Category: Cleaning Services

Welcome to Spring & Your Home To-Do List

Although it may not seem like it, it really is springtime. Spring cleaning is a given. Spring often brings a special time to declutter and shed all the protection needed during the winter months. It’s also time to think about home improvement projects that are ideal for this time of...

/ March 14, 2011
Great use of space beside shower stall

Bowling for the Canadian Cancer Society

One of the things we are most passionate about here at HomeStars is our support of local charities. We find that an even greater community synergy is achieved when we can partner with one of our member companies for a good cause. With that, we are thrilled to help Paul...

/ January 19, 2011
Deck and Arbor

Say Good Riddance to Clutter

TV shows such as A&E’s Hoarders and TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive have put a face to a very real problem…keeping too much stuff. Unlike the folks highlighted on these shows, for most accumulating clutter (described by George Carlin as “Stuff”) and being able to manage it is part of the human experience. It...

/ January 14, 2011
Custom Kitchen Cabinetry by Mooza Wood Arts

Kitchen Trend 2010 & Predictions for 2011

Awhile back I started sorting through reviews on kitchens to find our favorite kitchens of 2010. While looking through reviews and photos (one of the best parts of this job is checking out some of the gorgeous renovation pictures homeowners add to their reviews) I was surprised by how similar...

/ November 4, 2010
The finished basement by The Home Improvement People

Do you Want a Green Cleaner That Actually Cleans? Pink Solution Is It…

I had a call from Darren Olson a few weeks ago telling me about the best cleaner since sliced bread, called Pink Solution. Since Darren’s wife is the owner of Toronto’s top rated Cleaning company [Maret’s Quality  Home Cleaning Services] – I knew this product had passed the muster of...

/ August 13, 2009
Small living room with bright shots of colour. Photo via

A Winter Tune-up Treatise

One of the great joys of living in Canada is the change of seasons. Autumn's colors and crispness will soon be making way for winter's exciting first snowfall. Of course, one of the great burdens of living in Canada is the extreme conditions we ask ourselves and our houses to...

/ October 28, 2008
Spray-Net Alberta

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

I have mixed feelings about the onset of Fall. On the one hand, our family gets back to routine and schedules and seeing friends who’ve been away for the summer. On the other hand, the warmer weather will be nearing its end, and cooler temperatures are right around the corner....

/ September 12, 2008

Useful Websites for Spring Cleaning

I used to be a packrat, but not for the usual reasons. I don’t have a particular sentimental attachment to most items…. Okay, so I still have a few sweaters hanging around from the ’80s, but hey, I knit them myself! No, the reason I still hang on to things...

/ April 15, 2008

Homemade Household Cleaning Products

A number of years ago, I learned that common chemicals in household items such as air fresheners, most detergents, most cleaning products, pest sprays, and outdoor fertilizers and weed killers caused some health problems for a family member. The Household Products Database from the National Institutes of Health can tell...

/ April 10, 2008

“The King Is In The House”!

No, I’m not saying Elvis has entered the building. As my life as a homeowner overlaps with my role on the team building HomeStars, it’s no surprise that I’ve come to look at home renovations and upkeep services in a whole new light. My main thoughts today are: (1) In...

/ March 31, 2007