October 2019 – 2/3 of 2019


    One of the tasks on my personal to-do list has been to watch the four-part BBC documentary War on Plastic. Knowing that plastic takes yonks to break down and ultimately ends up in our food chain, I decided I needed to act locally NOW! My family love take-outs when we’re out and about, but I rarely remember to grab reusable containers before I leave the house. So I’ve become a Re-stock Drill Sergeant by filling the boot of my car with Clip It containers, plastic forks/spoons/knives from previous culinary escapades, and re-usable cups both for hot and cold drinks, complete with a forest of salvaged straws. (I’ve even labelled everything with the warning “REUSE FOR TAKEAWAYS” so the kids don’t pinch them for their school lunches, so they always end up back in my car. Yes!) Ok, it probably reduces my fuel efficiency by a quarter and my kids do that thing raising one eyebrow when I pull out all this tableware from my boot, but—wow—it feels so good to be reducing that single-use plastic habit. Next step is I would love if some of these restaurateurs would give me a discount for reducing their single-use plastic addiction, as well!

    Keep well,


    MTDL Add-On Service

    Do you have tasks on your home maintenance to-do list hanging over your head?
    -Water blast the drive…
    -Clean the gutters…
    -Plaster and paint a hole in the wall…
    -Repair the deck…
    We get it, that’s why MTDL does more than cleaning: we can organise and manage your home maintenance projects.

    If you have too many OTHER things to do with your time (or just need an expert to get it done right), let us sort it for you with our Add-On Handyman Service.
    Highly knowledgeable with years of experience, wide-ranging skills, and equipment and tools ready for action, get your home sparkling on the inside and out this spring with My To Do List.

    MTDL Customer Testimony

    “Thank you for everything this week. I’ve been working my butt off and because of you the house and my family are ticking nicely.”

    Libby, Riverhead

    Happy October!
    MTDL Team

    September 2019 – Spring Cleaning

    Hi, Busy People!

    So glad to see some sunshine and warm temperatures after our record-breaking month of continuous rain! Hope you kept dry.

    Just a quick Tip for you this month about Health and Safety for when you’re working around your home or office: when cleaning low places (inside ovens, walls, under chairs, low down behind doors) save your back. As much as possible, bend at the knees, squat or lean on one knee on the ground—and work with a straight back. Continuous hunching or leaning while bent over, can cause back strain.

    And if you want to know our secret for getting a streak-free finish on mirrors, taps, stainless steel, etc, try our 2-cloth Method: first wipe with a DAMP or WET CLOTH to wipe away the dirt, then polish the tap or mirror with a very DRY cloth. Voilà! No streaks!


    And if you decide you’d rather have one of our friendly, efficient To-Do Gurus do these tasks for you, just contact us and we’ll free up some time for you

    Have a great rest-of-September


    AUGUST 2019 – Amazing August!


    Hi, Busy People!

    Did you get up to anything epic over the school holidays in July?! We were busy as usual with our regular Tidy Up and Helping Hand Cleans, Deliveries and a few one-off Moving Out Cleans, but I did manage to get back home to Seattle for a quick visit with family. Besides the sight-seeing to iconic places like Mount Rainier, Pike Place Market, and Costco, I was amazed with the comprehensive recycling programs available there. Not only in Seattle can you throw out all of your recyclables together in the same bin without sorting them (paper, glass, cans, plastic and soft plastic), but there are subscription-based curbside services collecting hard-to-recycle items such as batteries, light bulbs, plastic film (think: Ziploc bags and bubble wrap), textiles (shoes, fabric), and more. (Read more here!)

    You may be wondering why I’m amazed by garbage, but—as you can imagine—we take out a lot of rubbish from our customer’s households to their bins. So we see a lot of rubbish! And being ever-conscious of how we can be more earth-friendly in our business practice, we do our best to get rubbish in the right bins. We even offer a free service to Deliver our customers’ used aluminium coffee pods back to Nespresso AND bring their soft plastics to collection points for recycling. We don’t charge our customers because we can manage it quite easily and it just seems like the right thing to do.

    Let’s cross fingers we get more comprehensive recycling programmes here in NZ sooner than later. 

    Have a great August!



    We’re over halfway through winter which means it’s time to start thinking about getting organised and having a deep Spring clean! Don’t worry about finding time to clean, My To Do List has got you covered.  From cleaning product deliveries, to our tidy-up service… My To Do List has something for everyone.

    You will be amazed at the difference a weekly express tidy-up visit can make!


    My To-Do Guru’s are carefully selected for their professionalism. In order to join our team, every To-Do Guru is: Interviewed, identity and referee-checked, vetted for criminal background and credit history, trained, mentored, observed on the job, and up-skilled regularly.

    • You can also rest-assured knowing that every visit to your home is backed by our public liability insurance.
    • Trust is one of our big key values!

    Stay warm!

    The team at My To Do List

    Express tidy-up

    Ironing service

    July 2019 – Half way there!


    Hi, Busy People!

    Hasn’t it been a glorious winter so far – warm temperatures and little rain. Hope you’ve had the opportunity to get out and about and enjoy it.

    Our To-Do Gurus have certainly been out and about this past month: grocery shopping, tracking down fresh flower bouquets for the table, picking up doggie and kitty biscuits from Pet Stock, grabbing fleece sheets and mink blankets from Briscoes and Bed, Bath and Beyond. We even had a request to pick up helium balloons from Spotlight and deliver them to a restaurant for a special someone’s birthday surprise! (If you thought we were just a cleaning company you’re not wrong—we do a lot of normal vacuuming, dusting and toilet scrubbing! But we also do all those OTHER tasks that you find on to-do lists, too.)

    Despite the forecast for colder weather, be sure to get in touch if you need to free up more time to get out and about. And have a super July!



    Our delivery service is what makes MTDL so unique, and our customers love it too. We can do almost any kind of delivery – we can get keys cut, drop off and pick up dry cleaning, and pick up essential groceries and other bits and pieces for the home or office (and put them in the fridge if needed). While we’re out running errands, we’ll also recycle any soft plastics for no extra charge! Our delivery service is personalised for you. Think of us as a personal assistant!


    “I highly recommend My To Do List! They transformed my old kitchen cupboard shelves, putting in a new fresh liner – not an easy task I can assure you! Pam couldn’t have been more conscientious, capable and helpful. She did a fabulous job and communicated throughout the project to make sure I was happy. Huge relief to have that task taken off my to do list and it looks GREAT!

    We will certainly use this service again should we need more help. Thankyou to My To Do List, it was a pleasure!”

    Nichole Martin, Albany

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    Stay warm this winter!

    The team at My To Do List

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