Housekeeping Maid Easy, a full service professional residential house cleaning company. The idea for Housekeeping Maid Easy was birthed shortly after owner Monika Christensen relocated to Fishers in 2005 from Michigan. As a working mom, Monika found it difficult to keep up with the house cleaning, and didn't like to spend her weekends cleaning.
Indianapolis is great place to live and play all year long, but May is one of the absolute best times to explore the city. We’ve got gorgeous weather, and there’s SO MUCH to see and do. Here are a few events we recommend checking out this month:
Thursday, May 4th, families can enjoy $5 admission to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis from 4-8pm. Come out and explore all the museum has to offer!
Head to the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site on May 5th to enjoy a production of Murder Most Merry, presented by the Candlelight Theatre. Tickets are $23.50.
On May 8th, Hoosier native Ben Winters will be speaking at the Indianapolis JCC about his book Underground Airlines. Set in Indianapolis, the book explores what would happen if the Civil War had never taken place.
Treat Mom to a special weekend at the Indianapolis Zoo May 13th and 14th! There will be special treats and photo opportunities, and each mom will get a “proud mom” sticker to recognize just how special she is.
Take your kids out to enjoy the 500 festivities at the Indianapolis 500 Festival Kids’ Day and Rookie Run! Kids can race and win a medal! There are also mini race cars, face painting, clowns, and more. It’s all happening downtown on the Circle on May 13th.
One of the best events of the spring is happening May 20th and 21st. Head to Broad Ripple for the Broad Ripple Art Fair. You can view and purchase beautiful work from local artists. The event also features live music and local food trucks.
And of course, the biggest event of May is the Indianapolis 500. The 500 Festival Parade is May 27th and the big race is May 28th. If you’ve never been, make this the year you check out the greatest spectacle in racing!
Spring has finally sprung, and for many of us that means it’s time to tackle spring cleaning. However, while the idea of cleaning your whole home from top to bottom is appealing, the execution can be overwhelming!
We’ve put together some tips to make this big job a little more manageable:
Make a Plan
Before you jump in and start cleaning, think about all the areas in your home that need a spring cleaning, and the best order to tackle them. Go room by room, making a check-list of what needs to be done in each area. This breaks down a big job into smaller chunks and makes the project easier to manage. This is the time of year to make sure these areas to clean are on your list: hand-wiping all wood work, baseboards, doors, light fixtures and blinds throughout the house.
Make Sure You Have the Right Tools
Find and organize the cleaning tools you will need. Making sure your vacuum has all its accessories and it working properly is a must. Make sure you have the basic cleaning products on hand you will need-we suggest putting them in a convenient tote that you can carry around with you when cleaning. A few tools we suggest you have on hand are magic erasers, they are great for removing soap scum from showers and work wonders on painted doors and baseboards, among other uses. Grab a couple of old toothbrushes to detail toilet nobs and tight places there and separate one for faucets and sink drain areas. Invest in a packet of microfiber dusting cloths.
Declutter Key Spaces:
This is the time to throw out needless papers, junk mail, and things that are cluttering up counter and other surfaces spaces so that you can get down to cleaning them thoroughly. Donate decorative items, clothes, and things that you really don’t need to keep.
Clean One Room at a Time
The best motivation to finish a big project like spring cleaning is seeing progress. Doing a little bit in each room of your home makes that progress harder to see, and you can end up losing steam and abandoning your spring clean before its finished.
We recommend working in one room at a time. Don’t move on to a new space until you’ve finished the room you’ve started. It doesn’t really change the amount of work that gets done, but it makes a big difference in your motivation. Seeing one room clean and sparkling will motivate you to do even more!
Work Top to Bottom
In each room, we recommend cleaning from top to bottom. That means starting near the ceilings with corners and fans that accumulate dust and cobwebs, and then working your way down. Your last step will be vacuuming or sweeping the floor, catching all the dust and debris that has fallen along the way.
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Does all of this still sound like more work than you want to take on? We’d love to help you! We can tackle your spring deep clean so you can enjoy the beautiful weather and all our city has to offer.
Maybe you’ve finished your spring cleaning, but now you want to maintain what you’ve done. Schedule our team for a regular cleaning! We can keep your home looking “spring clean beautiful” all year long. Fill out our form to get a quote.
Having a clean home is always a good feeling, but for those who suffer from dust mite and other allergies, it can truly be an issue of health. Regular cleaning with help keep these allergens at bay, but there are some extra steps you can take to eliminate dust and other irritants in your home.
Here’s what we recommend:
Vacuum with a HEPA Filter
You should be vacuuming your home at least once a week, and make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter. Many allergens are so small that they will pass through a standard filter; a HEPA filter will catch more of these tiny irritants.
