Prepping for the Holidays

Preparing your home for the holidays and for house guests can be a daunting task, lucky for you we’ve come up with a handy checklist to help you get your household in order. Click here for a printable PDF and here to watch Carpe Diem’s Wendy Clark share holiday tips with NBC-17’s My Carolina Today.

Prepping for the Holidays | Carpe Diem CleaningGeneral Housekeeping Tips

Cover your bases!

Carpets: If carpets have obvious stains, have them cleaned before guests arrive. If carpets are in good shape, wait until after the holidays so you can start the new year with clean carpets (we can help – that’s right folks, we clean carpets too!)

Nightlights: Place nightlights in the rooms that guests will be using.

Sidewalk Salt: Have salt on hand for your driveway and sidewalks in case there’s some unexpected icy weather.

Prepping for the Holidays | Carpe Diem CleaningHospitality

Happy house guests make for a happy holiday – make sure everyone is comfortable!

Sleep Areas: Vacuum sofa beds and sofas, making sure all surfaces inside and out are clean. Put clean sheets and blankets on beds.

Towels & Toilet Paper: Make sure that items like bath towels and toilet paper are available and easy to find.

Personal Care Kits: Create care kits containing little soaps and toothpastes, pain reliever, and allergy pills if you have pets.

Prepping for the Holidays | Carpe Diem CleaningKitchen

Be prepared and let no guest go hungry!

Food: Clean out your fridge and pantry, then stock up on some basic foods in addition to your holiday meal shopping. Show your house guests what foods are available if they get hungry. If you have a guest with food allergies, make sure your buy foods which are appropriate for them.

Food Storage: Buy some basic plastic containers or Ziploc bags so you can easily give out leftovers after parties and meals. These will also help for storing extra holiday food if you have a shortage of containers.

Labeling: Make sure you have a Sharpie (or multiple Sharpies) handy for labeling and dating leftovers.

Prepping for the Holidays | Carpe Diem CleaningChildproof

A word to the wise: always childproof your home BEFORE visiting children arrive.

Electrical Outlets: Make sure you have covers for all of your electrical outlets.

No Tinsel: Do not decorate with tinsel as it is a choking hazard both for children and for pets.

Baby Gate: Get your old baby gate out of the closet if there is an area that you would like to partition off from little people (or pets).

Don’t forget that we offer house cleaning services for Chapel Hill residents! Contact us for a free estimate today!

Commemorate Memorial Day

Memorial Day

The sun is shining, the mercury is rising, and strawberries are ripe for the picking! The month of May is a beautiful time in the Tarheel State, and in just a few weeks we’ll be gathering with family and friends to commemorate Memorial Day, which honors the brave men and women who have died serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Celebrate with a Parade!

Celebrate with a Parade!

Memorial Day with Kids

Looking for ways to teach your kids about Memorial Day? You could celebrate with a parade, create a card to send to a soldier who’s overseas, or visit a local war memorial. Check out Military.com’s guide to Commemorating Memorial Day with Kids for a full list of activities.

Flag Mason Jars from "It All Started With Paint"

Flag Mason Jars from “It All Started With Paint”

Patriotic Crafts

Or maybe you’re looking for some fun DIY craft ideas to remember this special day, like these Star Spangled Patriotic Crafts from around the web. Classy and kid-friendly, there are plenty of ways to get your red-white-and-blue on!

Chile Lime Shrimp from "Fork Knife Swoon"

Chile Lime Shrimp skewers from “Fork Knife Swoon”

Fire Up The Grill

Planning a legendary cookout? Check out 32 Delicious Things to eat on Memorial Day for inspiration! The list is chock-full of crowd-pleasers like Roasted Pork Sandwiches with Cilantro Sauce, Chile Lime Shrimp Skewers, Watermelon Feta Salad, and Mini Strawberry-Rhubarb Pies.

Red White and Blue Bark from "The Cookie Rookie"

Red White and Blue Bark from “The Cookie Rookie”

…And For Dessert

Whatever you do, don’t forget dessert! Try a new “flag cake” recipe, or branch out with some of these other Patriotic Treats, like Red White and Blue Bark, or All American Berry Buttermilk Shortcake.

Holiday Tipping Unwrapped

Tipping House Cleaners and Holiday TippingDuring the holidays we always get a lot of questions about tipping. Here’s the scoop on some of your most Frequently Asked Questions!

Q: Should I tip my cleaning team?
A: Tips are not considered mandatory in the house cleaning industry, but are nevertheless an important part of a cleaner’s income. House cleaning is both a personalized service and a physically demanding job, and is just as deserving of a tip as restaurant service or hair styling. Ultimately it is up to the client to decide whether to tip, based on their budget and the quality of the service they are receiving.

Q: Should I tip extra during the holidays?
A: Many clients choose to give a special holiday bonus as a “thank you” to their team, especially if they do not tip regularly during the year.

