I Spy in the Basement Part 1

This week, in between a killer work week and trying to prepare for a big family event, I decided that I would attack the basement. Last year, we had the basement mostly finished. I say mostly, because it is technically finished, with a real floor, insulated walls and a ceiling. I also say mostly, because we have some small bits of painting to do, and we are considering putting in both a small bathroom and a heat source down there eventually. With the basement getting finished, it was possible to move the bulk of the toys down there and turn … Continue reading

The Joy of Tidying Up

Well housekeeping sure has been easier lately since the kids have returned to school. I never realized how much additional work I had while they were home during the summer. Now all I have to do is spend about 30 minutes in the morning tidying up and the house stays clean for most of the day. I love that phrase “tidying up.” It’s like the bow on the present, the final touch. When you tidy up and take a step back to look at things, you feel complete. Okay, maybe it’s just me. But tidying up is an important component … Continue reading

My Messy Garage

How does the garage get to be such a mess? When I bought this house Hailey and I had lived in apartments for five years, we really didn’t have any “garage” stuff, or so I thought. Initially boxes were put in the garage until they found a home inside. This wasn’t a big deal, I have lots of room in the house and was working on figuring out where everything should go. Eventually it all found its way into the house. Except the seasonal decorations, those stayed in the garage. I have everything in plastic tubs labeled with the holiday … Continue reading

Taming The Back To School Mess

Here it comes, the before and after school mess that fall brings and never really goes away until summer. Getting everyone organized and out the door, on time in the morning can seem almost impossible. The mess that is left behind in the whirlwind in the morning will be waiting for you in the afternoon unless you take some steps to prevent it. Time to get organized and structure your routine, you will be glad you did. First things first, have your child pick out a week’s worth of outfits, right down to the underwear and shoes. Fold everything together … Continue reading

An Ordered But Livable Home

For the most part, I keep my house in good order. Very rarely do you find things in chaos. I attribute that to my organizing skills. But at the same time I have also strived to make it livable. I was just at a birthday party recently where I met up with an old co-worker. Before I quit that job to become a full-time freelance writer, one of our other co-workers had been building a brand new house. So I asked my co-worker how the new house looked and if she had been there to see it. She said she … Continue reading

A-Tisket A-Tasket , A Green and Yellow Basket

Housekeeping is not just about cleaning. It is about keeping your home in such a state that you can actually enjoy it. Yet it’s also not about perfection. So now we are going to tackle the living areas of your home, most times called your living room or family room. This is the part of your house where you gather with loved ones and hang out. Maybe you watch TV, play games or just talk. What makes a living room or a family room special is when it feels “lived in.” It shouldn’t feel like a museum, where you are … Continue reading

When Everything Is In Disarray

In my last blog I introduced myself to you and gave a general idea of the topics I would like to cover in housekeeping. I think that before we can even get into products or tools that will help; we need to address a common issue. That is, the state of your home may be in such disarray that you really don’t know where to start. When things look impossible, we tend to put it off. But the more you put it off, the worse it becomes and the harder it becomes to do something about it. So today you … Continue reading

How to Become a Professional Organizer

Are you gifted at organizing? Did you know that you could actually make a career of this? There is even a “National Association of Professional Organizers” which is a way to become certified. I guess in any field of work certification makes you seem more, well, professional. At one time I actually considered this line of work. Organization is one of my gifts but some of my family members think it’s a sickness. Like the time I spent several hours in my kitchen organizing my spices. I couldn’t stand that I had several containers of certain spices so I combined … Continue reading

Getting an Organizational Tune-Up

If last year you found it difficult to locate items, to keep on top of your schedule or to remember appointments then you may be in need of an organizational tune-up. The start of a new year is the perfect time to do this. There are some items that are must-have’s when it comes to a home business. First and foremost you need a calendar. In my case, I prefer to have more than one. I keep a calendar on my phone so that if I am ever out and about and I need to check for a conflict, I … Continue reading

On This Episode of Hoarders…

What happens to your home when you combine insulating the attic and basement crawl space, plus Christmas, plus cold and flu season, plus the recent delivery of a stove, plus a foot of snow? You get one very stressed mom who is worried that her living room is going to be featured on the next episode of Hoarders. It started out innocently enough, a plan to tighten up and insulate our home to save energy and our monthly heating expense. Our house is so leaky that we might as well just open up a window and drop the dollars out … Continue reading