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Coronation Activity Guide

Want to know what you can do to mark the coronation of King Charles III?

With the coronation of King Charles III just around the corner, many are wondering how they can celebrate.

And can you blame them? It’s been a while since there was last a coronation in the UK, so the celebration activities aren’t exactly a force of habit.

Rather than letting the day slip by unmarked, here is a list of ways you and your family can celebrate the coronation this weekend.

Fun for the kids

Royal Arts & Crafts

There are lots of activities that the kids can get involved in this weekend.

Particularly those involving arts in crafts.

For some inspiration, try making:

  • Crowns using strips of paper
  • Paper flags using rectangles of paper and lolly sticks.

For tips and alternative methods, check out three ways to make a homemade flag.

For more inspiration, including card carriages and homemade bunting, check out this article from Twinkl on 10 Regal Coronation Crafts.

Writing letters and cards to Buckingham Palace

The King also takes a great interest in correspondence with his subjects. Writing letters and cards to send to Buckingham Palace are a great way to celebrate the occasion.

For guidance on the correct ways to format your correspondence, please visit www.royal.uk/contact

Fun for everyone

For some activities that people of all ages can participate in, look no further than…

Creating a time capsule

Take objects and souvenirs that remind you of 2023 and the royal weekend (maybe even some of your crafts) and bury them in the garden so that, in years to come, you can look back on this time with fondness and nostalgia.

This could include a family photo, money, letters, newspapers and stamps.

Place it all in a secure container and bury it to be dug up in future.

For a step-by-step Time Capsule building (and burying) guide, check out this article from Millets.

Hosting a garden party

To celebrate a royal occasion, there is nothing better than a street or garden party.

While the date to register a road closure to host your street party has passed, there may still be one in your area.

Failing that, a good old-fashioned garden party never goes amiss.

Just don’t forget the bunting, finger sandwiches and scones!

For more activity inspiration and to find events near you this weekend and beyond, check out this coronation event map and locator from the UK Government.

A clean fit for a king

Tidy up your palace with Merry Maids UK.

Whether you’re expecting company or restoring tranquillity after they’ve gone, we know you have better things to do than spend your holiday cleaning.

Our experts have over 30 years of experience in delivering home cleaning services, so you can trust us to provide a royal treatment!

For a one-off deep clean or regular services as little or often as you like, find your local Merry Maids business today or book online in select locations.

How to declutter your clutter

Top home organisation and decluttering tips from Merry Maids UK. 

We’ve all got those items in our home that we haven’t used for a while (or never used!)

With spring upon us, now is the perfect time for a spring clean and a good old-fashioned clear out.

At Merry Maids UK, we love a clean and tidy space.

Not only does it look nicer, but it also helps your health and mood!

Our cleaning experts have spent years helping customers across the UK reduce the clutter in their homes.

That’s why we’ve compiled our top decluttering and organisation tips to help you keep a clean home.

  1. Organise your time

When it comes to spring cleaning, proper organisation is vital!

If you don’t know where to start, you will make spring cleaning harder for yourself.

First, get your tasks in order by listing your chores.

Structure your list a room at a time and in order of how you’ll do them – for example, all vacuuming tasks.

Even just a mental note will help.

One barrier to getting the job done is the mental effect.

Overcoming your mind and hesitancy is one of the best things you can do to ensure you get your cleaning done.

So, take the individual tasks and cut them down into smaller jobs. Soon, a big task has become much more manageable.

In taking it step by step, soon, it isn’t a big task after all!

The organisation focuses your efforts on smaller tasks, which are more achievable and, in the end, more rewarding when the tasks are completed.

  1. Envision a clean home

Having a goal and vision is a vital part of your cleaning strategy.

You know where you’re trying to end up.

Imagine your home the cleanest it’s ever been, and try and set your goal to make your house look like that.

With that goal in mind, you can start asking yourself valuable questions.

  1. Do you need it?

To avoid keeping clutter around, you need to evaluate your items.

Ask yourself four simple questions about everything in your home:

  1. Should I throw it away?
  2. Do I want to recycle it?
  3. Do I want to give it to charity or a friend?
  4. Is there any need for me to keep it?

Get into the right mindset and be ruthless with what you throw away.

Remember, you don’t need to save everything.

  1. Don’t be a hoarder

If there’s one trap many of us fall into, it’s thinking: “You never know when you might need it.”

Remember, when decluttering, you need to be ruthless.

If you haven’t used an item regularly or at all for the past year, throw or give it away.

Here are some items that are usually the common “you never know” culprits:

  • Plastic Food Containers – One of the main culprits for cupboard Jenga is plastic food containers.

Why we keep them around, nobody knows. But one thing is sure: they’re always stacked precariously and filling up a whole cupboard.

  • Batteries – When batteries are dead, many people head into the kitchen and straight to ‘The Junk Drawer’, where they sit… forever!
  • Toys – Far too many. Plain and simple. And where did they all come from? Any parent can attest to having boxes and boxes of toys.

While it can seem brutal to bin or donate your child’s toys, some probably don’t get played with anymore.

And getting your child to help with the selection and organisation teaches them positive habits for the future.

  • Wires and tech – Everybody on Earth has a drawer full of old wiring and tech.

