10 Spring cleaning hacks to spruce up your home

As the temperature warms up, you can’t help but get in the mood to clean up your home. From opening the windows to scrubbing the floors, it’s time to let the fresh air in and get the dust-out.

While you already know you should clean the ceiling fans and the baseboards, there are plenty of other tasks you may not have considered.  We have compiled 10 of our best Spring Cleaning hacks and wanted to share them with you.

Beat the kitchen sink stink

Does your kitchen sink have a smell you just can’t get out? Cut the rind of a lemon in thin slices and run it through the garbage disposal. Follow with cold water, and the stink will be gone.

Microwave magic

Heating up food can be so messy. Have you ever fought so hard to get those pesky stains off of your microwave that you ended up with a sore arm the next day? We have a trick to make it easier. In a microwave safe bowl, add a cup of water and a half a cup of vinegar. If you want you can add some of the lemons you didn’t use for the sink. Put it in the microwave and cook it for at least five minutes (maybe more). The solution should be boiling. Let the solution cool for 15 minutes before opening the door.  Remove the solution and wipe out the inside of your microwave.

Grocery bag grime

You’re saving the planet cutting out one plastic bag at a time, but did you know those reusable bags can hold bacteria and lingering food? Regularly run your grocery bags through the wash to keep the grime and germs away.

Get your stainless steel stainless

Keep those fingerprints at bay with an easy solution. Mix one teaspoon of dish detergent and one quart of hot water. Use a microfiber cloth and the solution to rub small circles on the spots. Rinse with hot water and dry immediately.

Junk busters

Go through your junk drawers and discard anything you haven’t used or needed in the last year. When replacing the leftover objects, use small organization containers to keep everything easily accessible. Your junk drawers will look less junky and more organized.

Makeup managed

It is important to keep your makeup current. Check expiration dates and discard anything that is expired. Not all products will have a specific date on the package, but they will say how many months they are good for after opening.

While you’re in your makeup storage, you should also clean your brushes. Put a drop of shampoo or dish soap onto your palm and rub the bristles into the soap. Gently work the suds into all of the bristles and hold the bristles down to rinse under the faucet. Gently shake and lay the brushes on a paper towel to dry.

Vacuum the hidden places

There are a lot of hard to reach places throughout your house. When you’re doing your deep cleaning, move your furniture and vacuum behind and underneath it. Even though these areas aren’t high traffic areas, they still collect a lot of dust.

Beautiful bookshelves

After reading your books or magazines, you may just throw them on the shelf. Instead of alphabetizing them (yes, we really do discourage this), organize by size and color. Your shelves will be more aesthetically pleasing. While you’re organizing the shelves, don’t forget to dust and remove any unwanted marks or stains.

Disinfect the toys

Make use of the dishwasher to wash your children’s and your pet’s toys. You can run all the plastic toys in the dishwasher on a quick cycle, just make sure you skip the heated dry. For stuffed toys, read the instructions on the tag. If the tag is missing, put the toys into a mesh bag or pillowcase and wash on the gentle cycle.

Appliances need love too

While you’re cleaning every crevice of your home, don’t forget about the big ones. Make sure you share some of the cleaning love with your appliances. You can get packets of cleaner to run through your dishwasher and your washer. Also, run the clean cycle on your oven, and make sure you clean out and wipe down the inside of your refrigerator. 

 

Don’t have enough time to get all of these tasks done? Put the tasks in the LifeSquire App, and your LifeSquire personal assistant will tackle them for you.

 

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring Cleaning Checklist

It’s time to get your clean on, so download our free Spring Cleaning Checklist to keep you on track.

LifeSquire’s mission is to be a blessing, but how?

How many times have you had to use that old saying, “sometimes life gets in the way,” when your friends or family mention they haven’t seen you in a while? We all say it, and we all say it often. Unfortunately, the part of life that gets in the way is the long hours in the office, the chores and errands, and all of the other requirements of adulting. Adulting often leads to less time with your friends and family that you used to.

When life starts impeding on your time, this is where LifeSquire steps in. We are passionate about easing the burdens that come from time poverty. You are overextended. We can help. Here’s how:

LifeSquire Direct

LifeSquire Direct offers a variety of services that will fulfill the needs of your home or office. We cater to busy individuals, working professionals, and businesses big and small to provide you with a top quality personal assistant, personal chef, and handyman.

