Winter Sweaters

Winter Sweaters

I used to dislike wearing sweaters. The heaviness and bulk makes me feel trap inside something I cannot explain. In the Philippines its always sunny. Growing up my outfit consist of light t-shirts and cotton shorts nothing heavy. As I moved in the United Sates I have learned the four season weather. It was a big adjustment. Especially during winter. All other three season is easy. Winter on the other hand is a bit brutal in the beginning.

Fast forward, having live in Georgia for the past 19 years I have learned to adapt. I am not yet 100% converted into loving the winter, however through the years I become appreciative of winter and sweaters. Maybe I am getting older. But my appreciation for sweaters have increased exponentially. During winter I look forward to wearing my sweaters. I have many different colors and materials.

Now like everyone else I struggled to find ways to care and store my sweaters. In the winter it is being use but during the three other season sweaters are tuck away in different storage. And now that we are closer to Spring I have to find a place for my newly acquired sweaters. Yes, I did purchase more sweaters.

Having bought more sweaters gave me the chance to seriously think about my storage situation. In order for me to find a place for my new sweaters I have to get rid of the older ones or unwanted/no longer needed sweaters. House Cleaning is a bit extreme right now. But closet cleaning is manageable for now. Or more of a reduce closet content for now.

My partner when I am doing chores that is not very exciting is Adele. I crank-up her music and sing along with her. Yes, I get a little silly but it helped. It gives me the motivation to move. Collecting sweaters that look faded, worn-out, big or small depending on my current size and tossing them in the going away bag is a bit fun. After all there is no need to keep something that may fit again someday.

Categorizing sweaters based on materials and color is good. It will help with storage. I don’t have big closet. My husband and I share a decent size. So I improvised. Last Christmas in one of the groceries store I saw Christmas decoration storage. I bought it to see if I can use it to store my sweaters and if it fits under my shoe rack. I got lucky it fit. Its inexpensive and durable. I was able to fit ten light sweaters. For the bulky ones, I use medium size clear containers from Walmart.

All sweaters must be wash and fold before storing to retain its beauty for the next winter. Make sure it is not cramped, provide extra room for the materials to breath. After the closet sweater cleaning, if you are like me, frugal buyer, this is the best time of the year to buy new sweaters for the next winter. If you must, try not to buy sweaters that needs to be dry clean, choose sweaters that are washing machine washable.  Its more economical, convenient and environmentally safe.  Blue sweaterFor house cleaning Call Rejoice Maids, your neighborhood maid service!Clear Containerswater

 

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Coffee Machines General Cleaning

Ideas to Clean and Maintain Coffee Maker like Keurig, Nespresso and all other coffee machine brand out there.

Before that I like to share some info from the National Coffee Association, one of the oldest trade industry in the U.S. http://www.ncausa.org/About-NCA about coffee consumption in the United States. According to their website the single -cup coffee brewer have risen 27% in 2015. Their organization have recorded and track the growth of single serve coffee machines in the United State since 2011.

In my opinion their data proves we drink lots of coffee. And single -cup makes it more convenient. But what is coffee? Why do we drink coffee? Let’s begin with the first question. Coffee is a roasted coffee bean from coffee plant that grows in rich soil with mild temperatures, frequent rain and shaded sun.  Coffee tree can grow to as high as 30 feet or more. Farmers prune the branches short to conserve energy and aid in harvest. The tree is covered with green waxy leaves that grows in pairs but in opposite direction.

It takes almost a year for cherry to mature and five years for farmers to harvest the fruit of their labor. A very long process of growing and cultivating to produce coffee. For us the consumer, we go to our favorite grocery store and buy them by the pound ready to brew or for some people, instant coffee.

Now why do we drink coffee? Answer varies on the person who drinks it. But for general purpose, we drink coffee to get us going. Simple answer.

With so many coffee makers to choose from high tech to just plain ordinary Mr. Coffee it is necessary to clean the machine to have a fresh coffee in the morning. So I will share the basic general cleaning of coffee makers.

First unplug the machine. You will have to plug it back later to use with de-scale process. Remove all parts that can be wash like the reservoir, tray, pot and all other removable parts. Wash the parts in running water with mild dishwashing detergent then rinse with warm water. Let air dry.

To clean the inside of Keurig needles and K-cup you will need to have a metal paper clip. The paper clip can be used to remove debris that might clog the holes. That is the entrance and exit point where the water flows through the coffee ground. This process can be utilized in most Keurig coffee pot. In addition to the paper clip if you have a handy vacuum attachment use it to clean the crevices where the coffee ground spills. Go to www.keurig.com for more information on maintenance and proper care of the Keurig coffee machine brand. For Nespresso information visit www.nespresso.com/fileadmin/shared/_…/manuals/C100_Zone1_EN.pdf.

