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Deck Staining Maintenance

Importance of Deck Staining Maintenance

Decks are a great addition to any home. Not only do they add value and charisma to a backyard or front porch, they also offer a place to sit and just enjoy the outside world around you. Even more appealing are wooden decks which look great for most homes and blend in better with natural surroundings. Here are ways to keep your wooden deck, or future wooden deck, appealing enough to enjoy the outdoors for years to come through staining and minimal maintenance.

Choosing a Stain

The best way to be completely happy with your deck and to make it last is to add a stain and seal. Choosing a particular deck stain depends mainly on you! Other considerations include the color of your home and surrounding foliage - how will the color of your deck support or take away from your garden or home. Stain comes in a variety of light, medium or dark and rich brown colors. The best ones are those that also protect wood, and penetrate the wood's surface allowing for a better and longer lasting hold. Worried about scratches? Darker stains are not only beautiful, but they also offer a little more camouflage for surfaces that need it.

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Age Appropriate Chore Chart Fun for Kids

Make Chore Charts Fun for Kids

At All Chores No More, we love working together as a family. If you find your children are getting in the way of getting things done, you can try involving them more in the work. It will keep them busy while allowing your family to enjoy some quality time together. Making a chore chart can make work more fun, especially when your child is rewarded after checking off all of their tasks. You can list out each child's name with their daily tasks and post it on your refrigerator or their bedroom door.

Here are some age-appropriate chores for your kids’ chore chart:

Age 2 to 3

  • pick up toys with your help
  • take dirty laundry to the laundry basket
  • dust with a water spray bottle and rag
  • clean up small spills

Age 4 to 5

  • make up their bed
  • pick up their toys
  • help prepare food and set the table
  • carry in lighter groceries
  • fill up pet's food and water bowl
  • match socks from clean laundry

Age 6 to 7

  • make their bed
  • clean room
  • brush teeth
  • vacuum own bedroom
  • fold and put away their laundry
  • empty indoor trash cans
  • put away clean dishes

Age 8 to 11

  • take care of personal hygiene
  • clean room
  • wash dishes
  • wash the car with supervision
  • clean the bathroom with supervision
  • rake leaves
  • clean and fold their own laundry
  • take trash out to the curb for pickup

Age 12 to 13 *including any of the above plus...

  • mow the lawn with supervision
  • baby-sit younger siblings (age varies by state)
  • prepare occasional family meal
  • maintain personal items - recharging batteries, setting alarm clock, etc.

Age 14 to 18 *including any of the above plus...

  • responsible for all library books and library card
  • yard work as needed
  • wash windows
  • earn all spending money
  • housework and yard work as needed
  • help with deep cleaning of house including cleaning of appliances or organizing shelves and closets

Turn your child's unlimited energy into something productive. Be sure to give praise after their daily accomplishments to keep them motivated. Make it fun younger kids by awarding stickers for each day or a special candy bar at the end of the week. If there are any chores that are too big for you and your children, call us and we will accomplish it for you.

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3 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Spring is a time of renewal, so there’s no better time to do a few maintenance chores to keep your home in tip-top shape!

Here are a few spring home maintenance ideas:

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3 Tips for Cleaning Your Gutters and Keeping Them Clean

Tips for Cleaning Your Gutters

No one likes cleaning their gutters. It's a dirty job, and occasionally an outright disgusting one. But it needs to get done and we’ve got some tips to make sure it gets done with a minimal amount of fuss and inconvenience.

Here are our 3 tips for successfully cleaning your gutters:

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