How to Keep Your House Cleaner When You Have Pets

How to Keep Your House Cleaner When You Have Pets

I would like to introduce you to Shelby.  She is a 13-year-old black lab that we've had since she was six weeks old.  She has been through five moves, two kids and three grandkids and is a real trooper!  I remember when our first grandchild, Ivy, climbed on her for the first time.  Shelby looked at me with terror in her eyes but didn't move a muscle.  She eventually got used to the little kids and … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Uncluttered Kitchen Counters

The Benefits of Uncluttered Kitchen Counters

Let me say right off the bat that I’m not talking about kitchen counters that have NOTHING on them.  That isn’t practical for most of us.  However, there are several benefits to keeping the stuff on your kitchen counters to a minimum. When you’re trying to do something that requires space, like rolling out pie dough or bread dough, you have enough room to do it without your rolling pin bumping … [Read more...]

What’s in My Cleaning Caddy!

What's in My Cleaning Caddy

My cleaning caddy is a very important part of my cleaning process.  I try to keep it well stocked with things I use on a daily basis.  I also have duplicates of some of my cleaning supplies in areas where I use them frequently – like the bathrooms. But my basic cleaning caddy contains the following items: Cleaning rags.  I use wash rags.  They’re a great size, easy to clean and … [Read more...]

11 Tips for More Effective Sweeping

11 Tips for More Effective Sweeping

I love sweeping.  I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this once or twice before (okay, maybe more than that!).  It’s one of the single most important things I can do to make my house look good and it’s part of my morning routine.  As a result, I’ve learned a few tricks that make sweeping more effective. Don’t sweep just the areas you can see! Sweep under the furniture, too.  Slide the broom under … [Read more...]

When You Really Don’t Have Time to Clean . . .

When You Really Don't Have Time to Clean

There are times in your life when you really don’t have time to clean your house.  Unfortunately, your house doesn’t care about your circumstances and it still needs cleaned whether you have time or not.  When you find yourself in that situation, here are a couple of things you can do: Hire someone to clean your house. Delegate. Are you as unimpressed with those solutions as I am?  I’ve … [Read more...]

Shark Hand Held Vac Makes Clean-Up Easier

Shark Hand Held Vac Makes Clean-Up Easier

Hand held vacs can be really helpful or really frustrating.  In the past, we had a dust buster and it was more frustrating than helpful.  So when my husband mentioned that he’d like to have a hand held vac, I decided to skip the cheap route and go a little more expensive.  I choose a Shark Pet Perfect II Hand Vac (SV780) for $59.99 from Amazon. The vacuum comes with four different vacuuming … [Read more...]

How Long Should it Take to Clean House?

How Long Should it Take to Clean House?

Have you ever wondered how long it takes other people to do routine cleaning tasks?  Have you wondered if you should be doing it faster? I've had a couple of readers asked this question lately, and it just so happens I had a post like that on my ideas list. I've actually already been timing myself doing my regular tasks for when I got around to writing it. So with two readers asking the … [Read more...]