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Aug
28
The Most Feared Room in the House

What room in your house do you most fear? Where dust bunnies have established a permanent residence and crumbs live undisturbed for years: where closets resemble a Salvation Army collection box and smells laugh at straight Lysol. You guessed it-your kid's room. Kids' rooms do present a special challenge because kids use a house more and harder than the rest of us. If you have children, at some point in life they will be your number one time-taker, concern, and expense. If this is where you are now, read this closely; it could do a lot to simplify your life. Let's start with the walls. you want to make sure every surface you put in your child's room is tough and scrubbable, especially the walls. If a kid gets jam on his hands, washing the...


Aug
07
cleaning can help you lose weught

yes it can


Aug
07
hoarding-cleanup

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Aug
06
Cleaning Service

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Aug
02
Cleaning Your House Can Help You Lose Weight!

Yes, you heard me, house cleaning is great exercise. Here is a list of household chores and how many calories each of them can burn in fifteen minutes. Sweeping floors- 39, washing windows-34, washing dishes-22, mopping floors-43, scrubbing floors on hands and knees-48, Vacuuming-43, doing laundry17, making the bed-17, light cleaning such as dusting or organizing- 26, washing dishes and clearing the table-26, ironing-22, cooking or food prep while standing- 26, grocery shopping- 22, moving household items upstairs, carrying boxes- 85, So, now you can calculate what you need to do if you want to eat that extra doughnut. In my first book "Coming Clean" I had a chapter entitled Lean and Clean. It included the Rag doll Rag which consisted ...


Jul
31
Teaching a Child to Clean is Not Child Abuse

Our culture has made many wonderful advances to ensure the safety and well-being of children. But we may have taken this too far. Many parents today are so focused on what their children want that they have lost perspective on what their children need. They need basic life shills. Teaching children to clean and help around the house is just as important as teaching them to bathe and brush their teeth. An adult who has no clue how to tackle a job and finish it, is as debilitated as an adult with brown teeth and body odor. If your child graduates from high school and his only skill set consists of playing video games, eating junk food, and complaining, you have set him up to fail. I learned to clean at a young age. With great patience my...


Jul
27
Kid Clutter

http://www.domesticengineering.org/blog/post/coping-with-kid-clutter


Jul
27
How to Tell Your Carpet Needs Cleaning

How to tell your carpet needs cleaning. 1. Carpet is matted and sticky. 2. You can't remember it's real color.. 3. You have a three foot grimy circle around your TV chair. If any of these situations apply, you need help now. You have two basic choices to get your carpet cleaned. Do it yourself or call a professional. I'm a big believer in independence and "doing your own thing" but I caution you about the pitfalls of shampooing your own carpet. It's not a complicated job, but don't be deceived by the propaganda of trouble-free, money-saving, automatic do-it-all machinery. It amazes me that people will spend $$$ for a carpet, then attack it with powerful cleaning gear without any experience whatsoever. A pair of homeowners (0ne of which i...


Jun
13
Coping with Kid Clutter

We blame our children for having a cluttered room and yet we start rewarding them with clutter when they are quite young. We start early- "Be good and Mommy will give you a nice surprise." And- we repeat this lesson over and over again-so they understand the "real value." Then A little older we say " Atta boy! Keep the toys picked up and Daddy will buy you a bigger toy box." We continue to reinforce junk values as age increases. Mommy goes on a trip-" Be good and Mommy will bring you home a nice souvenir." Christmas comes - "What do you want for Christmas?" "What are you giving Sam for his birthday?" They learn that few occasions can pass in their life without an exchange of something tangible-called a gift. Then we tell them how to sav...


Apr
25
De-Junking the Linen Closet

The linen closet is usually so crowded you can't find anything and too often a refuge for everything. Start by getting rid of all the stuff in the back- and top and bottom shelves that don't belong there. You'll most likely find forgotten vaporizers, shorted out electric blankets, old rolls of wall paper and boxes of expired insurance policies. Then move on to the malingerers amidst the linen. Remove all fitted sheets for beds you no longer have, the raggedy beach towel you found floating in the creek, excess towels and washcloths, the table runner you never used, your unworn apron collection, tablecloths and napkins you don't use because you have to iron them, disintegrating dishrags, burned potholders, the purple bathroom toilet tank...


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