Wash Your Sheets Weekly
Washing your sheets weekly in hot water will help kill dust mites. Make sure your water is at least 130°
Fahrenheit, and include any stuffed animals or cuddle blankets if your child has allergies.
Dust-proof covers are available for mattresses and pillows. These covers keep dust mites out and help you sleep easier!
Don’t Let Pets Sleep in Your Bed
This one can be tough for animal lovers, but keeping pets out of your bed will reduce allergens, particularly if you have allergies to dander. Move pets to their own beds in another part of the home.
Sweep Outside Entryways
Cleaning outside can help you inside! Keeping your sidewalk or patio clear of dirt and debris will minimize the allergens you bring into your home.
Remove Your Shoes
Along with the tip above, taking off your shoes while you are inside will cut down on the dust and allergens you bring in, and keep them from being spread all over your house.
Change Your Window Coverings
Drapes and horizontal blinds can trap dust mites and other allergens. Consider switching to rolled shades, which don’t collect as much debris.
If dusting, vacuuming, and other household chores irritate your allergies, consider calling Housekeeping Maid Easy! We will do the dirty work, so you can breathe easy in your home. An added bonus? You get more time to enjoy the things you love.
When a person is diagnosed with cancer, their whole focus changes in an instant. Suddenly, the highest priority is that person’s health and treatment, and everything else fades into the background. Life is precious, and our natural reaction is to do all we can to preserve it.
The problem is, those little background tasks still need to be done. “Real life” doesn’t stop when a person gets sick. In particular, when a woman is diagnosed with cancer, it’s common that many household duties fall by the wayside as she focuses on rest and recovery. The stress of not being able to complete the basic chores that keep life moving is something she doesn’t need during this difficult time.
That’s why Housekeeping Maid Easy partners with Cleaning for a Reason. Cleaning for a Reason is an organization that provides free housecleaning to women who are undergoing cancer treatment. Local cleaning services like ours pair with Cleaning for a Reason to provide these services. There are over 1,200 participating maid services across the country!
Cleaning for a Reason was founded by Debbie Sardone, who herself was the owner of a cleaning service. When a prospective client had to decline her services due to the costs of cancer treatment, Debbie vowed that no woman who was undergoing cancer treatments would be turned away. Out of this grew Cleaning for a Reason!
Our own founder Monkia Christensen watcher her own mother battle breast cancer, and knows firsthand the harsh reality of going through cancer treatments. That’s why being a Cleaning for a Reason provider is so important to her. Through the years, Housekeeping Maid Easy has been able to serve over two dozen women with cancer.
Spring is coming, and that means there are all kinds of fun activities happening in Indianapolis. Here are a few March events we think you won’t want to miss:
Pulitzer prize winning author Junot Diaz will be delivering the 2017 McFadden Memorial Lecture on March 2nd at Central Library in downtown Indianapolis. This event is free and limited free parking is available. Doors open at 6pm.
Take your family for a fun night out at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. You can enjoy free admission on March 2nd from 4-8 p.m. Be sure to check out the new exhibit, Circus – Starring You!
This month gives you plenty of chances to take in an Indy Fuel hockey game! There are home games this month on March 3, 10, 11, 12, 18, and 19. Don’t miss the excitement of ECHL hockey in Indianapolis.
The NFL Combine returns to Indianapolis the first week of March! If you register for the free Fan Mobile Pass, your family gains access to all kinds of fun and free events. The combine happens March 2-5; register for your Fan Mobile Pass and select the dates and times that work best for you.
Are you a dog lover? The newest exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum, Dogs: Faithful and True opens on March 4th. This exhibit offers lots of beautiful art and activities for visitors of all ages.
On March 11th, you can enjoy a hilarious night out and help support a great cause. Jay Leno will be performing at the Laughing Matters fundraiser for the Cancer Support Community. Funds raised from this show at Hilbert Circle Theatre will support programs for Central Indiana families battling cancer.
The butterflies are returning to the Indianapolis Zoo! The Butterfly Kaleidoscope in the Hilbert Conservatory opens March 17th. Make sure to take time to observe these beautiful and delicate creatures.
March is also the perfect time to take in a show! Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is on stage at Beef and Boards through March 26th. Enjoy a delicious meal and a performance from some of the most talented actors in the city.
At Housekeeping Maid Easy, we take care of keeping your home in order, so you can get out and enjoy all that Indianapolis has to offer. Contact us today and create more room in your calendar for what you love.
Winter is the perfect time to declutter. It’s a great feeling to get all the things you aren’t using out of the house before spring arrives. But that begs the question: what do you do with all that stuff?
