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Three Magic Words for a Clean Home and a Better Life

Not a natural tidying and organizing whiz? Take hope in one short phrase that can change your life forever Full Story
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luccia
While I do appreciate a neat and clean house. I wonder if I'm missing the opportunity to be doing so many other things I want to do besides keeping the house nice. It seems to never end.
May 27, 2013 at 8:18pm     
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vanessabradby
And this insightful article also reveals the reason why it's nearly impossible to keep a clean house and toddlers at the same time... you can't "how about now" that pencil when you're trying to cook dinner with a small child screaming and holding your leg, and another one upending the laundry basket in the next room. Or maybe that's only my kids.
May 28, 2013 at 9:04am     
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abbyserd
I'm embarrased to say this...but hell you guys don't know me! There is a song by the "Chili Peppers" called "Give it away" The hook of the song is a bit rappy and keeps repeating "give it away, give it away, give it away now!. Ok....I have substituted "put it away, put it away, put it away now!"
It works for us!
May 28, 2013 at 11:56am     
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Alison Hodgson
On Tuesdays I eat lunch at my mother's house (she lives next door in a little mother-in-law unit we built after the fire) with her and my 5 year old niece, Willa. Willa, like her mother, my sister, Torey, is Naturally Organized. She was helping make "Bunny Pasta" which is Annie's Mac and Cheese. To do so, she perches on a tall stool next to my mom's island. She poured in the butter and emptied the packet of cheese, and immediately hopped off the stool, scurried to the trash to throw away the packet, climbed back up and only then mixed the mac and cheese.

I was amazed. THAT is the personification of, "How about now?"
May 28, 2013 at 5:22pm     
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fordify
I should have said...planning to invite people over gives you an end game to work towards and puts the pressure on. It works well for me.
May 29, 2013 at 1:54am     
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How to Add a Backyard Shed for Storage or Living

Need a home office, a playspace or extra room for your stuff? Learn about off-the-shelf, prefab and custom sheds Full Story
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angelsmommy
To dream doctor and ShedQuarters: Thank you for your helpful comments!
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flyin_zl
great ideas, but even $50 per square foot seems a little excessive
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