons Your Home Needs A Cleaning Schedule

  • No more panic cleaning – Your home stays maintained and tasks are kept on top of
  • Less stress on you and those in your household – no more fights about who cleaned the bathroom last!
  • Efficiency – Tasks are planned, so no time is wasted wondering what to do, or what equipment and products you will need
  • Share responsibilities – A list of tasks can be shared out between all members of the household, even the small ones. Result!
  • Fight procrastination – With all cleaning tasks scheduled, there is no need for thinking, only doing – become one with the mop ohmmmm
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7 Steps To Creating A Cleaning Schedule For Your Home

Decide The Length Of Your Schedule – Do you want to plan out for the year, the quarter or the month? Do whatever feels right for you and your home. For newbies to the scheduling world, ideally, you want to create a 4-weekly schedule to start with for the most repetitive and frequent cleaning tasks. You can always add in other tasks, such as professional carpet cleaning twice a year, later

List All The Cleaning Tasks – Take a pad and pen and walk around your home. In each room write down all the tasks that need to be done. Take note of all tasks that need to be done regularly, such as dusting the shelves, as well as tasks that need to be done but not as often, such as moving large/heavy furniture to clean behind and under

Determine The Frequency Of Tasks – Once you have your full list of tasks for each room, decide how often each task needs to be done. For example, if you have a spare room, that could be cleaned every month, or as and when it’s used rather than every time you clean the bedrooms. Same applies for tasks that may need to be done more often than you would think, for example, if you have 6 people sharing a kitchen, the kitchen sides should be cleaned at least once per day

Assign Tasks To Days – Monday could be your day to dust and polish, Tuesday your day to vacuum, Wednesday the day you clean the bathroom and so on… Having a set routine of cleaning tasks, assigned to days, will stop you feeling overwhelmed by housework and will keep your home clean, (presentable) and maintained

Assign Tasks To People – If you live with other people in your home, they can help you cleaning it and this is one of the biggest benefits and joys of a cleaning schedule – no more martyrdom to housework, no more moaning you have to do everything yourself, no more feeling the weight of a million tasks on your shoulders – divvy those tasks out and set yourself Free(er)

Put It In Writing – It’s all very well saying Betty will clean the bathrooms on Tuesdays and Bob will vacuum the downstairs, but overtime folks will forget, deny and/or try and swerve their duty. With a written up cleaning schedule, everyone can keep on top of what they need to do and when

Stick To It – Put your schedule on the fridge, on the family notice board or at least somewhere it is seen and seen regularly. When you come in from work (and before you slip into your PJ’s and batton down the hatches) spend 15 – 30 minutes just to cross off that days tasks on your cleaning schedule – No thinking, just doing remember and then, once done, pat yourself on the back for a job well done

NOTE: If you have a busy day and don’t do your tasks, don’t worry, just add extra time to the day after or, depending on the task, you could skip it altogether until the next time it’s due – your cleaning schedule should reduce stress in your home and not create it. Be kind to yourself

Do you have a cleaning schedule already? How does that work for you? Share your tips and pointers below

For optimal results, when using a cleaning schedule, we would recommend a full deep clean of the home first to get everything ship-shape and easy to maintain – so, make sure you check back for our next blog on how to go deep when cleaning

If you live in Telford, Shrewsbury, Newport, or Shifnal you can take advantage of the Mrs Mopp February offer of 20% off a deep clean by calling our offices on:

Telford – (01952) 250236

Shrewsbury – (01743) 455934

or complete our web submission form

QUOTE: DeepQ1W20 – Offer open until 31/03/2020

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10 Must-Do Steps To Get Your Home Ready For Christmas!

10 Must-Do Steps To Get Your Home Ready For Christmas!

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*Immediately starts twitching*

We know. You’ve already got enough to think about. Work is crazy. Smug people on Facebook are posting that they’ve finished their Christmas shopping, meanwhile, you forgot to pick up milk today. You promised to host the whole family for Christmas when you were in a good mood and now you’re regretting it. And to top it all off, the kids have just announced 7 things they are so excited for Santa to bring, even though they’ve never mentioned them before?!

