Want a Cleaner House? Plan a party!    

If you want your house to be cleaner, plan a party!Does your house get messy and neglected easily?  Do you have piles of junk growing in the corners?  Planning to have company at your house is a wonderful motivator, which literally forces you to clean and organize.  The opposite can certainly be true as well: if no one comes over, who will see the mess?

I come from a large family, and as a result we host birthday and holiday parties several times each year.  While there is work, cost and some level of stress involved in entertaining, there are several unexpected advantages to hosting parties.  We see family and friends, enjoy delicious food with good company and get to socialize.  But the added advantage is that my house gets cleaner (and stays cleaner) each time we entertain!  

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Front Door Charm- Quick Fix Wreath Ideas

Having a seasonal wreath on your front door adds charm and welcomes people to your home. Save time and money by giving your old wreath new life!Having a seasonal wreath on your front door adds charm and welcomes people to your home.  

I prefer using a double-sided wreath hanger so I can have something pleasant on the inside as well.  For the inside, I usually choose a smaller non-seasonal design so that it looks appropriate any time of year.  Changing my outdoor wreath to match the seasons makes the house look pretty year round.  

Constantly paying for a new wreath however, is an expense I prefer not to incur.  I have used many tricks to make the door look lovely while spending as little as possible.

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Managing your family with photos

clock1It is important to have good communication skills with everyone, particularly, your family.  Photos help to show a story and not just tell it – smartphone heaven!    I don’t need to yell at my children constantly, although they may say that I do. Yelling to them from another room just to communicate is annoying and time consuming when they are scattered about. Now that my four children are all old enough to “need” phones, I can text them instead.

When dinner is ready, it is not necessary for me to yell upstairs to two of them, into the basement for another one and hunt for the fourth one for several minutes before I realize he is asleep on the couch in the den. Even my husband could be out in the yard or in the shed, not really in easy earshot. Dinner could be cold by the time I find them all.  Even if I yell, they don’t hear me because they have headphones in!

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12 Awesome Dustbuster Uses

Great Dustbuster Tricks!I am a huge believer in maximizing the use of any tool.  Never underestimate your DustBuster and the countless uses it can have.  Not only do I use it in the kitchen after sweeping up, the fact that it is light and easily portable lends to the versatility.

NEVER throw out your old Dustbuster, if you upgrade, just move the old one to another location in your house.  We now have a Dustbuster on each floor of the house making quick cleanups easier because I don’t have to run to another floor just to retrieve it.  I even have one of my oldest machines in my classroom for emergencies.  As long as you remember to empty it and give the filter a good cleaning, it last years.  I use an old toothbrush on the filter for a more thorough cleaning.

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