Zone Defense: Organizing the Kitchen

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Time to tackle clutter and disorganization and maybe too much stuff. This month we face off in the kitchen. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly helps support […]

Zone Defense Check-in: Your Personal Space

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Okay, team, it’s time for the monthly Zone Defense check-in. If you showed up for practice a couple weeks ago, you know that this month’s play was to tackle, er, that is, clean up and organize your personal space. This zone is vast, even if your personal space is theoretically small. Consider these areas that […]

6 Ways to Get Help with the Housework


There are some women for whom the dream of an immaculate house is actually a reality. I am not one of those. Even before I had kids, I was an all or nothing kind of gal. I’d be spic and span in my homekeeping and then all of a sudden, life would take over, and […]

Dejunk the Kitchen and Save Time

dejunk the kitchen to save time

This is part 26 of the Kitchen Time Savers series. Today we’re talking dejunking. I don’t know how it happens, but eventually our homes fill up with clutter. I swear I don’t go out and buy a ton of stuff, but somehow it finds its way to my house, particularly to my kitchen. This week, […]

Clean as You Go and Save Time in the Kitchen

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If you clean up after yourself as you go through your dinner prep, you’ll save time. And your kitchen will be clean when you’re done. This weekend I did a ton of cooking. And even though I have kitchen helpers, I made a point to clean as I went through my list. My nine-year old […]

Clean the Kitchen Before You Go to Bed to Save Time

Leave the Kitchen Clean Each Night to Save Time | Life as MOM

Leave the kitchen clean when you head to bed at night and you’ll have a nice kitchen to wake up to in the morning. This may come as a no-brainer to some of you. To others it is a timely reminder. If you go to bed with a clean kitchen, you will wake up to […]

Have a Trash Bowl at the Ready to Save Time in the Kitchen

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We have a fairly big kitchen these days, at least compared to the 4 by 6 foot kitchen that made up our newlywed home. My kitchen now is pretty big. And while big is great — totally not complaining — traipsing back and forth throughout the kitchen during meal prep time can slow you down. […]

All-Natural Home Air Freshener and Carpet Deodorizer

All-Natural Air Freshener and Carpet Deodorizer

Life as MOM contributor Janel offers tips and tricks to deodorizing a home the all-natural way. This past summer, my family was “homeless.” We house-sat for various friends and acquaintances for 8 weeks in California and then spent a few weeks visiting family and driving across the country back to Virginia. Meanwhile, all of our […]