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Get a Jump Start on Spring Cleaning

As spring approaches, many people will find themselves looking around their houses and work places in preparation for the annual spring cleaning. Though the task may seem daunting at first, making time to organize your environment can have a profound effect on your productivity. Luckily, you do not have to take on this task alone. By hiring professional cleaners, you can get a jump start on spring cleaning and set up a routine to stick to throughout the year.

Why It’s Important to Maintain a Clean Environment

The space you live and work in is a direct reflection of you. By maintaining a tidy environment, guests and clients will feel more comfortable and get a sense of your working relationship in the future. Hiring reliable outside cleaning services will enable busy professionals and business owners to focus on their work at hand. These cleaning companies can address small issues that will ultimately make a big difference. The small details can range depending on what each individual client needs. For commercial businesses this can mean buffing the floors, whereas residential customers may just want their floors mopped and polished. Lemieux’s Cleaning Company limits their environmental impact by using green cleaning methods. This means that the products used are all Green Sealed Certified.  According to studies from the Harris Interactive Survey, 84% of adults prefer doing business with a company that utilizes environmentally-friendly products.

Where to Start

If you have already made the decision to participate in spring cleaning, then there are a few things to keep in mind in order to not become overwhelmed. These tips can help you maintain a clean space, no matter if it is your home or in the office.

Make a Plan

You have to start somewhere, and sometimes that is the toughest challenge. It is important to be prepared with the right materials, resources, and a plan, before you start cleaning or call professional cleaners. Some questions to ask yourself during this time include: what do you want to accomplish? How much time do you want to dedicate towards this? When can you accomplish this? From there, you can prioritize your cleaning and set smaller goals that will ultimately lead you to your final desired result.

If you are working with a commercial space, which can be a larger task, you can start your plan by figuring out what you want to tackle and what you need help with. Tasks can be delegated to maintain cleanliness, but perhaps a cleaning company can do an overhaul every so often to keep the company on track.

Start Small

Though spring cleaning encompasses cleaning and organizing your entire space, this does not mean that it needs to happen all at once. The best part about getting started with spring cleaning early is that you have plenty of time to reach your goals. For office spaces, it could be a good idea to start with the clutter of papers on various desks and tabletops. Electronics can be dusted off and screens can be cleaned. Perhaps an employee will offer to clean out the break room. After the small tasks are complete, a plan which will tackle the larger spaces can be given to professional cleaners. Starting small can also help these tasks develop into habits, in conjunction with regular cleaning services.

Categorize

A key component to spring cleaning is organizing. Early on, creating categories for items that you want to keep, discard, donate and move to a new space can help keep things simple. This can be done in both residential and commercial spaces. Though it may be difficult to decide what to keep and what not to keep, just know that it is not something you should dwell on. There is no need to feel guilty for getting rid of the stack of magazines you have collected in the corner of your bedroom over time. Perhaps donating a few pairs of jeans will make room for new clothes that you actually wear. For those who struggle with organizing and letting go of specific items, consider how often you use them and what they add to your life. If you are unsure how to answer these questions but really do not want to get rid of a specific item, just keep it. You can try moving it to a new space which could create a cleaner environment.

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Get Started!

Even if you are not one to complete things early, maintaining a clean environment should top everyone’s priorities. There is plenty of time to get a jump start on spring cleaning. In fact, there is no need to even wait for spring. The most important thing is to understand the importance of a clean, green and healthy environment. Lemieux’s Cleaning Company can help create a cleaning plan that will last throughout the year, and fit your specific needs.

 

Keep a Clean Space in The New Year

2017 is just around the corner – have you made your New Year’s Resolution yet?

These days, it is just as common of a tradition to not keep your New Year’s Resolution as it is to make them. Unfortunately, most people lose momentum as time goes on or get distracted by other things. Still, goal setting is important to make progress. When researching the top New Year’s Resolutions, the majority of them have to do with improving health. Of course the top ones are concerned with losing weight, exercising more and eating healthy. Others also include reducing stress and saving money. However, some people may forget that a clean environment can also make a lasting impression on your health. Not to mention, you will be more organized which leads to increased productivity. This can be applied to both residential homes and commercial work spaces. Your space is a reflection of yourself, so presenting a clean environment shows your clients that you are professional while also increasing your self-esteem.

So this year, we suggest changing up your typical plans and making a clean space part of your New Year’s Resolution.

