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Residential
and commercial cleaning
in Toledo, Ohio and
surrounding areas

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We offer a wide range of quality residential and corporate cleaning services

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We offer a wide range of quality residential and corporate cleaning services

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Sanitizer or Soap and Water

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To sterilize and to keep your home clean what is truly the best way? Sanitizer, with a high alcohol content? or soap and water with its cleaning agents. Here in this article we will break down the differences and the ways to best utilize both.
There are many other chemicals that can be used and they have their place, but we today will specifically talk about Sanitizer, Soap and water.

Sanitizer
Sanitizer has been very popular as of late, thanks to its versatility during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

How much Alcohol is in Sanitizer?

Sanitizer must contain at least 60% Alcohol. The alcohol in hand sanitizers is in the form of either ethyl alcohol, also known as ethanol, or isopropyl alcohol, also known as rubbing alcohol. Humectants, like glycerin, which help prevent skin dryness, and emollients or moisturizers, like aloe vera are added.

How to properly use Sanitizer?

Sanitizer does its best work, when it is left on your hand. That is the opposite of what we learned with soap and water. Yes! you do not want to scrub it off, rather leave it on your hand to dry. Step 1. Pour it on the palm of your hand. Step 2. Spread it on both hands and cover as much of your skin as possible. Step 3. Rub in and let dry.

How does Sanitizer work?

The alcohol kills the germs. It breaks down the germs by depleating the proteins that keep the germ alive. In doing so, what you are doing is killing germs as you let the sanitizer dry.

Soap and Water

We all grew up on soap and water, and being taught how to wash our hands, by soaping and keep under running water for at least 20 seconds.

What is soap made of?

Soaps are made from fats and oils that react with lye, Sodium Hydroxide. Fats like lard or tallow are used in soaps to keep it from dissolving quickly under water. Soaps usually contain triclosan or triclocarban this is for their anti-bactierial agents. Many of the large name brand soaps are detergents that have thickener agents.

How to properly use soap and water?

  1. Have warm water running 2. Lather the soap in your hands, cover both hands. 3. Scrub the soap in your hands underneath the warm water for 20 seconds. 4. Dry hands with clean paper towel or cloth towel.  Here is a link from the WHO:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=how+to+use+soap+and+water+-+WHO&docid=607995716384917017&mid=54488E64883F754C863754488E64883F754C8637&view=detail&FORM=VIREHT

How does Soap clean?

Soaps are elmusifiers. Elmusifers are capable of dispersing one liquid into another immiscible liquid. This means that while oil (which attracts dirt) does not naturally mix with water, soap can suspend oil/dirt in such a way that it can be removed. Remember sanitizer kills through alcohol, where soap and water literally absorbs the germs and washs them away.

 

Overall both sanitizer and soap have their place. Sanitizer is versatile and can be used where soap and water are not readily available.

Soap and water is going to be able to give a deeper clean as it has oils that literally scrub away soil.

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Getting to Know Pristine Clean LLC and the People Behind the Growing Company

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At Pristine we are only successful because of our great employees who take care of our Customers.

This week we get to know Lindsey Filas, one of our crew leaders. She started our as a crew member and has worked her way to crew leader due to her quality, customer service and hard work ethic.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food I would have to say is chicken Parmesan! Pair it with some of Olive Garden breadsticks, and it’s the perfect meal!

Would you say you are an organized person?

I would definitely say I’m an organized person. I don’t like clutter, and I like for things to beat neat and have its own place.

How many sibling do you have?

There are 4 of us kids in my family. All girls.

2 older and 1 younger.

Are you from Ohio? 

I’ve lived in Ohio my whole life. Not the prettiest state, but it’s home.

Warm or cold weather?

I would have to say I prefer warm weather. I would wear flip flops all year round if I could!

Where have you traveled?

I have traveled to Greece, Honduras, Cozumel, and Belize. Beautiful countries!

Where would you like to travel to?

I have always wanted to go to New York City. Ever since I was little I’ve been in love with the city. Hopefully sometime soon I’ll be able to go!

Where did you and your husband meet?

