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5 New Year’s Resolutions That’ll Keep Your Home Cleaner

happy new year resolutions graphicThe New Year is the time to make promises that improve your life: to work out so you are healthier, to get your finance in order, to go into the year with a clean and organized home. If your resolution is the latter, remember that an ounce of prevention can go a long way when trying to win the war. Just a few minutes of cleaning every night (and resolutions to do them every day), can get your home in shape, and cut down on your hours of cleaning.

I will wipe down my counters every day.

Depending on your schedule, wipe down your bathroom countertop after you get ready in the morning and evening or do a general countertop cleaning before you go to bed. For your kitchen, make sure you wipe down your counters at the end of the day, or after every meal.

I will wash my dishes.

cleaning suppliesMake washing and drying your dishes, and wiping out your sinks a daily habit. Not only will you have cleaner dishes, you also won’t have to face the pile of dirty dishes every day and a dirty and stained sink. You also won’t have to—and we’re not saying you do—go into a panic about drop-in guests seeing your dirty dishes.

I will clear the clutter.

This resolution can apply to two different kinds of clutter: the pile of papers, toys, and miscellaneous items that litter your house or the “extra” items you don’t want to store or keep out any more. For the daily items, go through and sort your mail every day. Develop a filing system so your papers are organized and put away. And who could forget about the toys that get left out? If your kids are old enough, make picking up their toys a chore that needs to be done every night, or make a quick run through the house to gather up all the items you don’t want to step on that night.

If your resolution revolves more around de-cluttering extra items (i.e. décor, clothes, etc.), take a few minutes every night to go through a box, or a shelf of items that you want to sort. Put items you don’t want in a box to donate to a thrift store, and make regular runs to get the items out of your home. If you plan to rid your home of these items via a rummage sale, sort your items into organized boxes so you are prepared and ready in the spring.

I will put rugs by all my exterior doors.

What’s better than keeping up with your daily cleanings? Not having to clean at all. There are two benefits for putting down rugs by all your exterior doors: 1) the rugs can catch the water, gravel, and dirt that your family and guests track in so you don’t have to clean; 2) using rugs as a catch-all for debris protects your flooring from stains and scratches.

I will hire a cleaning service.

If you feel like you fit any more into your day, hiring a cleaning service. There’s no shame or blame in asking for help (and you don’t even have to tell people, we won’t) when your calendar is full. You can hire a cleaning service to do certain cleaning tasks around your home (i.e. laundry, bathrooms) or hire a cleaner to give your home a deep clean. To make sure that you are successfully fulfilling this New Year’s resolution, do your homework when choosing a cleaner (we’ve written about it here). Whatever decision you make, don’t let this New Year’s resolution become another resolution that you didn’t keep; contact a cleaner to get your home cleaner now and throughout the New Year.

5 New Year’s Resolutions Successful Facility Managers Make

manufacturing industry workers with big mashines on company floorNo matter when your fiscal year ends, the calendar year is an opportunity to take stock of current operations and look for ways to make the New Year better for your company. As a facility manager, that philosophy is a bit more complex when your responsibilities are so diverse. But the New Year is a time for thinking positive, and making improvements by adopting a strategic New Year’s resolution—or resolutions.

I will allocate time for strategic planning.

When you’re trying to stay on top of daily operations, setting aside time to plan for the future can seem like an unnecessary chore. However, establishing goals (i.e. cost reduction goals, health and safety goals, etc.), and collecting and analyzing data to meet those goals is an essential part of business planning. Once you’ve taken the time to make a plan, clearly assign responsibilities and regularly follow-up with staff to ensure progress is being made.

I will do a full audit.

If your organization is built on the premise of “this is who we’ve always used and this is how we’ve always done it,” it may be time for a change. That doesn’t mean you should clean house abruptly, but it does mean a full review of costs and processes. Your goal is to break down those processes for review, then make them more efficient and cost-effective for the company.  To see continual improvements, schedule partial audits (such as departmental or specific process audits) on a regular basis (i.e. annually, bi-annually, quarterly, etc.)

I will stay on top of preventative maintenance.

Preventative maintenance always seems to be a matter of debate, especially when you are trying to meet shipping schedules and production goals. While it may not always be the most popular choice, a successful facility manager has to make preventative maintenance a priority to keep your machines and facility in excellent condition—and communicate that priority to your department managers. Regular preventative maintenance can extend the life of your equipment, minimize breakdown costs and reduce productivity interruptions.