*Twitching turns to rocking in a corner*

Christmas, although wonderful, can be total chaos and stress. As if you have time for 10 Must-Do Steps. We get it. But hear us out. These steps are there to make your Christmas easier, less stressful and more put together than Mr and Mrs Elf themselves on Facebook!

And as you’re rushed for time, we’ll get straight on with it…

Step 1 – Declutter

Like seriously. Your home is about to filled with even more things that probably won’t bring you joy, but you feel the need to keep. Before that happens, remove what you no longer need or want. Go one step further and donate those items to charity. Do your good deed for the holidays. Don’t know where to start? See our post ‘3 Decluttering Tips For A Beautiful Home This Christmas’

Step 2 – Brighten whites

This may not seem crucial, but it will make you feel so much better about your home. When we’re stressed, we need a relaxed space to unwind. We’re going to make your home that space. To brighten your white linens, towels, clothes etc, simply add ½ cup of baking soda, along with your laundry detergent, to your washing.

Step 3 – Smelling good

Picture the scene, it’s been a long day at work, your arms are giving way under the 8 bags of shopping you’re trying to fit through the front door, and it hits you. The most beautiful and calming Christmas scent, that takes you right back to childhood. Oh yes. We’ve got you covered. Click here for our Top 3 DIY Christmas Scents!

Step 4 – Prepare for guests

If you’re not the hosts this Christmas, feel free to smugly skip this step. If you are, don’t panic. You can make yourself the hostess with the mostess with these simple steps…

  • Go all hotel – Write a nice Christmas note and put it with some celebrations on their pillow for when they arrive.
  • Give them a spa experience – Whether it’s a robe, some Christmas pj’s or a fluffy pair of Christmas socks from Primark, getting your guests a little something to have waiting in their room will go a long way.
  • Clean your spare rooms thoroughly, windows and all – We know that is the last thing you have time for, so don’t worry, we’ll do it!

Step 5 – Decorate

Release your inner elf and go to town. If you have children, get them involved. It’s a great way to have quality family time. Here’s some DIY Christmas decoration ideas we really like.

Step 6 – Prep your kitchen for the big day

Let’s be honest, this room gets a lot of action over the Christmas period. It’s best to make sure it’s ready. Here’s some little hacks to make sure your kitchen is ready to feed the world…

  • Reduce any odors – You have lots of food going on, so its really important you don’t get those funky smells in your bin or fridge. The best way to do that, is put one cup of baking soda at the bottom of your bin, and leave an open bag of baking soda in your fridge. Doing this will neutralize odors, keeping your kitchen smelling fresh.
  • Remove stains from your pans – Let’s get real, no one wants to be able to taste that dinner you burnt 3 weeks ago. If your pans have stains on (which we all suffer with), there’s an easy way to fix it. Fill the pan in question with warm water, put in a tumble dryer sheet and leave overnight to soak.
  • Clean your oven – Again, this is way less scary than it sounds. All you need is water, white vinegar and a baking tray. See here!

Step 7 – Make sure you’re stocked up with products

The shops are open at all sorts of strange times over the Christmas period. Don’t get caught out with not having the right cleaning supplies. Here’s our favourite DIY ones you can make, so you don’t need to worry…

  • Multi-surface – Make up a spray bottle using around 2 ounces of water to every 15 drops of essential oil. You can use this solution to wipe down all surfaces. Lavender and cinnamon are both antibacterial and smell amazing.
  • Sink cleaner – Add a few drops of lemon juice to some baking soda. Leave to sit for 15 minutes then clean away. Your sink will be sparkling and smelling lovely.
  • Glass cleaner – Add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice to some water in a bottle. This works a treat and smells great.

Step 8 – Make everywhere sparkle

As well as fairy lights and tinsel, get your chrome work dazzling, by mixing half water, half white vinegar in a bottle and spraying onto your chrome work. Leave the solution to stand for 20-minutes, then, using a soft cloth, wipe away. For extra stubborn stains, rub with baking soda.

Step 9 – Clean

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We’ve mentioned a lot of awesome cleaning tips on this post, but what if you don’t have time? Or you just don’t want to? That’s totally okay and you shouldn’t feel guilty. That’s why we’re here. We will make your home beautiful and sparkly this Christmas.

