Cleaning Tip: Borax in the Bathroom

May 28, 2012

Borax is a bathroom’s best friend. I have found it to be very effective in cleaning mildew, sticky buildup from hairspray on the counters and floors, disinfecting the toilet (not that I actually test that or anything), and general cleaning. I used to use a variety of cleaners for the bathroom. Now it’s just Borax […]

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Habit: Vacuuming

May 14, 2012

Vacuuming does more than clean the carpets. It also picks up dust and other allergens that run rampant in your house. Even if your home does not appear to need vacuuming, it’s a good idea to do it anyway at least weekly. When emptying the collected dirt, it’s a good idea to do that in […]

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Habit: Cleaning Your Window Treatments

May 7, 2012

This is one area that often gets overlooked unless, of course, you switch out your window treatments seasonally. I have a hard enough time keeping up with seasonal clothing so I’ll pass on the seasonal curtains. First up are curtains. Check to see if they are machine washable. If you take them out of the […]

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Organizing Tip: Electronics Cables and Adpaters

April 30, 2012

I have to admit, our family was slow to jump on the electronics bandwagon. But technology has finally caught up with us, and so has the proliferation of cables and chargers from various devices. The biggest problem is finding the right item when you need it. They get moved around, they disappear and then reappear, […]

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Habit: Sweeping the Floors

April 23, 2012

Here’s another habit with a big payoff. When you sweep, you automatically have to pick up what’s on the floor. Forcing yourself to sweep main areas like the kitchen daily will help you keep the floors picked up. Sweeping also makes the room feel cleaner in general. Mopping once a week is a good habit […]

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Habit: Putting Away Toys – Part 2

April 16, 2012

For older kids, the routine is a little different. They can be assigned a room to keep picked up all week. If you give your child a little freedom on what time of day he does the job, it is a great opportunity to learn a little about him. Is he the type that likes […]

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Habit: Putting Away Toys – Part 1

April 9, 2012

If you have lots of kids or lots of toys—or both—this one habit can make a huge difference in your home. Little kids like to play next to mom, wherever she may be. This means toys migrate all over the house. To keep it simple, add a toy basket wherever you tend to spend a […]

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Habit: Wipe Down Walls Weekly

April 2, 2012

If you’ve been with me any length of time, you’ll know what I’m about to say. Keeping your walls clean makes a big difference on how clean your home feels. It may have spots on the floors and stuff piled up on every surface, but if the walls look clean, the place feels clean. Think […]

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Habit: Spot Clean Weekly

March 26, 2012

Some areas of the house need occasional spot cleaning. Areas that come to mind are carpets and upholstery. It is keeping up with cleaning these small things that can make a big difference in how clean your house feels. For example, spots on the stairs carpet can be a real eye sore for visitors. It […]

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Habit: Dusting Furniture and Electronics

March 19, 2012

Dusting is a simple task with a big payoff. It makes your home look better, clears allergens and dust from the air making it easier to breathe, and prolongs the life of your electronics. How often should you dust? That depends on how visible the dust is and if anyone’s health is affected by it. […]

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