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...]

Help Wanted: How Do You Figure Shrinkage When Purchasing Clothes?

Fabric labels

If you don’t want a new item of clothing to shrink, it will.  If you want it to, it won’t.  Has anyone else experienced that frustration? Blog reader, Isaac, recently contacted me about this very issue and asked for help.  Here’s his comment: “Maybe one topic for your blog could be how to clothes shop. Maybe it's because I'm a guy and don't clothes shop often, but it causes me real anxiety. … [Read more...]

20 Tips for Teaching Kids to Do Chores

Chore Chart

Kids need to do chores.  Chores teach them responsibility, ownership, practical skills, teamwork.  But getting them to do chores isn’t always easy.  Just like adults, they would rather play than work. And while kids and chore time will never go together like peanut butter and jelly or bacon and eggs, there are things you can do to make the process more productive and less painful. 1.       … [Read more...]

How To Create A Housecleaning Routine

cleaning caddy

Since I’ve been married, I’ve owned four different homes and I’ve had a different cleaning routine for each of them.  This past November we moved again – into a fixer upper (house number five).  We’ve been here almost two months and I have yet to develop a cleaning routine.  After the initial cleaning frenzy the first week, I’ve been doing the basics but that’s about it.  It’s hard to clean a … [Read more...]

Can’t Tell You Cleaned Your House? Do It Anyway!

Dirty Door

It’s easier to clean a remodeled and updated home rather than one that’s seen better days.  There’s something about cleaning that’s much more satisfying when you see results; when you finish and the end product looks good!  But cleaning something that looks pretty much the same when you’re finished isn’t satisfying at all.  You feel like you’re wasting your time. But it still needs to be done.  … [Read more...]

Short on Energy? 7 Tips to Help You Get Through the Day

No Energy

Too tired to get your cleaning routine done? Or anything else?  Do you struggle just to get through the day and feel like you have nothing to show for it?  Or that the little bit you accomplished wasn’t even a drop in the bucket? Some people struggle every day because of a health condition, stress or an emotional issue.  Other people struggle for a season.  But whatever the reason for your … [Read more...]