Cleaning Checklist: Printable Housecleaning Schedule

Keeping a clean house ... and you're wondering. What's the best cleaning schedule to make short work of housecleaning?

Should you clean the whole house in a single day, or schedule cleaning chores each day? What about seasonal cleaning? When should you wash the windows?

Real Simple's got answers, with their Periodic Table of Cleaning. Based on Jeff Campbell's Speed Cleaning principles, and cleverly laid out as a model of the periodic table, this definitive cleaning schedule will answer your questions of when and how often to clean house.

In .pdf format, you'll need Adobe Reader to view and print:

Period Table of Cleaning

Safety First: What You Should NOT Put In Your Household Notebook

Life tips blogger Kristin loves the household notebook concept, but adds a big "But!": information you shouldn't include in your household notebook.

If your notebook fell into the hands of a stranger, what information would it disclose? Get Kristin's guidelines for keeping your family binder a friend, and not a security risk:

What You Should NOT Put Your Home Organizer

Printable Back-to-School Cookbook

Let's hear it for AllRecipes.com! To celebrate their 10th anniversary on the Web--and to smooth the transition to a new school year--they're sharing a free printable Back to School cookbook.

With recipes for kid-pleasing breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners, the cookbook includes lunch box tips and ideas for freezer cooking.

Just for fun, the cookbook includes puzzles and brain-teasers for kids. The free download is shared in .pdf format, so you'll need a copy of Adobe Reader to view and print.

Get ready for a new school year!

Printable Back-To-School Cookbook

Clothing Care: Questions To Declutter Your Closet

Blogger Angie, of You Look Fab, is brimming over with great advice to build a workable wardrobe and clear closet clutter.

With a change of seasons on the way, it's time to review the rules for a closet clean-out.

Angie suggests answering these questions as you change over the closet from one season to another:

  • Is this flattering for my body type?
  • Is it the correct size? (Remember to dress for the body that you’re in today)
  • Is alteration worth considering?
  • Is the garment outdated?
  • Is the piece still in good condition?
  • Is the colour right?
  • Is the pattern right?
  • Why do I never wear this item?
  • Is the garment comfortable? (If it looks good but feels awful – get rid of it.)
  • How many pairs of black pants, white collared shirts, black T’s and white T’s can I have? (You may find that you have many of each but none are perfect – weed them out.)
  • Have I outgrown this look?
  • Is the piece ”me”? (Everything is right about the garment but you feel that it’s just not right for you, which is why you don’t wear it – pass it on.)
  • Is this item style-enhancing?

Get more great inspiration for a seasonal wardrobe update:

You Look Fab's Closet Clean-Up

Time Management For Kids

For kids, school success can hinge on good organization and time management skills. Learning to manage time, use schedules and a planner are skills needed by every student.

Give your back-to-school students a refresher course in time management, with this just-for-kids Web site from PBSKids.org.

Find time management tips, lessons in planner basics, and free printable daily schedule, weekly planner and calendar pages here:

Club Card Hack: Bye, Keyring Clutter!

Now that everybody and their dog (literally, in the case of Petsmart) is issuing club-card tracking devices for frequent shoppers, wallets are in for a serious case of overload.

Choices at the checkstand aren't that great. Either you fumble through a stack of club cards to find the right one, or use keytabs and hand over your keyring for manhandling by germy-handed strangers.

Enter the bar-code card hack from Instructables. Scanning all club-card bar codes into Photoshop, you create and laminate a single source for club-card bar codes. Kill the keytabs and cut wallet clutter:

Club Card Barcode Hack

Don't want to go the DIY route? Here's a free online service that will create a single printable barcode card from eight of your current club cards:

Just One Club Card

To-Do List to Tag Cloud: Zirr.us!

Online to-do lists come and go, and too often, they're pale versions of standard corporate task management programs. Not Zirr.us--a free Web-based service now in beta!

This intuitive online task tracker shows pending to-dos in checklist or tag cloud view. Left-brainers will love the color-coding and visual impact; right-brainers will like the simplicity and ease of list management:

Zirr.us Task Manager

Chore Wars? Organize Chores Online!

chore busterHas the family drawn battle lines over housework in your home? Chill the chore wars in your home with Chore Buster, a free online service to organize household chores.

The premise is simple: enter people and enter chores in the easy online interface. Rate each chore for difficulty and desirability, and note how often it needs to be performed.

Chore Buster will generate fair, balanced chore lists for every member of the home, and e-mail them to you daily or weekly.

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