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27Mar/15Off

Keeping Your Car Clean and Tidy

It's interesting that some people are able to keep their car interiors pretty tidy, while others seem to find this a real challenge. Yet most of us spend several hours in the car every week. Wouldn't it feel good to feel that sense of more clean space!

There are three key steps:

  • Providing storage spaces and bins inside the car to prevent clutter building up
  • Cleaning the interior on a regular basis
  • Washing the car exterior regularly (to encourage you to deal with the inside too!)

If you want a super clean car, you can pay for a professional valet - or you may be up to that standard yourself. However, I'm really just talking here about keeping your vehicle in a reasonable state, maybe with an additional deep clean every quarter or six months.

As a 'feel good' minimum, I'd make three suggestions:

  1. Give your car a basic wash down once a week - even if it's just a drive through car wash at the petrol station. It's just so much nicer walking up your car and seeing that it's not covered in dust or mud.
  2. Buy a 'car bin' into which you can throw any small pieces of rubblish which would otherwise end up on the floor. Empty the car bin each week when you're washing the car.
  3. Once a month, take out the car mats and bang them on the ground. As an optional extra, get a dustpan and brush and do a quick sweep of the footwells.

These three car cleaning tasks will take very little time but you may find your hours in the car much more enjoyable!

Good fortune

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Richard and the TEAM
Abbfab Cleaning Service
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28Feb/15Off

What is Your Number One Priority?

What's the most important activity in your life? What can you do today that will bring you the greatest long term happiness? Is it cleaning your house?

In 1973 Alan Lakein wrote How to Get Control Of Your Time and Your Life, a book which has become one of the most popular reads on time management. Lakein wrote, "Making the right choices about how you'll use your time is more important than doing efficiently whatever job happens to be around".

The kernel of his advice was to consider all the tasks facing you and to divide them into 3 categories: A, B and C:

  • A: the most important tasks in the context of what you want out of life
  • B: medium value tasks
  • C: the remainder

Spend your time on A activities, says Lakein, and don't bother doing any C tasks.

Sure, most people do want a reasonably clean home or work space. However, would you classify doing the cleaning yourself as one of the most important tasks in your life? Are there other activities that you would like to do if you only had a bit more time?

If you are struggling to find time for what you'd really like to do with your life, have you considered outsourcing your cleaning? Of course, this is one of many routine tasks which you could delegate to others. For example, if you don't want to spend time ironing, you may be able to find a local pressing service. The same story with bookkeeping and many other day to day activities.

It's well worth taking a look at Lakein's book and asking yourself what he called 'Lakein's Question': "What is the best use of my time right now?"

Good fortune

From,
Richard and the TEAM
Abbfab Cleaning Service
M: 07875 030 885
T: 01437 779 775

19Jan/15Off

Happy New Year!

A slightly belated but heartfelt Happy New Year to all our customers, friends and readers!

Mid way through January (when I'm writing this) is the time when many New Year resolutions tend to come unstuck. I thought that I'd give you my take on what to do when it comes to achieving personal goals.

I'd say that it's a question of double vision: one eye on the action we take today and the other eye on keeping to the long term strategy that we've set.

Many times people set goals which are more like aspirations, such as "I'd like to lose a stone in weight by the end of March". However, this won't happen unless action is taken. So I'd break it down into two segments:

  • Strategy - to lose a stone in weight
  • Action - today / this week I will take this specific action (whatever action you identify as helping the strategy)

So, as I say, Happy New Year! Go for that mix of strategy and action and I very much hope that it pays off for you.

Good fortune

From,
Richard and the TEAM
Abbfab Cleaning Service
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T: 01437 779 775

25Nov/14Off

3 Reasons to Keep Your House Clean

Some of us like cleaning our homes but I'd guess that most people see it as a chore. So, why bother?

I'd say that there are three main reasons:

Habit - It's the way we were brought up, it's what society expects of us, it's what we do on a Saturday morning - and so on. Basically, we may conform to a particular mode of behaviour without really questioning why we do it.