Anything that is broken or unusable can go to the trash, but what about those things that could be used by someone else? Donation is the obvious answer. Donating unused or unwanted household items is the perfect way to clear clutter from your home while helping someone else at the same time.
Designating items for donation is one thing; actually getting them to their destination is another. Your donated items don’t help anyone if they’re sitting in your garage or rattling around in the trunk of your car. Luckily, there are several local organizations that will not only accept your gently used items, they will also pick them up for you. All you do is schedule a pick-up and leave the items on your porch.
Here are four places that will pick up your donations for you:
Goodwill is the go-to for most people when it comes to donating household items and clothes. What most people don’t know is that Goodwill will pick up items from your home! This service is perfect for larger items that may be hard to transport to Goodwill on your own.
Donate Stuff is a national website that connects users to local charities that will pick up donations. In the Indianapolis area, donations are picked up by AmVets. Be sure to see what kinds of items are accepted before scheduling your donation.
This site is similar to DonateStuff.com, but locally the donations are accepted by Wheeler Mission and resold in their thrift store to help support their work. Make sure the items you donate are in sellable condition!
St. Vincent DePaul works with the poorest residents of the Indianapolis area to provide food, clothing, job placement, and other needs. They do donation pickups every Saturday. They accept most household items, but cannot take donations of mattresses, box springs, or bed frames.
Although this organization does not pick up donations from your home, we wanted to mention them because we feel so strongly about what they do. Dress for Success collects gently used women’s professional clothing and distributes it to women who are in need of clothing for interviews or new jobs. If you have professional attire to donate, this is a great cause to support!
Once the clutter is cleared, Housekeeping Maid Easy can step in to help with the upkeep, so you can make the most of your free time. Contact us today to get started!
1. Exposed Shiplap If you watch “Fixer Upper” on HGTV, then you know designer Joanna Gaines is obsessed with exposed shiplap, and who wouldn’t be? It is gorgeous. She loves it so much so, that HGTV has an entire article about how to decorate with it.
2. Colorful Bed Linens Colorful bed linens are on the rise and the options are endless! Looking for something fun and affordable? Target and Urban Outfitters are stocked with tons of colorful options. While on the pricier end, Biscuit’s bright options stand out from other designers.
3. Wallpaper Metallic wallpaper is one of the biggest wall trends that you will see this year. Also in the running: Fabric wall coverings. You can learn how to DIY here.
4. Neutral TonesLight, airy rooms with an organic feel are trending for 2016. Neutral paint colors and fabrics can help you achieve this look
5. Graphic Throw Pillows Graphic throw pillows are an excellent way to show off your personality in your home. Shopswell has endless options for unbelievably great prices.
6. Typography Art All it takes is a few old magazines, and you can create this trend in no time. Find the super simple instructions here.
7. The Gallery Wall Gallery walls gained traction throughout 2015, and are expected to continue in popularity for 2016. If you’re needing ideas, check out Better Homes and Gardens. If you’re looking for art to pop in your frames, a quick google search will render free printables.
9. Bold Textiles, Artwork, and Accessories Inspired by the Nomadic Tribes of Africa Pinterest included this on its list of 100 trends to look out for in 2016. The list was comprised of the most popular pins in each category and what influential pinners are pinning. You can find the full list here.
10. Geometric Tiles If you’re needing a little something extra to add character to your space, then geometric tiles are for you. These little guys have a ton of personality and are a fun alternative from a more traditional look.
11. Space and Time Saving Tricks Raise your hand if you have extra time in your day and space in your home? Nobody? Us either. Space and time saving tricks are expected to be wildly popular in 2016. Here’s a few awesome ideas.
13. Scandinavian Inspired Dining Rooms Also on Pinterest’s list of 100 trends to look out for in 2016, Scandinavian designs are expected to take over dining rooms this year. Think clean lines and simple designs.
14. Concrete Countertops Designer Joanna Gaines is also responsible for the concrete countertops craze. Who knew this was even possible and could look so gorgeous?
15.Mixed Metals In 2016, it’s okay to rock brass, copper, gold, and other metallic finishes at the same time. There’s no need to stick to just one.
16. Clean Homes Vacuum lines never stop trending. No matter what design elements a home has, it takes a good cleaning to get it looking fabulous. Call us today to schedule an appointment!
With each New Year we all aim to “do better” in many aspects of our lives. We vow to eat better, to take care of ourselves, and to exercise and spend more time with family. At the heart of this resolution making is the environment in which we live. If our homes are cluttered, messy and overflowing with “stuff,” it takes time away from the important relationships that we have with family and friends. It also takes time away from our daily operational lives that we could utilize for exercising, cooking healthy or simply relaxing.
