Cleaning Your Home With Limited Time

These days, homes mostly consist of two working adults (or a single working adult), and often several children. The family is rarely home, yet messes seem to find their way around nonetheless. After extracurricular functions, dinner, homework, and bath, there’s little time left for straightening up the living room. How can we manage to fit all these things into the few evening and weekend hours we have left after the work and school day? The task can seem insurmountable, but there are some ways to mind the clutter without driving yourself mad trying to keep up. Tackling the chores a little at a time is key. Here are some ways my kids and I have found helpful.

5 Minute Clean Up

One tactic we often use the the 5 Minute Clean Up rule. This is a good method for generally cleaning up the entire house. I set the timer, and we all work in one room for 5 minutes, picking up clutter and wiping up messes. When the timer goes off we move on to another room for another 5 minutes. Assuming there is time for all the rooms, we have a much cleaner house in just about half an hour, and the kids aren’t overwhelmed by the idea of cleaning the whole room. A limited time will be prescribed to the избор на професионален домоуправител for cleaning of the kid’s room. The toys will be assembled and put to the correct place. All the work will be done with intelligence and smartness of the person. The paying of the charges will be as per the satisfaction received with the services.

Musical Chairs

This might include music if desired, but the idea here is that wherever you wind up, there you clean. We pick up one or two items from one room which belong in another room, take them there and put them away. From there we find items that likewise don’t belong in that room and take them to the appropriate room. This way we move from room to room, cleaning each as we go and not wasting any trips. Again, one thing at a time is less overwhelming than an entire messy floor.

One Room at a Time

On the weekends when I do the most cleaning, but still don’t have time for the whole house, I pick the one worst room and do that one right. Delegating clutter to the kids, I tackle the sweeping, mopping, disinfecting, and wiping down of surfaces. It goes faster, and even though the entire house may not be clean, the feeling of having that one room clean satisfies my need to feel like I’ve gotten something accomplished, and it makes the children want to spend the rest of the evening in that room. Of course, then I have to be careful that they don’t mess it up again!

Throw It in a Box

Yes, this tried and true method still holds true for quick clean up jobs. Company coming? Get everything that doesn’t belong out of the one room and into a box in a bedroom for later sorting and focus on dusting a bit and vacuuming. Just don’t skimp on the sorting job after company is gone. This one’s easiest for the kids to do, too.

Cheating? Maybe. But don’t kid yourself – you can’t always get it all done. But you can always get some of it done.

Removing Odours from the Kitchen

Using lemon,vinegar,herbs,bicarbonate of soda,washing powder and other readily available ingredients from your kitchen,you can eliminate odors easily.

Odors in the Refrigerator:

Remove all food and perishables. Wash the inside with a solution of 2 tspns full of baking soda or sodium bicarbonate dissolved in a liter of warm water.    Place a piece of crumbled news paper inside to absorb any smells.    Place a charcoal or a piece of coal. They’ll work in the same manner as do the charcoal based refrigerator fresheners available in stores.

Sodium Bicarbonate(baking soda)

Odors in the Microwave:

Clean the inside of a microwave with a soft cloth dipped in a solution of washing powder dissolved in warm water. Then wipe clean with cotton soaked in lemon juice.    In a bowl pour some fresh lemon juice with a little water and heat it in the microwave for a minute. The microwave will smell fresh and together remove any odours present. In order to Buy Viessmann Boiler Water Heaters & Boilers,  proper research should be done at the search engines. The boiling of the water will be fast in comparison to the microwaves for boiling. 

Freshly cut lemons keep cut sharp odors in your kitchen

Odors in the Sink:

Throw a couple of table spoons of washing soda down the plughole of your sink and then flush it with plenty of water.    Use a solution of caustic soda dissolved in warm water to unblock pipes from food waste and grime. they also add a bad smell to your kitchen and should be removed immediately.

Odors in the Bin:

Keep your bins clean by wiping them with a soft cloth soaked in a solution of any washing up liquid or powder in water.    Sprinkle some borax and lemon peels in the bin to dispel bad smell.

Cooking smells:

When cooking food with spices,always place a small dish containing vinegar on the work top to avoid smells spreading in the whole house.    When boiling vegetables such as cabbage put a leftover piece of bread inside before covering it with a lid. It’ll not let the smell penetrate into your house.    Rub plastic boards with a lemon wedge every 2-3 weeks to remove any smells from them.    To remove strong smells of fish or onion from your chopping boards,simply sprinkle some baking powder on top. Then a few drops of water. spread the paste evenly and leave to stand for 3-4 hours. wash with running water and dry.


To keep your kitchens smelling fresh, simple remedies are available in your kitchen only. All you’ve to do is keep things washed and cleaned up. If you fancy growing your own herbs, place some on your kitchen window sill. Also ensure there’s good ventilation in your house to eliminate any lingering odors.

How To Roof Your Gazebo With Outdoor Fabric

Roofing your gazebo with outdoor fabric can be so much fun. Besides, it can be your opportunity to show the artistic side of your nature. Have you ever had a light-bulb moment? Well, I have and it gave us one of the most beautiful and quite unique gazebo’s I have ever seen. Plus, it cost almost no money. We had a gazebo in our garden that needed a new roof. The shingles on the roof were old and cracked causing a lot of leakage. We didn’t want to put shingles on again because they are pretty high maintenance, and asphalt shingles just were not pretty. My husband had the idea that we would use a tarp, but I said a definite “no” to that saying that would look worse than asphalt shingles.

While at a yard sale one day, I came across a large box of drapes that gave me my light-bulb moment. They were large florals the same colors that our house was painted in, and they had rubber backs and in good condition. The drapes weren’t exactly outdoor the ideal material for outdoor fabric, but the rubber backing would help to keep the roof from leaking, so I figured I would give it a try.

We took the old roofing off the gazebo, and cut new plywood to fit the octagon shape. I cut the drapes in exactly the same shape as the plywood pieces, and stapled down close to the edges. To make the edges water-proof; first we ran some caulking down each seam, then we inverted some crown molding and capped off each seam (It had previously been painted to match the trim). When we were all done with this part, we took some 1″ cedar lath and put around the lower edge (It had already been painted also).

We went to Home Depot and found the perfect “crown” piece to put on the very top of the roof to the gazebo. We painted it first, and before putting it on, my husband ran a solid line of caulking all around the edge of the cap to help make that edge waterproof; and then tacked it on with small nails.

The problem with nails is that most of them are not strong enough to hold pieces of wood together and even the slightest mistiming while hammering can break it so at one point, I thought of hiring Topline Roof and Gutters, who were experts in such a job but then, I abandoned the thought citing excessive expense.

I had enough of the drapery material left to make a gathered piece to run all around the bottom edge of the roof. We tacked this on to the inside with the staple gun, then put the 1″ lath on top of the top edge to give it a finished look.

It really turned out beautiful, and my husband was pleased that it only cost about $25.00 total. The most expensive part was the crown piece that we put on the very top of the roof. It cost us $10.00.

We have had the new roof on our gazebo for two years now and it hasn’t leaked yet. It is also easy to clean because all we have to do is hose it off. It makes a beautiful addition to our garden area, especially in the spring and summer when all the flowers are in bloom.