One week from today, How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House's Dirty Little Secrets will officially be out. "They" (whoever they are) say writing a book is like having a baby. The closer I get to November 8th, the more I nod my head in agreement. At this moment, I'm feeling like I did in the last month of a … [Read more...]
Tips, tricks, my own hard-learned lessons about cleaning.
What is the difference between cleaning, decluttering and organizing?
The first time I went to a blogging conference was also the first time I identified myself as a "slob" to real people in real life. That hurt. But even more difficult was the fact that, initially, these real people ONLY knew this one shameful thing about me. Strangely, no one was horrified or even rude about it. Most reacted as if they … [Read more...]
Mrs. Meyer’s Fall Scents Pack from Grove Collaborative
I'm excited to partner with a company that is currently impressing my socks off! If you love fall scents, don't miss this amazing deal from Grove Collaborative that's only available this week (through the 16th)! Grove Collaborative is a unique company with a passion for household products that are gentle on the environment and gentle on your … [Read more...]
Getting Help When I Need It
Are you ready for this? I know I am. I'm determined to write this post quickly before I head to the doctor for the second time with a kid who has the strangest, won't-go-away rash. But I also want to clarify and justify and explain and all that, because what I'm about to tell you could be a little controversial for this … [Read more...]
The Good and Bad of Cleaning with Baking Soda
Baking Soda is awesome, y'all. I use it all the time to clean stains off my counter tops. My somewhat-old-fashioned, non-granite counter tops. Y'all convinced me here, and then I became a believer here. But even though baking soda is perfect for cleaning a lot of things and is safe enough to use in cookies (which means you actually EAT … [Read more...]
Dealing with Rust Stains on My Stainless Steel Appliances
About four years ago, I got stainless steel appliances. I love them, but they are definitely hard to clean. To clarify, though, I'm not one to notice little smudges here and there so all appliances of any finish or color or type are "hard to clean" for me. I generally don't see any issues until I know a guest is on her way. For the first … [Read more...]
I Cleaned the Grout Grossness I Thought Was Uncleanable!
Someone recently commented that we sure have had some major house issues lately. Someone was right. I'm trying to take deep breaths and be grateful that we have a (leaky) roof over our heads and that we have had the money to deal with the urgent things and hope for the money to deal with the less-urgent things before they become … [Read more...]
Crazy Mama to Sane Mama in Less than 24 Hours – Renting a Rug Doctor and Using the Rug Doctor Spot Cleaner (A Sponsored but Necessary Post)
It's a sponsored post, y'all. But unfortunately, the problem I solved was completely naturally occurring. Have you noticed the oh-my-word-can-things-please-stop-happening-I-need-to-write-a-BOOK theme around here lately? Don’t feel bad, my house hasn’t noticed either. I am overwhelmed with the normal aspects of finishing a 60,000 word … [Read more...]
Help! Tell Me About Your Experience With Weekly Cleaning Tasks
Dana is off with her head buried in the sand, working on her new book. When she gets back she'll be diving into her Weekly Cleaning Tasks, because that's how to she moves from survival mode to getting back on track. What about you? Have you implemented Weekly Cleaning Tasks? Dana wants to hear from you! Fill out the form below (or click here if … [Read more...]
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