Nursery Preparation- Getting Ready for Baby

There is nothing more exciting than getting ready for a new baby. The baby showers, the clothes buying, the nesting period; it’s all a wonderfully chaotic time in life. And the icing on the cake is the nursery. Baby’s room. That picture-perfect scene of what’s to come. (Even if baby never sleeps in there, or you end up with a stack of diapers in the living room floor.) As you’re preparing for your new arrival, you’ll want to make sure you have covered the following so that you’re as ready as you can be for the big day!

The Nursery Space

  1. The room you choose for your nursery should be warm and inviting. It should be quiet enough that household noise doesn’t interrupt important sleep times, but should also be close enough for your child’s safety (and those night time feedings).
  2. To begin your preparation, clear everything out of the room and out of the closets.
  3. Then, you’re ready to paint! Choose your theme, pick your colors, and get ready for the transformation. Pick paint colors that are complementary to your your theme and bedding and other decor. Vibrant colors will be visually stimulating for your new baby. If you choose to add wallpaper, pick a fun border around the tops of the walls (well out of baby’s reach).
  4. Consider carpet. Falls are going to happen, so a cushy carpeted floor will help prevent injuries.

The Accessories

  1. Time for furniture. The crib is, obviously, the focal point in the room. Assemble the crib and other furniture inside the room, just in case anything is too big to fit through the door. A crib and changing table are the most essential items, followed by dressers and rockers.
  2. Make sure the furniture and the floors have been cleaned of all debris after assembly.
  3. Stock up! Get the sheets on the bed, have an extra sheet on standby, and load up the changing table with plenty of diapers, wipes, diaper pins, and lotion. You’ll also want to check the batteries on the baby monitor and any musical item or mobile you have in the room. If you’re using disposable diapers, a Diaper Genie is a great investment. If you’re using cloth diapers, a diaper pail and a trashcan will be necessary.
  4. Get ready for baby! With the room set, clothes in the drawers, and diapers at the changing table, your nursery is all ready for when you get home.

Did we forget anything? Let us know what nursery essentials you can’t live without!

Feather Dusters and Fun House Work

The housework has to be done, so you may as well make it fun. Grab the kids, some feather dusters, and a few supplies, and get ready to make the house cleaner AND make it a game. Need some extra inspiration? Watch Fifi, the famous feather duster in Beauty and the Beast and then you … Read more

Nesting During Pregnancy

Nesting is that urge to organize and clean during your pregnancy. You may have an abundance of energy or an overwhelming desire for cleanliness and organization and the instinct may intensify as your due date approaches. What Prompts Nesting? Although a common behavior and somewhat instinctual, not all pregnant women experience a nesting instinct. Nesting … Read more

Dinner Table Fun

Dinner Table Fun

Dinner Table in Modern Time

The dinner table can serve as a source for many different things. In Modern times the dining room table was across the room from the kitchen. This made it easier to serve food. The dining room table was where everyone in the castle gathered to enjoy a meal. The first tables were generally long and rectangular. But this day in age there are many different kinds of dining tables. They can come in all different shapes, styles and sizes. But they all still serve the same purpose. This is more than just enjoying a meal.

Family Mealtime

In the past family mealtime was considered a tradition. Now some families don’t even enjoy a meal in the same room anymore. The table is more commonly used for events or holidays. Although not all families are the same, some still believe in the importance of a family meal. It is a time for everyone in the house to unite as one.

Staying Connected

It is always a great idea to have family and friends over as often as possible. This allows everyone a chance to share what is going on in their lives. This is an easy way to stay connected and involved with your loved ones. Even a great game and some snacks can strike up a great conversation. It’s important to stay in touch and let each other know that you care.

Gatherings with Guests

Every now and then the guys like to get together and have a night with their friends. Well ladies like a good girl’s night as well. The table can be where everyone gathers for a game night and a couple margaritas. Playing adult games as a group can almost always be considered a blast. It gives you a little time with people your own age and allows you to set aside some adult fun. Some great games for adults are Taboo, Apples to Apples and even a good old fashioned card game.

Children around the Table

Kids love to have a game night and sleep over with family and friends. A night making Play Dough farm animals can be fun but also messy. The dining table is the perfect place for an Arts and Crafts kind of night. It is much better to make a mess at the table than on your carpet. It is also easier to clean up. It doesn’t take much to please kids. A little creativity can go a long way. Don’t be afraid to join in on the fun. Let your inner child out and get your hands dirty with them.

