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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?

 

 

Your Cleaning Resolutions for 2016

happy new yearHappy New Year! No doubt you’ve been busy making resolutions to start the new year on a positive note.

Budget Maids, your friendly cleaning service which provides house cleaning Columbia, cleaning service Potomac, maid service Arlington and more would like to suggest some resolutions that don’t involve giving up cake, drinking only green tea and getting up at 5.30am to run five miles before breakfast. No, our resolutions only apply to cleaning – the kinds of jobs that you often put it off, but that will ultimately make your life much better!

Tub/shower sinkhole – once a month, pull on your rubber gloves and remove the trapped hair, greasy lint and other yukky stuff that gets trapped down there and stops the water draining away properly. After that, sanitize the drain with ½ cup hydrogen peroxide poured down and left to sit for an hour before being flushed through with warm water.

Home computer/laptop – another monthly job. Unplug the keyboard. Turn it upside down and tap to get rid of the crumbs. Ideally, you don’t eat anywhere near your laptop or computer but those crumbs often sneak in anyway. Wipe the surface with a clean, damp cloth to tidy it up.

Manage your mail. Open all of your mail while stood over the recycling box or bin so that you can dispose of all the unwanted items quickly.

Get everyone in your house to clean the shower after use every time. A quick spray with a shower cleaner while the walls are wet and warm and then a wipe down with a squeegee will keep your shower soap scum free and prevent the build-up of mold.

Clear out the kitchen. Make 2016 the year of your minimal kitchen. Get rid of all those gadgets that aren’t used regularly (the bread maker, the pasta maker), any chipped crockery or tools such and melon ballers and the like unless you do use them frequently. If you are feeling very virtuous, empty out all your drawers and give them a clean. Drawer organizers will make your life easier too, so why not invest in them?

Recycle presents and old clothes. For more space in general be ruthless with your de-cluttering and get rid of toys that are unwanted and unused and any clothing that hasn’t been worn in six months.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Reston, a maid service in Olney or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you stick to your cleaning resolutions?