All Set’s Top 5 House Cleaning Tips for Busy Parents

1. Integrate Organization into the Décor

We know that laundry baskets, plastic tubs and other organizational fixtures can often ruin the look of a well-designed room. You know what’s even worse for the look and feel of your home? Clutter. Limit the clutter before it starts accumulating by making your home an organizational paradise. Keep a bin by the door for shoes, add more shelving than you need to accommodate toys and books, and strategically place bins around the house where loose items tend to accumulate. As an added bonus, tasks like vacuuming and wiping down counters are a lot quicker when you do not have to clear a path through the clutter.

2. Involve the Entire Family

Cleaning the house should never be one person’s job nor should it fall entirely on the parents. Many younger children will enjoy cleaning if it’s turned into a game. Next time you are cleaning, play house and ask the kids to help, throw on some music and have a silly cleaning dance party or turn cleaning into a race. If you have teenagers, then cleaning can either be a part of their household responsibilities or the basis for a reward or allowance. When the entire family chips in, cleaning gets done faster and everyone gets to enjoy more downtime together.

3. Invest in the Right Tools

The next time you find yourself struggling to clean up a mess, take a step back and ask yourself whether there is a cleaning supply that you need to add to your collection. Having the right tools can cut the time of each cleaning task down substantially. When you think about how repetitive cleaning tasks are, saving 10 minutes on a task each time really adds up over the years. We recommend starting with a quality vacuum cleaner, a Swiffer wet jet, a range of surface cleaners for the materials in your home, a good scrubbing brush and some micro fiber cloths.

4. Relearn to Clean with Google

Think about how many times in your life you have picked up a new cleaning tip from a parent, roommate or neighbor. These little tips and tricks can go a long way towards speeding up the cleaning process and luckily for us, we live in 2017 and have an entire internet’s worth of cleaning hacks at our disposal. The next time you are tackling a time consuming cleaning project, take 30 seconds to google tips, tricks and hacks that my help with that project. It’s amazing how many resources are available on the internet (including the All Set Blog) with tons of great ideas for how to make cleaning as efficient as possible.

5. Do a Full Clean-Out Once Per Season

We know how tough it can be for busy parents to stay on top of regular cleaning which is why we recommend setting a less ambitious goal of deep cleaning the house once every season. This way even when your life is at its most hectic, you know it hasn’t been more than 3 months since some of the easier to skip cleaning tasks were completed. Seasonal cleanings go a long way towards maintaining a healthy environment and keeping your home in good shape too. One deep cleaning pro tip we recommend is to throw away as many items in your home as possible. Seasonal cleanings are the best time to ask yourself whether you really will ever wear those shoes again or if you need 30 souvenir coffee cups for 2 coffee drinkers. Cleaning out this excess junk can go a long way towards keeping your home organized for longer between cleanings.

As a bonus tip, we wouldn’t be a cleaning company unless we recommended crossing cleaning off your to-do list entirely by hiring a professional house cleaner. If you happen to be in the market for a Boston House Cleaner or a San Francisco Cleaning Service, check out All Set and we would love to help you take back your weekends from your to-do list.

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Hockey Guide To Stench Control (by Guest Blogger, Pro Stock Hockey)

Hockey fans and players can describe with great enthusiasm the feelings they get when they hear the whoosh of skates on the ice, see the flashing red light of a goal scored, or the feel of a clean hit against the boards. What they won’t be as enthusiastic about, however, is the way hockey can smell from time to time. Over the course of a grueling hockey season, even the youngest players put a lot of blood, sweat and tears not only into their game, but also into their gear. Although that can be a formula for a winning season, it’s not so good for keeping hockey gear smelling its freshest. Even the sweet smell of success on the ice can be tainted by the stench of overripe equipment.

Pungent equipment is unpleasant enough by itself, but keeping players’ gear clean and properly maintained is important for other reasons. For example, keeping your gear clean helps prevent the spread of serious infections that can cause health problems. Smelly equipment can be a warning sign of something much worse, so keeping everything clean does more than help you smell better.

