Magic Formula to Get Kids to Clean Their Rooms

Just a quick one today.  I don’t know about you, but getting my kids to clean their rooms is one of the most stressful and annoying things I ever have to do as a parent (although teaching my teen to drive is definitely in the top ten!). Sometimes it takes half the day, many times […]

10 Cleaning Products for LAZY People

Anyone who knows me knows that housework is not my favorite activity.  I mean, I do enough to get by, but you will never find me scrubbing light switch covers with a toothbrush.  So, I am always up for any kind of cleaning products I can find that will save me some cleaning time.  I […]

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6 Tips to Defeat Housework Burnout

I think one of the big problems in keeping up on daily housework is the sheer never-endingness of it. You clean something and a day or two later, you have to clean it again. And again. The sheer repetition of it just grinds you down after a while.  That’s what we call housework burnout. And […]

Are You Running a Homeless Shelter for Clutter?

Remember Mom and that old saying – A place for every thing and every thing in it’s place…  That is definitely a saying from a bygone era, but it was darn good advice! Part of the problem of clutter is about items that aren’t getting put away in it’s proper place, but with a lot […]

Get Your Teen to Clean

One of the toughest parenting tasks is to get your kids to do their chores.  Let’s face it; for most kids, chores are just not on their radar.  A ten year old just doesn’t see taking out the trash as a priority.  And it gets even harder with teenagers.  Sometimes trying to teach a teen […]

7 Steps to a Permanently Clean Kitchen

Here is a great article by Jeff over at TheCleanTeam.com. Pop over to their website for some of the great tools he mentions here.   I am going to share a secret with you: The longer you spend thinking about cleaning your kitchen, the less time you spend actually cleaning it. Until suddenly the task […]

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My Favorite Cleaning Books

Part of my process is to rely on a lot of different cleaning books and sometimes videos.  I get one or two ideas from each one and it’s just generally a big help to me in gaining inspiration for my organizing.  Most of them are also really funny, which makes them an enjoyable read. Some […]

Time to Undecorate Your Home?

OK, my little Clutterbugs, Christmas is officially over – have you made plans to take down your tree and put away the rest of the Christmas clutter?  I know there are people who leave it up for months, but you don’t want to be one of those, do you?   My mother was very superstitious.  She […]

Cut your Cleaning Time in HALF

How much cleaning time do you spend every week? Whatever it is, it is probably more cleaning time than you need.  Time is literally the most precious and irreplaceable thing we have.  I don’t know about you, but I can think of 50 things I’d rather be doing than cleaning the house. If I could […]

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Make it Easy for Kids to Keep their Room Clean

One of the biggest conflicts between parents and children of any age is to keep their room clean.  It’s exhausting and demoralizing for all parties involved.  So, what if there were a way you could painlessly teach your children to get into good habits at an early age?  It’s going to require some big changes, […]

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Book Review: Throw Out Fifty Things by Gail Blanke

My organizing tip for today is a book review for you.  I’ve been listening to the audiobook of Throw Out Fifty Things – Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life by Gail Blanke.  Disclaimer:  This post may contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission from any purchases you may make from these links. […]

Avoid the Trap of Hostess Neurosis

Do you suffer from hostess neurosis?  You know that HORRIBLE feeling when you’ve got guests coming over and the house looks like a complete TRAIN WRECK??  That’s about the worst feeling in the world.   I know I get very stressed out if I have guests coming over when I don’t feel like my house is looking good.  […]

Are You REALLY Lazy?

One of the most common and negative things people say about themselves is we are lazy.   But is that really true?   Are we lazy when it comes to our hobbies or our work?  Are we lazy when it comes to doing the things we really love to do?   No, of course not.  My husband will […]

What is Your Home’s First Impression?

You know the old saying “You never have a second chance to make a first impression”?  Studies have proven that’s exactly right.  When you meet a new person, you make up your mind about them in about 1/5th of a second.   The tough thing is that you can’t really control much when you are […]

Understanding The Broken Window Effect

Photo credit There is something that researchers have discovered that is very important. They call it the “Broken Window Effect” and here is how they discovered it. They did studies in average middle-class neighborhoods where they would leave something out that could easily be stolen – such as a bike, or an attractive pot of […]