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Simple Tips for a Cleaner, Healthier Home

Written By: cmwhatmatters - Feb• 02•17

A clean home isn’t just more inviting and comforting – it’s also healthier. As more people suffer from allergies and asthma, indoor air pollution has become a greater concern. As we study the causes of poor air quality, the importance of maintaining a clean home has become more clear.

Unfortunately, it’s equally clear that many of us have trouble cleaning regularly or well. Many of us hate to clean, and many others simply don’t make the time. Thankfully, you don’t have to devote all of our precious to keeping a neat and clean home; with a little preparation, you can clean your home more quickly than you imagined. You can also take a big step in helping to protect the health of you and your family.

Make a Schedule

If you haven’t cleaned your home in weeks, cleaning can seem like an overwhelming task. A key to making cleaning seem like less of a burden is to clean your home every day for around 15 minutes. What you clean, and when, is up to you. You just need to do a little each day to stay on top of things.

For example, you can clean one room in your house each day. Or you can perform one cleaning task throughout the home – scrubbing, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, etc. Any schedule you plan to follow will need to reflect your lifestyle; if Friday nights are social times, for example, you might plan schedule a little more cleaning on Thursday or Saturday.

Be Prepared

If you plan to clean a room in 15 minutes, you’ll have to make the most of your time. First, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve got the tools for the job. Common tools include a vacuum, broom, dustpan, duster, scraper, bucket, mop, sponge, and paper towels; you’ll also need the right cleaning solution for the job. Make sure you have everything you need in advance, and plan to assemble the day’s tools before you begin your 15-minute session.

Deal with Messes Immediately

It’s isn’t any fun to clean up a mess or a spill, but it is easier to do before anything dries, hardens, or sets. If you spill, commit to cleaning it up right away. If you discover that you’ve created a stain that you can’t eliminate – red wine on carpet, for example – contact a company that specializes in stain removal right away; even if you have to wait for help to arrive, you’re keeping the mindset that messes won’t be allow to linger in your home.

Don’t Leave a Mess in the Kitchen

Dirty dishes and pots and pans are a mess like any other, so don’t leave the remains of your meal to wait. If you do, your kitchen can go from neat to filthy in the space of an evening. Remember that cleanliness requires a little discipline. So when you’re done eating, take a few moments to clean the pots and pans, as well the table, stove, and countertops.

Banish Clutter

It’s difficult to maintain a clean home – or even the appearance of one – if you allow clutter to gather. So take a few minutes every day to sort mail, newspapers, catalogues, magazines, and flyers and throw out anything you don’t want or won’t have time to read.

Dust From The Top Down

No matter how careful you are, dusting won’t capture everything; some loosened dust will simply drop closer to the ground. So start dusting at the top, and move down as you go; if you spilled some dust from the top of that bookcase, you may be able to capture it when you get to the bottom.

Don’t Overdo It

There is only so much you can do to clean your home in 15 minutes. So you may not be able to finish every task you start – at least right away. But you’ll find that the longer you maintain your 15-minute-a-day cleaning routine, the less time it takes you to stay on top of things. You’ll discover that cleaning tasks take much less time when you repeat them weekly rather than every three months. If you don’t finish your task in 15 minutes, that’s okay – you’ll do it next week.

The End Result

You may or may not discover that you spend less time cleaning than you did before. But day-to-day and week-to-week, your home will be much cleaner than before.

Regular vacuuming of your carpets and furniture will reduce the amount of dust mites, pollen, and other allergens in your home; regular cleaning and mopping of your kitchen will help to mitigate viruses and bacteria. Don’t be surprised if your improved cleaning habits help you and your family to feel better, too.

Childproof Your Carpets

Written By: cmwhatmatters - Jan• 20•17

When you have children, you spend a fair amount of time making sure your home is child-proofed, but how often do you think about making sure your carpets are clean and healthy for your kids? Many people don’t think about what could be growing in their carpets before letting their toddlers crawl around on the floor. The fact is there are many harmful molds and bacteria that could cause illness, especially in children, who are more susceptible to sickness than adults.

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When child-proofing your home, it’s easy to overlook your carpets. After all they aren’t inherently dangerous, and don’t require immediate attention like the cabinets under the sink where you keep the dangerous chemicals. Nonetheless, they can be a major factor when it comes to your child’s health. When your children crawl around on the carpet, they are crawling around on everything that has been tracked into your home on the bottoms of your feet. Even if you take your shoes off inside, and vacuum regularly, there can be hidden dangers lurking in the fibers of your carpet.

