I had been married more than a decade when I mentioned to my sister, Torey, my regret that my husband, Paul, never cleaned.
Torey's jaw dropped. "Whaaaaaat?"
"I said he doesn't do any cleaning."
"You... more »
“When did you become the crazy dog lady?" my sister, Torey, asked the other day out of nowhere. Sure, it was right after I put another picture of my dogs on Facebook, one of thousands on my phone that I have been known to force on complete strangers,... more »
What makes a house, a home? For many of us, our mother is intrinsically part of the answer. Whether it's the smell of lemon furniture polish when we walk through the door, new curtains in the kitchen for every season, crisp and clean laundry hanging on... more »
You may have heard of, or even created, a home inventory before. This record, often used to document belongings for insurance purposes, can also be a really helpful tool if you are trying to declutter, prepare for emergencies, clear space for a remodel... more »
When my sister, Torey, and her husband, David, were first married, she said she always knew exactly what he did when she was away by following the "Trail of David" when she returned: shoes tucked under the coffee table, sweatshirt tossed on a chair,... more »
Many of us have learned valuable life skills from our mothers. From day one Mom taught us how to take care of ourselves. From feeding us to teaching us how to cook; from cleaning up after us to making us clean on our own; from fixing our broken... more »
May is the perfect time to prepare your house, inside and out, for warmer days and more time spent outdoors. Whether it's cleaning the grill, maintaining air conditioners, organizing the garage or touching up paint, each item on our checklist this month... more »
If you or someone else in your house suffers from allergies, you'll want to get the house as allergen free as possible. Whether you are allergic to dust, pets, mold, pollen or all of the above, it can be hard to know where to begin. These 18 ways to combat... more »
I distinctly remember one apartment hunt that brought me to tears. After sifting through dozens of not-right rentals, and with our moving-out date looming, we thought we finally had the perfect place in the bag — only to have it given to another... more »
Anyone will tell you that "kids these days" aren't spending enough time outside. Gardening with your children is a great way to get them out of the house. Never gardened before? Figuring out how to start can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be.... more »
With real estate prices and interest rates still low, this could be a good time to buy a rental property. Being a landlord is not only for people who can afford to own large apartment complexes. Moving into a duplex or a property with several small cottages... more »