Archive for August, 2011

Lawn Mowing – Time Saving and the National Debt

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Powell and Dublin Mowing ServicesWhat does lawn mowing have to do with the national debt?  Well please read on.   But first, I have to admit a couple of things.  I started today with perhaps a bit too much coffee.  I also need to point out that I rarely try to make political statement since I know there is a great likelihood that at least 51% will disagree.  As a business owner, I don’t like those odds.

So let me keep just to the facts – as I know them – your facts might be different.  The first assumption is there are approximately 320 blades of grass in a square inch of grass.  I call this an assumption since there is different grass density, grass types and let’s face it, not every inch of grass is the same.  So please bear with me and accept this assumption.

The next parts are pretty straight forward math, so I will call these facts – predicated on an assumption.  There are 6,272,640 square inches in an acre.  This means there are 2,007,244,800 blades of grass in an acre.

Your basic standard push mower covers a path about 20” wide. This means you would have to push it 26,241 feet to cut a full acre of grass.

More Time for You’s big Exmark lawn mower cuts a path 5 feet wide – or 60 inches.  Now if Tim drove the mower in a straight line, he would only have to travel 8,712 feet to cut an acre (5’ X 8,712’ = 43,560’.)

I took a look at our National debt as of 11:15 am on August 24, 2011.  At that time, the debt figure was $14,645,494,390,155.  Now if we can agree that there are 2,007,244,800 blades in an acre, we would have to cut 7,296 acres to remove 14 trillion blades.

You would have to push your mower, 26,241 feet to cut an acre or 191,462,391 feet to cut 7,296 acres.  That measures out to about 36,262 miles or 1 ½ times around the world.

More Time for You lawn mower would have to travel 8,712 feet in a straight line to cut one acre.  So to cut 7,296, Tim would have to drive the mower 63,565,514 feet (8,712 X 7,296.32) This works out to about 12,038.92 miles.

To prove this theory Tim is now of his way to Perth Australia (11,240 miles from Powell, OH.)  Wave if you see him.

Moral of the story:

It is far easier to have More Time for You cut your lawn than it is to cut the debt.

Housecleaner Value – What is Your Time Worth?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

What is your Time Worth?Is your housecleaners worth more or less than you?  Do you know just how valuable hiring a cleaning service can be?  Have you thought about how much your time is really worth?  Most people who are still doing their own house cleaning certainly have not.  The issue is trying to figure out what’s more important: time or money.  They say time is money, so the two are not mutually exclusive.  Here are some reasons your limited resources is worth more than what you’re valuing it at now:

  1. Do you really like to do the house cleaning?  We’re all here for just a short period, so spend it doing what you really love to do.  Some people genuinely love to clean and are good at it.  If that isn’t you, then hire a house cleaning service.
  2. Are you good at cleaning your house?  If you don’t like to do it, chances are you won’t be very good at it.  You’ll be much happier with the results if you hire a maid service in Powell that specializes in house cleaning.
  3. Do you put off house cleaning too much… to the detriment of your family?  None of us wants to admit it, but sometimes house cleaning just gets put off so long that we are simply embarrassed that anyone would come over.  You’re not happy living in a mess, and neither is your family, so hire someone in the cleaning business perform the job of cleaning for you.

Sometimes life just comes at you so rapidly that you can’t keep up with everything, and cleaning your house falls by the wayside.  But that never has to happen if you just hire a maid service in Dublin to take care of it for you.  Time is valuable, and it’s alright to start now to place the right value on it.  Only you know how valuable it is and what you would rather be doing.  So take a closer look at your life and see what else you might be doing if you didn’t have to clean your house!


Cleaning – 10 Reasons We Don’t Like it

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Cleaning your home is probably on the list of things you hate doing.  It certainly is for most people!  But what about those specific cleaning jobs you really don’t like to do—the ones that don’t necessarily need to be done every single day, but that you find yourself putting off again and again.

  1. Cleaning the toilet.  This part of the overall house cleaning process is definitely one of the worst.  No one likes to clean the porcelain throne, although there are now cleaning products that allow us to put it off for as long as possible.
  2. Scrubbing tile.  Cleaning any part of the bathroom is certainly no fun, and tile makes the list because it’s so difficult to get clean.  Soap scum build-up ranks among one of the toughest stains to get out, so you need some real elbow grease to get this job done!
  3. Cleaning the ceiling fans.  This job is less about being disgusting and more about being a pain because you’ve got to get the ladder out and hope you don’t fall off!
  4. Cleaning out the oven.  Even with a great oven cleaner, you still need some elbow grease to get this done.
  5. Scrubbing the top of the stove.  Whether you’ve got a smooth top stove or one with burners that you have to take off and scrub, this is definitely not a fun task.  Both require a lot of patience and some muscles.
  6. Cleaning out the fridge.  This needs to be done every so often to get rid of all those funky leftovers that are growing things in the back of the refrigerator!
  7. Wiping down the windows.  This job is annoying simply because it never seems like you’re done, and if you have a dog, you’re doomed to a life of nose smears on the glass.  Or are you?
  8. Mopping the floor.  This can be especially back-breaking if you’ve got dried gunk on the floor.
  9. Wiping the kitchen cabinets.  Who has time to do this?
  10. Vacuuming.  This one should be an aerobic workout!

Alright, you don’t like to clean – we get it.  Call More Time for You today 614.760.0911, we can help.

Company Versus Individual Housecleaning Service

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
I prefer More Time for You

I prefer MTFY

There is a more personal feeling when you have cleaning people in your home you hire individually. Many times, there may be ties with people that work for your friends or even a housecleaner who has ties to your family. Sometimes, it might appear that you can get a better deal money wise by using an independent person.

Before getting into a long-term relationship with an individual housekeeper, consider the negative situations that can arise from this option.

1. There’s an old saying about the dangers of conducting business with a friend or family member. You probably have already experienced that at some point in your life.

It may be easy in the beginning to think that this maid will never let you down or do something that requires you to terminate their services, but it does happen. There are often ramifications with other people you know, and you end up looking like the one at fault.

2. If the home cleaner you have hired does not do a good job, you have the personal situation of telling them you expect more. It has to be done one on one, and it is a difficult thing for some people to do. It becomes a decision to tell the person about the shortcomings or just accepting inferior service.

3. When the individual who does your cleaning gets sick, goes on holiday, or has family situations that prevent the work from being done, you are left without service. You can try to find someone else or do the work yourself. Bringing in someone who is unknown to you and has no affiliation with a housekeeping agency can be a trying and risky alternative.

Most relationships among people have tests at some point. It is better if personal and business associations are separated for the sake of your sanity and that of others. The saying that “familiarity breeds contempt” is very true when there is a personal stake in a business situation.

When you deal with a company to clean your home, you may come to like the people who do the work, but you can still keep enough distance that it doesn’t get personal. If you have a problem with an individual, you aren’t responsible for getting into a discussion with that person; you simply call the company and discuss it there.

If the person who usually comes to your home is incapacitated, moves, or doesn’t show up for work, it’s someone else’s responsibility to handle that and you don’t spend your days looking for others to do the chores. Using a professional service relieves that burden from you.

Everything considered, it is a much better working arrangement to use a service company rather than an individual. You won’t have the worries of hurt friends or relatives, you will have more free time because the service handles everything, and you can rest easy knowing that your cleaning will be handled on a regular basis regardless of the personal situations of the individuals performing the work.

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Craig Sedoris is the owner of More Time for You, an Ohio based Cleaning | Lawn Care| Handyman company serving Columbus, Powell and Dublin.   Follow us on our More Time For You Fan Page for interesting time saving insights. Our blog is More Time for You Blog.