Now we don’t want this to become just another goal that is never achieved. That is why there are a few ways you can improve the cleanliness of your home in addition to hiring a professional cleaning service. The key to achieving all goals is to break it down into steps that are realistic. When you can take it step-by-step, then the goal seems more achievable and you are less likely to feel overwhelmed. Here are a few tips that can help you maintain a clean environment.

Slow and Steady

If you have a large space to tackle, the best thing to do is finish one task at a time. Even if you have hired professional cleaners, you can develop habits that will help you maintain a clean space during the in between. You can identify one thing at a time, such as unloading the dishwasher or doing the laundry, and complete that in a day. The next day, you can perform the same task if needed or move on to another. As long as you are trying to clean one area per day, then the task will feel less like a burden and more like a habit.

Don’t Become a Hoarder

As someone who takes anything and everything that is free, I have learned that before just taking something I should consider whether it will be useful to me or not. If you want to keep organized, sometimes you just have to say no. Try not to keep things unless you need them. You can also start to toss items you have been holding on to that are broken or you no longer use.

Start with What You See

If you do not know where to start, then the easiest thing is to start with what you see. For example, if you’ve been tripping over the shoes in the doorway, then put them back in your closet. If there are dirty dishes in the sink, clean them before organizing the rest of your cabinets. By starting with the most apparent messes, you will be able to see your progress. Coming across an empty sink will motivate you to continue your path to a cleaner space.

Find the Time

One of the biggest excuses for not accomplishing your goals is that you simply have no time. At least, you don’t think that you do. This is especially true when it comes to cleaning, as it typically gets put on the back-burner as people just accept the mess around them. The truth is that you will never just have the time, you have to make it. Luckily, you can adjust the amount of time you decide to clean so it does not need to impact your entire routine. If you take five minutes to put your clothes away, then at least you will have finished something. Focusing on smaller things and utilizing shorter amounts of time will help you achieve larger goals as time goes on.

So let’s get 2017 off to a clean start!

In addition to the small things you can do to keep your space clean, you can hire professional cleaning services to help you keep your resolution. Involving other people with the same goal will help to keep you accountable. Also, if you do happen to fall behind on cleaning, they are always there to give you a fresh start!

How a Clean House Reflects a Clean Mind

We’ve all heard it before: a messy house equals a messy mind. For me, it was repeated from my parents as they offered a long list of reasons to keep my room clean. Then I remember relaying the same info in college to my roommates when we fought over the need to establish a chore wheel. You may have not thought much about it before, but the truth is that your environment reflects and affects your well being. So if a messy house means a messy mind, than a clean house could mean a clean one.

A messy house is not always intentional. As you look around your space and its varying levels of tidiness, you may start to ask yourself why and how you allowed it to get so messy in the first place. Most people do not want to live in a cluttered environment, but still they push aside their feelings and let the dishes pile up in the sink. There are various reasons for this. According to Aggie MacKenzie, a British expert on housekeeping and commentator in the blog “The Connection between a Clean Home and High Self-Esteem,” a home embodies a person’s psychological mindset. For some, letting things clutter around them could be a result of childhood deprivation, or even caused by a tragic event later in life like getting fired or losing a loved one. Internal struggles are often projected onto our surroundings. For MacKenzie, “no one is immune.” Meaning no matter your financial or social status, everyone is prone to letting their houses become a mess. For better or worse, dirty homes don’t discriminate.

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So by now you could be gaining more perspective on the issue. But what if you haven’t faced any major tragedies or you remember your childhood home being cleaner than a hospital room? Any number of reasons could be used to excuse the mess in your home. For some, it could be that they feel too busy to clean. Perhaps work and other activities come first on their list of priorities, so cleaning has been put on the back burner. Luckily, just because you do not have time to clean your house does not mean that it will have to stay in that state. There are many options, including hiring professional cleaners to help you maintain a clean environment however often you need it. What you may not realize is that a messy space may hinder your ability to stay busy and productive. When you get ready to start your day and you are unable to see the carpet underneath piles of dirty clothes, you may not feel so up to checking everything off of your to-do list. A clean space will allow you to be more productive because you will feel more comfortable. The thoughts of “I need to wash those” or “I need to vacuum now” will not be constantly running through your mind, so you will be able to focus on other things.