Practicalities - It reduces our time looking for our car keys, wallet, and tablet. We feel that we're less likely to catch something nasty if we use cleaning liquid and wipe down surfaces. We're also less likely to step on our reading glasses or other fragile objects.

Aesthetics - We probably feel better living in a clean tidy space. Forget the practicalities worthy though they may be, it's more about the emotional boost we and our loved ones receive.

I believe that the aesthetic rationale is by far the strongest of the three. Regardless of the detailed happenings of our lives, we all want to feel happier. More clean space: that's what we bring our clients. More clean space and, hopefully, an emotional boost when they get home and walk back into their house.

Good fortune

From,
Richard and the TEAM
Abbfab Cleaning Service
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T: 01437 779 775

30Oct/140

Willingness to Fail

None of us can be good at everything. But, if we’re lucky, we can find something that we love to do and which we’re good at.

For example, take Michael Jordan the basketball star. Now retired, the National Basketball Association website says that, “by acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time”.

The reason I mention MJ is that, this week, I came across a few of his quotes. Here’s one, “I wasn't really a work-conscious type of person. I was a player. I loved to play sports”.

OK, he liked playing basketball, but how did he get to be so good?

“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Failure is not a sure route to success! However, the willingness to fail in order to improve is crucial.

It’s well known that we need to practice a skill for at least 10,000 hours to have any chance of becoming a master. During the 10,000 hours, part of what we have to do is make mistakes. We make mistakes – and we learn from them. We never get perfect but we do get better.

Well, I’m glad to say that, back in January 2013, Abbfab passed the 10,000 hours of cleaning mark. We’re well on the way to 20,000 hours and getting better at what we do all the time.

If you’d like our help to clean your home or office, please give us a call. You can free up some of your time to do what you really like doing.

Good fortune

From,
Richard and the TEAM
Abbfab Cleaning Service
M: 07875 030 885
T: 01437 779 775

25Sep/140

Robot Cleaners Now Available!

If you don’t enjoy cleaning – or if you don’t have time to do it – a cleaning robot may seem like a great idea.

This isn’t as far fetched as you may think. Smart home technology is already here, and homeowners are able to control various locks, lights and so on from their mobile phones.

So it’s no surprise that Dyson has recently announced the ‘360 Eye’ robotic vacuum cleaner. This isn’t the first robot cleaner. For example Samsung has a Navibot, and there’s also an iRobot and Hoover’s Robo.com.

The most striking feature of the Dyson 360 Eye is its camera technology. It uses a panoramic camera to take a 360-degree video of its surrounds. This means that the 360 Eye knows exactly where it has cleaned up and where it hasn’t.

The 360 Eye can also see in the dark - it’s got an infrared sensor meaning it’s capable of vacuuming floors in the dark while avoiding obstacles like walls, doors and chair legs. The Dyson 360 will be launched in Japan in 2015.

In the meantime, though, that cleaning just has to be done! If you need help please call Richard and the Abbfab team. We’ll be delighted to help.

Good fortune

From,
Richard and the TEAM
Abbfab Cleaning Service
M: 07875 030 885
T: 01437 779 775

27Aug/140

The Joys of IKEA!

This blog post has been prompted by a recent visit to IKEA to improve our storage solutions. Let's take a look at the IKEA website and what it has to say about kitchen drawers:

kitchen interior fittings

Good-bye, junk drawers

Kitchen interior fittings turn chaotic drawers and hard-to-reach corners into things of beauty and efficiency. Because what could be more beautiful than finding the potato peeler precisely when you need it? From recycling bins to cutlery trays, these unsung heroes will make your everyday cooking routine sing. For a more sustainable life at home, we try to help you minimize your waste with our range of waste sorting solutions so you can neatly separate, store and recycle all sorts of kitchen waste to maximise recycling and minimize space requirements.

I think we can forgive the advertising guys for getting a bit carried away - especially about the potato peeler! It is true that day to day life can be much more enjoyable if we have good storage containers and, in particular, if we can retrieve items quickly and easily.