Step 10 – Get cosy

Relax and have a wonderful Christmas. Your home is now clean, it’s smelling great with your homemade scents, your linens are fresh, your kitchen is beautiful and your Moppettes have been. Now it’s time to sit back, put on your favourite Christmas movie, open up that tub of Roses and relax.

As our way of wishing you a very Merry Christmas, here is 15% off a clean with us.

15% discount for your Christmas clean with us. To accompany our 10 must-do steps to get your home ready for Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Love, The Moppettes x  

Fall Cleaning Round-Up – All The Home Hacks You Need!

Fall Cleaning Round-Up – All The Home Hacks You Need!

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We all want #fallvibes in our home. You know the vibes we’re talking about. Cosy, clean, smelling diving, covered in fairy lights and enough scatter cushions and fluffy blankets to compete with Dunelm!

But how do we achieve such levels of greatness within budget and without having to give up on sleep?

It just so happens we have the answer to that.

We have split our home hacks into 3 categories –Smelling Good, Looking Good and Feeling Good. I mean, what more do you need, right?

In each category, we will give you our top 4 home hacks to achieve a beautiful home in an affordable and natural way.

Let’s get started!

Celebrating fall and all of the home hacks you need!

Smelling Good

Picture the scene. You’ve got home from a long day, you’ve got into your pjs, Netflix is loading and then you get a waft of your favourite scent. Your home smells like a little slice of heaven. Annnd relax.

Keeping your home smelling good can be quite costly and bad for your health though, depending on the products you use. So, here are 4 affordable and natural hacks for making your home smell delicious this fall.

  • Bake your bin! – Add 1 cup of baking soda to the bottom of your bin. This helps neutralize odors and keeps your bin smelling fresh.
  • DIY wax melts! – This is one of our favourite hacks for making our homes smell good. Simply bring some water to boil in a pan. Then, add 1 cup of beeswax and 1/3 of a cup of coconut oil to a jar or glass. Place the jar into the hot water to melt the wax and oil. Once melted, carefully remove the jar, using heat proof gloves. Add around 40 drops of your favourite essential oil and stir. Pour into ice cube trays and allow to set. Voila!
How to make your home smell good this fall
  • Make your home smell like vanilla cheesecake! – Pre-heat your oven to 140 degrees Celsius. Put two caps of vanilla extract into an oven proof dish. Bake in the oven at 140 for 1 hour. Your whole house will smell incredible!
  • Improve your clothes! – Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to a clean cloth and tumble dry it with your clothes. They’ll smell amazing!

For more tips on how to make your home smell good, see our post ‘5 Hacks To Make Your Home Smell Delicious This Autumn’.

Looking Good

Who doesn’t want a house that looks like Pinterest moved in and made itself at home? We know we do. How do we achieve our interior goals without having to sell vital organs though? Here’s how!

  • Brighten your whites! – Add half a cup of baking soda, along with your laundry detergent, to brighten white linens and clothes.
  • Turn it down! – Dim lighting is where it’s at. The right lighting can create such a warm and cosy atmosphere. Lamps, fairy lights and candles are your new best friend. See ProFlowers awesome and easy tutorial on how to make your own candles here.
Turn down the lighting in your home to create a warm and cosy effect
  • Remove stubborn pan stains! – We all know the stain well. You burn one thing once and your pan is condemned for all eternity! Well no longer! Take your stained pan and boil water and white vinegar in it. This will lift most of the stains. For the extra stubborn ones, scrub with baking soda.
  • Rust be gone! – Coat items that are likely to rust and mark your sides (ie shaving cream) with clear nail polish on the metal area. No more rusty rings on the sides.

