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...]

Tips for Tidying

Messy room

Tidying is my #1 most important home task.  As soon as I moved into my first home, I started making it a priority and I’ve done so ever since.  After Bible reading, it’s always the first item on my list, followed closely by sweep and/or vacuum.  I can get by with a lot less cleaning if my #1 and #2 chores are done daily. At this stage in my life, my house doesn’t get quite as messy as it … [Read more...]

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...]