Allergies are on the Rise This Season

Allergies are on the rise this season!

Allergy Season

People who suffer from allergies generally have the most flare ups in the spring. Millions of Americans have allergies on a seasonal basis. You can go almost all year without any issues; and then spring time hits. You are then faced with an allergy flare up. For some it can last days, weeks or even months. Many things can be done to help you make it through this time of year. Or at least make it more tolerable.

What causes Allergies?

Allergies are caused by an increase in pollen that is released into the atmosphere. Spring time is the time of year when trees and flowers begin to bloom. Other than medications, you can do things inside your home to also help. Changing your air vent filters once a month can lessen the amount of allergies in your home. Doing this frequently is a good household habit to have. Each time you open the door to your home; you are taking the chance of allowing pollen and allergens inside your home. When your air filters through the vents, it sucks in all the allergens and pollen. Dusting often can also help eliminate this issue.

Pets and Allergens

If you have pets in your home they can also be a source for the allergens to hide. Bathing your pet often or frequent grooming can be helpful. Also restricting pets to certain areas or rooms can help as well. Wood flooring is the best type of flooring to have if you have any allergies. The allergens are less likely to cling to wood floors rather than carpets. Keeping pets off of carpeted areas in a house can cut back on allergens present in the home.

Natural ways to relieve allergy symptoms

Your local pharmacy has many items you can purchase to help relieve some allergy symptoms. Some of them being over the counter medication, and some being natural supplements. The butterbur extract also known as Ze 339, can be taken daily if desired. It has been known to work as well as an antihistamine. A medication with an antihistamine can help block the receptors of histamine in your body.

Eating Right

Eating healthy foods is a great way to fight off allergies and illnesses. Although eating healthy won’t cure your allergy issues; it may help reduce you being affected so often. Eating foods high in fatty acid, and Omega-3’s, like fish has been known to ease allergy symptoms. Vitamin C is also used to control allergies. Like Omega-3’s, eating foods high in these vitamins is better than taking a supplement. All those times you were told to eat healthy might not have been such a bad idea after all.

Summer Clutter Help

Summer Clutter Help is here!

School is Out: It’s a Free For All!

The kids are out of school, but you still have to go to work. That means 2-3 times the dishes and 2-3 times the laundry. Socks on the lampshade and junk food everywhere. The kitchen is a wreck with dishes that fill both sinks every day. The bathrooms have an entirely new odor and nobody can find what they are looking for. If you add the kid’s friends, the neighbor’s kids and vacations to that, you have a tornado. Don’t have an anxiety attack, just get some clutter help.

Clutter Help: Tips & Tricks

Below is a list of tips & tricks that will help eliminate some of the stress during summer and keep you from having to hire clutter help.

  1. Before you leave for work, throw a load of laundry in the washer so that it will be done when you get home. After work just toss the load in the dryer while you eat dinner. This can help keep dirty laundry from piling up.
  2. Before you start cooking dinner, unload the dishwasher so that you can rinse and load the dishes you use while cooking. Make sure that everyone rinses their own plate and places it in the dishwasher after dinner. That will make doing the dishes as easy as pushing a button.
  3. Put a small trash can in every room so that everyone will be more likely to throw away any trash instead of leaving it on the nightstand or the floor.
  4. Make the kids a chore list of things that you want to see get done daily. Some examples would be: pick up bedroom or take out trash. Assign them to the chores before they can leave with friends or go to the swimming pool.

If you need additional clutter help or just have a busy summer schedule, we are always willing to help.

Crazy Smells

It is never a good feeling to walk into a room and start seeking out whatever is making that horrid odor. You can spray air freshener, turn on a Scentsy, or put fresh flowers in a vase. None of these actually rid of the smell. They only mask it. It is so hard to find out what is making that horrible smell when the house is a disaster. You have to pick things up and get each room organized in order to find whatever is causing the odor. Once you have gotten some clutter help, you can actually find the things that cause the odor and eliminate them.

 Summer Clutter Help

Sometimes you just need an extra hand or two during the summer. At Pit to Palace Cleaning, we understand the craziness of summertime. We can help you stay stress free and clean. Our professionals are experienced with picking up and organizing. We have plenty of room in our schedule. Just call 817-395-2136 or email us for an estimate on clutter help.