IKEA is just one of the places you can find ideas for good storage. There are many other shops of course and other peoples' houses. And, of course, the AbbFab team will also be delighted to advise.

Anyway, we did buy a few items on our visit and, by and large, they really have made life much easier! Less clutter and more clean space.

Good fortune

From,
Richard and the TEAM
Abbfab Cleaning Service
M: 07875 030 885
T: 01437 779 775

 

21Jul/140

Using Your Time Wisely

I often tell people that AbbFab can bring them more time - a few hours 'freed up' each week or month by having us help with their home or work place cleaning.

More free time does sound good - but it can be a real challenge to work out how to spend your time wisely. A great many books have been written on the subject of time management. However, I don't think that there's a 'one size fits all' answer for setting goals, making to do lists and planning a schedule.

We each have to find our own way. That said, here are a few ideas that I've found useful.

Set long term goals - without long term goals, it's very difficult to set meaningful priorities.

Plan on a weekly basis - a week is long enough to make sure that you schedule a balance of activities covering your various roles in life. Stephen Covey advocated weekly planning.

Make your goals action points - it's important that these action points are within your personal control (as much as anything is!). For example, if you want to get another job it's better to set an action goal like 'contact local recruitment agencies' rather than 'get a job'. Getting a job is the end result but your goal is to do something to make that result more likely.

If you follow this advice - or indeed find a system that works even better - outsourcing your cleaning could make a real difference. While someone else is doing the cleaning, you can get on with achieving an important long term goal.

Good fortune

From,
Richard and the TEAM
Abbfab Cleaning Service
M: 07875 030 885
T: 01437 779 775

23Jun/140

Do Storage Boxes Help?

If you want a tidy space, there's no doubt that it's better to have items packed in storage containers rather than left lying about a room. Therefore, if you're looking to make a space tidier, you may be tempted to go out and buy some new containers as a first action step.

Is this wise? Maybe, maybe not. I think that different strategies work for different people.

Many internet articles on de-cluttering advise against rushing out and buying boxes. Here are some of the reasons given:

  • You'll clutter up your home with new empty storage containers
  • You may have enough containers already
  • You may buy the wrong size if you haven't carried out a thorough assessment of needs and available space

These points are very logical and may suit a methodical person. However, some us would never get started if we thought we had to carry out a careful review of what's needed. De-cluttering requires a burst of energy - and sometimes it helps to take a simple action to get going.

For example, you might go to a shop that sells storage boxes and buy one that you guess will do the job. OK, you may get the box home and find that it doesn't fit your space or that it's not big enough to take the items you want to store. But many shops allow you to return your boxes and swop them for another size.

So, I think that buying some storage boxes before you've tidied up can work. It really depends on whether you like to plan everything upfront, or just pitch in and learn as you go.

Good fortune

From,
Richard and the TEAM
Abbfab Cleaning Service
M: 07875 030 885
T: 01437 779 775

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21May/140

Home Office Paperwork

One thing's for sure. We don't seem to be getting close to the paperless office. In fact, we probably generate a lot more paper nowadays with home computers and printers.

All in all, dealing with paperwork clutter can be a real challenge - particularly if you run a home business. This clutter can cause loss of time and inefficiency and the piles of paper tend to make it more difficult to keep a space clean.

One of the keys to keeping on top of home office paperwork is to have a simple yet effective system for dealing with new items of paperwork. These items could arrive by post, or be printed from your computer, or simply be carried into the house when you or a family member return home.

One idea is to purchase document storage boxes for different categories of paper. When an item of paper arrives, you can put it straight into the relevant box. For example, you might have:

  • Personal / home finances
  • Customer paperwork
  • Tax papers

Of course you'll have to spend some time sorting out each box from time to time. But at least it's easier to keep space clean and tidy without loose papers lying about.

Good fortune

From,
Richard and the TEAM
Abbfab Cleaning Service
M: 07875 030 885
T: 01437 779 775

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