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Maid Service Arlington: Teenagers and Clean Homes

maid service ArlingtonWe bet you just read our headline and did a double take – woah, Maid Service Arlington, what are you talking about?! Teenagers and clean homes? No such thing, right?

Those of you who share a home with a teenager (or more than one) may well be familiar with the challenges of peaceful co-existence. Add cleanliness into the mix and it’s a recipe for rows, the stamping of feet and lots of screaming. And that’s just you…

But it doesn’t need to be so. There are ways you can involve and persuade your teenager to be part of your household cleanliness routine. Read on to find out more.

Maid Service Arlington – Tips for Teenagers and Clean Homes

Be realistic. If you give your teenager too many chores, chances are he or she won’t do them all. Decide what must be done and what isn’t essential, and then chase them up when they don’t do the “must” jobs.

Make cleaning a bargaining tool. If your teen wants to have friends over, then you make him or her responsible for clearing up afterwards. It can also be a condition for other privileges such as going out and staying out later at the weekend.

Negotiate the cleaning. Everyone has different standards. Yours might be higher (or even lower) than your teen’s. Talk to your teenagers and negotiate the cleaning standards. Your teen might think a clean bedroom is one with no clothes lying on the floor, while you might think polishing is necessary too. Talk, negotiate.

Set consequences and follow through. If your teenager knows there is a consequence for not doing as you ask and that it WILL happen, then you are more likely to get results. Consequences should be reasonable. If reasonable requests for you teenager to tidy his room aren’t met, you could tell him that you will be hiring local cleaners – such as the maid service Arlington – to do the job instead, and paying for them using his pocket money.

Be specific. Again, if you ask a teenager to tidy up, be clear what you expect. Clean the kitchen, for example, isn’t as clear as “Please wash the dishes, put them away and wipe down the surfaces”.

Set a good example. If your own bedroom is a chaotic mess, it’s not reasonable to expect teenagers to be clean and tidy themselves.

 

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Oakton, a maid service Arlington or cleaning services in Potomac and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure your house spick and span, whether you have teenagers or not?

 

 

Pancake Day Recipe

Blueberry_pancakes_(1)We thought we’d start today with a great pancake recipe to celebrate Shrove Tuesday.

The idea of Pancake Day came about as Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent begins in the Christian calendar. Lent is the 40-day period before Easter Sunday and it is viewed as a season of reflection and preparation. Traditionally, religious observers fasted or abstained from certain foods during Lent – hence, Shrove Tuesday was the day to use up luxuries such as milk and eggs.

The following recipe will make eight pancakes, and we have suggested some fillings for them including the traditional lemon and sugar variation.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sieved
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 2tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2tbsp melted butter
  • Vegetable oil, for greasing
  1. Mix the flour together with the salt, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl.
  2. Mix the egg with the milk and the melted butter in a jug until well combined.
  3. Pour the milk mixture into the flour and whisk until combined (a few lumps do not matter). Allow the batter to stand for a few minutes.
  4. Wipe a griddle pan with the vegetable oil and heat. Drop in two-three tablespoons of the mix at the time and allow to cook until you can see bubbles on the top of the pancakes. Flip over and cook until brown on the underside. It will take one to two minutes to cook on each side.

Suggested toppings –

  • Sprinkle each pancake with a tablespoon of sugar and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
  • Top pancakes with chocolate sauce and chopped bananas.
  • Use blueberry compote and two tablespoons of heavy cream, whipped.
  • And of course, the classic is grilled bacon and maple syrup!

Here at Budget Maids, we provide cleaning services in, a maid service in Arlington or cleaning services in Olney, house cleaning in Reston and cleaning services in Falls Church. Why not give us a call today and let us help you with healthy home maintenance?