Decluttering your House the Marie Kondo Way

Decluttering Your House the Marie Kondo Way | Carpe Diem Cleaning

Do you want to live more simply this year?  Or, do you just need to make room in your house for what you love?  This is a great time of year to declutter and get your house in order!  Marie Kondo’s book will help you to re-examine your space and things in a ruthless yet refreshing way.

We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what to get rid of. – Marie Kondo

Who is Marie Kondo?

Marie Kondo is a Japanese decluttering and organizing expert who has helped hundreds of clients tidy their homes.  Impressively, none of them have relapsed into how they managed their clutter before her.  Her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has sold over six million copies worldwide.

Her main theme is that you should only keep items in your house that spark joy.  Any items that don’t bring you joy should be released with gratitude towards what they have done for you without guilt.  While some of her suggestions are quirky to our Western culture, the framework will help you to efficiently declutter your entire house.  She insists that this tidying process be done quickly in no more than 6 months.  This way, the dramatic change will affect you in such a way that you do not go back to your old ways of collecting clutter.

Decluttering in Action

Here are the things to declutter (in order) so that your decision-making skills are honed by the time you discard photos and mementos:

Clothes – Don’t let unwanted clothes be turned into lounge wear.
Books – Arrange books on your shelves so that you can see only books that you love without stacking them on top of each other.
Documents – Recycle (and shred as necessary) all documents except for ones such as birth certificates or passports. Find documents online as needed. And do you really need that pay stub or mortgage payment from 3 years ago?
Miscellaneous – Go through all other categories of items in your house separately.  These include such as skin care products, electrical equipment, household supplies, kitchen goods, etc.
Photos/Mementos– Set these items aside until the end of the tidying process, and discard what you don’t love.  This will make the things that spark joy feel even more special.

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Gather items by category so that the entirety of that type of item is in one place when you sort through it.  This way, you only have to make the decision once regarding what things to donate or throw away.  For example, you might have six different pairs of scissors throughout your house when you really need only three.  Would you really remember where the best ones are? However, if you organized your house by room over the course of several weeks, as many decluttering experts recommend, you wouldn’t use the best scissors.

Stay Organized!

Deciding where every item in your house goes is an essential part of Marie Kondo’s decluttering process.  Often things that belong nowhere end up everywhere.  Store things where they are easily put away so that you don’t continue to clutter up your house. Marie Kondo suggests that you not stack things on top of each other since things on the bottom often are forgotten.  Instead, she says to use boxes to organize your things.  Shoe boxes work well for larger items such as clothes, and iPhone boxes work well for office supplies and makeup.

Her folding method for clothes is a game changer, as it allows you to see all of your clothes in each drawer and actually fits more clothing in the drawer. Fold your clothes in thirds twice, and place upright in your drawers.  Never again will you look in a drawer without being able to see everything at a glance!

Want to try it for yourself?  Check out the book from the library for details or just start tidying today!

Tips for Traveling with Kids

Traveling with Kids

Are you traveling to visit loved ones this holiday season with your children in tow?  Traveling with kids can be a daunting task, even for seasoned parents.  Here are some tips to keep the whole family sane and happy at the final destination!

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Pack snacks that you know your family members will enjoy.  Bring some healthy snacks (nuts, fruit squeezers, trail mix) and as well as some treats (cheese crackers, special juice, etc.).
Don’t want to entertain your kids for the.whole.time while traveling on a long road trip or cross-country flight?  Travel while they sleep as much as possible.  If your kids are light sleepers, then this tip is not for you.  However, if your kids are champion sleepers, try it!

 

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During breaks, keep kids active!  Let your kids run around and get their energy out when stopping for food and bathroom breaks during road trips.  On flights where you have assigned seats, wait to board the flight until everyone else has been called.  Why be on the plane with small children 30 to 45 minutes longer than necessary?!  That way, they will be more tired and likely to sleep later on in the trip.

When flying, give toddlers and infants something to drink or suck on during the descent such as a bottle or a pacifier to distract them from their ears popping.  Have a snack, lollipop or gum ready to give to older children.

Use electronics as needed, and know how they affect your children.  Does playing their favorite iPad game wind them up or calm them down?  Do what works for your kids and family!

 

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If you are flying, make sure that each child has their own backpack with their essentials in it.  This will keep them from having to ask mom or dad for anything that they need and will open up more space in your carry-on or personal item as well.   If you are driving, separate bags for activities and snacks ahead of time, so that you can pull out individual bags as needed.  Bring a cookie sheet for younger children to keep coloring books, crayons and small toys from escaping to the floor.