How many of them do you know what they’re for? Is your ancient Nokia brick going to need charging anytime soon?

It’s safe to say that you can get rid of them.

To better organise the items in your home, try some handy tech by checking out some unique storage and organisation solutions.

  1. Book time with your books

We’re not psychic. But we bet, in your kitchen, you have at least ten recipe books.

Do you use all of these books regularly? The answer is probably no.

Rather than take up space with shelves full of books, one quick tip is to photocopy your favourite recipes and put them in one of those empty recipe books with plastic wallets.

Book in time with Merry Maids

There are many ways to declutter your home. But it takes time.

In the modern world, we don’t always have the time to dedicate to cleaning and decluttering our homes.

At Merry Maids, our local cleaning experts do the cleaning to give you the time to focus on what matters to you.

To benefit from one-off, regular or deep cleaning services, find your nearest Merry Maids business today.

5 children friendly cleaning tips

Top tips to keep your home tidy, even when you have young children.

Cleaning is a chore at the best of times. But add mess created by some little tikes, and suddenly a quick tidy-up becomes a mammoth task.

But all is not lost. A little method can cut through the madness and ensure your home stays in order.

This week, the cleaning experts at Merry Maids UK have put together our top 5 tips for cleaning up around the house when you have children.

  1. Give your children a routine

Author Malcolm Gladwell coined the phrase ‘repetition is the key to mastery,’ and in this case – it’s true!

Practice makes perfect, and the best way to stay on top of your cleaning is to well… keep on top of it.

By sticking to a routine, your children will learn the value of cleaning up after themselves, and the practice will become a habit.

Establishing routines throughout the day means that your child knows when and how to tidy up the messes they make and the importance of keeping things tidy.

  1. Ensure everything has a home

Cleaning with and for your children should be straightforward and uniform.

With your routine established, ensure that everything your child needs has its place.

As with your routine, repetition will help your child to understand what you’re doing and learn to imitate it.

You to keep things organised and let your child know where to get something and put it away again.

  1. Keep surfaces clutter-free

Habit, habit, habit! That’s today’s mantra. And it applies to keeping things free of clutter too.

If your home is full of clutter, your child will struggle to know where things go and learn the benefits of organising their things.

Furthermore, mess and clutter are proven to cause stress as it signals to your brain that you still have work to do.

Keeping in the habit of ridding surfaces of clutter will help maintain a stress-free environment for you and your children.

Moreover, feeling like a failure is a common experience for many parents.

Raising children can be a hugely stressful experience and can trigger feelings of fear and stress that negatively impact your mental health.

As much as possible, your goal is to minimise opportunities where you may feel like this.

This is chiefly how to do with how you frame your own experience, your successes, and perceived failures as a parent.

But it also helps to take whatever practical steps you can, like keeping a clean and clutter-free environment.

Not only will this teach your children positive habits, but it will help to keep you feeling your best.

At Merry Maids, we regularly share tips on decluttering and organising different areas of your home. Including your desks, your kitchen, and even your garage.

  1. Rotate toys

Decluttering is one thing, but if you’re finding that you’re just constantly picking up toys, it might be time for a new system.

Thankfully, the Toy Checkout System is perfect for families who are battling against a rising tide of playthings and children who don’t want to share.

This entails having a rotating system of toys wherein a certain number are always accessible for everyone, and individual toys are under individual responsibility.

Essentially, the child who took out the toy is responsible for putting it away.

The rotation toys are organised and out of sight in a safe and out-of-the-way place.

For this to work, you’ll want a sheet of paper with two columns labelled “Name” and “Toy”.

Then think of it like a hotel checkout. When a child wants to get a toy out, they write their name and the toy they are checking out.

To get out a new toy, they first have to clean up and return the toy they checked out.

This isn’t to say that your children can’t share toys.

They can invite others to play with the toy and request help tidying, but ultimately, that toy is their responsibility.

This method keeps your home clean and tidy and teaches your children the value of personal responsibility. It’s a win-win!

  1. Stay simple!

When working with your children, it’s best to keep things simple.

Using a visual aid, as with the Toy Checkout System, works well because it’s straightforward for them to understand and stick to.

When clearing up clutter, the last thing you want to do is overcomplicate things and create mental clutter.

You might think that a 15-step colour-coded table for different toy categories is fun (we do too!) But it will just lead to confusion and inertia from your children.

Keep things as efficient as possible. Ensure you have organisational systems but keep them as simple as possible.

Don’t have time to clean?

At Merry Maids UK, we know you don’t always have the time to clean or keep things organised – especially as a parent.

That’s where we come in. For parents who struggle to find the time to do the cleaning, our top tip is to call in the professionals!

With over 30 years as domestic cleaning experts, our maids take care of the cleaning to the highest possible standard, so you have more time to spend with your loved ones and less time worrying about cleaning.

Whether it’s a regular clean or you’re just a one-off tidy-up, we have you covered. Our maids have the right know-how, equipment, and training to deliver the best standard every time.

See how we could help you by calling 0800 021 3072 or finding your nearest Merry Maids business today.

Or, for one-off cleans, you can book online in select locations for a quick and easy cleaning experience.