Feeling Good

And we’re feeling gooooooooooood! Oh yes. We hope you sang that all out in your head then. This section is all about making your home feel cosy without having to re-decorate every season…

  1. Get the vodka out! – Vodka is a fantastic disinfectant for your mattress. Pour some vodka into a spray bottle and lightly spritz your mattress. The spirit will neutralize odors and disinfect. Allow to completely dry before covering.
  • Layers! – Get yourself the coziest, fluffiest blankets and cushions for your sofa and step up your snuggle game.
Layer up your home this fall to make it cosy and clean
  • Say cheese! – Add some photos or prints around your home to make you feel all warm and cosy from the inside.
  • Give yourself some hotel treatment! – Little things like folding your toilet paper into that cute triangle, or folding your towels nicely on the radiator, can really make your home feel like a sanctuary away from the world. If you can’t be bothered, but don’t see why you should miss out on the feeling, why don’t you hire a super awesome cleaning service that does that as standard? *cough, cough*

There you have it folks. 12 affordable, natural home hacks to make your home the cleanest, cosiest, falliest (definitely a word…) home on the block.

Which one was your favourite? Do you have any other gems for us?

Because we have another gem for you! Make your home clean and cosy without even lifting a finger! Click here to redeem a 15% off voucher for your first clean with us!

You’re most welcome. You deserve it!

4 Terrifying Reasons Why You Need A Cleaner In Your Home!

4 Terrifying Reasons Why You Need A Cleaner In Your Home!

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There are sooo many reasons why hiring a cleaner would improve your life (just saying).

We’re not talking about the reasons why having a cleaner would just be nice though. Oh no. With Halloween just around the corner, here are 4 terrifying reasons why you NEED a cleaner in your home! Even if you don’t realise it…

  1. You are way more stressed without one!
How cleaning can make you feel very stressed and so you need a cleaner in your life

There have been many studies released proving that a clean and tidy home has a direct impact on lowering your stress levels. We’ve all heard of the phrase ‘tidy space, tidy mind’ and it’s so true. Psychiatrist, Dr Rian Rowles says, ‘When you live in a messy home, you are subconsciously reminded of work that needs to be done’.

You should be able to wind down when you get home from a busy day, not be faced with more stress and tasks for your to-do list. With adult life already being stressful enough, don’t let your safe space at home add to it. Especially when we can take care of that so easily!

2. You’re probably going to get ill if you don’t!

Shows a woman who is getting sick because she doesn't have a cleaner to remove the bad bacteria from her home

As if we aren’t juggling enough, throwing a cold into the mix is just cruel! So why risk it? Having a cleaner can seriously reduce your risk of illness, asthma and allergies. With our chopping boards alone containing up to 200 times more faecal bacteria than our toilet seat, it’s no wonder we are getting sick. That’s terrifying stuff.

With Winter fast approaching, can you really afford to chance the flu for you and your family?

3. You spend 2 years of your life cleaning!

A man discussing what a giant waste of time cleaning your own home is when you can hire a cleaner to do
 it for you

Studies have shown that we can spend up to two years of our lives cleaning, with 31.47% of Brits spending at least 10 hours a week cleaning their home. 2 years?! Ain’t nobody got time for that! Imagine the endless list of better things you could do with 2 whole years of your life back? You’re welcome.

4. Our homes are riddled with bad bacteria!

A woman discussing how bad the bacteria is in her home, how terrifying it is and why she needs a cleaner

This isn’t just us trying to scare you. It’s true! With our TV remotes containing up to 10 times the level of bacteria accepted in hospitals, nowhere is safe! In fact, we created a whole post about ‘The 3 Scariest Cleaning Facts You Need To Know About Your Home’. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

*Rocking in the corner* We know right. Terrifying stuff.

We understand that life is stressful enough without your home being out to get you too. Allow us to take a weight off your shoulders by giving you back your time, energy and sanity. We know how much that’s worth, do you?

And because we know, click here to receive a voucher for 10% off your first clean with us.

Have no fear. Mrs Mopp is here.

Mrs Mopp Shrewsbury – Meet The Team

Mrs Mopp Shrewsbury – Meet The Team

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House Cleaning Services in Shrewsbury

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Mrs Mopp Shrewsbury became a stand-alone branch of Mrs Mopp in 2017 due to continued demand for reliable domestic cleaners in Shrewsbury

Mrs Mopp has worked within Shrewsbury for over 10 years, but as our client list grew it was important for Shrewsbury to have a dedicated team of local Moppettes and a dedicated account manager

Meet the Mrs Mopp Shrewsbury team

First up, meet team leader Zara – Zara has been with Mrs Mopp for over five years and started on our Shrewsbury team as a domestic Moppette.