Consumer vacuum cleaners are great for getting big particles of dirt off of the surface of your carpets or rugs, but they lack the power to remove dirt, grime, and bacteria that has been ground in to the carpet. If you have young children that are regularly coming in contact with your carpets, you should hire a professional cleaning company to deep clean your rugs and carpets on a semi-regular basis. Once your children are a little older, this becomes less imperative (though it’s still a good idea to get semi-annual carpet cleanings for the health of your whole family).

Having your carpets cleaned will take care of any mold that might be growing beneath the surface of your carpets. Carpet mold can be a major source of allergens in the home, causing reactions varying from runny noses, to shortness of breath. Young children are especially at risk for these symptoms, specifically from carpet mold, because they spend more time close to the floor, and put their hands near their eyes and mouths immediately after touching the floor.

kid playing on floorIt’s important to find a carpet cleaning company that uses non-toxic cleaning solutions, to be sure that your carpets are safe for your children immediately after cleaning. They won’t know the difference, so they’ll crawl around on the carpets like they normally do. It’s better to ensure that there aren’t any harsh chemicals left behind from the cleaning, than to try and corral your child for however long it takes your carpets to dry. It can also be a good idea to go with a carpet cleaning company that boasts a quick drying process, so your children can get back to playing on the floor as soon as possible.

Regular carpet cleaning will improve the overall health of your children, because they won’t be dealing with a constant state of allergens floating around your home. This is also beneficial for you, your pets, and any guests you might have over. So take the time to schedule an appointment with a carpet cleaner in your area. You’ll be able to rest easy knowing that your children are safe when playing on the floor, and it will make your house look and smell nice as well.

A Child and Her Grandmother

Written By: cmwhatmatters - Dec• 30•15

grandmotherMy daughter and my mother have always been really close.  They’ve always had a unique connection with one another.  From since she could walk, my mother has been teaching her how to do all sorts of things.  Every Saturday, my mom would always pick her up and take her out shopping and then go home and bake cookies.  They’ve just always been close with one another.

Now, my mother is older and isn’t able to move around quite as easily.  My daughter, who is now only 10 years old, still loves to go over to see her grandmother.  However, now, they don’t spend as much quality time together, as my daughter mainly goes to help her out with day to day chores.

Although, she still seems happy to see her grandmother, I can see that my daughter misses being able to go shopping and bake while spending time with her.

I do as much as I can to help out, but I’m often very busy on  the weekends trying to keep my own home in good shape.  Every now and then I’m able to take the two of them out to dinner and to the mall so that we’re able to spend quality time together, but it’s often hard for me to find the time.

While at work one day, a colleague told me about a service they use for their older loved one.  The service is called Seniors Helping Seniors.  They provide in-home senior care for those, just like my mother, who aren’t as able to get around as easily anymore.  I thought this was a great idea!

I spoke to my mother about the idea and she was all for it.  So I gave Seniors Helping Seniors a call and they were able to personally match my mother with a senior care helper.

I must say, having this service has really made all of our lives much easier.  My mothers’ companion is able to drive my daughter and mother to go out shopping and to the grocery store to pick up baking ingredients.  She’s also able to help out around the house, meaning my daughter is no longer the one keeping up with the chores.  She’s able to spend much more quality time with her grandmother – just like in the old days.

Car Insurance that Keeps Your Kids Safe

Written By: cmwhatmatters - Oct• 21•15

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If you own or drive a car in Raleigh or Cary NC, you are required to have auto insurance coverage, both as protection for yourself and for your family and other drivers. Car insurance, along with motorcycle insurance can pay for the cost of repairs, medical bills of you or your loved ones and other expenses that may arise as a result of an accident or a natural disaster involving your car. The right type of coverage, like what Insurance Doctor covers, will help you avoid paying for losses or damages out-of-pocket and protect your assets in case of a lawsuit.


Different Types of Auto Insurance Coverage

 Liability Insurance

Liability insurance provides coverage for accidents where the driver is determined to be at fault. This type of coverage offers protection to cover cost of repairs in case of damage to property, and cost of medical treatment in case of injuries that result from the accident. Most states impose a minimum requirement for liability insurance, but it is recommended that car owners carry coverage higher than the required limit for extra protection.

 Collision Coverage

Collision coverage will help pay for the cost of repairs in case of an accident. If the car is declared a total wreck, this type of coverage will pay for the value of the vehicle. Collision coverage is best for newer car models and high-value vehicles. Older or low-value cars are usually not worth the extra cost of buying collision coverage.

