Friday, January 29, 2016

6 Ways To Get Your Kids More Involved In Home Cleanup

As February break draws near and ideas to occupy uncharted free time are slim, here are some tips to getting the kids involved cleaning up around the house. Ask any parent the cause of their home clutter. Their near-universal answer: the children. Children have a unique gift for leaving a path of disaster in their wake. And just as universal is a child’s dislike of cleaning up. Too often pleas to clean up fall on deaf ears.Requests for children to spend time tidying up or decluttering can devolve into a shouting match with tears flowing and threats of punishment flying. And if the work gets done, chances are everyone leaves a little unhappier. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Whether it’s cleaning a room or cleaning out the house there are some strategies for getting kids to participate in the process. 

Here's a look at six strategies to make the process run smooth for everyone! 

Build Habits Early 
When it comes to forming habits, repetition creates comfort. Habits are also developed from a young age. When it comes to good habits such as being organized or just simply cleaning up after themselves, consistency is key. If you start kids at a young age and keep things fun, they'll enjoy pitching in — it gives them a great sense of accomplishment, collaboration, independence and responsibility. 

Set A Specific Time Frame 
One of the beauties (or frustrations) of human language is how so much meaning can be packed into so few words. We hear what we want to hear, so vague language can and will be interpreted in a way that benefits the hearer — your kids — in a way that means they don’t have to do the work or at least not right away. Turn “Clean your room” into “Clean your room by tomorrow at 3 p.m.” Setting expectations are important.

Make Cleanup Fun 
One great tactic for motivating kids to clean the house is turning it into a game, because kids want to win and be proud of themselves. Turning the cleanup process into a game makes it a bit more palatable to a child’s mind. (Maybe your budding young Kevin Durant or Kobe Bryant can see how many “shots” he can land in the rental dumpster! 

Add Music 
Make it a cleaning party! Music can serve as an enormous motivator. Things we don’t like to do become a little easier when we have music we enjoy while we’re doing them. Put some tunes on the stereo and let it blare throughout the house!

Take It One Step At A Time
It takes years to amass the clutter that overtakes many homes. Expecting it to disappear in one afternoon is unrealistic — and sets you up for disappointment.
Tackle one chunk of the clutter at a time… together! That might mean ordering a dumpster bin more than once, but it’s a far more manageable process and far less daunting a task than demanding the entire cleaning take place in a single day.

Show Your Appreciation 
From an early age we remind our kids to say the magic words, "please" and "thank you." It's important as parents that we remember to use them too! Sure those simple words may not be enough to turn surly kids into happy household tidiers. Another great form of motivation... bribes. Maybe offering a little something extra such as an allowance, an extended curfew, or even a special experience is enough to spark their interest. 

Once you've got the kids on board, give us a call and let us help you get the job done! 

Check out our website for pictures of the different size bins we carry, pricing, and additional rental info. 

You can contact us online or call us with any questions or if you would like to schedule a reservation for a rental. 

Julie & Mike Paradise 
Local Owners 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Organize This Winter!

Conquer The Cold 

Don't think for one minute that spring is the ideal time to clear the clutter from your home. Spring cleaning may be a term that is freely tossed around, but the truth is that when spring arrives, you're ready to head outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather that you've been waiting for. Those cold, dreary days that keep you indoors during the winter are perfect for decluttering your home. Maximize this time to finally get those forgotten projects around the house accomplished. 

By the time spring arrives, you'll be impressed with the amazingly organized home you have created during the winter. And better yet, you won't be stuck doing it once the nice weather returns! 

Here are a couple tips to get you started:

Start Small For Immediate Rewards
Decluttering your home is no different than any other type of project you may take on, in that, seeing small amounts of progress will push you on towards the next step. To avoid feeling overwhelmed, on the first day of your decluttering process, begin with whatever is the least cluttered area of your home. Just seeing that one space perfectly organized will encourage you to tackle a larger project the next day.

Organizing Your Closets 
You can immediately gain more space when you declutter your closets. The use of hanging organizers, shelves, hooks and various other items are a good way to help you create an organized closet. You may need the extra storage space when you move on to the next week's project of clearing the clutter from the family room.

Family Room 
Decluttering the family room involves finding an organizational method for games, toys, electronic devices, accessories, books, DVD's and much more. A book case, decorative baskets and storage furniture are a few helpful items to have in the family room. 

Decluttering the kitchen means removing all of the gadgets and small appliances that you never use. Cleaning out the pantry and refrigerator can also be done on the day you devote to the kitchen. Drawer organizers can help keep dishes and cookware organized. You'll love the look of spacious clutter-free counter tops once this project is complete. It'll be great motivation to get back in there to cook up meals to enjoy in the warmth of your home. 

Chase away the winter blues by organizing and decluttering your home. Your home will become more functional and enjoyable with each completed task. When other people are doing spring cleaning, you can be doing fun things to celebrate spring's arrival.

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Julie & Mike Paradise 
Local Owners