How it works: LifeSquire offers services on a project basis, or you can have regular service by selecting one of our monthly packages. Are you not sure what all LifeSquire can do for you? The short answer is, practically anything, but here are some of the many tasks we constantly conquer:

  • Meeting service providers

  • Grocery shopping

  • Household management

  • Transportation

  • Home and office organization

  • Moving coordination, support, and packing/unpacking

  • Cooking and meal prep for any diet

  • Errands and shopping

  • Administrative Assistants for your office

  • Event planning

  • Travel planning

  • Break-up support and move coordination

  • Pet care

  • … and more!

LifeSquire Connect

Finding the wrong employee and turnover gets expensive. LifeSquire Connect draws upon our experience working with caretakers to recruit the right support staff employee to meet your individual needs.

How it works: Our job placement program doesn’t recruit for every position; we are specific to support staff team members. When we say support staff, we mean administrative positions, professional positions, personal assistants, virtual assistants, nannies, and more.

Once you are ready for us to find your next employee, we custom create an ad for your position and begin to recruit. We comb through the resumes and select a few qualified candidates to get more information from. We bring the selected candidates in for the first interview and send them home with homework, including two personality tests. Once we feel we have found a potential fit, we send you all the of the information we have gathered and set-up a meeting with you. After you pick your new employee, we will have them agree to a background check. Your new employee then will be eligible to enroll in our LifeSquire Academy assistant training program.  

LifeSquire Academy

Backed by over eight years of assistant experience, LifeSquire has developed a professional online (coming soon) or on location training program for your current and aspiring assistants, called LifeSquire Academy

The details: Through this training program, your assistant will learn how to meet and exceed your expectations. Some of the topics LifeSquire Academy covers include the psychology of assistants, etiquette, how to set and maintain professional boundaries, organizational styling, and time management.

LifeSquire On Demand

Never find yourself in a bind again. LifeSquire on Demand provides immediate assistant service seven days a week. When you use our S.O.S. function, a Squire will stop what they are doing to make sure your task is done right away. You can use this service for any tasks you can’t handle at that moment; some examples include picking up your children, picking up and bringing over forgotten party supplies, grocery shopping, feeding and taking your pets for potty breaks, and more.

How it works: If you live in the Oklahoma City metro area, you can take advantage of our On Demand service. On the LifeSquire App, select the S.O.S. button. Fill out your request and hit send. This request will instantly go out to all of our assistants. Once it is accepted, you’ll get a notification. This service is available for the low price of $1 a minute.  

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

Top 5 characteristics of a good nanny and how to get one

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When you think of nannies, you probably think of nanny extraordinaire, Mary Poppins. As much as we would all love her to give our own children a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, she can’t help all of the families in the world.

Before you fret, we have good news. You don’t need Mary Poppins. There are a lot of amazing and talented nannies out there that haven’t graced the big screen. But what characteristics, other than a magical umbrella, should a nanny be blessed with?

Loves children

This shouldn’t come as any surprise, but a good nanny should love being in the company of children. The majority of his/her day has very little adult interaction and is mostly consumed by time with kids. If you have a nanny that doesn’t enjoy children all that much, they aren’t the nanny for you.

Safety advocate

Safety should come first and foremost when your nanny is on duty. Adventurous children can end up in a lot of precarious situations if their caretaker doesn’t have safety on the brain. Your nanny should also be CPR certified.

Communication aficionado

A nanny doesn’t just have to communicate with adults; they also have to communicate with children.  A good nanny should be able to relay and receive information from people of all ages. As a parent, you are going to want information about your children, and you will want your nanny to understand your requirements and wants for your children. Your nanny should also receive and expect feedback from you.

The double R

Reliability and responsibility are two traits that should be at your nanny’s core. You’re a busy person, and you have hired a nanny to care for your children while you focus on the tasks at hand. You need a nanny that you can rely on, not one that calls in or skips work regularly. Since your nanny will be caring for your children, it is also pertinent that they are responsible and capable of providing proper childcare.

Personality match

A personality is more than their attitude. It is important to know that their personality traits and strengths match that of a caretaker.  One thing to keep in mind is that skills can be learned, but the right personality traits last forever.

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Want a nanny?

LifeSquire Connect offers a curated job placement service specifically targeted at finding you a perfect nanny match.

Have a nanny? Want the relationship to work better? LifeSquire Academy and Association ongoing training and support for those in support roles.

Contact us for more information.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

10 quick and easy ways to practice self-care every day

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With the everyday hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to neglect yourself. After spending extra hours in the office, your nights end up looking like a whirlwind of activity from cooking to wrangling children into bed by bedtime. And after all that, your bed and Netflix look more and more attractive.