Zara has worked hard and been a consistent member of the Mrs Mopp team since day one. Did you know, one time Zara’s car broke down and needed to be repaired so, not one to let her clients down, Zara got on her pushbike and cycled to all of her clients for a WHOLE WEEK and didn’t miss a single cleaning service!

Zara, who still cover-cleans when needed, completes all quotes in Shrewsbury and manages her team of Merry Moppettes – book a home visit with Zara

Zara is a mummy to two lovely girls (often seen out posting Mrs Mopp leaflets with their mama around Shrewsbury in their own mini-mopps uniform) give them a wave if you see them around

Mrs Mopp Shrewsbury team leader Zara, with domestic Moppette Amber, on their bikes riding to their clients. Both ladies are smiling

Want to know to know more about Zara, like what her favourite cleaning tip is, or perhaps her hidden talent, or maybe the music she likes to clean to? Find out all that and more by reading Zara’s interview featured on The Best Of Shrewsbury

Meet The Merry Moppettes – Mrs Mopp Shrewsbury

Say hello to Sarah. Sarah has been with Mrs Mopp Shrewsbury for over two years and is an integral part of our team. Sarah cleans many homes across Shrewsbury and is loved by her clients for her attention to detail

Mrs Mopp Shrewsbury domestic Moppette Sarah leaning on a kitchen side, holding a microfiber cloth and a bottle of cleaning solution

Meet Dawn. Dawn is a seasoned and experienced house cleaner, who has been with Mrs Mopp Shrewsbury just over a year, after joining us another cleaning service. Dawn brings lots of cleaning knowledge and a stocked cleaning bag to every service

Mrs Mopp Shrewsbury domestic Moppette Dawn cleaning a client's shower screen in a black Mrs Mopp tabard and pink t-shirt, holding a pink microfibre cloth  | Mrs Mopp UK

Let us introduce our very own Rapunzel – say hello to Rachel, the owner of the most beautiful hair we have ever seen at Mopp Towers. Not only is Rachel a dab hand with a hairbrush, but she is also a wonder with a dustpan and brush. Rachel has received many happy clients reviews since joining our team and is known for her thoroughness in every task

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We have a few Moppettes in training, over at Mrs Mopp Shrewsbury, they will be revealed soon, so keep an eye on our Instagram

For July only we have a special offer running on The Best Of Shrewsbury for Shrewsbury folks looking to book a weekly or fortnightly house cleaning service – 10% off for 3 months (T&C’s Apply) – click the above link to find out more

Want to join our Shrewsbury team? Take a look at our vacancies page or check out Career’s page on Indeed

The Poison In Polish

The Poison In Polish

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Do you know what you breathing in and absorbing into your body when you use furniture polish?

At Mrs Mopp, we are always working on improving our cleaning techniques and we continually test products to ensure we provide the best clean and service for all of our clients

In some of the homes we clean, we have clients that live with asthma, COPD and many other breathing conditions, and in those homes, we only damp dust, after much research on the best cleaning methods for those with lung conditions

Damp dusting does not use conventional furniture polish, instead it uses a damp soft microfibre cloth and a dry soft microfibre cloth to clean in a Mr Myagi “wax on, wax off” style – if the wood is sealed we may use safe-for-wood anti-bacterial treatments and we are currently trialing an environmentally friendly vinegar, water and jojoba oil mix (jojoba works as a natural wood oil) as we aim to cut down on the cleaning chemicals we use for both the health of our Moppettes and the health of our planet

Damp dusting provides a better clean and shine to your furniture, your picture frames, your ornaments, and your handles and switches etc. (Mrs Mopp first tests all products and cleaning techniques in our founders home before we ever put them into our clients homes, and Kelly is converted, the only type of dusting and polishing that is done in her home now is damp dusting). For longer lasting wood treatments, depending on the wood, we regularly beeswax or oil clients wood and damp dust in between bi-annual wood treatments.

