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Housekeeping 130 Ideabooks

With gardens springing to life, the days lengthening and the outdoors beckoning (even if it is still chilly), April is a month of renewal. It’s time to dust off the outdoor furniture, tidy up and refresh decor. And with Earth Day...
Got a Disastrously Messy Area? Try Triage
For those of us who are Not Naturally Organized, running a household can be overwhelming. “I don’t even know where to begin” is a common lament. We look at our Naturally Organized family members and friends and wonder how they do it. How do...
7 Habits to Help a Tidy Closet Stay That Way
You’ve banished your excuses, sorted your stuff and lightened your load. Your closet looks great! You’ve celebrated your accomplishment and are basking in the glory of your newly purged space. So ... now what? Nature abhors a vacuum, as they say,...
Get Grout Magically Clean — Stains and All
Tile — whether it's used as flooring, in the kitchen as a backsplash or for counters, or in the bathroom — has one great downfall: grout. Since grout is porous in nature, unsealed grout absorbs all kinds of stains, from mildew to coffee and everything...
Baking Soda: The Amazing All-Natural Cleanser You Already Own
Fluffy pastries and scrumptious cookies might be the first things that come to mind when you think of baking soda, but this ingredient is far more than a baking staple. Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a powerful cleanser that should be a mainstay...
How to Build Your Housekeeping Muscle
A few months ago I was listening to a story on the radio about the increase in private lending. The subject of the interview was a man who, over the years, has lent thousands and thousands of dollars in small amounts to family, friends and acquaintances....
Can-Do Cleaning Strategies for Busy People
Some housekeeping books read like a lovely daydream. Imagine having the time to dust under the furniture, rotate mattresses like clockwork and clean the refrigerator coils! To be quite honest, I can't recall the last time I did any of those things, and...
7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Entry Hall
A neat, chic entryway gives visitors a positive first impression and makes coming home a pleasure. But between the daily influx of mail and a household’s worth of coats, shoes and bags, this space is often one of the most challenging...
Do It for the Kids! A Few Routines Help a Home Run More Smoothly
When my dear friend Billy told me he had described himself to a date as “kinda messy,” I told him he needed to offer full disclosure immediately. This woman was orderly to an...
The Top 5 Ways to Save Water at Home
Rainfall is at record lows in many parts of the United States. California, in particular, is in the midst of an extreme drought. A professor of earth and planetary sciences at the University of California, Berkeley has stated that the state is on track...
March Checklist for a Smooth-Running Home
March is a fickle month when it comes to weather; depending on where you live, it could be snowing or utterly balmy. But even if you still...
Get the Family to Pitch In: A Mom’s Advice on Chores
My husband, Paul, and I were high school sweethearts. The first time I was invited to dinner at his house, I was nervous. Paul was the only kid left at home, so it was only the two of us and his parents. Wanting to make a good impression,...
February Checklist for a Smooth-Running Home
February means the thick of snow and cold across most of the country — but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of spring. Spruce up your home this month by giving your bedroom a feng shui makeover in honor of Valentine’s Day, plus take stock...
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