Leaves in the Living Room & Other Housekeeping Dilemmas


If an area of your house keeps getting dirty, figure out why and see if you can fix it.  If you can't, let it go.  Here are a few examples from my house: Leaves in the living room.  We keep getting leaves in the living room.  I sweep and/or vacuum daily but the leaves keep showing up.  I finally realized the front porch is covered with leaves.  Until I sweep those off, I’m going to keep getting … [Read more...]

Cleaning As You Go: What it Really Means


Cleaning as you go isn’t a new idea.  In fact, it’s been around forever.  But there may be some confusion about exactly what it means?  In case you think it means cleaning all the time, that’s NOT what it means. Cleaning as you go does mean: Picking up after yourself. If you make a mess, clean it up. Cleaning up messes when you discover them. If you see a spill, clean it up NOW.  If … [Read more...]

House Temporarily Out of Control? My Strategy for Cleaning it Up!

Messy House

My house is out of control!  It’s cluttered!  It’s dirty!  And it’s driving me nuts. I’m pretty good about staying on top of household chores, but once in a while, despite my best efforts, I lose the battle. December was one of those times.  Between the holidays, extra time with the little kids (grandkids), sickness (mine) and a major remodeling project, I lost control of the house.  … [Read more...]

Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be a Bad Thing!


My Labrador retriever has a special kind of coat that doesn't require a lot of maintenance. Regular brushing is a must but too many baths are a bad thing. There are actually lots of things where too much is too much. Like: Spending Eating Drinking Talking Cleaning Yes, I said "cleaning." For years I've had a cleaning schedule that worked really well. Cleaning tasks were done on a … [Read more...]

How to Vacuum a Throw Rug

throw rug

I have several throw rugs in my house – all for various purposes.  For example, I have one in the kitchen to make it more pleasant to stand at the sink and to make the room look prettier.  I have another at the back door to make it easier for my 12-year-old Labrador retriever to get in and out of the house.  The tile floor is a little scary for her.  I have another throw rug in the entry to … [Read more...]

An Important Tip When Choosing Home Décor

living room

Choosing décor for your home seems like it should simply be based on what you like and what you can afford.  But there’s another element to keep in mind and that’s MAINTENANCE. You might love that ornate piece of furniture you found at the antique shop but you might not love all that’s required to take care of it.  Or that white sofa or plush white rug might be everything you’ve dreamed of but … [Read more...]

How to Keep Your Pets from Stinking Up Your Rugs


I have a large black lab named Shelby who stinks up my rugs.  If all we did was walk on the rugs, it might not be that big of a deal.  But my husband, David, likes to lay on the rugs and stretch or do a little bit of exercising.  He isn’t real excited when he’s doing push ups and gets a whiff of smelly dog every time his nose gets near the carpet. So I’ve been working on that.  Here’s what I’ve … [Read more...]