Cleaning Tips to Make Life Easier and Great Smelling

I blog a lot about decluttering and organizing, but not much about actual cleaning.  To be honest, it’s not my strongest suit, but I’m getting there with a little help.  Decluttering, organizing, and cleaning are all very intricately linked topics.  In order to do a proper job on the cleaning, you need to have the […]

Kitchen Reveal – Painted Oak Cabinets

Sooooo, we’ve been mucking around all summer with a kitchen remodel.  We’ve been poking around for like a year looking at painted oak cabinets, but it’s a big change, and an expensive one.  But we’ve had these old 70’s style golden oak cabinets in our kitchen for a decade and they weren’t very nice. This […]

New Year’s Motivation – Declutter/Organize Your Home

Here we are on Day Three of our New Year’s motivation series.  Today, we are talking my best tips to clean/declutter/organize your home.  I’ve got more than 100 posts to choose from in this category, so I couldn’t narrow it down to just five posts.  Instead, I selected five different types of posts to help […]

The Challenge of Living with a Messie

Did you ever (poke) wonder what it (poke) is like for a cleanie (poke poke) living in the same house with (poke) a messie? I’d imagine (poke) it’s just like living with someone just randomly poking you all__the__time. The clutter doesn’t bother us, we have the ability to just tune it out.  But when you’re […]

7 Ways to Make Your House SELF CLEANING

I don’t know about you, but I HATE cleaning!  Anytime there is the slightest chance that I could do LESS of it, I am all over it! So, I’ve been doing a little research on the topic and I’ve discovered not one, but SEVEN different ways you can keep your house cleaner by actually doing […]

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Powerful Tips to Organize Your Kids – Chores

Is there anything more pesky and annoying than trying to get your kids to do their chores? Unless you were born with that magically organized child (I never had THAT kid!).  You are going to be fighting this fight for at least 18 years. According to my favorite behavioral psychologist Brian Wansink, the best way […]

Secrets to Easy Daily Clutter Maintenance

Clutter is one of the one of the biggest challenges in keeping your home looking nice.  It can get out of control SO quickly and then you’re up to your neck in dishes, mail, shoes, newspapers, backpacks, etc.   If you can just get this one very simple clutter habit until control, you would be […]

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Perfectionism Rears its UGLY Head

  I hear from a lot of women that they feel they are a “Perfectionist” and it’s said in smug sort of way that indicates they feel it to be an absolutely superior virtue. I’ve heard all the variations of it, my towels have to be folded a certain way, or only *I* can load […]

Are You Making these Cleaning Mistakes?

Let’s face it – cleaning is one of those things you can’t avoid.  Like death and taxes.  We all have to clean up the house at some point.  But it’s just smart to do your cleaning as quickly and efficiently as you can, so you can get onto more fun stuff – like watching Dancing […]

Peter Walsh on Thanksgiving Cleanup

I was watching TV on my lunch hour the other day and I happened to catch Peter Walsh on Rachael Ray.  So, I jotted down a few notes thinking you might enjoy some of the great tips he was sharing.  Peter is awesome – I use his books as a reference for my organizing tips. […]

Why I WON’T Use Homemade Laundry Soap

I have seen SO many posts over the years about saving money by making your own laundry soap.  I think it’s a good idea, in theory.  However, I learned a tough lesson about this more than 25 years ago.  My mother-in-law found some laundry soap that was on a “great sale” and she gave me […]

Overcome Your ADD-ness In Your Chores

OK, I have to ‘fess up, like many of you, I am seriously ADD.  At times, my mind has the attention span of a Cocker Spaniel Puppy – (Squirrel!).  A lot of it is my own fault.  I am always doing at least 2 or 4 (or 9!) things at once, and my mind is […]

The SHAME of A Messy House

I think there is one common thread among women and that is the fear and embarrasment of being “caught” with a messy house.  I’m not sure if we pick this up from our mothers or from TV or where, but I think it’s a universal feeling, and it’s particularly bad if it’s in front of […]

How to Get Your Family to HELP With Housework

If you are like most people, you live with one or more other people. The problem with this is that no two people have the same level of cleanliness. Invariably, one person is going to end up being the “cleaner” one and one will be the “messy” one. And somehow you have to come to […]

Does a Clean House Equal Money in the Bank?

The other day, I was over at the lovely home of one of my “cleanie” friends and it’s really got me thinking. This lady had a gorgeous house that was beautiful and apparently effortlessly clean. I was in several different rooms during my visit and all of them were gorgeously decorated and looking wonderful even […]