Most people have a medicine cabinet in the house somewhere, filled with opened but unfinished dosages of cold medicines and boxes of Band-aids ranging from plain flesh-colored to those of the Hello Kitty or Spider Man variety. But just as spring cleaning comes around and it's time to get rid of all those clothes you don't wear anymore, your medicine cabinet should also go through a periodic makeover. What do you keep? What do you toss? And how do you decide? Here are some tips to take your medical stash from old and useless to current and prepared for any emergency!
Could hiring a cleaning company improve your relationship with your spouse? Among numerous studies about what topics trigger arguments for couples, housework is always a contributing factor. One in five Americans admits to fighting with their spouse over housework at least once a month.
As the spot for preparing meals and enjoying informal family time, the kitchen is one of the busiest areas of the home - and often, one of the hardest areas to keep clean. To help your kitchen recapture its sparkle - from the refrigerator door to the far corners of the microwave - try these time-tested techniques, provided by the pros Merry Maids.
If you’re coming to the conclusion that life is too short to have to clean your own home, you might be ready to hire a helping hand that can get the job done for you. However, before you hand over your house key to any house-cleaning service, it is critical that you first “do your homework” in order to find a cleaning expert who not only knows how to clean your home thoroughly and efficiently, but who also has a proven track record of integrity, reliability and accountability - someone you can trust to clean your home in your absence.
Cleaning the house can take hours, or even days, depending on how much you need to get done and how long it's been since the last "deep clean.” What most people don't know is how to clean efficiently, in a way that saves time and gets the job done quicker. For the pros at Merry Maids, resourceful cleaning is critical, as they clean multiple homes a day. These home-cleaning experts know how to prioritize, organize and lay out a plan of attack that gets the job done not just quickly but thoroughly.
I've been doing my 10-minute-a-day cleanup -- giving away 10 things a day. For me, it works like a charm because I can't bear doing any more than that. And some days I'm not yet ready to give away the suit with the shoulder pads, but when I pass by a week later, then I'm ready. Some days it's just harder to leave the 80s behind.
Every Sunday morning my family does our weekly deep cleaning. It is a time to clean up and organize for the week. We were sitting at breakfast when I reminded my kids that after breakfast it was time to organize their rooms, play some music, and have fun while they cleaned up a bit. My son remarked that Sundays were "lazy days", not clean up days.
One in 10 U.S. households rents a self-storage unit according to the Self Storage Association. You, too, may have outgrown your storage space as fast as a toddler outgrows her shoes. With so much stuff crammed into our at-home closets and cupboards that we are spending extra money to store unused objects, it's no wonder we struggle to manage unruly storage spaces. Tackle the issue head on and learn the fine art of letting go. It will be good practice for when the kids leave the nest.
I’ve recently become an addict of that TV show called “Hoarders.” It’s a series that documents people (supposedly, there’s over 2 million hoarders!) who collect trash in their homes and basically get lost in it—mentally and physically. The problem: an unhealthy attachment to ‘stuff.’ I won’t even mention the two several episodes showing people who collect animals—cats or rats. And, not all of them are living. I’ll leave it at that.
New moms often say they’re lucky if they get a shower when baby is an infant. Between changing diapers and breastfeeding, the day is a blur and it seems like there’s no time to accomplish anything but taking care of baby’s immediate needs. So how do you continue to take care of yourself and your new bundle of joy? Stacey Crew, organizing expert and author of The Organized Mom, says it’s all about time management and being flexible and open to the unexpected, and gives several helpful suggestions.