These Seven Resolution Solutions for your home will ensure a better New Year:
#1 Downsize the Stuff – If you haven’t used something in the last 2 years, chances are you are probably not going to use it at all ….ever. Vow to go through those boxes in the basement or garage and donate, throw away or give away the stuff that you don’t need to store anymore.
#2 Label, Label, Label – Everything that is stored in boxes needs a label and date so that you know what is in the box. Don’t forget the pantry, the extra boxes in your closet and the garage shelves.
#3 Schedule Your Organization – Have specific days of the week for certain tasks or certain cleaning or organizing chores. Monday is laundry day. Tuesday deep clean kitchen day (which includes cleaning out the fridge, pantry and wiping down cabinets). Wednesday is bathroom tidy up day…..you get the picture. Whatever works for you to be able to break it down into manageable chunks of one hour bits of time during the week.
#4 Re-Arrange the Furniture – There is nothing like realizing that you don’t really need the 20 side tables and little accessories that you have accumulated in your living room. Take a hard look at the rooms in your house and think about how or what you can do to make each room more functional. Sometimes we get in a rut and we are so used to walking around that side table, we don’t even realize it is really in a traffic pattern. Feng Shui your spaces, which is the Chinese philosophical term for harmonizing the space with the people that live in it.
#5 One Room at a Time – Start with one of your most used rooms and freshen it up. Clean out drawers, clean windows, rearrange, put new throw pillows out, whatever it needs to spruce it up. It sometimes helps to enlist the fresh eye of a neighbor or trusted friend to get their opinion on what they would do differently in the room. Once you get the room tidied up, notice how fast the family will want to inhabit that room….it feels GOOD to have a fresh space!
#6 Find Unique Storage – With the tiny house phenomenon, we can learn some lessons from how efficiently those tiny house dwellers utilize storage. A quick trip around Pinterest can show you how many places there are to store things that you use every day out of the way. Behind doors, in baskets, under the stairs, in boxes, ottomans and under the bed are all places that you can hide away things that you use and need to have, but don’t need to see every day.
#7 Free Flat Surfaces – Take a hard look around at all of the flat horizontal surfaces in each living space. What can you do to free those spaces so you can appreciate the open, clutter free ambiance of the space? Do you have area rugs that are mismatched or need removed? Do you have a coffee table littered with magazines and papers? Do you have a kitchen counter that is covered with small appliances you don’t use? Think about giving freedom to those flat spaces and see how much more enjoyable your view will be when it is unencumbered by stuff!
Once you have paved the way, then WE can come in and do the deep clean! It is such a wonderful feeling, and you will appreciate the time you put into making your home an inviting, livable, clean, and uncluttered space. We hope the Seven Resolution Solution will help you get some order in your life this 2016!
The holidays are quickly approaching, and with that comes lots and lots of guests. If you’re feeling pressure this holiday season to do it all, don’t! Simply follow the steps below to achieve the “just cleaned look” for the holidays.
Step 1: Declutter
Decide which rooms your guests will actually see and focus on decluttering those spaces. The fastest way to get a just cleaned look is to clear off flat surfaces. If you’re in a hurry, simply place everything in clothing baskets and put them in a closet or room that won’t be seen. You have to go through it all eventually, but that doesn’t mean your guests need to see it now.
NOTE: Really organized clutter is not okay. Don’t forget to remove organized clutter from the equation too:
Put stacks of mail out of sight
Take magnets off of the refrigerator
Remove utensils from your utensil crock until there are only 3 or 4 utensils left
Leave only necessary appliances on the countertops
Relocate the pile of shoes by your door
Step 2: Leave a Cleaning Trail
By making it appear that your home was deep cleaned, guests will assume it actually was. You can leave a cleaning trail by:
Vacuuming your carpet to leave tracks
Hiding laundry sheets in inconspicuous places to freshen the house
Wiping down your kitchen and bathroom surfaces
Step 3. Stage
Staging your home makes it feel cozy and kempt. Before guests arrive, try the following staging steps:
Start your fireplace to cozy up the space
Fold throw blankets
Take out the trash (don’t forget the bathrooms!)
Light a candle
Crack a window to briefly air out the room
Place fresh flowers on a table
Close toilet seats
Put a treat in the oven
Hide toys in baskets
Hang up your “show” towels
Turn on all the lights and open the blinds
Close doors to rooms guests will not be in
Move a few pieces of furniture. It can be as simple as switching out two chairs or side tables. Your guests will notice something is new, but they probably won’t be able to put their finger on it.
Who says you need to wait all the way until Spring to deep clean your home? If you start now, you can be outside as soon as the weather warms up rather than be stuck inside worrying about the Spring Cleaning process.
Start by getting rid of the junk. Find everything on the list below and either throw it away, recycle, or donate it:
Old makeup… you don’t want to mess with those germs!