Hockey gear is high-performance equipment, and treating it like a common sweatshirt or pair of boxer shorts won’t be enough to prevent the stink of a long season from settling into it. Equipment managers for the pros have their tricks for keeping players’ gear free from hockey stench, but hockey parents don’t need professional experience to keep their teams’ hockey gear smelling like Game 1 even after Game 7. The following guide provides you with some tips for keeping your hockey gear clean and smelling better. Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll help ensure that the smell of your team’s gear won’t be one of the most memorable experiences of the game for the wrong reasons.

 Hockey Stench from Pro Stock Hockey, an online resource for authentic pro stock equipment

Update: The Winner of the PureClean XL Rolling Steam Cleaner… Plus, the 1st 20 People Will Be Fully Reimbursed for Their Purchase!

And the lucky winner of the PureClean XL Rolling Steam Cleaner is…

But what about the people who didn’t win? Well, you can still kind of get one for free through Pure Enrichment:

Send an email to mat@pureenrichment.com and if you’re one of the first 20 people, you’ll receive a follow-up email with the details.
Pure Enrichment can offer a reimbursement for the FULL amount of the purchase on one of the following sites: Amazon.com,Walmart.com, or Target.com.
You buy the unit, submit your receipt, and they send them a check for the full amount of their purchase.
A big factor is to help generate reviews on websites like Amazon.com,Walmart.com, and Target.com. Although it is not required, is it kindly requested by Pure Enrichment.
The goal would be to encourage you to leave their honest reviews online. Although it isn’t mandatory, they greatly appreciate their support.
But don’t forget to take the first step, and that’s to first email Mat:

mat@pureenrichment.com

Thanks for participating!

Original blog post:

After having been in our “new” house for 2 and a half years now, we still love our home very much. But naturally, some of the shine is going to wear off in that amount of time.

For example, just a few weeks ago when we got home from the pool, my wife looked at the carpet in our living room and stated, “Seriously, we need to get this cleaned professionally or something. Our carpet is only a couple of years old but it looks a lot older than that.”

She’s right. We opted for the “2nd from the lowest grade” carpet when we were having the house built. I didn’t see the point in purchasing a higher grade carpet, only to have to roll that into our mortgage and pay interest on it, when carpet isn’t meant to hold up for the duration of us paying off our mortgage.

Then, amazingly, just a few days later, I was contacted by the folks at PureClean XL Rolling Steam Cleaner.

They asked me if I’d be interested in receiving their product and conducting a giveaway for one lucky reader out there. That’s some perfect timing…

Obviously, my wife is very happy about our new PureClean XL Rolling Steam Cleaner. I have no reservation in admitting I am Chandler Bing, and I married Monica Geller.

If you asked her if she loves cleaning, I bet she would deny it. But after being married to my wife for 9 years (as of next month), I believe she secretly loves cleaning.

Don’t tell her I said that, though.

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I’m Mr. Clean When It Comes to Personal Hygiene

Cleanliness is next to obsessiveness.

Danny Tanner was OCD about cleaning his full house.  Howie Mandel is insane in dealing or not dealing with germs.  As for me, I am obsessed with feeling clean and fresh in regards to my own body.  If I had to go a full day without taking a shower, brushing my teeth, or clipping my fingernails (they grow very fast; I have to clip them every five days), then it would pretty much ruin my day, like a canker sore.

I keep an extra toothbrush, toothpaste, and pair of nail clippers with me at work.  As well as in my car.  Heckler from the crowd shouts out: “Well you better get used to feeling dirty!  That baby of yours is going to be puking and peeing on you every day…”  But that’s different.  To me, that’s more of an external situation.  I’m obsessed with the internal.

What I get on me, I can clean off and be okay with.  It’s what comes out from within my body that bothers me.  Knowing that sweat is constantly slowly seeping out of my skin and that bacteria in my mouth begins festering again the minute I finish brushing my teeth.  Yikes.

And truthfully, this obsession has a lot to do with my extremely strict diet which is based around “clean eating”.  The way I see it, the foods I put in my body either make my insides cleaner or dirtier.  It’s typically hard for me to eat a big greasy hamburger because I imagine the liquefied, digested fat leaking out my pores.  What a nightmare.

Surely everyone is at least a little bit OCD somehow when it comes to cleanliness.  This is mine.

Here's something else I keep at work. It's that important...

*Unnecessary ethic information: Both Bob Saget and Howie Mandel are Jewish.