Just as your mind has tricked you into thinking that it is okay to live in an environment below your normal cleaning standards, it may even justify reasons for keeping the clutter out in the open. Lesya Li explains this phenomenon in her article “Here’s Why Messy House Equals Messy Mind.” Li keeps the clutter because “I think that all the things from the past somehow bring me something sentimental and meaningful,” and describes her clutter as “What Ifs and One Days.”  Basically, we keep things around because if we put them away then either we think that we’ll lose them, or we will never use them in the future. The truth is that most of the clutter stays exactly where it is. I understand this firsthand. No matter the size or condition, I always find myself collecting materials I could use for art projects and storing them in my home. For example, I kept boxes of empty mason jars in my living room in order to remind myself to use them. The reality was that I never touched them. Yes, keeping the boxes out in the open helped to remind me that they were there but knowing that I had all of these materials just became a burden and I ended up feeling bad for letting them sit for so long.

Now it could be clicking: a clean house reflects a clean mind. Okay, I feel like I have a pretty clean mind but still, I let my house be dirty. Why? If you have yet to relate to the reasons listed above, there may be one other thing to consider. Subconsciously, you may believe that you do not deserve better. One of the top motivators for me to clean my house is when I have someone staying with me. I want to impress them along with creating a space where they feel comfortable. So why don’t we want the same for ourselves all of the time? Our level of cleanliness directly reflects how we value ourselves. Even if it is not apparent, maybe we think that we do not deserve an immaculately clean place. Maybe we have made excuses to keep the mess around us, but you could really be keeping the mess around you because that is the state in which you are the most comfortable, that is how you are feeling about yourself at the moment. The truth is that we all deserve better. The first step to boosting your self-esteem is creating an environment that reflects how we want to feel inside. It is similar to the concept “we are what we eat.” The foods we eat have a direct effect on how we feel and the same goes for a clean space. So consider yourself a guest of your environment, don’t wait to impress other visitors, but strive to impress yourself. Chances are that you will notice a beneficial shift in your mood. This could be a new concept, so don’t hesitate to seek out professional cleaners that can help you achieve these goals and even give you tips on how to get started.

 

 

A Helping Hand: The Benefits of Professional Cleaning Services

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As you spray Febreze over your laundry basket and trip over your shoes on the way through the front door, you may find yourself wondering whether it is time to call a professional cleaning company to lend a hand. Professional cleaning services such as Lemieux’s Cleaning Company can provide you with a safe, chemical-free and clean environment. Plus, they take away the stress and hassle of maintaining a clean home. Now, this may be a concept that you never considered before. There could be questions racing through your mind such as – do I really need someone to help me clean? How do I know who to hire? Can I afford it? Luckily, cleaning services are becoming more affordable and available for all types of clients. Whether to maintain a clean home for your family, or promote a productive work environment, there are numerous benefits to hiring professional cleaning services.

More Time for Yourself

If you erase cleaning from your to-do list (I know it makes it’s way onto mine every week), how much time do you think you’ll gain? Just think of the possibilities! Whether you work a full time job in or outside of the house, having to clean can prevent you from getting other things done. Hiring professional cleaners instantly frees up your schedule. With the time you gain from not having to worry about cleaning, you can focus on other things. Professional cleaning services allow you to maintain a clean home or work space without the stress of cleaning it yourself.

Improves Your Health

A major difference between cleaning your space yourself and hiring professional cleaners is the level of experience that they can provide. This includes experience with the safest and healthiest products to use. Unless you keep up to date with green cleaning trends, you may actually be doing more harm to your health with unhealthy, chemical-laden products when you are cleaning. Professional cleaners work with industrial-grade equipment that they are trained to use. They are able to look at each space effectively with an objective eye, so that they know which products to use and where. Lemieux’s Cleaning Company only uses environmentally friendly products to ensure that they are creating a clean and safe space for all of their clients.clean-office

This extends beyond your home as well. Offices that use professional cleaning services are able to maintain a safe environment for their employees. By doing such, people can be more productive and your business will promote professionalism, which could attract additional customers. A clean work space represents beautification not only for business, but also for residential customers. It can enhance your personal brand as a company or an individual.

Custom Fit

If initially you are hesitant about hiring professional cleaners, then this fact could change your mind: you can customize your cleaning plan and schedule any way you like. For example, Lemieux’s Cleaning Company works with every customer individually to figure out what they need. You may want to keep your home or office pristine at all times, so you can schedule cleaners to come throughout the week. Perhaps you still have time to lightly clean up but you want a deep cleaning of your space once a month. Nothing is out of the realm of possibility. You are able to choose the frequency and type of cleaning that you want. So what if you are not sure what you want? Professional cleaners are able to provide expert advice on what they think will help you maintain a safe and clean space. If you are wondering about cost, this can all be adjusted based on what type of cleaning you require.