For ordinary coffee pot an ounce of vinegar and 3 cups of water will do. Fill the reservoir and let drip without filter. Repeat the process with water only. To remove brown stain in the pot an ounce of vinegar mix with water will do the trick. Let soak for 5 minutes then rinse with warm water. Lastly use clean damp towel to clean the outside of the coffee machine.  Now you are ready to brew again. You can handle that but for tough house cleaning call us, Rejoice Maids. We specialized in house cleaning.

 

 

               

 

 

 

 

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Hot Tea, House Cleaning

Hot Tea, House Cleaning

Cold weather. Time for soup and lots of hot tea. I drink mostly hot tea during winter. My body feels so much warmer and energize. Dealing with cold weather is an issue we all have to go through in the winter. To people like me this season takes a lot more energy. Mainly because when it’s cold I need more effort just to get out of bed.  Although through the years I have learned to deal with this weather in my own little way. It is still a drag. But please allow me to share Rejoice Maids winter tips.

Remember the basic principle of cold season. Always cover your head, neck and chest. It is the part of our body that is exposed most of the time but we don’t really pay much attention too.  Our head and neck loses body heat when unprotected. A simple hat and scarves will do.

Our body does not only need proper winter clothes. We also have to pay attention to the food and drinks we consume to stay warm. As I mentioned earlier, I like to drink hot tea. And during winter, my tea consumption doubles. I drink hot tea with skim milk with no sugar. This simple combination keeps me warm and alert during working hours.

My job is house cleaning. We maintain the cleanliness of almost three hundred homes. Monday to Friday I make sure our team players are ready. Our team consist of hard working married and brave single mothers. They cleaned homes all day and when they return to the office most of the time they are hungry and cold. During cold season, I make sure we stock-up with tea, milk, hot chocolate, hot water and always have soup available free for all team members.

House cleaning is very hard work. And someone has to do it. It is us, we have chosen this profession. Therefore, cold or warm weather does not make a difference to us. Our service has to be consistent. We have learned to deal with it. With plenty of hot tea and soup in the winter and pop sickles and cold water in the summer.      tea cupTeam with hat        Gemma's picture 1091

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

As we begin the New Year I would like to express my gratitude to our clients, our employees, friends and our community. I am grateful and humbled by what we have accomplished this year. Many things have happened; blessings and challenges.

I would like to thank all of our clients in Woodstock, Canton, Holly Springs, Acworth, Towne Lake, Kennesaw and  Big Canoe. My employees and I are grateful. You all have given us cleaning jobs, it is our honor to be of service to you.

My deepest gratitude to my employees for showing up each day. I know cleaning houses is a very hard job when done right,  I appreciate your hard work and dedication to our chosen profession. Thank you very much, it is a great pleasure working with all of you!

We are now located in Highway 92 in Woodstock. This is our 4th moved since Rejoice Maids was founded. We pray to God we will be here for a long time. Our new location has ample parking and have plenty of space for us to grow. Inside our office we have house cleaning training rooms for our new team members to learn our cleaning system.  A big changed from our 3 previous locations.

Last year was full of surprises and challenges. We had experienced growing pains but that’s to be expected in business. After all without pain there is no gains.

But I am happy to say despite all the challenges we went through, we were able to share our blessings. In the summer, we participated in the Must Ministries Summer Lunch Program. We made and delivered more than 500 lunches for Cherokee County children. And this past Christmas we have given 20 families “Noche Buena” Christmas Eve dinner. We also contributed small amount to various charities. The blessings I am able to share was made possible by your support. God willing, and again with your help I hope to do more this year. To our clients, employees, friends and family Thank You for allowing me to serve you!

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Holiday Tips/Ideas

Holiday Tips/Ideas

present In my experienced as owner of cleaning company I can say in my industry Christmas and Thanksgiving are the busiest holidays of the year.

Thanksgiving being the start of the holiday season prepares me for the coming back to back holidays. With families, employees and clients to worry about my stress level during this time of year is as high as Stone Mountain.

This year I try to lessen the stress. I have gathered some tips for less stress holidays from different sources. From http://www.huffingtonpost.com  “Thanksgiving dinner is a meal that is very well suited to making ahead,” I know thanksgiving is just a few days away. But I hope you have prepared some of the food already. There are side dishes that can be cook a head of time like the cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole.

