House Routines

Routines are something you do repetitively.  Some routines are daily, some are weekly, and some are monthly. Whenever you establish a routine, you save time. For House Routines, let’s start with cleaning.  Do you have a regular cleaning day?  The same day each week?  My mother didn’t work, and her cleaning day was Mondays.  I happen to think it’s good to clean the house on Saturday mornings, in case we have weekend company.   My mother went to the beauty shop every Friday for the same reason – to look good on the weekend.  So I never understood her Monday cleaning…

Kitchen Organization

Kitchen Organization

Kitchen Tips Below are some tips for organizing your kitchen: Instead of buying silverware organizers shaped for forks and spoons, buy ones that have rectangular sections, Now you can hold two items in one section, i.e. small and large forks together or small fs with small spoons in one section.  Also consider the expandable trays. This one expands to the left for large serving pieces.     Freezer drawer                                    Make sure the freezer section of your refrigerator has several divided sections so it’s…

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Did it Expire?

Did It Expire? One day I realized that I never checked my condiments. How long were they good? Did they have an expiration date on them.? In particular I was reaching for the Worcestershire Sauce bottle.  You see I never use it.  So why do I have it?  My husband uses it. And he takes it out when he wants to use it.  So I don’t even remember what he uses it on, but it’s rare. This particular day I was getting it for him because he had rotator cuff surgery and couldn’t use his right arm.  That’s when it…

First and Easiest Way to Simplify Your Life

The first week of August is Simplify your Life Week.   The first and simplest thing you can do is  –Get rid of the visible piles.   Piles can occur in any room of the house.  The most common areas are:               Kitchen counters               Dining room table               Family room tables and couches               Master Bedroom               Guest bedroom                Spare bedroom               Bathrooms               Home office               Front entryway               Just removing the piles from your eyesight will dramatically improve your stress.   However, if you just toss items into a drawer…

2 Mistakes that Keep you Disorganized

  Graphic:  Not putting things away as soon as done using them.   The obvious first mistake that keeps you disorganized is that you don’t put things away. Instead you put something down, thinking you will take care of it later. That’s the start of a possible pile. Something not in the right place. Next thing you know, something goes on top of the first piece. – There’s your pile. It starts with just 2 items. And by the end of the day something else is added to it. Now there’s 3 pieces. It’s definitely a pile! And later something else goes on top…

Why should you Spring or Fall clean your house?       

 Spring or fall cleaning is doing all the things you don’t do on a regular basis. That means it’s usually items that rarely get cleaned, mostly just a couple of times a year.   There’s a few items like dusting lamps or cleaning the oven that are probably part of your regular cleaning,  but I included them for those that don’t do them in their normal cleaning. Most items listed in these checklists are not done as part of a normal routine.    Not cleaning your dryer vent hose could cost you in longer drying times  as well as problems…