 Personal Injury Protection

Personal injury protection or PIP offers coverage for medical expenses that you and/or your passengers may incur in case you are involved in a covered accident. As a “no-fault” type of coverage, PIP will provide payment regardless of who caused the accident.

 Comprehensive Coverage

Comprehensive coverage is insurance coverage protection for the vehicle in case of a non-accident, such as theft, vandalism, fire, natural disaster or bad weather. Comprehensive coverage can help you pay for the cost of repairs or replacement. While expensive, it can provide much-needed financial support in case of problems that may occur and is especially recommended for drivers and car owners who live or travel in areas where their vehicles are at higher risk of loss or damage.

 Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Protection

Uninsured and underinsured motorist protection is coverage specifically offered to protect drivers from other motorists who either do not have insurance or do not carry sufficient coverage to pay for the cost of loss or damage. This type of coverage can provide protection against medical expenses and lost wages. The driver and passengers will also be given coverage in case of a hit-and-run accident.


Finding Affordable Car Insurance

model by careDepending on certain factors, car insurance premiums can take a big chunk out of your regular budget. Fortunately, there are strategies for finding affordable car insurance. If you haven’t bought a policy yet, or are planning on buying a new one, compare several premium quotes from online sites. Many companies also offer discounts to car owners under certain circumstances. Older drivers (typically those 25 years old or older), for example, can enjoy lower premiums than younger drivers. There are also discounts available for those who have recently installed an anti-theft device and those who have maintained an excellent driving record. Insurance companies also offer lower premiums for new car owners and those who drive low-risk cars. There are also cheaper car insurance policies for drivers who insure multiple cars and other properties with the same company.


Finding the Right Car Insurance Company

An auto insurance company should be able to provide you with sufficient support and protection when and if you need it. To find the best insurance company, make a list of the following:

Your Wants and Needs

Understand what type of coverage you need based on your work, family, lifestyle, and preference. However, be prepared for what comes with your choice. If your main goal is to find cheap car insurance, for example, you may not get enough coverage to protect you when you need it most. Although affordable car insurance is a priority among car owners, consider your needs carefully. Cheap car insurance may seem attractive now but it may end up costing more in the future especially if you have children that you want cared for in the event of an emergency.

Reputation and Financial Capability

car inusurance policy - CopyCar insurance companies earn their good reputation by doing their job well and delivering on their promises. Ask for referrals from friends and trusted acquaintances, or look for top-rated insurance companies online and take note of their clients’ reviews. Check the company’s background and make sure they have a license to sell insurance in the state where you live. Since insurance companies have to pay their clients in case of damages, they should be financially capable as well. Check their financial standing through online sites such as AM Best and JD Power. The more information you have, the better decision you will make.

Building a Safe Daycare

Written By: cmwhatmatters - Aug• 20•15

happy 60 yr old womenI have owned many daycare centers in the past 30 years and I feel like I have seen it all. I have recently just bought a child care facility in New Tampa, FL right in the community of Pebble Creek and we are working to make everything safer for all of the children that enter our building. Our opening day is in a month and we have been coming up with some ideas to get this job done quickly as possible so we don’t have to delay the opening.

Our first step was to work on our 1 acre back play yard. It had an old outdated playhouse that we needed to replace. It’s wood was warping and splintering and the base had no compression in case of a fall. For our new playhouse, we made sure that the design had no areas where a child could fall down and hurt them selfs. It was to be constructed with plastics and recycled materials that would never rot or splinter. The material that surrounded the playground was to be composed of recycled rubbers that could take the force in case of a fall. This is the same material that is used at the bottom of rock climbing gyms. This is a whole lot safer than the standard sand base.

All of the previous wood and chain-link fence and railings were to be replaced with new vinyl fixtures. This will also new rot or wear and we don’t have to worry about as many injuries related to the previous sharp edges and splinters. The railings posts also need to be closer together to meet up with code. This is important so none of our curious kids sticks their head inside and gets stuck.

Our new daycare facility has also installed a brand new security system. It was comprised of 15 cameras that are displayed on a private network in which all of the parents can see their children at any time. All of our main entrance and exit doors have a coded number pad to get in and out as to maintain security from random people coming in and doing any harm. There is a dual entry port for anyone checking in and out their children. This allows us to better secure the facility by gathering more information from the person entering the building. In case of a fire, all of the doors are prompted to swing open and allow everyone a safe and quick exit.

With everything in place, our brand new daycare is ready to go. We hope to bring a smile to all of the families that decided to allow us to care for their children.