Juggling and Struggling: The Sandwich Generation 

A couple of weeks ago, I spent the morning helping my son move into an apartment for his sophomore year at college. Later that same day, I went to the grocery store to do the shopping for my 95-year-old mother-in-law and helped her take out her trash and fold her sheets. The next day, my […]

Carpe diem, summer’s almost over

Okay, my fellow mid-Atlantic dwellers, this is it. It’s August. It’s hot-hot-hot, but if you’ve lived here for more than a year, you certainly realize snow and sub-freezing temperatures are just around the corner. Back-to-school sales are in full swing, sunsets are happening earlier, and dare I say a few leaves have fallen from the […]

Taking a hint from Heloise

Good Housekeeping may sound like an odd choice of reading material for a 12-year-old. But, as an avid reader growing up, often upon finishing the latest Laura Ingalls Wilder or Judy Blume book and feeling desperate for something to read, I would turn to my mother’s copy of the popular women’s magazine. One of the […]

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. […]