Who among us hasn't squandered a happy afternoon in a store specializing in organizing products?
Drifting from aisle to aisle, we make a mental list: this for the bathroom clutter, that for the computer desk.
All is bliss until we consider the bottom line. Specialty organizers can be costly! Someday, we vow, we'll get organized at home, but for now, budget realities step firmly on organizer dreams. Read More >>
Imagine a genie, a butler, a secret servant at your fingertips.
Someone who remembers everything: when your kindergartner got his last round of immunizations, the name and number of that other Mom in the soccer carpool, what your second cousin named her latest baby.
Every home manager needs this informational paragon, but no one has to scour deserted beaches for a jeweled bottle.
This secret servant is called a planner--and every home manager worth her gym socks needs to have one. Read More >>
Looking to save money at the supermarket? It's hard to do in this age of shifting prices and computer-generated "sales".
How do you know whether an advertised special is a bargain--or a bust? Is the warehouse mega-pack a better buy? How about those "buy one, get one free" offers--are they worth the extra price? Read More >>
Yes, you! Forget those '50's images of housewifely frou-frou and ruffles: a cleaning apron has a place in the modern home manager's toolkit.
A cleaning apron speeds cleaning chores. Spray bottles of cleaning solution hang ready for use. Apron pockets lined with plastic bags corral bits of trash. Cleaning tools live at the tips of the cleaner's fingers. Read More >>
It's not just "visions of sugarplums" that dance through our heads when we think of the holiday season. Many of us also succumb to Holiday House Fever: an intense desire to begin major home decor projects in the weeks before Christmas.
Anybody who's ever decorated a Christmas tree before a half-painted wall knows the risk: our dreams overpower our time, energies and resources.
Result: damp carpets, naked windows, wet paint and lots of stress.