A 53-year-old plant made it into the news recently. When you consider the life of most houseplants, this is already a big accomplishment for the green thumb at work here. The biggest surprise, then; is that there wasn’t much maintenance at all; in fact, for the past 40 years, the plant hasn’t even been watered.

When David Latimer sealed his plants in a glass bottle, he created a self-sustaining ecosystem, one that didn’t require much from him. He says the most he did was occasionally turn the jar so the plants grew evenly—now that’s the kind of gardening even the most unskilled grower can handle!

With so many housekeeping tasks waiting to be done, actually settling in to clean can be a drag. The best thing you can do for yourself is find a way to make it more fun or interesting—if you can do something that brings a smile to your face while you’re cleaning, it won’t be quite so bad.

One way to do this is to use organizing and cleaning supplies in colorful colors and patterns you enjoy. If cleaning is going to be a habit, you should have tools you enjoy, right?

Here are some colorful ideas to get you started, inspired by pictures like the one on the left from Woman’s Day:

Colorful Baskets & Containers

If you have to clean up the random items around your house anyway, wouldn’t it be nice to keep them in containers and baskets you enjoy? If your rooms are mostly neutral, you can store the baskets or containers in sight for an extra pop of color.

As the cold months stretch on, people often start to get the winter blues. Sometimes, a fresh change can help cheer you up on a cold, cloudy day, and that includes small changes in your home.

Doing your normal housekeeping and letting your cleaning services bring your house back to the place you want it to be certainly helps, but a slight change in décor can perk up your mood every time you walk in for a little while. If you want to freshen up the look in your home, here are a few quick and easy ways to do it!

Add Flowers—or Anything!

Bring some color and life into your home. There are plenty of winter blooms, but if you don’t have any at home, buy just a bouquet of fresh flowers, then split it into a few smaller arrangements. Place these in a few rooms of your house for a burst of color and life as you go through your day.

The cold outside tends to creep in, and soon your toes are chilly or your favorite pajamas just aren’t enough to keep you warm. A space heater is a nice addition if you’re constantly cold, but it’s important to consider how to safely use your space heater.

Whether you use it to stay warm in your office or to keep your living room cozy while you watch TV, the first step you should take is house cleaning, especially in the room where you’re going to use the heater. Read on for more details and safety tips for your space heater.

The holidays tend to make people feel crafty, and it’s a great thing to make homemade ornaments, decorations, and gifts. Unfortunately, crafting often comes with many small pieces and gooey substances, so it’s a mess waiting to happen.

Here are three of the most common and most easily avoidable crafting messes that make your house cleaning much more difficult than it has to be.

Mess #1: Glue or paint everywhere. That little bit of green paint you didn’t know you got on your thumb has spread half-moon thumbprints all over the desk. Worse, there’s a drop of dried hot glue that you can’t seem to pick off with your fingernails.

How to avoid it: Cover your workspace before you start. Newspapers, brown paper bags, wax paper—anything that’s smooth enough for you to work on but that will catch the mess.

Who couldn’t use just a little more time this holiday season? Whether it’s parties or gift shopping or holiday cooking, it seems like there’s always something needing attention—unfortunately, that also includes your house. Who has time for housekeeping when there’s holiday fun to be had?

If there’s someone in your life you think would appreciate the gift of a clean house, then here’s a creative gift box idea just for them!

How to Make Your Clean House Gift Box

  • 1 mop or wash bucket
  • 1 maid services gift card
  • 1 bow or ribbon
  • A few sheets of tissue paper

For the 5th year in a row, the employees of The Maids have chosen to organize a drive for The Denise House, an emergency shelter for abused women and their children. 

The Denise House is a facility for victims of violence against women; providing such services as safe shelter, counseling, and access to community resources and services.  Since opening its doors in 1986, The Denise House has gained recognition as a valued service and support network for women...women no longer silenced by the violence in their lives. More and more women - from all walks of life - are turning to the shelter for safe accommodations, supportive counseling and information resources.

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