While it is extremely important to get those tasks done on a daily basis, it is even more important to make time for some self-care. Now you’re probably thinking, I don’t have the time to spend days at the spa or going on regular shopping sprees, but self-care is more than just an outing.  Here are some self-care ideas to add to your daily to-do list:

Write about it

No matter how bad your day has been, there will always be something that makes you feel grateful.  So whether it is the fact that you are still breathing or you won the lottery, grab a journal and write down five positive things in your life each day. When you write down positive things in your life, it puts more emphasis on the things you are grateful for instead of the stressors in your life. Focus on the good.

A positive morning

Start every day with something positive. Whether you read inspirational quotes, stories or you indulge in your favorite coffee drink, try to start each morning with something that makes you feel good. You can do this while sipping your morning coffee and not have to add any extra time to your already busy morning.

Give back

If you want a quick positivity boost, do something for someone else. Volunteer once a month or help a friend or loved one out with a project they can’t do alone. Sharing your talents and giving back to the community is good for your soul.

Go on a technology detox

In most situations, you can’t imagine turning your cellphone off and taking a break from social media, but sometimes one way to make the craziness of the world stop turning is to take a break from the center of it. As much as you love social media, it can play a real role in your mood. Don’t be afraid to take a break, even if it is just for one hour.

Just say no

To all of the overachievers out there, it is okay to say no when someone asks to make plans with you. We often find ourselves wanting to do more than we are actually capable of doing. So while you don’t have to give a solid no, don’t be afraid to ask for that night out for a later date.

Playtime with pets

Pets have this furry covered way of soothing the soul. When you spend time petting and playing with your pets, you’ll easily forget the stresses of the day. If you don’t have a pet, visit your local rescue for all the playtime you can handle.

Have a self-date

It may sound a little weird, but you should always date yourself. Spend an hour alone doing something that feeds your soul. Maybe it is taking the time to read that new book you’ve been dying to start or relaxing in a bubble bath with a glass of wine. Do something that is for you and only you.

Just dance

Turn on your favorite song, and dance like no one is watching. Not only is music good for your soul, but dancing can put a little bounce in your step. Never deny yourself a mini dance party.

Take a road trip

There are likely some beautiful places within a short drive of you. Do some research for local sites to see and plan a short day trip over the weekend. So when the weather is nice, load up the car with your family or some close friends and hit the road.

Get in the right mindset

Download a meditation app on your phone and start your mornings with some peaceful relaxation before hitting the stress-filled traffic on your way to work.  Better yet, get to work a little early and listen to your meditation app before heading into the office. You’ll be a lot calmer, and it will be easier to start tackling your day.

A little goes a long way

Self-care is vital to your well-being. It doesn’t have to be an all-day affair to be considered self-care.   Just do a little something every day of the week, and you’ll quickly feel that stress fog lift. Make sure you add self-care to your to-do list daily and make it a priority in your life. 

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

7 home organization tips to conquer the clutter war

7 home organization tips to conquer the clutter war

Did you start this year off by watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix? We did too. You may want to immediately start wanting to find out what sparks your joy, but moving too quickly and taking on too much too fast will turn into organization overload.  Here are some of our best tips to set you up for home organization success:

Start in one place

You may want to grab the trash bags and embrace the minimalist life, but it is important to start in one place. Instead of creating a huge mess by tackling every room at once, pick one place in one room to start. Once that spot has become an organization masterpiece, move on to the next.

Visibility, Accessibility, Flexibility

The most important concepts to remember when organizing are items should be visible, accessible, and flexible. Choose organization containers that are clear and easily labeled to make it easy to identify the contents. You create accessibility by prioritizing the need of the contents. Put the less used items higher on the shelf than every-day items. When you decide on your storage systems, pick containers that can adapt and grow as your needs change. Make sure all of your containers are flexible and able to solve a variety of home organization problems.

Maximize wasted space

Cabinets are an organizers dream come true, but most homes don’t come fully equipped with enough of these little storage miracles.  Luckily there is a solution to the lack of cabinet space, and that is to make use of wasted space. Take time to think about places that can be transformed into organizational havens. Some places you should use include under beds, over and behind doors, closet floors, and more.

Go container crazy

Containers not only help keep your items in one place, they can also dress up a shelf while keeping your items hidden. Make use of baskets, boxes, trays, and more when you’re organizing. We recommend taking a trip to The Container Store to get all the containers you need and more. Variety is key.

