Getting Your Kitchen Back in Shape After Thanksgiving

Getting Your Kitchen Back in Shape After Thanksgiving

Preparing for Thanksgiving is by no means a one-day affair. If you’re hosting, you’ve been getting your house and kitchen ready, and spent days making lists, shopping, and cooking.
Once the feasting is over, the last thing you want to do is spend hours cleaning up—and you shouldn’t have to! Here’s our fail-proof, get-it-done method for getting your kitchen back in shape so you can relax.

First, Your New Motto:
Four Words: Clean as You Go
This should be a standard working-in-the-kitchen habit, but when you’re making large portions of multiple dishes, the principle will save you from epic messes and keep your kitchen running smoothly even as you’re still cooking.

Get a Helper, if You Need to – Solicit the help of a friend or family member who can wash dishes while you’re cooking. This will save you time and energy, and you’ll be giving someone who wants to help the opportunity to be useful and keep you company while you’re working.

When it comes time to clean after your meal, let everyone who wants to lend a helping hand. But don’t be afraid to communicate how you want things done: If your china doesn’t go in the dish washer, let your helpers know how to handle it or give them another task.

The After-Thanksgiving Plan
1. Clear the table
First things first: Clear the table thoroughly. This is an easy way to have others pitch in.

2. Put away leftovers
Besides the food safety reasons for not leaving food out for too long, getting the leftovers put away first thing allows you to move on to the next step of sorting the types of dishes you will need to wash.

3. Soak pots and pans
Inevitably, there will be some cooking items that you weren’t able to “clean as you went.” Soak difficult-to-clean pots, pans, and any empty serving dishes that are aren’t being used to store leftovers. Depending on your kitchen’s layout, consider setting these soaking dishes on the stove top while you address everything else. (And just in case you need it, we have some tips for cleaning burnt or scorched pans.)

4. Hand wash and load the dishwasher
While heavily soiled dishes are soaking, tackle the rest of the pile. You’re going to batch process so everything goes as quickly as possible.

Having said that, if relaxing after a busy Thanksgiving is more your style, our teams of professional cleaners are ready to take care of the hard work for you. Book a clean today and leave the rest up to us – Treat yourself and your home! Tidy Up Angels has been providing residential cleaning service to the Overland Park area since 2008. Trusting someone to clean your home can be a little unnerving. If this is your first time hiring a cleaning company, we want you to know that you can relax with Tidy Up Angels. Our company is fully insured and bonded; safeguarding your most personal possessions. Honesty, integrity, and good work ethics are the back bone of our company. We aim to meet all your expectations and we hope to exceed them during each service. Let us know how we can help with your house cleaning services in Overland Park and how we can help you – contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.

Hosting Thanksgiving this year?

Hosting Thanksgiving this year?

Turkey, stuffing, and sides may be front and center but behind the scenes, what makes for a seamlessly-hosted Thanksgiving gathering is the preparation that comes beforehand.

We’ve got some good hosting and cleaning tips to keep in your back pocket along the way. Don’t leave everything to the last minute — break up the tasks into manageable chunks divided by room over the course of 3 days so you’ll leave enough time to tend to the green bean casserole and tackle the turkey on Thanksgiving day.

Here’s a checklist to ensure you’ll be ready for your guests:

3 Days Before Thanksgiving: Declutter Your Space

  • Walk through the common areas where guests will be mingling and declutter the space. Use your laundry hamper to store away all the miscellaneous odds and ends floating around or stacked up around your home. Tuck the laundry hamper away and out of sight in a laundry room, closet, garage, or basement.
  • Mop the floor and dust between all the small nooks and crannies and dusty corners. Be sure not to miss harder to reach spots like under furniture and fragile items on the top of bookshelves and around fan blades.
  • Good Tip: Break up tasks and enlist your family members to make cleaning more manageable. This goes for any of the days leading up to and including Thanksgiving day. Cleaning is more enjoyable when it’s a team activity! Kids can be enlisted to help the adults with their own sized “broom” set.

2 Days Before Thanksgiving: Clean the Bathroom

  • Give the toilet bowl a good scrub down.
  • Arrange and organize any loose bathroom items around the sink and neatly arrange your toiletries in the shower.
  • Do a deep clean of the shower or bathtub.
  • Squeegee the shower walls and mirrors.
  • Refill your bathroom soap dispensers.
  • Good Tip: If you have a medicine cabinet, tuck away anything you want to keep from curious uncles or aunts (we all have at least one!) who may be tempted to snoop.

