Coming Clean, Day One


Hoping to make dreams a reality this month! As you know, last week was the last week of school. We’re taking a 6-7 week break before our new school year starts. I’ve made some plans for our summer vacation which include fun stuff to do with the kids and some cleaning and organizing goals for […]

FishMama’s Summer Plans


Summer vacation is a welcome relief to me. I know for some families it’s a challenging time to keep the kids occupied for three months, prompting parents to greet September (and Back to School) with open arms. For me, it’s the reverse. My work load lightens during the summer months as I put my teacher […]

Chores: Sometimes You Gotta Spell It Out


I’ve mentioned before that each of our children above four years of age has regular chores to perform around the house. The quality of their performance ebbs and flows with the seasons, their attitudes, and my follow through. Recently, we were struggling with one job and his ability, or lack thereof, to clean the living […]

7 Ways to Trick Yourself into Thinking Housework is Fun

ca. 2002 --- Flowers at Bathroom Sink --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

A few months ago I reviewed this great book called Queen of the Castle. I remember thinking at the time how much it resonated with me. I felt like I had found a kindred spirit of sorts. So how happy am I that Lynn Bowen Walker is guest posting today?! Today you’ll get to hear […]

Quick Kitchen Clean Up


You and I both know that we should clean as we go when we’re working in the kitchen. And we should always put things away as soon as we’re done with them. And we should never go to bed with a messy kitchen. Your mother taught you all that, didn’t she? Well, sometimes life happens. […]

(My Brood) Works for Me

Setting the Table --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

I mentioned earlier in the week that my kiddos are now of the age that they can take on some household responsibilities. We are firm believers that all children, no matter sex or age, participate in the workings of the household. We don’t know what the future holds for each of them, but we want […]

Links of Love: Clean, Clean, Clean

Woman Cleaning Mirror ca. 1999

Some interesting tidbits I stumbled upon recently: Cleaning Myths RoundUp at Blissfully Domestic The Psychology of Clutter at Tales from The Clean Team Summer Cleaning Chore Checklist from Organized Home How to Make “My First Cleaning Kit” for Toddlers at Family Fun Magazine A wealth of Homemade Household Cleaners at The Family Homestead Also related: […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: Swiffer Wetjet


For Clean Sweep week, I thought I’d share one of our favorite cleaning tools: the Swiffer Wetjet. Love it! Love it! It’s basically a mop with a self-contained dispenser of floor cleaner. It has a wonderful button that you push that automatically shoots cleaner where you need it. But, I must admit that we’ve “doctored” […]