 

What to Keep On-Hand by AgeTraveling Night Road Trip

Infants & Toddlers – diapers, wipes, plastic bag for extra stinky diapers, snacks, 1 to 2 changes of clothes and small toys
Preschool & School-Aged – snacks, change of clothes, I-spy books, sticker books, drawing notebook and small toys, water bottle
Middle & High-Schoolers – water bottle, snacks, travel pillow, Mad-Libs, audio books from Audible or the library, extra charging device for electronics

Don’t forget that the things that go wrong often make the best memories!

Happy Travels!!

 

Holiday Closings, Saturday Cleanings + Tipping Guidelines

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Saturday Cleanings & Holiday Closings

Available December 10th & December 17th

Book your Saturday cleanings today to guarantee a clean home for the holidays!

…And don’t forget, we will not be servicing homes on December 26th (Monday) or on January 2nd (Monday). So if your regular cleaning falls on one of these days, be sure to contact us to reschedule.

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Holiday Tipping Unwrapped

During the holidays we always get a lot of questions about tipping. Here’s the scoop on some of your most Frequently Asked Questions!

Q: Should I tip my cleaning team?
A: Tips are not considered mandatory in the house cleaning industry, but are nevertheless an important part of a cleaner’s income. House cleaning is both a personalized service and a physically demanding job, and is just as deserving of a tip as restaurant service or hair styling. Ultimately it is up to the client to decide whether to tip, based on their budget and the quality of the service they are receiving.

Q: Should I tip extra during the holidays?
A: Many clients choose to give a special holiday bonus as a “thank you” to their team, especially if they do not tip regularly during the year.

Q: What is an appropriate amount for a holiday bonus?A: Holiday bonuses typically range between $25-$100 per team member. Clients should take into account the length of time that the team has been cleaning their home and the quality of service that they have received throughout the year.

Q: How can I get a tip to my team?
A: There are a few different ways! If you choose to give a cash tip, be sure to place it in a clearly marked envelope indicating that it is for your team. If you pay for your cleanings by check, you can write a separate check for your tip or add the tip to your regular check and indicate in the memo line that you have added a tip. If you pay by credit card, contact our office and indicate the amount that you would like charged to your card. Team members will receive tips given via check and credit card on their next paycheck.

Q: Due to a schedule change I switched cleaning teams halfway through the year, how should I handle holiday tipping?
A: Please contact our office if you have any questions of this nature (or want more information about your team, such as members’ names and length of time serving your home), our knowledgeable staff will help you to make an informed decision!

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Holiday Hours & The Scoop on Holiday Tipping

2013 Saturday Cleanings & Holiday Hours

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Aren’t you glad you seized your clean day?

The holiday season is here! Whether you need an emergency Deep Cleaning before the in-laws come, or you need to switch the date of your regular cleaning, we’re here to help! This holiday season we’re opening up our schedule to include three SaturdaysNovember 23rd, December 14th and December 21st.

These Saturdays always fill up fast, so don’t delay in contacting us if you want to get on the schedule! Scheduling and rescheduling options are on a first-come, first-served basis, and we really want to accommodate your cleaning.

Our office will be closed and we will not be servicing homes on November 28th and 29th, December 24th and 25th, and January 1st. If you have a regular maintenance cleaning scheduled for one or more of these days, it will need to be rescheduled.

 

The Scoop on Holiday Tipping

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Many clients give a holiday bonus

During the holidays we always get a lot of questions about tipping. This year we thought we’d answer some of your most frequently asked questions ahead of time!

Q: Should I tip my cleaning team?
A: Tips are not considered mandatory in the house cleaning industry, but are nevertheless an important part of a cleaner’s income. House cleaning is both a personalized service and a physically demanding job, and is just as deserving of a tip as restaurant service or hair styling. Ultimately it is up to the client to decide whether to tip, based on their budget and the quality of the service they are receiving.

Q: Should I tip extra during the holidays?
A: Many clients choose to give a special holiday bonus as a “thank you” to their team, especially if they do not tip regularly during the year.

Q: What is an appropriate amount for a holiday bonus?
A: Holiday bonuses typically range between $25-$100 per team member. Clients should take into account the length of time that the team has been cleaning their home and the quality of service that they have received throughout the year.

Q: How can I get a tip to my team?
A: There are a few different ways! If you choose to give a cash tip, be sure to place it in a clearly marked envelope indicating that it is for your team. If you pay for your cleanings by check, you can write a separate check for your tip or add the tip to your regular check and indicate in the memo line that you have added a tip. If you pay by credit card, contact our office and indicate the amount that you would like charged to your card. Team members will receive tips given via check and credit card on their next paycheck.

Q: Due to a schedule change I switched cleaning teams halfway through the year, how should I handle holiday tipping?
A: Please contact our office if you have any questions of this nature (or want more information about your team, such as members’ names and length of time serving your home), our knowledgeable staff will help you to make an informed decision!