I will analyze the cost of hiring vs. outsourcing.

As a manager, improving the bottom line of your business is a process that continually evolves. Inevitably, to improve that bottom line, you’ll need to ask yourself key questions: which vendor is most cost-effective? Should we outsource or perform this service in house? Let’s use facility cleaning as an example. What are the costs of hiring employees for your cleaning and maintenance vs. outsourcing? Do you have a need for services outside of the skill sets of your employees (maintenance, construction, etc.)? Is it cost prohibitive to buy supplies for cleaning and maintenance vs. an outside company with the supplies? Do you only need cleaning and maintenance services on a part-time basis? Research and gather information from your local cleaning company when deciding whether to outsource. The results of your evaluation can help you decide whether outsourcing is a better option for your company.

I will keep my business clean for peak efficiency.

There are two parts to this resolution: organization and cleanliness. An organized company can effectively manage their assets, fulfill production schedules promptly, and meet crucial shipping deadlines. There are numerous ways to improve your company’s organizational skills: with new software, procedures, shelving, etc.

As for keeping your business clean, look for ways to improve your building maintenance and cleanliness. Clearly communicate the roles and responsibilities of your staff, such as each department’s role in keeping their workspace clean, how communication is handled with your commercial cleaning service, and the amount of time each department should allow for cleaning. If you have any building maintenance needs, such as maintaining your parking lot or exterior, consider hiring a commercial cleaning service so you can control those costs.

10 Office Cleaning Holiday Resolutions

It’s a New Year for businesses, and an opportunity to make New Year’s resolutions that can improve your Wisconsin business or the business of your tenants. And although the first, and most obvious, New Year’s resolutions involve a productivity analysis, or lowering your expenses, the most overlooked resolutions involve organization and cleanliness. This new year, add a new resolution to your list, one that involves one of these key elements that can improve efficiency and manage expenses:

  1. I will take advantage of down time to give my building a deep clean. When your business or tenants are shut down for an extended period or even over night, take advantage of the down time. Give your building a deep clean, or hire a cleaning service to tackle the job. Now is the time to wax and clean floors, clean the blinds, wash the windows, scrub the bathrooms and get a thorough duct cleaning. A deep clean improves the aesthetics and functionality, leaving your tenants satisfied and your building in peak condition.
  2. I will set up a regular cleaning schedule. A daily or weekly clean does have benefits for any commercial building versus a quarterly cleaning schedule. Setting up regular cleaning schedule keeps your office space, hallways and exterior in peak condition instead of having to play catch up on a monthly or quarterly basis.
  3. I will organize the warehouse. Take a day to organize, and inventory, the warehouse. Doing so improves operations and shipping schedules, and allows you to take stock of what you have on hand, what you need to sell and what to order.
  4. I will get that building maintenance done. Preventative building maintenance is one of the most overlooked, and important part, of owning a property. Regular building maintenance can extend the life of your property and driveway, and hold off large replacement expenses. If you can’t keep up with the maintenance your building needs, hire a service that can.
  5. I will do an evaluation to determine if it makes more cents for my business to hire a staff person to clean or a cleaning service. The results might surprise you. Start with a list of cleaning jobs that need to be done. Add together the payroll and benefit expenses of a staff person, and contact a cleaning service for a quote. Give them your list of cleaning jobs that need to be done to get an accurate cost. Compare the two costs, and determine what makes more cents for your business in the long run.
  6. I will get those ceiling tiles replaced. Though it seems counter-intuitive to contact a cleaning service for basic carpentry and maintenance jobs, locate a reputable cleaning service that also does building maintenance and repair. By hiring a service for cleaning and maintenance needs, you have a one-stop shop and single contact for any work that needs to get done.
  7. I will get the bathrooms cleaned and restocked for my tenants on a regular basis. Tired of getting emergency calls about restroom supplies? Boost your business productivity by minimizing interruptions. Hire a cleaning service that can keep the restrooms cleaned and restocked at all your commercial income properties, instead of running around trying to keep up with it yourself.
  8. I will add offices that give staff members space and improve productivity. While your employees may be managing just fine, improve their productivity and the overall productivity of your company by investing in new internal walls that divide and boost efficiency. And while it may be cheaper to build the walls yourself, hire a service to complete the project quickly and efficiently while you run your business.
  9. I will give the floors in the office and warehouse a deep clean. While cleaning your floors sounds like an insignificant part of business, properly maintained flooring lasts longer and keeps business running smoothly. Schedule a time for floor cleaning after business hours or over the weekend to minimize business operations and reduce the risk of liability.
  10. I will give the exterior of my office building the cleaning it deserves. Sick of owning the ugly, moldy building on the block? Hire a cleaning service to give the exterior of your building a fresh, clean look that shows you take pride in your business and customer service.

