A Place For Everything In Your Home

Are there homeless items living in your home? If you’re like most families, you have countless bits and pieces lacking designated spaces, so the homeless items are left lying on the nearest shelf or countertop.

After awhile all the little items without a home begin to accumulate, causing clutter and chaos in your household. Without a specific place for everything, your level of discomfort may increase because when you need one of these floating items you will not know exactly where to go to find it. Talk about stressful!
How do you combat the urge to throw your stuff on the kitchen table and decide to put it away later? First of all, stop telling yourself that you’ll ‘Get to it later.’ For most people, later means ‘When I can no longer see the table top and have to eat dinner on top of a pile of newspapers.’ Unless you’re one of the blessed few who weren’t born with the ‘do it later gene’ you know how quickly the mess can pile up and how uncomfortable the resulting feeling can be. Your home becomes a cluttered mess, less than welcoming place to hang out.

When was the last time you were searching frantically for your checkbook only to find it well hidden underneath a stack of junk mail? What about the universal search for the illusive car keys? How many jobs were ultimately lost because the key search went on for thirty minutes or more on a daily basis? The solution is simple really. Every item in your home needs its own ‘place to be.’

Items like Junk mail and newspapers should be thrown out daily. Or, if reading the newspaper is becoming just another chore, cancel your newspaper subscription, and, instead read your news online!

So what do you do about those items that you can’t quite figure out where to store? Items like odd batteries and eye glass cleaner. I’ll tell you what not to do. Don’t buy a large rubber container and label it ‘miscellaneous.’ Obviously, if you don’t know exactly what’s in your miscellaneous bin, you’re only containing chaos in a smaller space.

Instead, purchase a set of multiple storage bins. Each bin can store one type of otherwise homeless stuff. Give each bin its own ‘address’ or label and put in the matching contents. Just remember to avoid the ‘get to it later’ trap when you initially bring the item into your home.

The old saying, ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’ applies more in today’s world than ever before. There are books and courses dedicated to ‘home organization.’ Honestly, a course isn’t going to help break the bad habits that caused the problem in the first place. Ending clutter must become a habit, just like brushing your teeth each day

Strategies For A Successful Cleaning Company

I am presuming you are just starting out in the cleaning business and you want to develop into a successful cleaning company. You have chosen to enter one of the most competitive markets. So how are you going to succeed? How are you going to obtain constant growth. Many cleaning concerns limit themselves to their few customers and do not want to expand and grow, but you are not one of these.

You could pick a niche market and concentrate solely on that. For example computer cleaning, keyboards, screens etc is one such niche that could be exploited. However you would have to develop a very large customer base because it is not something that is carried out on a weekly basis. The same is true for most forms of specialised cleaning. Another example would be oven cleaning. With this the potential customer base is much larger because you are aiming at the domestic customer, and there are more potential domestic customers than there are commercial ones.

Picking a niche market does not mean that you cannot be successful but it does limit your prospects.

You could widen your market and choose to go down the domestic cleaning route. The requirement for domestic cleaners is estimated to grow considerably over the next few years and many analysts suggest that this is a largely untapped market waiting to be exploited. Even here you could be missing out on opportunities if you simply offer what many domestic cleaning firms do, that is providing a cleaner who might also do some ironing. What about the windows and carpets? You could be increasing your turnover by exploiting these areas of cleaning. Why would a customer want to go to the trouble of finding separate cleaners for these tasks when you could be offering the complete package?

Exactly the same scenario applies to those firms who choose to follow the commercial cleaning route. Why restrict yourself to just office cleaning? Discover what other forms of cleaning your customers require and become expert at those as well. Commercial customers are more likely to accept your quotation if you can offer them a complete cleaning package that meets all their cleaning requirements. This takes away the necessity for them to have to find a carpet cleaner or window cleaner and simplifies their accounting process. It is highly likely that this is the way cleaning in the future will be approached by certainly the larger companies. Many of them are already striving to find cleaning companies who can offer them the complete package. Why get left behind? Become an expert in all forms of cleaning so that your company can take advantage of this trend.