My husband and I met while we were both working at sears. We both worked in the shoe department.

What is a typical date for you two?

A typical date for the two of us is going to Longhorn for dinner and then going back home and watching a movie.

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The Avengers….of the Cleaning World

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Like every great team, each member has something to bring, whether we are talking about sports, business or gaming. Some of the greatest teams that I can remember are the 2004 Detroit Pistons, or the 2001 Lakers, or the 2017 New England Patriots. Oh, cannot forget the 2009-2010 Barcelona FC team.
With that being said, a current team that is known to everybody is Marvels, Avengers! This consists of humans with weapons, to god like beings, but everyone has something to bring.
What I am going to do is simplify the necessities and basics for cleaning. I want you to be able to assemble the best team possible to clean your home!

The Avengers of the Cleaning World!

1. All Purpose (Eco Friendly) Cleaner – Captain America

This is the leader of the group. Could the group continue without it? Sure but then you have to create your own solutions or buy various other chemical agents separately. All purpose is up for any challenge and never is wavered by a foe, and does well cleaning most things. All Purpose also acts as a disinfectant. Though may not be the strongest of your team, when you have all-purpose there is a sense of security because it is a proven product.

2. Swiffer Wet Jet/Mop – Ironman

There is nothing that will clean your tile, wood or linoleum like a mop or even more specifically the upgraded Swiffer Wet Jet. The Swiffer is quick and so fluid, as a professional cleaner the Swiffer is a must have. With its design and quick clean up it has literally changed the way people clean floors. (can you tell I like, the Swiffer) A mop is also very useful and maybe needed for larger jobs, but overall I would say make the upgrade and get a Swiffer. Like Ironman the Swiffer can knock out a large area of dust and dirt don’t get to cocky though, when it comes to carpet, you need a new team member.

3. Vacuum Cleaner – Thor

The vacuum cleaner for cleaning your home is an essential. Like the thunder god, it comes into the team packing a big punch in a loud thunderous way. Handheld vacuums are also very useful in their own way, as they can be used to get between cushions and furniture easily. Thor is recognized as one of the heavy hitters and so is your vacuum.

4. Bleach – The Hulk

The Hulk, powerful, needed to do jobs that others cannot, but somewhat chaotic. Bleach, powerful, needed to jobs that others cannot do, but also to much can be harmful. No doubt most people know the power of bleach, just the smell alone is powerful! Sodium hypochlorite is the main ingredient in house hold cleaning bleach, which be glad this is on your side. Great for disinfecting kitchens and bathroom and the fact it is in liquid form helps get to hard to reach places. Be careful while using bleach, use goggles and gloves when handling large amounts of it. If unsure on how much to use please read the directions on back or feel free to ask us!

5. Microfibre Cloth – Vision

Vision is one of the newer members of the avengers, and though microfibre have now been around for a while its a new product to many people. Microfibre cloths are perfect for removing dust and debris. The cloths being finer than that of cotton rag it is made to pick up with less force and more detailed. Vision was made to improve team, and Microfibre will most defiantly change the way you wipe down your appliances and surface areas.

6. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser – Dr. Strange

Dr. Strange the master of mystic arts. Mr. Clean Magic eraser, is a light weight, portable, heavy-weight of a cleaner. The eraser with its light weight and flexible composition seems like it would fold to a challenge. The eraser can take down, crayons and pencil on the wall, without even needing to add chemicals. Unknown stains on your hard surfaces have met their match with the Mr. Cleans Magic Eraser.

7. Heavy Duty Mini Brush – Black Widow

Black widow, is a human defending earth at a high level. If you have a mini brush (which looks like a toothbrush) this is a simple tool that is taking on a large task. The brush cleans hard to reach crevices and gaps, some of which guest and family might not even notice but it does the job. Like Black Widow, who doesn’t necessary do the bigger job that other teammates might, but does a job that prevents build up dust, dirt and unsanitary grime.

