Reader Q&A: How do you motivate kids to do chores?

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A reader wrote in with a great question, one I’m sure we’ve all tangled with at one time or another. I am sure you’ve got some great ideas to help this Mama out. Question: I am a mom of 4 kids under 11. Sometimes I feel like I am the only one cleaning our house. My […]

Kitchen Chores for Kids

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Participating in kitchen clean-up is good for kids and for parents. Here’s how it works at our house. I remember when my eldest child was just five years old. We gave him the job of busboy. I bought a small plastic dishpan. After each meal, he would load it up with the dishes and take […]

Tackling the Living Areas (Zone Defense)

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This year we’re back on Zone Defense, tackling clutter and getting our homes more in order. This month, we set our sights on the living areas. I have lived in six different homes in my almost nineteen years of marriage. A couple were short-term rentals, but each of the others was a place we wanted […]

Cleaning House

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Find your house in a mess that paralyzes? Time to hit the reset button so you can get back to business. It’s been one of those weeks. Yeah, I know. As I type this, it’s still Monday. I’m referring moreso to the previous seven days. A week ago I was plotting my hubby’s 50th birthday […]

We Call Him Jarvis

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner: jteam1@ A few months ago, Neato Robotics contacted me about trying out their new automatic robot vacuum cleaner. Initially, I declined. I’d heard about other similar robot machines that really didn’t work that well. Then I read Tsh’s review. Here’s what she said, emphasis mine: I love […]

Zone Defense: Cleaning the Kitchen & a Progress Report

This year we’re on Zone Defense, tackling clutter and disorder. Each month we’re tackling a different zone of home and life. March’s zone was the kitchen. I told my husband that I could just forget working out. If I simply cleaned our house, I could lose weight and have a cleaner house! You can guess what […]

I Hate Cleaning

Daily housekeeping can be a chore. But, with a few tricks, we can change-up our systems and put the joy back in having a clean house. There, I admitted it. I hate cleaning. I love things to be clean, but it really takes effort to motivate me. Kind of like exercising. I love how it […]

Zone Defense: Organizing Kitchen Equipment

This year we are on Zone Defense, tackling one area of home and life at a time, until we’ve beaten back clutter and disorder. We are going to regain our lost ground. This month? We’re in the kitchen. And head’s up! If you make a purchase through any Amazon links, I do receive a small […]