Housekeeping 147 Ideabooks

A Fine Mess: How to Have a Clean-Enough Home Over Summer Break
I awoke at 1:00 the other morning to my niece Grace's soft voice informing me my daughter Eden was, as they say in the U.K., "being sick." And boy howdy, was she ever! My husband, Paul, and I have a team approach on these occasions, and we are...
To-Dos: Your June Home Checklist
June is here, and it’s time to get in the swing of summer. Whether you are watching your kids say goodbye to another year of school, scheduling a major home improvement project (like painting the house), or just looking forward to some much-deserved...
7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Garage
If you are ready to transform your garage from dumping ground to a useful, well-organized space, this plan is for you. It breaks down a monster of a task into manageable steps, so...
7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Home Office
Why spend time getting your home office in order just as summer is about to begin, and the last thing you want to think of is work? Because a messy home office only gets in the way of summer plans, that’s why!
7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Dining Room
Has your dining room become a catchall for the odds and ends of daily life? Or is it a virtually untouched, dusty museum that you use only on holidays and special occasions? Getting the dining room fresh, clean and well organized is a good first step...
7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Laundry Room
Laundry is a chore you likely have to tackle often — and when the laundry room is cluttered and grungy, that task can quickly become something to dread. Whether your washer and dryer are...
7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Kids’ Room
We all know that a little one’s room explodes into chaos several times each day; that’s just the way it is. As a mother myself, I know that the phrase “spotless, beautifully organized kids’ room” is at once laughable and conjures a shimmering...
How to Keep Your Upholstery Looking Good
“What do you mean I have to maintain my new sofa? I spent all this money on the thing and now it wants more of my time and attention?!” I used to hear this all the time when I sold furniture for a living. As soon as I started...
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...
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