8. Lint Roller – Hawkeye

The lint roller can be overlooked but they are so versatile. Most think of lint roller for clothes, specifically using it before work or church. Hawkeye can see things with deadly accuracy, the lint roller can see things that you cannot depending on lighting and angles. Run it across a chair or sofa, and it will pick up animal hair and fuzz. Great also for cleaning off your cell phone screen! Work great in the office too, chairs, curtains, and cushions.

9. Extendable Feather Duster  – Antman

Cieling fans, high ledges and other hard to reach area often collect the most dust and debris. The best way to combat this, is with a good old fashioned feather duster. More specifically with a feather duster that extends, so you can size up the object and adjust as needed. Antman can transform his size and it is useful depending on the task, and having a feather duster that can extend is something that will make cleaning your home, easier.

 

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Getting to Know Pristine Clean LLC and the People Behind the Growing Business.

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This is Jose Salazar, and here are some interesting facts about him!

What are some hobbies?

Jose enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and fishing. Jose is an avid fishermen and his favorite time of the year is in the Spring and in the Fall, when the weather changes and the fish start running. Traveling, he and his wife have been traveling together since being married. They have gone all over Europe and the Caribbean. Jose also loves to draw and has been drawing since he was in elementary school. Jose enjoys playing summer softball, he plays third base and shortstop. Jose also enjoys playing the Nintendo Switch and is a Legend of Zelda fan.

What fish do you target? do you eat them?

Jose says he enjoys catching many species, catfish, large mouth, sun fish, but favorite to target and catch are Pike. Salmon are a close 2nd. 3rd would be small mouth bass. Jose says he does eat what he catches, if he is targeting walleye, sunfish, catfish and salmon. He will let bass and Pike go, to get bigger!

What is your favorite place that you have traveled to?

Jose says that is a tough question because there are so many great things about everywhere he has been. Jose says its a tie between Turks and Caicos and Spain. Turk and Caicos because the food was so fresh. Jose loves seafood and they had found a hidden gem of a restaurant were the price and the food were great! Grouper and redfish, fried or grilled were just delicious. Spain had so much history and their fair share of great food. Deep fried baby octopus with aioli sauce. The people were so kind, and Jose could speak the language so that helped relate to the people there.

What is the next destination for travel?

Jose says he and his wife alternate every year. Since they have traveled she has chosen, Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Jose has chosen Hawaii, Turks and Caicos, Trinidad and Tobago (missions trip). If you see the pattern Jose’s wife, Laura (co-owner of Pristine) picks Europe destinations and Jose selects tropical destinations. Jose says its his turn to pick and he is thinking Cancun, Mexico!

Favorite Food?

Jose says there are so many favorites of his, pizza, french fries, burger, tacos. If he had to chose one though…. carne asada tacos, with onion and cilantro on a warm corn tortilla!

Favorite Video Games?

Jose enjoys sports games, especially 2k basketball and Madden. Jose also likes Nintendo games, as they are what he grew up with. Mario Kart, Smash Bros and the Zelda series. Jose says his all-time favorite game is the Legend of Zelda, ocarina of time as that was the game that got him into playing.

What does Jose like to Draw?

Jose says he draws anything and everything, from Mickey Mouse to bridges. Jose also likes to paint, and when it comes to painting he enjoys painting aquatic animals and scenery. Drawing he enjoys drawing his favorite fishing lures catching his favorite specie of fish.

What books do you recommend?

The Bible is a book that is very dear to Jose. He says that it has life and is something that can transform lives. For business or making make big decisions, “Fearless” by Max Lucado is a great book to help with self-doubt. The Oz Principle is very useful to help understand and counter react the emotions of negativity and quitting. “Doing Business the Chik-fil-a Way” by Truett Cathy, Jose has just started this book and it has great insight on business and leadership.

Who is a hero to you?

 (My parents are holding the picture frame)

Jose says there are so many heroes to him, Jesus Christ, both his parents and pastors that have influenced him. Jose says though when it comes to making decisions and trying to glean wisdom, he thinks of Joseph from the old testament in Genesis. Joseph was someone who was adaptable and held on to his faith regardless of the circumstances.

Where do you see the business in a year from now?