Q: What is an appropriate amount for a holiday bonus?
A: Holiday bonuses typically range between $25-$100 per team member. Clients should take into account the length of time that the team has been cleaning their home and the quality of service that they have received throughout the year.

Q: How can I get a tip to my team?
A: There are a few different ways! If you choose to give a cash tip, be sure to place it in a clearly marked envelope indicating that it is for your team. If you pay for your cleanings by check, you can write a separate check for your tip or add the tip to your regular check and indicate in the memo line that you have added a tip. If you pay by credit card, contact our office and indicate the amount that you would like charged to your card. Team members will receive tips given via check and credit card on their next paycheck.

Q: Due to a schedule change I switched cleaning teams halfway through the year, how should I handle holiday tipping?
A: Please contact our office if you have any questions of this nature (or want more information about your team, such as members’ names and length of time serving your home), our knowledgeable staff will help you to make an informed decision!

Commemorate Memorial Day

Memorial DayThe sun is shining, the mercury is rising, and strawberries are ripe for the picking! The month of May is a beautiful time in the Tarheel State, and in just a few weeks we’ll be gathering with family and friends to commemorate Memorial Day, which honors the brave men and women who have died serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

 

Celebrate with a Parade!

Celebrate with a Parade!

Memorial Day with Kids

Looking for ways to teach your kids about Memorial Day? You could celebrate with a parade, create a card to send to a soldier who’s overseas, or visit a local war memorial. Check out Military.com’s guide to Commemorating Memorial Day with Kids for a full list of activities.

Flag Mason Jars from "It All Started With Paint"

Flag Mason Jars from “It All Started With Paint”

Patriotic Crafts

Or maybe you’re looking for some fun DIY craft ideas to remember this special day, like these Star Spangled Patriotic Crafts from around the web. Classy and kid-friendly, there are plenty of ways to get your red-white-and-blue on!

Chile Lime Shrimp from "Fork Knife Swoon"

Chile Lime Shrimp skewers from “Fork Knife Swoon”

Fire Up The Grill

Planning a legendary cookout? Check out 32 Delicious Things to eat on Memorial Day for inspiration! The list is chock-full of crowd-pleasers like Roasted Pork Sandwiches with Cilantro Sauce, Chile Lime Shrimp Skewers, Watermelon Feta Salad, and Mini Strawberry-Rhubarb Pies.

 

Red White and Blue Bark from "The Cookie Rookie"

Red White and Blue Bark from “The Cookie Rookie”

…And For Dessert

Whatever you do, don’t forget dessert! Try a new “flag cake” recipe, or branch out with some of these other Patriotic Treats, like Red White and Blue Bark, or All American Berry Buttermilk Shortcake.

Prepping For The Holidays

Wendy Clark shares tips with My Carolina Today

Wendy Clark shares holiday tips with          My Carolina Today

Preparing your home for the holidays and for houseguests can be a daunting task, lucky for you we’ve come up with a handy checklist to help you get your household in order. Click here for a printable PDF and here to watch Carpe Diem’s Wendy Clark share holiday tips with NBC-17’s My Carolina Today.

General

♦ Cover your bases! ♦

  • Carpets: if carpets have obvious stains, have them cleaned before guests arrive. If carpets are in good shape, wait until after the holidays so you can start the new year with clean carpets (we can help – that’s right folks, we clean carpets too!)
  • Nightlights: place nightlights in the rooms that guests will be using.
  • Sidewalk Salt: have salt on hand for your driveway and sidewalks in case there’s some unexpected weather.

Hospitality

♦ Happy houseguests make for a happy holiday – make sure everyone is comfortable! ♦

  • Sleep Areas: vacuum sofa beds and sofas, make sure all surfaces inside and out are clean. Put clean sheets and blankets on beds.
  • Towels & Toilet Paper: make sure that items like bath towels and toilet paper are available and easy to find.
  • Personal Care Kits: create care kits containing little soaps and toothpastes, pain reliever, and allergy pills if you have pets.

Kitchen

♦  Be prepared and let no guest go hungry! ♦

  • Food: clean out your fridge and pantry, then stock up on some basic foods in addition to your holiday meal shopping. Show your house guests what foods are available if they get hungry. If you have a guest with food allergies, make sure your buy foods which are appropriate for them.
  • Food Storage: buy some basic plastic containers or Ziploc bags so you can easily give out leftovers after parties and meals. These will also help for storing extra holiday food if you have a shortage of containers.
  • Labeling: make sure you have a Sharpie (or multiple Sharpies) handy for labeling and dating leftovers.

Childproof

♦ A word from the wise: always childproof BEFORE visiting children arrive. ♦

  • Electrical Outlets: make sure you have covers for all of your electrical outlets.
  • No Tinsel: do not decorate with tinsel as it is a choking hazard both for children and for pets.
  • Baby Gate: get your old baby gate out of the closet if there is an area that you would like to partition off from little people (or pets).