- Redbook | Cleaning Guide | Thu, Mar 28, 2013 10:00 AM EDT | Comments
As chore wars rage in the media, we couldn't help but wonder: Can little things like vacuuming actually make or break a relationship? By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.Household chores
When it comes to fights about whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher, it's actually a clash of different personality types. Dr. Karyn Gordon, a relationship, marriage, and family expert, explains that there are 16 personality types, and only half of them are focused on organization, structure, and cleanliness.
Since opposites often attract, one partner may be extremely neat, while the thought of dusting may not even enter into the other person's mind. "Explain that cleanliness is important to you, and you understand that it may not be that important to them," Dr. Gordon advises. Teach them what to do and calmly let them know why neatness is something you prioritize.
Always choosing the restaurant
"Some people are much better at picking movies and restaurants than other people, so it might be that one pers...Read More »
- Martha Stewart | Cleaning Guide | Thu, Mar 28, 2013 1:59 PM EDT | Comments
They're so cute -- and so messy. Avoid the frustrations of a new pooch with prevention tips and our advice for canine-proofing your home.
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- Thu, Mar 21, 2013 11:18 AM EDT | CommentsThere's more to it than clearing out the cobwebs and vacuuming the gnarly coils under your refrigerator. You also need to get rid of the old (and, let's face it, gross) -- and bring in the new.
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- Thenest.com | Ask A | Tue, Apr 9, 2013 5:12 PM EDT | CommentsBy Sarah Newell for TheNest.com
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It may be hard to believe you got to this point-- piles of clutter, crammed closets and overflowing drawers- so here's how to get organized in a cinch. What are you waiting for? The clock is ticking...
If you have 30 seconds...
Sharpen Up Knife Storage
Make your kitchen safer and help knives keep their edge by storing them in a knife drawer. Catch-all drawers are really only good for one thing-hiding what you're looking for. Keep sharp knives separate for safety and easy access.
Contain Plastic Bags
Contain all those empty grocery bags in a plastic bag container to clean up the space under your kitchen sink and keep them at your fingertips for reuse. Find yours at ContainerStore.com.
Easy Ways to Organize Your Wires
Put brooches and clips in an unused ice tray then place in a bureau drawer. The key here is to see and separate. You'll be more inclined to wear what you know you have and can quickly grab.
Store Toilet Paper
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- This Old House Magazine | Cleaning Guide | Sun, Mar 10, 2013 2:53 PM EDT | CommentsThere's untapped potential in any garage to make room for more storage. Here are some rules from the pros. By Scott Schilling
Make the most of untapped potential in your garage
RELATED: Clutter-Busting Guide to Garage Organization
1. CLEAR OUT
Weed out all the junk you don't need. Keep only what you use; give away what you don't, and throw away what's broken and taking up precious space.
2. MAKE A PLAN
Treat your garage like any other room in the house. Take measurements and draw a floor plan to help you visualize what will fit and where it can be placed, just as you would for a kitchen or a dining room.
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Decide what items you'll use often, like garbage bags and cleaning supplies. These things should be kept nearest the door. Next, map out space for seasonal equipment: lawn mowers, weed-trimmers, snowblowers, etc. Avoid planting big items, such as lawn mowers, in a corner where they'll chew up space. Try to park them under a shelf unit. And be sure to clip ladders, shovels,...Read More »