New Year’s Resolutions

Tomatoes lying on old table. Diet food

Have you made some New Year’s Resolutions? Perhaps they are some of the same ones you made last year? Do these sound familiar?

This year I am going to eat healthy.

Work out more

Be more organized

Clear out the clutter in my home and garage

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?  I will give you hint, not all of these are mine, some are ones I have heard other people resolve to do. The ones I am going to address today are the Be More Organized and Clear out the clutter. First, are you one who piles up the mail on your kitchen counter. That is not what that lovely kitchen island was intended for. And it’s a bear for my crew to clean around all of that clutter. So,it’s time, this year you can keep that New Year’s Resolution to clear the clutter, and don’t let it come back. When you walk in from the mail box, quickly leaf through the pile of mail, if it’s not a greeting card, a letter or a bill, or notice, put it in the trash. If it may have some value, like coupons or such, then put it in another basket, but not in the same one as your bills. Then, in the evening, after dinner, look through them and then chuck anything you don’t need.

Eden Prairie Home

One of the worst areas of clutter are kids bedrooms and garages. If you are taking something out to your garage because it’s not longer useful or needed in your home, then why is it in your garage? Give it to good will, or if its raggedy and dirty, throw it away! Do your children have a gazillion toys scattered all over their rooms? How bout a bench like this with storage baskets? Anything which doesn’t fit in those baskets should go away as well.

If you need help getting organized, we can do that with you. We don’t have the same emotional attachments to your clutter as you do, it’s easier for us to help you be objective. Just give us a call!!


Happy New Year


Carole Melasi

house keeping, house cleaning, property management, construction clean up, office cleaning


Open Floor Plans, Yea or Nay?

AT Riverside Cleaning Services we are lucky. Everyday we get to see all different sizes and styles of homes. In fact, sometimes we get to see brand new homes in the final stages even before their owners do! No way you say? Yes way we say! We do the heavy duty after construction clean up for several builder in the India River County. We also clean the windows until they sparkle and the floors until they shine.

So, back to the title of this post. Open floor plans, yes or no? Well, I think it’s a little bit of both. Personally, in some of the very large homes we work on, the open floor concept designs just make for a huge room that goes on and on. The sound echos, and they never feel warm. If you put enough furniture in them to feel cozy, then they can look too busy. I think it might be nice to have a little bit of separation. Perhaps they kitchen could be partially closed off to the family room. There is nothing worse than having a dinner party and friends have to stare at your dirty dishes all evening, is there?

Spanish Colonial in Belvedere

I am not an interior designer or an architect, but I think that having a little more creativity in some of our homes might be nice. In this space, the kitchen is still open to the family room, but there is the arch and the half wall between the kitchen and living room, and the dining room has three walls around it instead of simply being left open.

What do you think? Open floor plan? Or not?

Carole Melasi

Riverside Cleaning services

house keeping, house cleaning, property management, construction clean up, office cleaning


Happy New Year from Riverside Cleaning

Happy New Year from Riverside Cleaning


Christmas Dinner or Party Dish

Christmas Dinner or Party Dish


Reiverside Cleaning services, great recipes for the Holidays, what shoudl I serve for Christmas dinner

Baked Spiral Cut Honey Bone In Ham with Cloves and Pineapple Chunk Closeup

There are some people who eat only veggies, or who eat mostly fish, and then there are the rest of us, and we like all kinds of meat. At Christmas time, New Year’s Day and on Easter, there are many of us who will serve a nice big ham. You can buy them pre-made at honey Baked Hams, and they are always scrumptious. I like to buy them at the grocery store, cover them in a glaze, and put them in a crockpot. Now, lest some of you call and start to lecture me on my poor eating habits, I didn’t say I would be serving this particular dish, I am simply sharing a recipe that I like.

    • 1 bone-in fully cooked spiral cut ham (about 10 lbs/4.5 kg)
    • 1 cup (240ml) pineapple juice
    • 1 can if chunk pineapple
    • ½ cup (90g) brown sugar
    • 1 cinnamon stick
  1. Take ham out of the refrigerator about 2 hours before baking to allow it to come to room temperature. Remove ham from packaging. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels. Place in a deep baking dish with fat side up.
  2. Combine pineapple juice, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, and cloves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 15 minutes or until pineapple juice is reduced by half. It should be thick and syrupy.
  3. Brush half of the glaze onto the ham and into the folds of the cut slices. Reserve the other half of the glaze for later.
  4. Place ham in a preheated 325°F (165°C) oven and bake for 1¼ to 1½ hours  OR, PUT the ham in your crockpot with a thin layer of brown sugar on the bottom.
  5. Set the cooking time to 6 hours so it doesn’t burn or get dried out, but you can take it out in four hours and it should be perfectly done.
  6. Carefully remove the ham from the oven  or crockpot, and brush the remaining glaze onto the ham. Return to the oven and continue to bake for another 15 to 20 minutes or until internal temperature of ham reaches 160°F (71°C).
  7. Allow ham to rest for 15 minutes before serving.

You can serve it with roasted veggies such as brussel sprouts and potatoe, drizzled with a mixture of butter and Balsamic vinegar.