Jose says he can see the business doubling, and perhaps starting another family business. Jose says they have just made some great new hires and as long as we treat them well and continue to give clients great service, Pristine Clean LLC, will be around.

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Hosting a Game Night? Here are Some Quick Cleaning Tips to Help You Prepare!

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Hosting a game night is a lot of fun. Food, competition and getting to know the people you are playing with, equals a recipe for a good time! These quick cleaning tips will help you out whether you are having a Smash Bros. tourney or a large group board game.

Make a great impression, and odds in your favor as the host!

 

  

 

Clean the Top of Your Refrigerator

 (this is a pic of a family who found a 6 foot snake at the top of their fridge! click on photo to take you to article)

No matter if you have super close family or you are getting to know someone new, sometimes hosts handling multiple people will have a help yourself atmosphere. This is great, to get comfortable with one another and allowing someone to help themselves out to your fridge can be a great ice breaker. 70 inches is about the average height for a fridge. Many friends and family members are much taller than that, sometimes it is “out of sight out of mind”, but this may be one of the hot spots of the night so be sure to think about that.

 

Scent Around the House

Studies have shown that people who smell fragrances, associate the location with cleanliness. More specifically, clean doesn’t necessarily have a particular smell (that is why soaps and detergent come in all different scents). Rather people associate clean with the absent of offensive odors or unfamiliar odors. So when you are in the semi-finals of a Smash tourney and the pressure starts to make you perspire, have no fear because you took pro-cautions and insured that the house (and you) have a pleasant scent.

 

Pet Hair

 (Actual pic of my cat, named Puss in Boots)

We love our pets!(we have two cats). Though we love our pets, we all have that in-law who is allergic to them. To be the host/hostess with the most-ess, remember to consider the allergies of our guests. Here are a couple ways to do it quickly. 1. use a lint roller, this is good for seat and couches that need to be touched up quickly. 2. Sweeping, and I mean sweeping with a broom. (I am not one of those who say sweeping for vacuuming, I could make a whole blog about that!). Sweeping under the cabinets and under tables, where these hardwood or tile surfaces may be hiding some hair. 3. Vacuuming, is of course something that will most likely get done, but how about taking out the trash afterwards. Dumping the pet hair you just swept up or vacuumed up, is great, but if you have it laying in the trash people with strong allergies can still feel the effects.

 

Clean the Outside of Your House Entrance

Nothing says “welcome to my home” like a deflated pumpkin that got forgotten about after Thanksgiving. This is where people will get their first impression not only of the home, but of the people that live inside of it, though I have been guilty of forgetting a decoration or two, let your guests know that you thought of them and clean up the entry way to your home.

 

Food Spread

Game nights are not complete without food. If you invite me to a game night without food, I will still be courteous but next time, I will host the game night and have food! No matter if you decide to order pizza, or cook, ensure that the table is pristine and sterile. Personally I recommend a cheap cover for the table that has the food, so it can be an easy clean up afterwards.

These are just some quick tips. Hosting a game night is fun and a great way to spend time with your favorite people.

 

 

 

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Getting to Know Pristine Cleaning LLC and the People Behind the Growing Business.

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Laura Salazar is Co-owner of Pristine LLC, and here are some interesting facts about her!

 

Her favorite past-time?

Laura’s favorite pastime is spending time with her 16 month old Alessandra and date nights with her husband Jose. She loves to take her daughter to the park, or capturing moments on camera such as Alessandra learning new words. A typical date night with her husband, consists of going out to eat at one of their favorite restaurants, visiting local museums and aquariums.

What are some hobbies?

Laura likes to play the piano, she also likes to sing. She sings in her church choir. Laura loves to travel, she and her husband are avid travelers and have been to Spain, Italy, France, Turks and Caicos, Hawaii, just to name a few. She likes to try new foods, learning new culture and customs. Laura likes to scrapbook, specifically family moments or destination themes from her travels.

So what is Laura’s favorite place she has traveled?

Italy, but Greece is a close second. Italy had a great mix of culture and sites to see. Laura particularly enjoyed the gondola ride, music and art in Venice, but her favorite part was the food.

What her favorite show or movie?

