Last week was a busy week! Even though we are following the Covid-19 guidelines and putting a pause on cleaning services, we are ramping up the other ways we can help you. If you haven't checked out our videos yet, each week Tidy Tammy takes on different topics in a Facebook Live event. If you missed the videos last week, be sure to check out all of her tips on everything from clutter to Covid-19 car kits.
COVID-19 Car Kits
Winter survival kits are the norm in northern Minnesota, but....a COVID-19 survival kit? Nope, we didn't have one...until now! Listen up!
Three tips to tackle closet clutter!
Did you see the hangers that Tammy suggests using that take up WAY less space? Also, how do you organize your closet - Color? Outfit? Not at all? Tammy shares her personal preference, too. Watch now. Example of hangers for Tip #2
Real life kitchen decluttering
If you have ever heard Tammy talk about goals, you have probably heard her say that she does not strive for Pinterest Porn - pictures of immaculate homes that look like no one lives there anyway! Check out Tammy's latest tips for kitchen decluttering - for living life in the real world.
Be sure to join Tammy each week at 12:00 pm CT, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for Facebook Live! New tips, challenges, and strategies for living your best organized life!
Let's face it. Things are weird. Life is abnormal right now. And while we can't get into your homes at the moment for cleaning and organizing, we can bring you Tidy Tammy's Tips LIVE! - three days a week!
In case you've missed them, last week our Facebook Live videos covered the topics that our lives are facing right now, more than ever perhaps.
Each week you can join us for Facebook Live at noon (central time) on our We Love Messes Facebook page, where Tammy is tackling your questions, giving some perspective, and helping us all to stay sane the best we can in these uncertain times.
Have a question or topic you want Tammy to tackle? Let her know!
While we are all adjusting to our new normal, you can still get expert advice and assistance from the comfort of your own home! Join us every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:00 pm CT for Tammy's Tips LIVE! where Tammy will be sharing everything from how to handle the distractions of working from home to why she *Loves Messes* to her favorite cleaning hacks - and more.
Have a topic you want her to cover? Just comment here and we'll add it to the schedule.
If you missed any of her live events you can still find them on our We Loves Messes Facebook page.
It is with a heavy heart that we need to suspend in-home cleaning and organizing services until the Covid-19 crisis passes. We want to do all that we can to flatten the curve (new phrase for 2020, right?!) and keep our community healthy.
In the meantime we will be ramping up our virtual services and offering tips, strategies, FB Live events, and more! We know that social isolation can get stressful - so let us help you make the most of your space during this time. We can get through this, together!
Hello peeps!!! Anybody who has traveled with me knows NOT to put me in charge of reading a map, and that I rely HEAVILY on my phone’s map app to get me where I need to be. Map reading is an admirable skill set; one that consistently confuses and evades me!
Recently in a low cell service area my phone kept saying “GPS signal lost”…putting me in a bit of a panic because, well, I really didn’t know where I was nor was I confident in my ability to get where I needed to be! This experience later turned into a metaphor for We Love Messes’ presence on social media and blog posts. I used to post just here and there, but have increased to posting 5 times a week in the form of:
While I enjoy the creativity of the posts I’m feeling a little lost, overwhelmed and unsure of the reach of the posts to you. So, peeps – like any good caterpillar will tell you, it’s time to cocoon up the social media presence until We Love Messes (and maybe me, too) can emerge as a beautiful butterfly! Or until the GPS signal comes back on board! I am going to explore options, plans, goals, and needs. We are absolutely still here for your Organizing and Residential Cleaning Services needs.
I will still be posting, albeit erratically, on social media and hoping to engage with you there (please don’t leave me hanging out there by myself!). There are 3 years’ worth of weekly blog post resources on the We Love Messes website as well – all to motivate, inspire, be a resource for you!
Congratulations to Kalsie V! She accepted my challenge to Take Care of You, and now gets to choose between 2 hours of cleaning or a Strategy Session! I have shared my personal journey through breast cancer because I want to help raise awareness about proactive care - and while extremely important - this extends beyond mammograms and pap smears.
Taking care of you is about recognizing your own personal needs - for good old mental, physical, and emotional health. It is about the big stuff - cancer screenings - and the small stuff - like taking a time out to read a favorite book.
How do you take the time to take care of you? Please share in the comments - you never know who you might inspire! And if you need a little more "me time", let me know how I can help!
Lots of fall cleaning going on around us! When we do a residential cleaning walk thru the two most common requests (in addition to the housecleaning services we provide) are for windows and carpet cleaning - but those aren't in our wheelhouse. You are probably familiar with the adage a jack of all trades, master of none. We prefer to be the master of housecleaning and let others be the masters of carpet and window cleaning. Here's why we defer to the masters:
Carpet cleaning is an easy answer. In order to do a good job you need a truck mounted steam extractor, and knowledge of chemical composition of both stains and products used to treat them. Here in northern Minnesota we are lucky enough to have a steam cleaning company that not only cleans carpet (and rugs, tile, grout, air ducts, etc.), but they've taken their chemical composition knowledge and created a commercial product line for rug cleaning. You can learn more here.
Windows, on the other hand, seem like a no-brainer. Here's the thing - we don't LIKE doing windows - they inevitably look great when we are done, the client comes home with the sun in a different position and suddenly streaks appear in new places. It is a tough job, and another one of those best left to the professionals (of window cleaning). We love messes - not window cleaning. We want our clients to have the best service possible, which is why we suggest they contact a company that deals specifically with windows, like Exterior Professionals.
Happy fall cleaning, my peeps! Do you have cleaning tasks you hate doing and outsource? Please comment below - I'd love to hear how others deal with them!
18 years. It’s been that long since I was diagnosed, and treated, for breast cancer (hear my story). That equals 18 years of pink laden products and 18 Breast Cancer Awareness Octobers, each one progressively easier to bear as time distances me from the diagnosis and subsequent bilateral mastectomy.
This is not an experience I wish on anyone, let alone a just-turned 30-year-old with a 4 year old and 9 month old in tow. But. It was unavoidable, and I’m thankful that 18 years later I’m healthy and cancer free.
I’m re-sharing a blog post I wrote a few years ago regarding pink-washing and the support of breast cancer research. Want to share your cancer journey? Please feel free to comment below - I'm here to support you!
Parenting can be a real challenge sometimes! Many of us have steered the course well and felt accomplished as our kids grow and move thru elementary school, only to have middle/high school hit and everything kind of go haywire (ummm…hello…might be talking about me here).
This blog post by Carl Pickhardt, Ph.D is full of information, and does an excellent job talking about adolescent and early adulthood disorganization, and how parents can best support their kids thru it. Please feel free to post if anything resonates with you – I know it spoke to me!
Travel….it can be both exhilarating and exhausting. Personally, a good jolt out of reality and routine does me good…occasionally! If you know me, you know I’m a creature of habit and I like my comfort zone.
Recently I zeroed in on the Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI) conference as a chance to hone some of We Love Messes’ cleaning skills, and to connect with other professionals in the field. I was apprehensive about attending the conference solo…but hey, the edge of the comfort zone is where things start happening! I attended lots of seminars, walked the trade show floor, and met people like Amar, Chris, and Courtney (in the picture) who run the Zenmaid software we use.
I mixed a little fun in there, too – forcing myself out of my hotel room (where I usually hole up after a day of networking and talking to people). My quick tips for being a tourist - in Vegas or elsewhere?
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