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A Basic Cleaning Strategy

This is another post in a series on the more practical side of life: cooking, cleaning and organizing in order to make room for the good stuff. My biggest tip for easy cleaning? Cut out clutter. It's so much easier to dust, vacuum and clean the bathrooms when you have less stuff to move around. But after getting rid of ancillary items, I suggest coming up with a basic cleaning strategy.…
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Clutter Reducing Habits

Since we've been married, Dan and I have lived five different places. The longest we were in once place was a little over three years. This is a great way to keep clutter under control. Each time we moved we sorted through our stuff and got rid of things we didn't need. But now we're more settled and we're in a house. And everyone threatens that with a bigger place…
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Zone Cleaning

This is one post in a series on the more practical side of life: cooking, cleaning and organizing in order to make room for the good stuff. Sometimes I go weeks and weeks with a decent looking house. Note that I've never gone weeks and weeks with a spotless house (and probably never will). Other times something comes up, an illness, a trip or a difficult week with my daughter…
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Busy Week? Focus on High Returns

  These next two weeks are going to be crazy around here. Dan is very busy at work. I have some projects I need to finish up before we travel to my brother's wedding. And my daughter is fighting a cold. We can't do everything, always (or ever). And on particularly busy weeks, it's good to know what gives you a high return. So around the house my mantra is…
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The Problem with Comprehensive Plans

  I love making plans. Coming up with lists and systems for doing things gets me fired up. And these plans have come in very useful. Financial plans, educational plans and family plans have served us well over the years. But a while back my planning stopped being successful. I'd make a plan and watch it fall apart a few days later. The problem? I was planning too comprehensively on…
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