Household Hints and Tips

Bring order to your household with handy hints and timely tips to do everything faster and better.

Whether you need to clean house, cut clutter or get organized, these daily tips will help clean up life on the home front.

Tackle Trash With A Daily Dash

Whether you think of it as Peter Walsh's "trash bag tango", or undertake Flylady's "27 fling boogie", a daily round with a trash bag makes short work of burgeoning clutter. Once a day, circle the house at top speed, gathering expired coupons, newspaper inserts, take-out food containers, empty packaging materials and other trash, then toss. It's an instant clutter-cutting boost!

Clutter Fighter: The Containment Principle

To limit collectible items like media, magazines or craft supplies, reach for the containment principle. Designate an appropriate container, shelf or cabinet for storage, then decide that you'll only keep as many items as the container will hold. When a new issue of Family Fun magazine arrives, remove the oldest issue from the magazine holder and recycle it--to keep clutter at bay!

Speed Clutter Decisions With The Yearly Rule

Clutter flows into our lives every day--from the mail or from the mall. Establishing clutter rules can help stem the tide by forcing a decision. One such principle: the Yearly Rule. Whether it's clothing, cookware or media, an item becomes clutter if it hasn't been used in the last year. Wear it, watch it or use it annually, or find it a new home!

Set The Table From The Dishwasher

Returning clean dishes to the cupboard during after-dinner clean-up? Set the breakfast table straight from the dishwasher! You'll save steps--and make precious time during busy mornings. If you wash dishes overnight? Do it in reverse, setting the table for dinner as you put away clean dishes each morning.