See this short clip from one of our Moppette training videos showing the correct technique and also showing the shine achieved from damp dusting

Damp dusting Mrs Mopp Style

The nasty truth about furniture polish

Did you know one of the hydrocarbons in furniture polish is formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen that can accumulate in human fat tissue over time?! It also contains nitrobenzene – which is easily absorbed through the skin and is another known carcinogen that is a reproductive and central nervous system toxin. Many brands contain petroleum distillates which have been linked to skin and lung cancers and can cause nerve damage, are highly flammable and dangerous if swallowed! Yikes!

This is in addition to morpholine (irritant which can cause kidney damage), neurotoxins and a host of other ingredients that can cause skin irritation, eye irritation, headaches, and coughing.

Limited exposure (once weekly) is classed as ‘safe’ but our Moppettes clean between 2-4 homes a day, 5 days a week… and that’s an awful lot of exposure

Even Chrissy is rethinking her furniture polish use

But I’ve always used furniture polish…

Furniture polish can damage your wooden furniture too as the silicones they contain can soak into the grain and damage the texture and look of the piece permanently. Some brands can leave a residue on furniture too, dulling the shine over time

A future without furniture polish?

There are many ways to clean furniture and at Mrs Mopp we always clean an item in accordance with the information acquired when we visit clients homes for a quotation and with the suppliers/manufacturers instructions for wooden items but for everything else, we damp dust – damp dusting stops the dust from circulating in the air (and ultimately landing back on the furniture) and brings items in a home to a bacteria-free high shine, with no inhaling and absorbing of nasties from a polish spray

How do you polish furniture? Let us know in the comments as we are always willing to learn

Summer Holiday Chores for the Kids

Summer Holiday Chores for the Kids

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Well school holidays are upon most of us and whilst children will be looking forward to weeks of fun and very little work, it can be a bit of a nightmare for parents.

Here at Mopp Towers, my children were introduced to cleaning and tidying at an early age, they learnt we do not have a Bedroom or Washing Up Fairy that cleans and tidies everything up while they sleep.

You have to be realistic of course, if you are a bit of a cleaning control freak you may find it hard to let your standards slip. But on the other hand any help is worth something – right?  So here’s some advice I learnt along the way.

 Seven Top Tips for Cleaning with the Kids

  1. Start them Young

Young children love to please and help out so get them to watch and talk them through what you are doing at the beginning. Even a toddler can hold a (child friendly/chemical free) wipe and will imitate you – great for those low down jobs like skirting boars or chair legs! Very young children can put their toys away at the end of the day or help lay the table.

  1. The Right Chores for the Right Age

Little people don’t always have the dexterity or concentration for complex tasks so you need to think about what chores are right for your child.  You will set yourself and your child up to fail if you assign tasks beyond their capability.  Better to have your children do something simple but well as you train them up to take on more complex tasks.

  1. Lots of Praise and Encouragement

Children do take pride in what they do, so do thank them and praise them – and don’t expect perfection, especially at the beginning. Try not to associate cleaning with punishment as they will get discouraged and you will never get a willing participant.

  1. Simple Instructions with a Time Limit

To many children ‘Clean up your Room’ can be overwhelming – where to start?  Simple instructions like ‘Put all your toys away before teatime’, or ‘Put your dirty clothes in the Washing Basket’, will help younger children.  Teenagers may be a different matter –but once again one task a day to clear a messy room will get there in the end.

  1. Make it fun!

Well I love cleaning but for children you can introduce music and dancing or singing. You can even go so far as dressing up as characters from a favourite book or movie.  Ring the changes a bit so, once in a while get the kids to shampoo the dog, declutter the toy box so they can choose a new toy. On nice days outdoor chores can be good fun such as sweeping the leaves or washing the car.

  1. Reward

Verbal praise is essential but some families have a sticker chart, (one of Super Nannies great tips) this works well if you have more than one child who has completed their chores first and gets the most stickers! It is also good to have a schedule, making the time for cleaning and balancing out the week.

Other families find that they have to make activities more challenging. Trust your child to do some tasks a little quicker or unsupervised (after a bit of practice of course).

  1. Declutter

Just like clearing up for the cleaner (last week’s blog – link) you will get more from your children if they have a clear area to clean. Clutter is confusing – they can of course help you with putting things away in the playroom or kitchen before the task of cleaning can begin.