The Day Before Thanksgiving: Prepare the Kitchen

  • Clean out the fridge! Throw out any old takeout or expired items to make room for all the food you’re preparing and also accommodate any desserts that guests will be bringing.
  • Same goes for the freezer—purge frostbitten, forgotten items to make room for ice because the key to a good party is ice. Fill your ice cube trays.
  • Give your kitchen surfaces and appliances a wipe down with household cleaner
  • Get into all the nooks and grooves around your sink and under the grates of your stovetop with a good brush and scraper set.
  • Vegetables need cleaning too. Take some of the food prep load off on Thanksgiving Day by cleaning your veggies the day before.
  • Make sure all of your soap dispensing dish brushes and scrubs are filled with soap.
  • Start chilling your white and rosé wines in the fridge.
  • Take out your garbage and recycling.
  • Sweep around the kitchen
  • Good Tip: Tie a string around your best bottle opener and tie to a drawer handle so it doesn’t walk off during the festivities. People forget to return the bottle opener and this way you won’t be asked about the location of the opener by every member of your family.

The Big Day: The Finishing Touches

  • Using household cleaning solutions give all the surfaces in your living room, bathroom, and kitchen a final polish.
  • Line your trash cans and recycling bins with fresh liners and label them with post-its or masking tape so guests know which one is which.
  • Hang fresh towels in the bathroom.
  • Leave glassware out on the counter so guests can help themselves.
  • Cut lemon and lime wedges for cocktails.
  • Set the table and focus on food and drink preparation.
  • Good Tip: A dishwasher can handle volume but a dish rack that can hold its own will come in handy, especially for items that are not dishwasher safe. As a rule of thumb, anything with sharp blades should be washed and dried by hand. When your dishwasher or dish rack aren’t enough to hold the influx of inbound dishes, it’s time to call in the back-up! Pull out a drying mat for drying larger dishware and bakeware.

How are you planning to prepare for Thanksgiving? We think stocking the freezer with a few freeze-and-bake dishes will make hosting a little easier.

Having said that our teams of professional cleaners are ready to take care of the hard work for you. Book a clean today and leave the rest up to us – Treat yourself and your home! Tidy Up Angels has been providing residential cleaning service to the Overland Park area since 2008. Trusting someone to clean your home can be a little unnerving. If this is your first time hiring a cleaning company, we want you to know that you can relax with Tidy Up Angels. Our company is fully insured and bonded; safeguarding your most personal possessions. Honesty, integrity, and good work ethics are the back bone of our company. We aim to meet all your expectations and we hope to exceed them during each service. Let us know how we can help with your house cleaning services in Overland Park and how we can help you – contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.

POST-HALLOWEEN PARTY CLEANING TIPS

POST-HALLOWEEN PARTY CLEANING TIPS

What’s not to love about Halloween? If you’re anything like me, you’ll be thinking about when to plan your trip to the pumpkin patch, what costume you’ll be wearing and (most importantly) what movies you’ll be watching throughout the spooky season well before October 31st rolls around. When it’s finally time to unleash the Halloween fun, there’s another very important thing that we mustn’t forget – the party! If you’ve put your hand up to host this year’s Halloween soiree, be prepared to put in a little elbow grease when the dust (glitter? fake blood?) has settled. The below tips will help to guide you along while cleaning up any aftermath of your ghoulish gathering:

CANDY
Not just a delicious treat! Did you know that candy also doubles as a sticky mess of a ‘decorative’ item? If the candy you’ve left out has made its way to walls, furniture or floors, you’ll need to get to it ASAP to avoid any potential stains. First, mix a dash of dish soap and a cup of warm water and blot the stain with a clean cloth. If that doesn’t work, mix one-third vinegar and two-thirds warm water – blot once again and then scrape off any remains.

PUMPKIN
Did you leave your pumpkin to sit outside or in the window for a litle longer than it should have? Jack-o’-lantern guts is one of the easier Halloween messes to get rid of. Just get a spoon and scrape up as much as you can, then get out the trusty dish soap and water mixture once again and give the rest a good scrub.

TRICK OR TREAT!! (AND THEY WENT WITH TRICK)
Were you terrorized by a gang of 4-feet tall mischief makers in costume? Toilet Paper in the trees? Easy. Just wrap the end of a stick in duct tape and go to town – just do it before it rains or you’re going to have some serious papier-mache on your hands. Victim of a good old-fashioned egging? Just pick up any egg-shells before hosing off cars or porches and remove any leftover residue by resting a cloth soaked in half-water, half-vinegar on the mark for 15 minutes before wiping it down with a second clean cloth. Good as new.

GLITTER
There’s a saying about two things being certain in life – death and taxes. This is incorrect. It clearly fails to mention life’s third certainty, that is, you will absolutely be finding glitter in places you never thought possible for months, years and maybe even decades after you use it. Use a vacuum to get as much of it out of the way as possible, and life hack: a ball of play dough, lint-rollers or a bundle of tape will work a charm in picking up any sparkles that won’t budge from your floors.