Say yes to color

Color coding your life is more than just creating a perfect rainbow in your closet. It doesn’t matter what room you are trying to organize; you can enhance it with color. A great way to make use of color is clearing up paper clutter with a color-coded filing system. You can also use color to help your kids keep their toys in place. If you have multiple children, give each child a colored bin for storage of their toys. You can also use multiple colored bins to organize by type of toy. Never say no to color.

The 2-year rule

Becoming a clothing and shoe hoarder is easy. When it comes to clearing out your closet, we suggest the 2-year rule. If you haven’t worn the clothing or shoes in the last two years, it is probably time to donate it. Once those clothes are out of the way, go through your remaining items and separate them into three piles: keep, discard, and donate.   

Give back

Over the past eight years, LifeSquire personal assistants have been organizing homes and offices throughout the Oklahoma City metro area.  We have helped people minimalize and enhance their homes through organizational bliss. In doing so, we have donated thousands of items to different local nonprofits. This year, LifeSquire has partnered with local nonprofit, Focus On Home.  LifeSquire wants to bless this nonprofit with donations from our organization projects. If you’d like to help us bless families in need, contact us about your home good donations after you’ve minimalized.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

Tutorial: How to Beautifully Wrap a Present

How to Wrap a Present

How many times have you seen a beautifully wrapped gift and felt a pang of jealousy? From perfectly folded edges to the beautiful displays around the tag, there is so much prettiness that can be achieved with proper wrapping.

So how do you get the store bought look at home? You’re in luck! We’ve made an easy step-by-step tutorial to achieve gift wrapping greatness.

What you need:

  • Double-sided tape

  • Scissors

  • Wrapping Paper

  • Item to wrap

Instructions:

Measure and cut paper. Start by putting the item on the edge of the paper. Roll the item along the paper until all four sides have touched the paper. This is the length of paper you will need, so go ahead and cut it. Make sure the sides are also covered by lifting the edges of the paper. The paper should reach the top of the sides.

The perfect crease. Start by tapping a piece of the paper to the top of the gift. Continue to roll the package until you reach the end. Make sure you crease every edge of the paper. The creases give the gift a polished look.  

Seamless presentation. Take the last creased edge and fold it under so that it lines up with the top of the remaining edge. When you tape this side, you will have prevented an unnecessary seam and instead created a finished edge.

Finishing the edges. Push the sides of the paper in with your pointer fingers to start the fold. Crease the top and bottom edges so that the paper creates a point. Fold down the raw edges and use a piece of tape to attach one side to the gift. Secure the other flap with another piece of tape. Repeat on the other side.

Spruce it up. Now that your gift is wrapped take the time to spruce it up a bit. Place a nice gift tag; add some ribbon, some garnish, or other objects to give it that extra special touch.

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Be Merry and Bright with these 7 Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas

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We all wish Santa could do more than just deliver gifts. How nice would it be for him to bring all the people on his nice list a Hooville Christmas?

Unfortunately, you’re the one that is creating the Christmas magic. From planning the party to cooking the meals, your days will be filled with work and holiday cheer. But as the minutes tick away, and the days pass by, your stress levels will go up as the Christmas countdown goes on. So how do you turn your holiday stress into merriness? Follow these seven stress-free Christmas tips:

Christmas movies and chill

Pop some popcorn, pour a glass of wine, and grab your most comfy blanket, it’s time for Christmas movies and relaxation. Christmas movies often take the doom and gloom out of life by embracing the Christmas spirit. Take time for yourself or make it a family event, but turn on the Netflix and get into the holiday spirit.

Embrace the time-savers

Your Christmas feast can be quite the feat. Skip making everything from scratch and embrace going to some local businesses and order some of your Christmas foods. You can save a lot of time by getting the classic pumpkin pie from a local bakery or by ordering a cooked turkey instead of baking your own. Stick to making those special dishes only you can make and let some other experts handle the rest.

Calm the playful puppy

A tired pooch is a calm pooch. Instead of having your dog barking and excited to see your guests tire them out. Take your dog outside for some intense playtime and treat them with a toy that dispenses treats (like a Kong) before your guests arrive.

Put the fa-la-la in your playlist

Turning on your favorite playlist and relaxing or having an impromptu dance fest is a great mood boost. And while you probably still want to listen to the hottest new Spotify tunes, don’t forget to add the fa-la-la. Check out some Christmas playlists this month to put you into the Christmas spirit. You can also check out the LifeSquire December Playlist for a mix of modern and jolly tunes.

