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HOW TO MAKE DOING BORING CHORES EASIER

TWO TYPES OF WORK Managing a home requires two types of work: Daily Operations (i.e., chores) and Projects.  The purpose of doing Daily Operations is to maintain your home at its current level of cleanliness, order, effectiveness and beauty.  The purpose of a Project is to somehow make the future better. PROJECTS HAVE A BEGINNING […]

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Children’s Chores and “Adulting”: Why Chores Matter (Part 2)–Tips and Reminders

Learning how to do basic chores and other life skills at a young age matters.  Here are some things you can do… Adulting (v): The ability to behave in an adult manner and fulfill such grown-up responsibilities as: hold a 9-5 job, make monthly mortgage/rent, or car payments, or accomplish anything else in such a way […]

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A Better Work Environment

The appearance and condition of our physical environments (at home or on the job) can affect how we think and feel during our workday. Cluttered, chaotic and unappealing surroundings contribute to scattered, negative thoughts. We feel overwhelmed and weary before the day even begins. In contrast, we are enlivened for the day when we can […]

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White (or Not-So-White) Washcloths and Bleach

“Alright, Ms Susie Homemaker,” my mother announced near the end of our latest phone conversation, “I have a question about cleaning white washcloths.  It seems no matter what I do, mine always look like I just mopped the floor with them.  They never get white.”  She’d even tried one of the well-known powder oxygen bleaches […]

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C.A.Y.GO: The Best Homemaking Habit EVER

One of the best cleaning practices my homemaking mentors ever taught me was to “C.A.Y.GO.” Are you preparing a meal in the kitchen? Then “C.A.Y.GO.” Are you shaving or doing your makeup in the bathroom Then “C.A.Y.GO.” Do you want to keep your home decently clean and tidy for most of the day? Then “C.A.Y.GO.” […]

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Safety in the Kitchen (Part 2) –“4 Simple Steps” to Know

As noted previously, keeping our people safe from food poisoning is one of the most important responsibilities we have as homemakers.  To help you accomplish that objective, the federal government has condensed the current best-practices of food safety into Four Simple Steps: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.  Here are a few brief samples of what […]

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Scrubbing Floors (Or Not)

One morning I was perusing an old text and came upon the following instructions for “Scrubbing Floors” (which is, of course, to be done after the “white-washing, paint-cleaning, and window-washing” of each room is complete) and I can’t tell you how glad it made me feel for the floor surfaces and cleaning equipment of today.  Can […]

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