From Woman’s Day online site; they recommend to try new things. Instead of doing the same things that you have done every year, make a change. Example if you write your own Christmas cards and you are too busy ask someone to help you. Share the Christmas writing with someone, make it a bonding time. www.womansday.com

This one I like the most from Organized Christmas; 10 Simplicity Strategies if you like to see the rest visit their website.  http://christmas.organizedhome.com. In the very bottom of the strategies is the number ten. Very simple tip. After you have done all the necessary preparations like house cleaning, gift buying and wrapping, cooking and entertaining set aside time for yourself. Yes, you. Give yourself a break for the job well done!

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Thanksgiving; Being Grateful

Thanksgiving; Being Grateful

I know a lot of people in my networking group consider November as gratitude month. They acknowledge and thank God, their families and friends for all the blessings, love and support. According to some of my friends practicing gratitude journal every year is challenging but very rewarding. I do keep a journal but I am not consistent. This year I am trying to complete the month of November without a day skip. I write in my journal five daily gratitude. My friend Raina who practices and writes her daily gratitude says I should keep it simple.

At first it was difficult. But as the days past it became a habit. It is no longer a chore. I actually enjoy writing down and thinking about my day. My gratitude list includes the simple things like having lunch or dinner with my husband, daughters and granddaughter. Being grateful for having wonderful friends. Thanking God for new housecleaning we booked. For all the houses we cleaned for the day and for the safe returned of my employees after the day’s work.

Lots of things to be thankful. Sometimes I find myself repeating the same words daily. It’s okay because I am blessed with the same people in my life, I love having them around. So repeating my gratitude over and over to the same people will always happen. Anyway it is between me and my journal.

November is not only gratitude month. For me it is also the time to reflect. To think about life in general. To be grateful and thankful for all the blessings. I will try my best to complete my November gratitude journal but if things don’t happenpicjumbo.com_HNCK9440 jorunal pillow in the future at least when I look back I can say to myself I did my best!

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Holidays, Family Time, Cleaning?

Holidays, Family Time, Cleaning?

pasko #2Rain, rain go away. Its been raining quite a lot lately. The leaves in trees are almost gone, the grass have changed its color. Fall has officially arrived. Halloween is over, decorations put away. Now we get ready for thanksgiving.  Different sets of decorations and preparation for bigger festivities. And the dreaded chore, housecleaning.

Who will do the heavy lifting? There are more task in the honey do list. Housecleaning is the least favorite of all time. That’s when you call the expert, Rejoice Maids. We will do the heavy lifting for you. We will clean anything we can reach and touch in your home including the baseboards, doors, window sills, blinds, and the fans. Off course we clean the whole house including kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms thoroughly. We clean oven too, need to empty the fridge of last year’s left over? Not a problem, we will do it for you while we clean the inside and outside of the fridge.

Why waste your time cleaning when you can spend your time preparing for the holidays. Yes, the holidays is coming. More shopping and cooking. Family get together, family bonding. Do the right thing. Spend time with your love ones, enjoy the festivities. Let Rejoice Maids do the house cleaning for you.

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Relax, its only Halloween

Relax, its only Halloween

pumpkins-3Ready set Happy Halloween! The official start of holiday season is coming soon. Is your house ready for the festivities? Or are you too busy? Family, work and don’t forget yourself. Too many things to do, not enough time. Spark people website have 8 ways to put yourself first in the priority list www.sparkpeople.com. I know, there are many of this sort. But check it out it does not cost money.

Let’s get organize. While we have time to prepare. Make a priority list and game plan. The first one should be an hour or 30 minutes per day set aside as “Me” time. Take it as the most important part of the list. Take a walk. Listen to music, dance, go to yoga class or just sit in the sofa and read. Do something that makes you happy and relax. After all it’s your time.

Family. Make the list for gifts. Avoid the holidays rush, start buying gifts now. Take advantage of the promotional in-store sales or shop on-line. Don’t forget to listen, sometimes, our love one’s does not really want material things.  They want attention, time and lots of love. Go see a movie or stay home watch funny sitcom or cartoons together. Anything that encourage bonding time. All material things will be outgrown but the gift of Memories will stay intact.

Now for the house cleaning part. You can set aside time to clean or you can call the expert to do the cleaning for you. Yes, It cost money but you are worth it. Imagine working Monday to Friday then spend Saturday cleaning and Sunday doing laundry. No. Call Rejoice Maids spend your time with yourself, your family and start planning for the holidays. Have a great Halloween!

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