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:

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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

5 Tips To Help De-Clutter Your Home in 2015

5 Tips To Help De-Clutter Your Home in 2015

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De-clutter Your Home In 2015

It’s the beginning of a brand new year and everyone is full of resolutions and hope for the upcoming 12 months. As well as promising to lose weight or join a gym, I’d like you to promise one thing to your home for the next year…To de-clutter it. All of it.

We all lead crazy busy lives and lives that are filled with convenience and “stuff”. Lots of  stuff. We are a nation of work hard, spend hard people and our houses are full to busting point of things we do not wear or use.

Couple of interesting facts for y’all – Did you know that the average UK  adult has over £1,000 worth of stuff/clutter that they could sell or donate just lying around their home? Also, did you know that many psychologists believe having an overcrowded and cluttered house can lead to depression, anxiety and even weight gain? Things that make you go hmm right?

Now I understand that you may not want to throw away that stripy bat-winged jumper that you looked good in when you were 17, just in case, one day,  it should make a miraculous return to the catwalks of the world. However, sometimes we just have to face facts and be hard on ourselves and admit that we would never (ever) wear that jumper again anyway, even if the great Anna Wintour herself declared it chic. The thing is, the memories you have of being a footloose and fancy free bat-winged-jumper-wearing-individual are not trapped in a jumper and they won’t erase if we got rid of the jumper.

This is were de-cluttering becomes hard, we have to separate the emotions from all the stuff…

5 Tips To Make de-Cluttering Easier

1. Make a plan. Tackle your house room by room.

Don’t try and do your house in a day or in one weekend as, unless you live in a tiny house, you won’t manage it and that will  just make you feel fed up and discouraged to carry on. Instead of throwing yourself aimlessly at your home, be strategic and make a plan of what you will do and on what days. You have a year to get everything straight so don’t panic. Just think about it for a second – it took yeeeeaaaaars to collect all the stuff you have right? It will take a while to sort out and get rid of. Rome was not built in a day…

Plan pic

2. Start with the “lived in” areas first

Start in your lounge, for example, and then work through your home from the most used rooms to the least. As you start to de-clutter the most used spaces of your home you should start to begin to feel and see the benefits of less clutter almost immediately. Your room will look bigger and brighter AND it will now take less time to tidy and keep clean, hurrah!

3. Get a 3 box system going in your home

Have 3 boxes or large bags with you when you de-clutter each room to keep you focused and working to a system. The boxes are i) Skip/Recycle ii) Keep/Relocate iii) Charity/Sell. As you go around the room place objects into one of the three boxes. Once done, the room will be ready to be cleaned and the ‘kept’ items put back. If you have the space in a utility or garage, try to keep a regular 2 box system for skip/recycle items and for charity items and make sure everyone in your home knows about and uses them.

5 De-Cluttering Tips from Mrs Mopp

4. Find a charity close to your heart

To give is always better than to receive and if it is possible for you to do so, please think about having a regular charity box in your home. A charity that means something to you will give you motivation to keep the de-cluttering effort going. If you have good quality items or clothing, find a a charity that moves you and one you that you would love to help and be involved in. Not everyone has time to volunteer or has the money to set up a charity monthly direct debit, so donating your un-wanted items is the next best thing and very much appreciated by the charities. Donating to your chosen charity is a win-win for everyone involved – Your home gets de-cluttered, the charity makes money for their cause and someone goes home happy with a new stripy bat-winged jumper. Yay!

The Mrs Mopp charity of choice for 2015 for clothes, household items and furniture is the Shropshire Community Project – If you live in the local area, please click the link after you’ve finished reading this post (Obvs), to learn more about them and the very wonderful work they do in our County. Thank you.

5. Hold a Clothes Swapping Party

Get all your chums to sort out their wardrobes, shoes and accessories, that they no longer wear and arrange a get together to swap with each other whilst holding your own private fashion show. A good giggle, you get to see your friends in one space and everyone goes home with something new and exciting to wear without even spending a penny!

5 De-cluttering tips from Mrs Mopp

Do you have any tips for de-cluttering and learning how to let go of things you no longer need or use? Please share them below if you do, we would love to hear them.

Until the next time, happy Cleaning!

K x