The Illusion of Clean

The Illusion of Clean Do you clean your house every day? I’m guessing most of us don’t. The many things on our list vying for attention: work, school, activities, personal time- to name a few- usually trump housework. Even if Hazel the housekeeper doesn’t knock at the door at 9AM daily, your house doesn’t have to be a nasty mess. You can FAKE your way to a clean house, and no one will ever know that you didn’t have time to clean this week! Here are 4 things, which, if done on a regular basis, will give your house a clean appearance. Added perk? These things will also make the real cleaning day a breeze! Tip # 1 – Everyone Makes Their Bed! Whether you are thorough and careful, or just pull up the covers and toss and place the pillows, the bedrooms will feel tidy. Tidy beds give incentive to put away shoes, toss stray...

What to Hire Out When Moving

Did you know that the highest percentage of household moves take place in the summer months? Yup. Even in Arizona when temperatures can soar up over 110. Families typically move in the summer when a change in schools or districts isn’t a mid-school year issue for children. In fact, I know of multiple families that have just done the move. In July. On a 116 degree day.  Not fun. Moving can rack up the bills pretty fast if you aren’t careful. A cross-country move can cost over $10,000 if you hire a professional moving company. Even a local move tallies up expenses quickly. But, tackling an entire move on your own can be overwhelming and exhausting. There are so many details to take care of when moving. It’s not just relocating your stuff from one house to another. It’s changing all your utilities, changing your address with so many companies, sorting and throwing out stuff not...

Party Hosting at Your Fingertips

Are you suffering from post-big game party envy? Symptoms include having a great time, gushing about how delicious the latest must-have Pinterest cupcakes were, and wondering how the hostess pulled it off and still managed to enjoy the event. If you relate to any of these symptoms, we’ll let you in on a little secret: Hosting your own unforgettable event is easy with the help of a party host.   The Level of Help You Need Even a small gathering can easily be more work than it seems, especially when the rest of your busy life is still happening. A quick reality check reveals that party hosting preparations can easily consume days before and after the event. To ensure the venue is squeaky clean, the hosting of the event, and then to put everything back together the way it was can be a multi-day endeavor. Whether it’s one of these elements or assisting with the entire event from start...

Get Out of the House!

Get out of the house with your friends and/or family this SUNDAY!   Gather everyone and head to the Tempe Diablo Stadium this Sunday morning before all the cars begin their four day rally departure through Flagstaff, Bagdad, Globe, Roosevelt Lake, Oro Valley and other spots around Arizona! Your kids and friends will love to see these cool cars! This FREE event provides coffee, doughnuts, raffles, and free prizes!   A friend of mine has invited me to the Copperstate 1000 Departure to be googly-eyed with her over this 80 exotic and rare racing and touring car display! Of course I said I would go with her and also support the drivers in their upcoming four day rally! READ MORE Need an outing for a large group of kids?! Until May 6, visit the Arizona Museum for Youth for the, Wing It! Things that Fly exhibit!$7 admission gets you into the museum for great activities! Kids...

Game Night- BEWARE of Laughter!

So I was just visiting some of my girlfriends for our usual relaxing “Girls Night In.” These ladies can get pretty creative when it comes to planning a night of fun and relaxation! We have kept this tradition lasting through our hectic, busy lives as we all deserve to relax with our friends for a night! This week for “Girls Night In,” Ali brought out a game that I had never played before. Apples to Apples is the name of the game! This funny word game had us laughing all night long! After an hour of playing Apples to Apples, of course I decided I need to have this game for my house! I finally picked up the box to read more about the game, and come to find out it is approved for children ages 12 and up. Even your kids can play this game with you! Have a family that you need bonding time...

Why Paying Less Can Cost More

When shopping for someone to help with your house cleaning and other services in your home, the differences between an independent contractor and a professional business can be confusing. Did you know? If you pay more than $1700 per year to an independent housecleaner, you must sign up for an Employer ID Number with the IRS. You are required to pay Social Security and Medicare (also known as FICA) and Federal Unemployment Tax. You may also be liable for Federal Income Tax withholding, state taxes and disability taxes. These taxes become part of your personal tax liability and must be reported on your Form 1040. Penalties for non-payment include interest penalties and fines. You must verify that the person is legally allowed to work in the United States by having them complete the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form and completing the eVerify process. Penalties for hiring illegal aliens range from $250 to $10,000. You should keep...

How to Find a Good Home Contractor

You’ve probably heard it before: “It’s not what you know, it’s WHO you know.” While this rings true for everything from finding a job to finding someone to date, it is especially true for finding a good contractor for your home repairs and services. Sure you could do a google search, but “home remodeling Phoenix” just got 423,000 results on google. How are you to know who is a legit company, much less a great contractor? Easy – Ask another contractor you bring into your home who they recommend. Well, only if you trust them because (as a former boss of mine used to say), superstars hang out with superstars, and losers hang out with losers! Harsh words, but if you don’t trust your landscaper, don’t ask them for a referral for a plumber. They probably know one that is of similar quality as they are. Trust me, Moxie Girl has kissed a lot of toads to find the Prince Charming of home service...

Kitchen Fairy

As a kid, I used to believe in the Tooth Fairy.  Every time I lost a tooth, I would carefully place that tooth on my dresser, and in the morning there was a quarter there in its place. For as long as I believed in her, so she kept coming. When I got a little “smarter,” I no longer believed, and the cash stopped coming. Now that I am older, I would like to get in contact with the Tooth Fairy’s sister, the Kitchen Fairy. Because my husband and I both love to cook dinner almost every night, we sometimes go to bed with dirty dishes on the counter. I would LOVE to wake up to find that the Kitchen Fairy has replaced the dirty dishes with flowers, or chocolates, or even a quarter. Anything is better than waking up to stinky, dirty dishes. So, if you are out there Kitchen Fairy: I BELIEVE! I BELIEVE! I...

How much would it cost for Moxie Girl to clean my house?

This is a question I am asked almost every day. We have learned the hard way that most people will say, “It’s not too bad,” when they really mean to say, “If it wasn’t that bad, I wouldn’t be calling you to clean it.” For this reason we do not guarantee our estimates until we see your home. Something to consider: While the size of your home is a factor in the cost of the cleaning, the current state of cleanliness and clutter are the BIGGEST factors. If you haven’t cleaned your house in a few months (or years!), your first cleaning is going to be a doozy. I wish we had a magic wand that made toilet rings disappear and dust to vanish off baseboards and window blinds, but the honest truth is that it takes scrubbing, a lot of scrubbing, and that takes time. For those of you who like concrete numbers, here are...