Laura does not watch much T.V but when she does it is usually something Disney. Laura likes the classic Disney movies and grew up watching 101 Dalmatians and the Lion King.

Laura’s favorite food?

  

Pasta, this is a bit of an obsession.

Does she have any nicknames?

Lo, is something that her family calls her. When she was younger it was LoLo or Lo-bear (because she had an obsessions with teddy bears)

What is your favorite book to read?

Laura has many books, and enjoys to read. She has many books in her collection, books from non-fiction to fiction novels, self-help and business books. Her favorite though is the Bible. There is so much wisdom and just practical advise for everyday living.

Favorite sports team?

Laura admittedly does not know to much about current sports, but has grown to like the teams her husband likes. Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and the Michigan Wolverines are the teams they root for.

How Many Kids does Laura have?

Laura has 1 daughter, Alessandra Marie and one boy on the way(due late February 2020)!

Why did Laura get into the cleaning business?

Laura says from the time she was of age to join the workforce she knew that she wanted to have her own business. Growing up on a farm, she knew the importance of hard work and being self-sustaining. Cleaning came natural to her because she was always looking for ways to help around the house growing up. She was in a large retail company for years and moved into a Department Manager position, which taught her managerial, labor, customer service, and how a large company operates. As Laura learned those skills she thought of a service that she knows very well, and that is cleaning.

 

 

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Spring Cleaning? How About Fall Cleaning! Part 2 – Stress

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Hi there! If you read my last article, in which I gave my first point for cleaning in the fall, then I thank you! Now I am going to give my second point, and it is something that can effect everyone. Stress.

1. Holidays.

 Again, you can read my first point here:
(link to last weeks blog) http://pristinetoledo.com/2019/10/09/spring-cleaning-fall-cleaning-part-1/

2. Stress.

 The second point is stress. Oh, that dreaded word brings stress to people just by saying it. Stress has become something that can effect you through headaches, illness and even physically. Stress has no boundaries. Stress after the fall, during the holidays can be even more cumbersome. Holiday festivities, everyday obligations, jobs and the list goes on! Cleaning and organizing can bring a remedy to stress. I will give some ways on how cleaning, specifically in the fall season, can actually help you decompress and find this time of year less stressful.

Before I give my ways to combat stress through cleaning, allow me to share some statistics with you from the American Institute of Stress. These statistics come from surveys taken in 2014 and in 2017.

  •   Percent of people who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress – 77%
  •   People who regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress – 73%
  •   People who feel that they are living with extreme stress – 33%
  •   People who feel that their stress has increased in the past 5 years – 48%
  •   Money and work accounted for 76% of the reason why people feel stressed
  •   48% Say they have laid awake due to stress
  •   People who say they have difficulty maintaining work and family obligations 31%

I am not a clinical psychologist, but I think it is safe to say that stress is something that a large number of people feel. As an expert in the cleaning business, I can certainly say that having a clean home can take some of the stress away. Here are a few ways:

A. Organization.

 Just knowing where something is, especially when you need it. This can save you from worry and a big headache. Now there is enough of a difference between clean and organized, that I will write on why you need both. That is for a later time and date. Organization is taking your cleanliness and creating a structured system that makes getting around efficient. A person can have a clean home, but not know were items are. Or make a choice of putting items in a place that could make better use of space if placed elsewhere. Having these “small systems” for your home will in turn help you in the work place, or when you volunteer in a leadership role for the community. Though organization is not a fool proof way to keep the stress away, it certainly is a good start. It takes away many of the minor problems that could otherwise add to stress. To be organized, one must first clean, take out any clutter, and commit to constantly tweaking and adjusting to the possibility that things could be set up better.

