cleaning 

Can you clean your house in 19 minutes?

Someone once told me that when they had their first child, they ran around constantly trying to pick up after them. When they had their second, they learned to watch where they stepped. This has kind of been my philosphy as well -- I figure we'll cle...

Teach your child to keep his room clean

Have you ever walked into someone's house and found a child's room that is clean? Yeah, I have too and I thought one of two things: Either that child has some extreme Type A tendencies going on or they have a maid. But, it turns out that you can teac...

Job charts good at getting kids to do things

Let's face it; as parents, we do a lot for our children. Doing all their chores for them shouldn't be one of them. But, what if you have kids that aren't very good at helping out around the house? It might be time to start a family job chart. If you ...

How to keep your house from being overrun by toys

Over at Parent Hacks, there's an interesting discussion going on about how to keep a child's toys from taking over the house. In case you don't know, if you don't keep toys in check, they will multiply and soon your living room will be overrun by a b...

Do you clean for family?

Yesterday, we had a big family get-together. We served dinner for Rachel's two brothers and their families, Rachel's folks, and her brother's in-laws. All told, there were eleven adults and five kids running around, a modest number compared to some o...

Dealing with pine needles

Every year we bring home a christmas tree, I end up with a problem. Pine needles. Cleaning them up has always been a bit of a loosing battle. They clog up the vacuum cleaner, they stick in the carpet and sweeping just doesn't get them up. I invariabl...

What chores can a 2-year-old do?

I'm not going to lie. I am now 27-years-old and I'm not really that good at making the bed. I don't automatically wash my dishes. Taking out the trash? Eh. I know a lot of my laziness in cleaning comes from the fact that I never had to clean as a chi...

The Lego Dishwasher

Children are, by nature, filthy, dirty creatures. They just can't help it. Everywhere they go, everything they do, seems designed to coat them and their toys with as much dirt as possible. Well, if you've got the cash, and a case of filthi-phobia, ou...

Seventh Generation publishes book on natural cleaning

Do you worry about cleaning your house with toxic chemicals, but you aren't sure what you should use instead? Look no further than Seventh Generation's new book, Naturally Clean, The Seventh Generation Guide to Safe & Healthy Non-Toxic Cleaning. ...

Divorce attorney: $150/hour. Court fees: $300. Housekeeper saving my marriage: priceless?

I'm the analytical type, so when I saw the book title, blaring at me in cobalt and orange, "A housekeeper is cheaper than a divorce," naturally, I started an Excel spreadsheet. I just wanted to figure it out. I made some assumptions. A good divorce a...

Parents magazine rant: 5 (entirely unfun) things to do this month

I love to rant about Parents magazine. It's truly a caricature of the medium, and this month's issue was no different. By the time I'd made it about 5% of the way through the pages with actual content, I got stuck on the "Goody Bag" section...

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