Making Appliances Last Longer

Dishwasher

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

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...]

10 Tips for Choosing Bedding

sheets

I’m no expert on bedding – fabric types, thread counts, etc.  But I do know what I like and don’t like.  And I learned the hard way how to increase my chances of choosing bedding that makes me happy. BEDSPREADS/COMFORTERS/COVERLETS/QUILTS 1.       If you’re going to re-paint the room, get the bedding FIRST.  It’s easier to match paint to bedding than try to find bedding that matches the … [Read more...]

Laundry, Laundry, Everywhere

washing machine and dryer

Laundry is one thing I’ve always been good at - until we moved here.  Since we moved into this house, I’ve had laundry sitting everywhere: The washer: The dryer: The basement: The bed: I never did that before.  So what changed? That’s what I decided to find out.  After careful evaluation, I discovered several problems: 1.       In the past, I had set days to do … [Read more...]

How To Avoid Kitchen Clean-up AFTER Cooking

messy kitchen

A lot of people don’t mind cooking but they hate cleaning up afterwards.  If that’s you, there’s an easy way to prevent that after-dinner cleaning marathon. 1.       Have a trash can in a convenient location (like right next to where you’re working), a plastic grocery bag attached to one of your drawer pulls or a large bowl on the counter for trash.  Toss all your trash into the container & … [Read more...]

Cleaning Shortcuts That Save Time & Reduce Stress

Broom

In case you’ve been reading my cleaning posts and looking at my to-do lists and think I clean all the time, let me clarify:  I do NOT clean all the time.  I am diligent about doing two things daily: Tidy the house Sweep/Vacuum the floors These two things are done pretty much every single day.  But they don’t take long and they make the house look clean. As far as cleaning, I do the … [Read more...]