B. Objective.

 There should be an end result or a calculated outcome when cleaning. A goal. Laura, are you serious? Cleaning is that important? ….Yes! When cleaning, one does not simply start to “see what happens”, there is an objective. In a stressful situation, many times an outcome is not foreseen and often not even thought about. When stressed, there are moments that can become a haze and then you start putting things in places that may not make sense, or that are not truly useful. One time, I was running late to church and in my rush I ran back into the house.  Grabbing what I needed I went to the car and tried to open the door, only to find that the door…..was….locked! NO! Had I slowed down and told myself, “Okay Laura, put the key in my pocket, make sure car is unlocked, run in to grab item and then return to my car.” In my stress and haste, my thoughts were more like “what! I need my things.” Having an objective before a situation is very helpful. It helps us to stay on task and also helps us to keep things in perspective. Let’s say however, you start to stress out and something is starting to overwhelm you. Stop, take a step back and make an objective. Even if it is not an end result objective, but just a stepping stone objective. For example: your mother in law announces she is going to stop by in 10 minutes. At first you start throwing things in the closet, and down the basement stairs…but wait. Make an objective, she will see the living room mainly.  Start there, and take any dishes to the sink to clean later (objective complete). Then take folded laundry upstairs to put away later (objective complete), etc…okay, I think you get the point.

C. Obligation.

 Lastly, for the case of fall cleaning is obligation.  As parents and as adults, we have an obligation to keep priorities straight. The last statistic that I shared, is the percentage of people who cannot help but feel overwhelmed with their home and personal life. When we come to the realization that I am here in this certain point of my life. We can actually get to the point to where this responsibility is not bigger than me. Often times, people like to revert back to childhood or adolescence. Where responsibilities were at a minimum, chores could be pushed off and mom and dad could be convinced….sometimes, that those things could wait. As adults, when Netflix and chill calls but Mount Saint Dishes is in the kitchen.  Remember your obligation and remember that you and your family deserve a less stressful home, a Pristine clean home.

You will thank yourself later, and then Netflix will feel more rewarding ;).

 

Laura Salazar

Co-Owner, Entrepreneur, Businesswoman and Operator

Pristine Clean LL C

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Spring Cleaning? How About Fall Cleaning! Part 1

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Cleaning should be a regular routine, and the best way to maintain a clean home. Consistency, and a plan truly make a home go from just clean to pristine. In this article I will make my first point and every Friday add in my other points on Fall cleaning. Though nothing against the Spring, and the more deep cleans you have the better! To be ahead of the game though, Fall is the way to go!

Fall?  Why the Fall?   Well, here is part 1 of my reasons.  Maybe after reading this list you may be convinced, or at least consider making your cleaning season, the Fall time of the year.

1. The Holidays

Think about it, most Holidays that take place in the Fall and Winter are in very close proximity to each other.  In the Spring most of these Holidays have already passed, and people want to get out and enjoy the weather.

There are the “Big Holidays” being Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Christmas Eve, Hanuka, Kwanzaa and New Years.  Though you may not celebrate all these Holidays, chances are you celebrate or recognize at least 3 of these Holidays. These Holidays having an average of 20.6 days in between the next Holiday! With a turn around like that you would be wise to start your season of cleaning in the Fall.

Not convinced?  That is okay, but now lets mention the “Little Holidays”. I am talking about the ones that may not be nationally recognized, but the ones that always seem to creep up on us and are here before we even have a chance to think about them. These are Black Friday, Sweetest Day, Super Bowl, Valentines Day, MLK day & Presidents Day (I include this because many kids are off school), and not to mention Christmas vacation for the students.  Which lasts an average of three weeks. Remember that average of 20.6 days in between the Major Holidays?  Now lets factor in these “Little Holidays” and events. You are looking at an average of 19.8 days.  I did not factor in the students returning for Christmas break as this may vary, and some do not come back.  19.8 days to find time to clean? It would help if we start in the Early Fall.

With the “Big Holidays” and “Little Holidays” mentioned is there anything else that could factor into the average days between Holidays and festivities?  Yes!  Just a few extra things that may or may not be part of your busy time of the year.  Reminder I am just mentioning things that circulate or are seen as Holiday festivities.  Such activities include, office/work parties, Church Cantatas and volunteer time.  During the Holidays is when many people volunteer their time to help out in the community. Our Average of 19.8 is now 17.2 days.