If you can’t fulfill your organization because of your daily duties as a business owner, contact a cleaning service to keep your building clean and organized throughout the New Year. Choose a service that can get the cleaning and maintenance resolutions done, so you can fulfill those New Year’s resolutions and have a stronger, more efficient business and property for the New Year.

10 Home Cleaning Holiday Resolutions

2015 is here, and with it comes a host of resolutions about our weight, the food we eat and the amount of exercise we’re going to get in the New Year. But what about our houses? Have you made a resolution about the messiness that comes with our Wisconsin weather, the procrastination of home projects or the disorganization that comes with a busy personal and work schedule? Resolutions like:

  1. I will give my home the deep clean it deserves. Are all those deep cleaning projects piling up—those projects that go one step beyond your daily cleaning chores, such as washing the windows, deep cleaning the floors and scrubbing the grout? Now is the time to get those projects done. If you’ve looked at your calendar, and realized that you won’t have time any time in the future, call in the professionals to fulfill this resolution.
  2. I will know when to throw in the towel. Speaking of daily cleaning chores, do you feel like you are in an endless cycle of trying to keep up with the daily cleaning and never winning? Call a professional cleaning service for reinforcements that can clean the kitchen, wash and fold the laundry or clean the bathroom.
  3. I will give my floors a deep clean. Do your floors look like an army stampeded through, and left behind all the dirt, sand and mess? Is that dirty grout getting to you? You have two solutions: 1) rent a floor cleaner from a local store and take a day to get those dirty floors in shape or 2) hire a professional cleaner to clean your tile grout and deep clean those floors even better than the machines from the hardware store. Remember, it’s cheaper to clean than to replace floors.
  4. I will get my mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandma or grandpa help cleaning. Do you have an elderly or injured family member that can’t keep up with daily cleaning that comes with a house? Are you too busy trying to keep your house clean? There’s no shame in hiring a cleaning service to help. Hiring a cleaning service also gives you the chance to talk with your family member, instead of just cleaning during your visits.
  5. I will get the help that I need to keep the house running in spite of my busy schedule. With all the personal and professional commitments that come with a busy life, there’s nothing wrong with hiring a cleaner to keep up with the cleaning and maintenance that comes with owning a house. Contact a cleaner today to get the relief you need.
  6. I will get the grout in my bathrooms clean. Does that dirty grout turn your stomach? Do you stare at it wondering where it all came from, and know you won’t have time to clean it any time soon? Get the grout clean, and your stomach back in shape, this year. Contact a professional cleaner to give your grout the white glove cleaning it deserves.
  7. I will not let my floor look like my driveway—full of gravel and sand. Did your kids and pets track in snow, mud and gravel? Contact a cleaner to give those floors a professional deep clean that will last until spring.
  8. I will get my cabin up north cleaned before we head up on Memorial Day. If you can’t make the trek north before the summer, contact a cleaner who can wash your floors, clean your kitchen and get your bathroom ready for a summer of fun.
  9. I will power wash my house so it looks as good as the neighbor’s. Power washing is essential to keeping your house looking great, and eliminating the mold and mildew that grows on your siding. It’s also a maintenance project that should be done when the temperature is fairly mild. Watch the weather, and schedule a time when the temperature is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If you can’t, hire a professional cleaner that can.
  10. I will not procrastinate on calling the cleaning service. This is one of the most important house cleaning resolutions you can make. If you can’t keep up the daily cleaning, or the deep cleaning that your house needs, call a cleaning service today! Don’t procrastinate any more. Make the resolution to call your local southeastern and south central Wisconsin cleaning service with a great reputation for a white glove clean. Make 2015 the year of clean, so you can concentrate on all the other important things—your kids, your pets, your job, and your life.