Baby Stepping Towards Saving the Planet

I never thought I’d see this day: My family has run out of plastic bags. We used to have several giant plastic bags filled with smaller grocery-sized plastic bags hanging on hooks in our garage. Back in the day, I wouldn’t even give that stash of plastic bags a second thought. They came in handy, […]

5 Reasons to Get Your Home Professionally Cleaned in May

Think back to what you were doing six months ago. It was November, and most of us were gearing up for the hectic holiday season—baking, cooking, shopping, decorating, cleaning, entertaining… It was the most wonderful—and busy—time of the year. Fast forward to May: the seasons have changed and we’ve entered what I think of as […]

You deserve a clean house!

I’ve had a hectic month. I’ve been traveling a lot and I’ve been helping my eldest son move out of town to start his first “real” job… and I’ve been neglecting my work and my home. So when things finally settled down last week, I found myself facing some tight deadlines. But when I sat […]

The Ty-D-bol Man Can’t Save You From Bathroom Germs

Those of us who are of a certain age can remember a time when television commercials were about problems other than what insurance to buy, or what prescription drugs to ask your doctor about, or what lawyer to call if you’re injured in an accident… Yes, back in the 1970s and 80s, people in commercials […]

Sparking Joy: Jumping on the Marie Kondo bandwagon

I admit it: when it comes to TV viewing, I’m a follower of the masses. From the “Must-See TV” of the 1980s to the Melrose Place/Beverly Hills 90210 dramas of the 1990s to the turn-of-the-millenium original reality shows like Survivor, I’ve always enjoyed jumping on the bandwagon for a new fad. So perhaps it comes […]

Tackling Paper Clutter

“Paper, paper, everywhere, but not a drop of ink.” That’s the current state of my kitchen as we strive to get back to normal after the holidays… Christmas cards have been cherry-picked out of stacks of mail, so that now bills and junk mail are all that remain on the island, waiting to be sorted. […]

Five Holiday Preparation Tips from an Empty-Nester

This year I will celebrate my 51st Christmas—my 23rd as a mother. That makes me “experienced,” which is basically just a kinder way of saying, “old.” With experience and age come wisdom, so please indulge this empty-nester as I share some of the things I have learned about preparing for the holidays—tips that I hope […]

How to be the Hostess with the Most-est

It’s October, y’all! That means the big “hosting” holidays begin next month. Are you ready? Because my family lives in a college town, our hosting duties are not limited to Thanksgiving and Christmas. We have overnight guests for just about every home football game, as well as other big events like festivals and concerts and […]

Cleaning for a Reason

Cleaning for a Reason and Immaculate Clean give practical help to cancer patients Next month is Pinktober® , aka Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Founded in 1985, this campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer has been tremendously successful, at least from the standpoint of making the color pink synonymous with breast cancer. Think about it— […]