If you give your children confidence they will feel more motivated to complete the weekly chores and be more independent, they will probably start suggesting new tasks they can take responsibility for like feeding a pet. And don’t forget you are building life-skills, before you know it you are packing them off to university able to cook, clean and look after themselves!

Happy Cleaning… Mrs Mopp x

Should You Clean Up Before The Cleaner Comes?

Should You Clean Up Before The Cleaner Comes?

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People think it’s hilarious when I say I have to clean up for the cleaners. So should you clean up for your cleaner? The answer to this has to be ‘No’! But if the question was “Should you tidy up for your cleaner,” then the answer is most definitely yes.

Essentially, I believe you pay a cleaner to clean and not to tidy up. You will get a lot more for your money if your cleaner can get in and actually clean, rather than putting toys away or picking up clothes from the floor.

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Is Guilt Stopping you from Hiring a Cleaner?

Is Guilt Stopping you from Hiring a Cleaner?

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You work hard and you are probably looking after your kids/partner/parent as well. Let’s face it you are on the go all the time, there are not enough hours in the day and still you are having doubts about hiring some help! Why? What is stopping you?

Let me guess, it’s that guilty voice that says: ‘I should clean my own house…., ‘Only rich people have cleaners’…., Or even ‘Would I be comfortable telling someone how to clean my house?’

STOP! You don’t have to act like Lord or Lady Muck to have some help in your home, you don’t have to be all superior and you are not lazy – you are just busy!

Can I read minds? No, sadly not, but I have worked in this industry for many years and have done hundreds of cleaning quotes for lots of ordinary people.

What I have found is this: Women fight with the decision to hire a cleaner far more than men do. Men see it as a practical necessity; who has time for cleaning bathrooms? Women, however seem to guilt trip themselves into thinking they should be able to do everything. It can become a vicious circle of guilt and pressure.

My advice? Let it go! Take a deep breath and join us in the 21st Century – it is okay to ask for (and hire) help! You are not a bad person for not cleaning your own toilet, sending the ironing out or having a gardener. You are a busy, hard working person and deserve to have some quality time for you and your family.

Overcoming the Guilt Monsters!

  1. Only the well-off have cleaners

Maybe once upon time that was true, but not now. With busy lifestyle and more disposable income than ever before, having a cleaning service is for people of all walks of life.

I guarantee there is a cleaning service out there to suit your needs and budget. Even if you cannot afford a weekly service, you could think about having a clean every month or quarter. At the very least I would recommend a deep clean/spring clean at least once a year to tackle all the jobs that everybody tries avoid. Mrs Mopp offers all these options.

  1. I should clean my own house

Firstly, says who? You feel perfectly comfortable paying for all sorts of services to be done for you; why would paying someone else to clean your home be any different?

Secondly, unless you live alone, you are not be the only person responsible for making the mess! But let’s face it, it’s not easy to get your partner/children/roommate to take the share of the work and you just end up nagging and getting stressed. So, unless you want to live with a kitchen floor that no one has mopped in three weeks, now is the time to hire a cleaning service to help you keep things spick and span without all the drama and family rows.

  1. I feel like I would be exploiting someone

Now unless you are forcing someone to clean your house I would imagine that there will be no exploiting going on. There are some 800,000 thousand registered cleaners in the UK today who have voluntarily decided that cleaning is the job they want to do.

Some people see cleaning as lowly profession, but to me this is a myth and a bit of an insult. I feel cleaning is a very noble job, in fact, I tell my staff that cleaners are like the fourth emergency service; the silent, probably unseen presence, keeping everything working. Please do not feel sorry for a cleaner, most cleaners are happy with the flexibility of their jobs and take great pride in their work, so you are not exploiting anybody, it is their job.

As a final point, even when you hire a cleaning service you may still feel pangs of guilt when telling people that you have a cleaner. This is normal, but there is nothing like coming home to a clean and tidy house after a hard day’s work and knowing you won’t have to nag anyone (including yourself) to clean the house.

If you have any thoughts or stories about the topic of guilt when hiring a cleaning services, I would love to hear them!

Thanks for reading – Mrs Mopp x