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31 Things to Love About Spring

Posted in Spring by Michele Peterson on May 1, 2013
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It’s spring … a season traditionally associated with hope and new life as nature awakens and blooms surround us.

So today, let’s celebrate all that spring brings us, including …

1 – Flowers
2 – Wonderful weather
3 – Birds singing
4 – Walks in the park
5 – Baseball
6 – Easter
7 – Mother’s Day
8 – Memorial Day
9 – Family barbecues
10 – Kites in the sky
11 – School carnivals
12 – Block parties
13 – Golf tournaments
14 – Cause races
15 – Bike rides
16 – Wildflowers
17 – Spring break
18 – Street fairs
19 – Farmers markets
20 – Field-fresh strawberries
21 – Hammocks
22 – Morning coffee outside on the patio
23 – Alfresco dining
24 – Walking the dog
25 – Vegetable gardens
26 – Kentucky Derby
27 – Pretty hats
28 – Sandals
29 – Going barefoot
30 – Opening the windows for fresh air
31 – Spring dresses

Of course, since we’re in the professional house cleaning business, we here at Mini Mops also celebrate Spring Cleaning … but we understand that not everyone loves that as much as we do!

I’d love to see any additional things you’d add to the list of things to love about spring. Please leave a comment to tell me what’s on YOUR list!

Mini Mops, Inc. is a professional house cleaning company serving residential and commercial clients in the Fresno-Clovis CA area since 1975. They are currently accepting new clients. Please visit their website for more information:


Spring Cleaning or Spring Baseball … You Decide!

Posted in Mini Mops, Inc. by Michele Peterson on March 25, 2012
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This spring, do you want to spend your time cleaning your house …

or would you rather go out to the ball park and watch some baseball?

For a limited time, Mini Mops House Cleaning can give you the best of both worlds!

Each NEW CLIENT who hires Mini Mops (minimum 2-hour job) before the Fresno Grizzlies home opener on April 13, 2012 will receive 2 FREE tickets to a Grizzlies game.

Each CURRENT CLIENT who hires Mini Mops to do 2 hours of additional “spring cleaning” over and above their normal scheduled cleaning before April 13, 2012 also will receive 2 FREE tickets to a Grizzlies game.

We have a total of 48 tickets to give away, and once they’re gone, this promotion is over.

So don’t hesitate! Call us at 264-6677 today to schedule your spring cleaning. Then head on out to the ball park and “root, root, root for the home team” … and enjoy watching your Fresno Grizzlies, compliments of your friends at Mini Mops House Cleaning.

Get a printable flyer of the Mini Mops Spring Cleaning or Spring Baseball promotion and share with your friends … but make sure to call and reserve your spring cleaning (and your Grizzlies tickets) first! Don’t miss out … call today!

Note: This promotion is valid for clients in the Mini Mops service area only. Certain other restrictions may apply as well. Call for details.

Mini Mops, Inc. is a professional house cleaning company serving residential and commercial clients in the Fresno-Clovis CA area since 1975. They are currently accepting new clients. Please visit their website for more information:

Overwhelmed by Spring Cleaning? Not us!

Do you get overwhelmed by the thought of Spring Cleaning your home? Do you put it off because it is so daunting that you don’t even know where to start? Don’t worry … you’re not alone!

Mini Mops, Inc. is a professional house cleaning company, so we talk every day to people who are looking for alternatives to the dreaded chore of cleaning house. Of course, we think the best option is to hire a professional to do it for you! But sometimes, even thinking about having someone else do the cleaning for you can be overwhelming.

Where to start? What to have them do? These are common concerns.

If tackling the entire job is too much to think about, consider breaking it down into smaller jobs. If you’re doing it yourself, set a goal of cleaning just one room. Finish that one room before you worry about the rest of the house.

If you’re hiring a professional and the thought of having the entire house cleaned is too much, consider having the cleaning company professionally clean two or three rooms (bathrooms and kitchen are common choices to start).

There are numerous motivational quotes advising people to take life “one step at a time,” “one day at a time,” or any variation on this theme. We’d like to start our own: Clean your house “one room at a time.”

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Time for Spring Cleaning?

Saturday is the official first day of spring! Flowers are blooming, trees are sprouting leaves … it’s a great time to live in Fresno!

It’s also a great time to think about SPRING CLEANING!

I looked it up and found that the origins of spring cleaning may be linked to the Persian new year — the Iranian Norouz — which falls on the first day of spring.  According to Wikipedia, Iranians carry on the practice of “khooneh tekouni,” which means “shaking the house,” in which everything in the house is thoroughly cleaned just before the new year.

An alternate theory is that spring cleaning can be traced back to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleaning the home for Passover — a holiday that is celebrated in spring. In Greece and other Orthodox nations it is also traditional to clean the home in spring for Lent.

Wikipedia has this to say about spring cleaning in America:

During the 19th century in America, prior to the advent of the vacuum cleaner, March was often the best time for dusting because it was getting warm enough to open windows and doors (but not warm enough for insects to be a problem), and the high winds could carry the dust out of the house.

Regardless of the origins, we think of spring cleaning as the job of thoroughly cleaning a house — top to bottom. This means light fixtures, ceiling fans, heating/air conditioning vents, window coverings (drapes, blinds, shutters, etc.), windows, doors, door frames, window sills, baseboards, furniture, bookshelves, ledges, floors … I get tired just writing about it!

But it’s a good thing to do, and if you’re going to do it, you should have a plan. So here’s my suggestion:

  1. Pace yourself! Do one room at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed with how big of a job it is.
  2. Move everything that’s movable to the middle of the room so you can get into all the corners and edges of the room (that’s where those dust bunnies like to live!).
  3. Work from top to bottom. Remove cobwebs from the ceiling (don’t forget the corners) and clean the light fixtures and ceiling fans FIRST. Any dust that falls will fall on the still-dirty floor and furniture, not on something that you’ve just cleaned.
  4. Vacuum around the edge of the room so you can move everything back.
  5. Clean items as you put them back to their normal spot (or alter your room layout if you’re feeling adventurous!).
  6. Vacuum or otherwise clean the floor last. Then, if it’s a room with a door, close the door so that the dust you raise during cleaning the next room won’t settle back into your newly cleaned space.
  7. Celebrate! You’re one room down!

 The other obvious option would be to hire a professional housecleaning service — cleaning experts. We at Mini Mops, Inc. encourage you to look around to find a company that is a good fit for what you need done. You should expect to pay more for a company than for a private individual since companies carry the added operating costs of insurances (liability as well as worker’s compensation) and payroll taxes, among other costs of doing business.

And before you make your final decision about who to hire … always check references, including Better Business Bureau!

Here’s a link to Better Business Bureau’s report on Mini Mops, Inc.:

And if you want to read more about spring cleaning on Wikipedia, here’s that link:

Good luck with your own spring cleaning! HAPPY SPRING!

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