Yes, There’s a Correct Order for Cleaning!

Order of Cleaning

Any cleaning that you do, whether it’s done correctly, perfectly or in the right order, is still a good thing.  However, if you’ve ever wondered if there’s a correct order, there is – sort of. The correct order depends on a lot of things, including how much cleaning you’re doing and your standards.  But generally speaking, here are some guidelines: 1.       Tidy first and then clean.  It’s a … [Read more...]

10 Things That Make House Cleaning Difficult, Part 2

cleaning caddy

House cleaning is challenging by itself and most of us face other issues that make it even more challenging.  But even if you do face extra difficulties, keeping your house clean isn’t impossible. Yesterday we looked at 5 reasons house cleaning is tough, along with some possible solutions (you can read about it here).  Today let’s take a look at the last 5. 6.       You’re too busy to … [Read more...]

10 Things That Make House Cleaning Difficult, Part 1


Unless you’re one of those born organized people who can keep their house clean no matter what, house cleaning is challenging.   There are so many circumstances that can make it especially difficult. However, identifying those circumstances doesn’t give us an excuse – it gives us a reason.  And there’s a big difference between an excuse and a reason. An excuse says:  “This is hard.  This is … [Read more...]

My Laundry Routine

Washer & Dryer

I want to start out by confessing that I’m not as good at laundry as I used to be but I’m still pretty darn good.  It’s one of my few claims to fame as a homemaker. So I thought, just for fun, I’d give you a glimpse of my typical laundry routine.  Here we go: 1.       I usually do laundry on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 2.       I gather the laundry and dump it all in one basket.  We … [Read more...]

Making Appliances Last Longer


Appliances these days don’t last as long as they used to.  We had an old hand-me-down refrigerator that had been going for 30+ years and was still going strong.  There’s no way our new one will last that long. I also learned from personal experience that the new ovens have glass igniters (at least the ones I’ve had) which don’t last very long at all!  Our last oven was brand new when we … [Read more...]

A Day in My Life . . .

juggling mom

A reader requested a peek into my daily life and routine.  It’s pretty boring, but here goes . . . First of all, a little about this phase of my life.  My husband is a self-employed remodeling contractor and we’ve been married 33 years.  We have two grown kids:  Rachel, 28 and Danny, 26.  Both are married and live nearby.  Danny and his wife, Ashley, have two kids:  Ivy, 4-1/2 and Calvin, … [Read more...]

How to Clean a Grungy Bathroom


Seven months ago my husband and I moved into a repo/fixer upper.  The inside of the house wasn’t as bad as some of the houses we looked at but it was still pretty awful.  It took several days of cleaning before we were ready to move in and it still didn’t feel clean. The kitchen and the two bathrooms were the worst.  Fortunately, my husband, David, gutted the kitchen and started rebuilding it … [Read more...]