Depending on what your guests decided to dress up as (and how they decided to behave), the list could go on and on. A roaring party can have an aftermath that isn’t too dissimilar to a horror movie, and even the mellowest of Halloween parties aren’t safe from a little wine spillage. But like any type of cleaning, the sooner you do it, the sooner your place will be back to its sparkling best.

Having said that, if relaxing after a busy Halloween is more your style, our teams of professional cleaners are ready to take care of the hard work for you. Book a clean today and leave the rest up to us – Treat yourself and your home! Tidy Up Angels has been providing residential cleaning service to the Overland Park area since 2008. Trusting someone to clean your home can be a little unnerving. If this is your first time hiring a cleaning company, we want you to know that you can relax with Tidy Up Angels. Our company is fully insured and bonded; safeguarding your most personal possessions. Honesty, integrity, and good work ethics are the back bone of our company. We aim to meet all your expectations and we hope to exceed them during each service. Let us know how we can help with your house cleaning services in Overland Park and how we can help you – contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.

Ultimate Fall Cleaning Checklist

Ultimate Fall Cleaning Checklist

In the Kitchen & Bathroom
-Clean your kitchen grout.
-Clean your bathroom grout.
-Clean your refrigerator coils, if applicable.
-Clean under your refrigerator.
-Clean the inside of your dishwasher.
-Clean and condition the wood of your bathroom and kitchen cabinets.
-Clean your oven.
-Wash and disinfect all the garbage cans.
-Seal and/or polish granite countertops.

In the Bedroom (and Closet)
-Refresh bedding that isn’t regularly washed (comforters, pillows, etc.).
-Vacuum and flip mattresses.
-Put cold-weather linens on the beds.
-Switch out seasonal clothes.
-In the Living Areas
-Vacuum upholstered furniture.
-Vacuum under your upholstered furniture cushions.
-Polish your wood furniture.
-Wash artificial plants.
-Dust living plants’ leaves.
-Wipe down your screens (TV, computer, etc.).
-Clean all keyboards and remote controls.

All Around the House
-Wash your walls.
-Wash your windows, window sills, and all the window groves.
-Clean your washer and dryer.
-Clean your doorknobs, doors, and lightswitch plates.
-Vacuum under all beds, couches, and other furniture.
-Dust the tops of doors and door frames.
-Spot clean carpets and rugs.
-Clean floors underneath area rugs.
-Wash curtains or have them cleaned.
-Remove and rinse your window screens.
-Wash your washable vacuum cleaner filters.
-Clean your baseboards.

Tackle Some Seasonal Maintenance
-Change your HVAC air filter.
-Replace your fire alarm batteries.
-Condition your leather furniture.
-Dust your ceiling fans and set them to turn so air circulates upward.
-Sweep the chimney and/or have it checked.
-Clean out rain gutters.
-Check weather stripping and replace as necessary.

Treat yourself and your home! Tidy Up Angels has been providing residential cleaning service to the Overland Park area since 2008. Trusting someone to clean your home can be a little unnerving. If this is your first time hiring a cleaning company, we want you to know that you can relax with Tidy Up Angels. Our company is fully insured and bonded; safeguarding your most personal possessions. Honesty, integrity, and good work ethics are the back bone of our company. We aim to meet all your expectations and we hope to exceed them during each service. Let us know how we can help with your house cleaning services in Overland Park and how we can help you – contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.

 

End of Summer Cleaning

End of Summer Cleaning

The end of summer usually means warm temperatures and, therefore, running the air conditioning a bit more than usual. It also means we’re just a few months away from crisper air and possibly running the heater. Now is the perfect time to cross a few healthy home maintenance to-dos off your list to make sure the air is circulating properly and everything is in tip-top shape.

1. Change Air Conditioning Filters
Plus, changing your filter at the start of every season helps protect and maintain your system.

2. Review Hot Water Heater Settings
Set hot water heaters at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below to avoid potential scalding.

3. Clean The Stove
Over time, grease can build up around the stove, increasing the chances of a fire.

4. Look For Cracks
Inspect the floor, walls and foundation of the home for cracks. Jot them down on your home to-do list, and fix them before they lead to deterioration and wood rot.

5. Check Weatherproofing
Sometimes it’s rubber which loses shape or sometimes wood doors and windows expand and contract. Check to see what kind of shape it’s in and replace it before it rains.

Treat yourself and your home! Tidy Up Angels has been providing residential cleaning service to the Overland Park area since 2008. Trusting someone to clean your home can be a little unnerving. If this is your first time hiring a cleaning company, we want you to know that you can relax with Tidy Up Angels. Our company is fully insured and bonded; safeguarding your most personal possessions. Honesty, integrity, and good work ethics are the back bone of our company. We aim to meet all your expectations and we hope to exceed them during each service. Let us know how we can help with your house cleaning services in Overland Park and how we can help you – contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.