17.2 days in between just Holiday activities, during the late Fall and Winter time of the year. This in not including an already busy schedule with everyday activities and responsibility. I feel that I have made a decent case for a deep clean in the Fall, but perhaps this first point isn’t enough to convince you.  Next Friday I will give my Second point on Spring Cleaning? How About Fall Cleaning? 

Holidays, we love them but they take up so much time.  Get ahead of the game by cleaning Early Fall!

 

Laura Salazar

Co-Owner, Businesswoman and Operator

Pristine Clean LL C

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Decorating Your Home

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Creating the Right Feel for Your Space

For some, the thought of decorating their home, a room, or even a corner is overwhelming. They think and believe it is something they cannot do. Do you find yourself having similar thoughts? If so, it is time to change your way of thinking. You can decorate your home!

Anyone can decorate. Yes, even you. How do I know? Simply because decorating is not a scientific algorithm. The process of decorating is putting objects together which brings you happiness. That is what decorating is all about. Creating a feeling in your home, a room, or even on a table that makes you feel calm, happy, excited, motivated, or whatever feeling you are striving to achieve.

 

Your home does not need to look like the cover of a magazine. In fact, perfectly placed items may be the opposite of  your right space.

What is Your Style?

I love entering a home and seeing the families style all around me. Walking into such

homes gives me the sense that this is much more than someones house, it is their home. I get the opportunity for another glimpse into who these people are, what they like.

You may not know what style you like but it is easily discovered.

Take a stroll through a store, or, get online and scroll through pictures. What stands out to you? Take note of the things you pass and those which cause you to stop and linger. Does a certain color attract you? Maybe you like the way plants give life to a room. You might like the crisp look of white on white. Do you like the look of dark and heavy furniture?

Getting a feel for what attracts your eye is just the beginning.

Decorating Inexpensively

I think people get the wrong impression when it comes to decorating. They think it is costly and time-consuming. There is no need for it to be either. A few well placed decorations can change the entire feel of a space.

Clocks, books, cameras, and plants are great ways to create an old-fashioned feel.

A modern look is easily achievable by the use of straight lines, glass, and mirrors.

White on white, with lace (or other airy fabric) is an easy way to obtain a chic look.

Adding color to a room does not have to mean painting the walls.

These items mentioned are easily found at an inexpensive price.

Second hand stores, garage sales, and rummage sales are great places to find books, glassware, and other interesting items for very cheap.

May is the season for gardening. If you want to incorporate plants into your decor now is an excellent time to find something that catches your eye.

 

What are You Waiting For?

Making a house a home is all about creating an environment perfect for you. I encourage you to try your hand at decorating. Maybe start small and pick one table, dresser, or other small area to decorate. Look around at the items you already own, and, if need be, go out shopping at thrift stores and your local gardening center. Experiment by placing a few pieces together that make you feel happy and see what you come up with. You may just fall in love with decorating your space and making your house your home.

 

 

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A Morning Routine

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A Routine Makes Being Productive Easy

When it comes to being productive I find there is no better way than waking early and having a solid morning routine. Yes, forcing the body out of bed in the early hours is difficult; however, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. The past few weeks have found me bounding out of bed in the morning (even before my alarm goes off). The more you do something, the easier the task becomes. This too is true in regards to hitting the day hard as soon as waking.

I have a short morning routine I have followed for years. It has made those beginning tasks easy to accomplish. Now, with helping build family businesses, new morning habits must be built. Tasks which are not difficult, nor time-consuming per say, but get pushed aside unless time is made. There is no better time than the morning.

A morning routine, or morning habits, makes being productive in those early hours a simple process. Get out of bed. Check. Perform one task. Check. Do the next. And so on. Before you know it, the morning has passed and with it much of your to-do list.

Do You Have a Morning Routine?

I encourage you today, if you are not a morning person, if you do not have a morning routine, begin one today. Start with one step. Whether that is choosing to get up when the first alarm goes off, spending time in prayer, making your bed, or washing your face, choose one habit you want to incorporate and follow through every morning.

Life gets busy, hectic, and at times very, very overwhelming. When you have a few habits and routines in your life, performing those duties becomes less difficult.

What habit can you begin today?

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