Reduces Stress

One of the greatest benefits you will learn from hiring professional cleaners is how the stress of maintaining a clean space will be eliminated. The relief you gain from hot having to worry about cleaning will provide a sense of clarity allowing you to be more productive and ultimately, lead a happier life. When you outsource your cleaning, then it is one less thing that you have to do. In addition, a clean space promotes a stress free environment. Often I find when the space I am working in is cluttered, then my mind can feel that way too. Scheduling professional cleaning however often you want, will ensure that you maintain a clean and clear space for yourself.

Whether it’s for your own home or at your work, maintaining a clean environment makes a big difference in your health, productivity and stress levels. For working professionals who may not have the time to clean, outsourcing a cleaning service to help clean a residence saves time and frees up even more for you to spend with your loved ones. If you stay or work from home, a cleaning service is able to see your space with an objective eye and you can customize your services to best fit your needs. For commercial spaces, employee and customers will recognize the effort and appreciate the clean environment to work in. So what are you waiting for? Get your free quote from Lemieux’s Cleaning Company to start taking advantage of the numerous benefits of hiring professional cleaners.

Create Your Opportunities: Tips and Motivation to Start Your Own Business

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I’ve heard it referred to as drinking the “Austin Kool-Aid,” one swift sip and you are hooked. It’s the taste of possibility, freedom and the unknown. It is something that Austinites love and what has made this city so popular. It’s entrepreneurship. The opportunity to start and grow your own business is not only prevalent in this city, it is almost a rite of passage to truly experience Austin. However romanticized, starting your own business does not come without hardships. Besides the obvious teeter-totter that is job stability, there are many things to consider before taking the plunge. Luckily Tiffany Lemieux, owner of Lemieux’s Cleaning Company has a few tips for anyone ready to embrace the unknown.

Surround Yourself with Support

When first starting out, Tiffany knew that it was important to surround herself with positive people. The support system that you choose to surround yourself with can make a big impact on your success. Tiffany’s circle of support, which included her friends and family, were thrilled to see her embarking on a new venture. This kind of energy also affects the energy that you have during both your best and worst days. In addition to a solid support system, Tiffany sought out a team of counselors who specialize in marketing, HR, sales and business development. They provided the initial guidance she needed to start her business out on the right foot. As Lemieux’s Cleaning Company progresses, she continues to seek guidance from these outside sources as well as conducting her own marketing and business research.

Plan Ahead

Starting a business is an adventure, and an enticing one at that. However, before you make this leap it is pertinent that you have a strategy. Before officially launching Lemieux’s Cleaning Company, Tiffany made sure that she was clear on her goals and laid out a 7-year financial plan for her business. Having solid goals gives you more motivation to work towards them because you can easily track your progress. Although setting goals that are unachievable can become more of a burden than motivation to do better. Your goals should be attainable, realistic and motivating at the same time. “My personal goals included learning the importance of being self-sufficient and creating opportunities for myself instead of depending on anyone to create opportunities for me,” claims Tiffany. You can choose to be more specific in your goals as you develop your business.

Walk in Everyone’s Shoes

No reward comes without struggle. Starting your own business is a risk at any point in your life because there are no guarantees. When making the jump from employee to business owner, Tiffany had to change her mindset. As a business owner, you are responsible for every part of your business, from the behind the scenes administrative work to the employees and customer service. “As an owner, I work alongside my staff on some assignments to learn more about the business so that I can speak to my customers intelligently about the scope of work expected for each site,” shares Tiffany. This gives her insight to her employees’ day to day experiences so that she can understand what they need. Once you do have a staff, it is your personal responsibility to keep them employed. For Tiffany, this means landing sales and always making payroll on time. The people who work for you have to trust you.

On the customer service end, Lemieux’s Cleaning Company operates with both residential and commercial clients. Therefore, every customers’ needs are different even if the scope of work is similar. As an owner, you must understand what each customer wants even if they do not directly communicate it with you. The best businesses anticipate your needs so that they can guide you and recommend services.

Embrace the Struggle

Everyone and every business is different. Ultimately it is up to you to decide how much you can take. It may make is more bearable to know that the experiences of struggle and disappointment are perfectly normal. “Sometimes, disappointments are a part of the journey, so expect to fail and embrace your failures as learning opportunities.  It’s actually a good thing,” according to Tiffany.

Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages that you will encounter along your journey. One obvious advantage is working for yourself. Knowing that you are your own boss can provide a sense of freedom and be incredibly rewarding. For Tiffany, the pride and satisfaction of generating revenue from her very own creation is the best feeling.

business-success-toolsOn the opposite side of the spectrum, you have to accept that you will experience pitfalls along the way. You may not have a stable schedule or finances for a while when getting your business started. In addition, you are likely going to be working at all hours of the day because you always have to be on call. Again, every failure and struggle is a chance to learn something new. Each one can make you stronger and more prepared for hardships in the future.

Looking back on this past year, Tiffany is filled with pride. Lemieux’s Cleaning Company has already generated a significant amount of residential and commercial customers. Tiffany says that she has even met her first year goals! She has embraced the entrepreneurial spirit of Austin and intends to spread the feeling. “I believe that every young person should know how to create a business for himself or herself and learn how to become self-sufficient.  I’m enjoying every minute of my journey as a business owner, even the challenges.”

Green Products for Healthy, Eco-Friendly Cleaning

One of the most important aspects of Lemieux’s Cleaning Company is our dedication to quality. As cleaners, we want to green-cleaningensure that we are using the best products possible in order to ensure your house not only gets clean but also promotes a healthy environment. The best way to do that is to use environmentally safe products or “green products” instead of regular cleaning supplies.

You may have seen them on the shelves before. Cleaning products marked with a green seal claiming their eco-friendliness. It is a small statement that makes such a giant impact on our environment as well as the health of you and your family. According to an article published on Care.com, many studies show that using a household cleaning product, even just once a week, increases the risk of developing asthma. Many people may not realize it but they could be making themselves more sick by using regular cleaning products. For me, this kind of defeats the purpose of cleaning in the first place.

There are numerous benefits to making the switch to green products, even more than the obvious fact that they are better for the environment.

They’re Safer

Many regular cleaning products can cause chemical burns to a person’s skin, eyes or throat. After being sprayed in the air, these chemicals may linger and be digested by you or your family. Green products meet the strict regulations regarding toxicity and combustibility. They are largely made from natural, non-toxic ingredients, such as lemons and vinegar, which leave a more pleasant smell than chemicals.

They’re Environmentally Friendly

Since green products are not filled with chemicals, they reduce the amount of toxins in the environment around you. By switching to greener methods, you not only decrease the amount of pollutants in the air but also in the water since many people may rinse out their sponge or mop buckets after cleaning. In addition, many green products go green all the way. This means that they choose recyclable packaging to minimize waste. Switching to green products is an easy way to make a positive impact on the environment with little effort.

They’re More Transparent

When you choose a snack to eat, you want to know what you’re actually eating right? There is so much stress placed on the ingredients of our food and drinks so why not our cleaning products? The government does not require ingredients to be listed on cleaning products, so many people do not know what they are cleaning with. Many green products or even homemade cleaning products let you know what to expect before you buy. They often utilize natural ingredients that are already found in our environment.

 

cleaning-productsMany people confuse the smell of cleaning products with actual cleanliness. In addition, some doubt the effectiveness of green products because many do not leave a strong scent. The truth is that although regular cleaning products are more pungent, they also produce toxins that linger in the air which causes pollution. Who knew lemon fresh could be so dangerous? Green products are just as effective but do not have any added chemicals. Air pollutants should be a serious concern for people who spend most of their time indoors, whether at home or at work. According to a fifteen year study by the National Cancer Association, women who work inside the house have over a 50% greater chance of developing cancer than women who work outside of their house. There are many contributing factors to this statistic, but the regular use of chemical-ridden cleaning products is certainly one of them. Utilizing green products at Lemieux’s Cleaning makes sense for our company. We don’t just want to give the illusion of a clean house, as many of the pungent regular cleaning products do. We want to ensure that your house or office is clean in a healthy and safe manner.

It is clear in the debate between regular cleaning products and green products, that the latter comes out on top. Not only do green products help protect our environment, but they also leave a lasting impression on our health and the health of our family, pets and anyone that enters our home. If you are considering making the switch to green products, make sure to look for the green seal certification. Products that have a green seal meet the environmental standards of being eco-friendly. In addition, hiring professional cleaners such as Lemieux’s Cleaning Company, that practice eco-friendly cleaning, will ensure that your space has been cleaned in a healthy and safe manner. You may even want to convince your boss to start utilizing eco-friendly cleaning services so that you and your co-workers can stay focused and safe at work. It is a small step to take but can truly save your health and the health of our planet.