Sweat it out

Brave the cold and head outdoors for a little exercise. Not only is exercise outside more enjoyable, but you’ll get the added benefit of some Vitamin D. Even a five-minute trip outdoors can boost your mood and help lower your anxiety levels. Don’t put it off, just get out there and enjoy a nice walk.

Wrapping party

Make gift wrapping fun! Turn on some of your favorite Christmas movies, pour a glass of your favorite holiday drink, and enjoy some sweet Christmas treats. Have all the bow, labels, and tape ready to conquer the gift pile. Instead of seeing wrapping as another holiday chore, take the time to enjoy yourself by making it fun.

If gift wrapping isn’t your thing, your LifeSquire is available to wrap all of your holiday gifts.

Call Santa’s helpers

Adulting is hard and often extremely busy. When you add the holiday season on top of normal activities, the amount of free time you have can dramatically decrease. You’re not alone through the holiday season, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Have your family members help cook holiday dinners, have your kids help wrap gifts for other family members, have your LifeSquire personal assistant run your errands, help you plan your parties, and other miscellaneous holiday-related tasks. Asking for help may be difficult, but you will feel a weight lifted off of your shoulders when you reach out.

Even though the holidays can be stressful, try to take the time to enjoy yourself, see the lights, and embrace the Christmas magic.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

A LifeSquire Christmas

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'Twas a month before Christmas, & all through the town
the Squires were hurrying and rushing around;
The gifts were all purchased & wrapped with great care,
To Do lists were handled, no need to despair!

The houses were clean.  They had made all the beds,
The laundry was folded. And the pets were all fed. 
The dog had been walked. The clothes put away. 
They had dinner ready at the end of your day.

They replaced burnt out light bulbs from atop tall ladders,
You’ll know when they come that nothing’s the matter.
They polished the silver and took out the trash.
They moved through the houses as quick as a flash,

With a mix of assistants, all lively and quick,
You know in a moment that they’re the best pick.
More rapid than eagles, the Squires they came, 
And organized everything, so order could reign.

"Now, DISHES! Now, DUSTING! Now, done with the kitchen!
With checklists for tasks, there’s nothing that’s missing!
We’ve swept the front porch and tidied the hall.
Now cross it off! Cross it off! Cross it off all! 

They handle it all, those tasks under roof, 
And send you a wrap-up, in case you need proof.
They come to your space, and they turn it around,
They tidy, declutter, organization abounds!
 
Your tasks are all handled, So go and be merry!
Rest easy; they’ve got this! They’re your personal fairy.
And surely your mouth will draw up like a bow,
When you see all your ducks that they’ve put in a row.

They sprang to their sleighs, to the team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
Now hear them exclaim, as they drive out of sight,
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!


Poem Reimagined By Ashlyn Johnson

Give the gift

of more time

A LifeSquire gift card truly gives the gift of more time without the hassle of constructing a time machine. When you purchase and give a LifeSquire gift card, you are giving a gift like no other. You can give your loved ones as little 2 hours or a whole month of service. Contact us for more information.

LifeSquire Thanksgiving traditions you’ll want to steal

From a traditional meal to afternoon naps, you probably already have your own way of celebrating Thanksgiving. Maybe you follow what your mom has always done, your spouse may have encouraged something new, or maybe a close friend has suggested a change, no matter what you’ve taken the traditions and made them your own.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we asked our Squires what their favorite traditions are, and to be honest, we were overwhelmed with the great ideas.  So if you’re thinking of starting something new to add to your holiday, here are some ways our Squires celebrate:

Tiffanie: My family rents a movie together, and we eat the random appetizers that are in the freezer the night before Thanksgiving.

Ashlyn: We skip the traditional spread, and we have sushi or we grill steaks.

Kayla: We all go play capture the flag in the backyard before Thanksgiving dinner.

Hien: After cooking and cleaning all day, I have my cousins over, and we get to relax and enjoy our time together.

Liz: My favorite tradition is that we eat brisket instead of turkey.

Kaci: I love to break the wishbone with my mom.

Mitch: My brother and I cook Thanksgiving dinner for my siblings and parents, and we don’t have to do anything after 3 p.m.

Ally: I love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade every year with all of my nieces and nephews.

Chelsi: My brother, my Dad, and I sneak out of the house early in the morning to go play golf.

Kasie: Every year we do a game night with my husband’s family. We bring appetizers and hang out and have a lot of fun.