Summer Cleaning Chore Checklist

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Summer's here, hot, high and sweaty. Vacations beckon. The garden takes on a life of its own.

Busy families don't have much time for home chores these months. School's out, travel's in and it's easy to let life slide on the home front.

Still, summer will run more smoothly if you keep tabs on these important areas in the Summer Cleaning Chore Checklist.   Read More >>

Conquer Chaos in the Laundry Room

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Nothing can streamline an organized home like a well-crafted set of household systems, and today, we focus on laundry and clothing systems.

What do they do? How do you develop them? What benefits will establishing laundry and clothing systems give to you and your family?   Read More >>

Power Tools For An Organized Home

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 >>

Travel Tips: Get Organized For Family Vacations

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Memorial Day is on the horizon, and the school year is winding down. It's time to think "road trip" as summer begins.

Family vacation travel can be enriching, enjoyable and exciting--but only if you're organized.

The family that fails to plan for summer travel can end up frazzled, frustrated and longing for the quiet comfort of home.   Read More >>

Declutter 101: Where Do I Start?

Ready to cut clutter on the homefront--but not sure where to start?

Standing amid the stacks and piles, it can be hard to find a good spot to dive in and begin. Too often, de-clutter efforts fizzle along with the light of day.

This time, resolve to succeed! To get your organized journey off to a good start, try these clutter-cutting start points. They will help free a strangled household from the clutter monster.   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Be Ready For Guests

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 90

When the doorbell rings, will you be ready?

This week in the Cleaning Challenge, we've freshened the front porch ... and now, it's time to prepare to welcome visitors and friends.

Lay out a cheery welcome mat. Add extra coat hangers to a nearby coat closet, and find a space to hold guests' umbrellas or overshoes.   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: What's Your Number?

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 89

Focusing on the front porch this week in the Cleaning Challenge, it's time to ask, "What's your number?" Can your house number be seen clearly from the roadway ... day and night?

Safety experts tell us that a clear, visible house number is vital to first responders--and it's just plain convenient for everyday visitors, too.   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Spiff Up the Front Door

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 87

What's the focal point of the front porch? The front door! It's the portal where home meets world, so does it spell a warm welcome to friends and family?

Today in the Cleaning Challenge, it's time to spiff up the front door. Banish the dust and brighten the windows. Polish the doorknob and put out the doormat.   Read More >>

Clutter Into Cash: Printable Yard Sale Signs and Checklist

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Garage sales can clear the clutter (and score some cash!), but it helps to be organized. For a quick start, try these garage sale printables.

To begin, this step-by-step yard sale checklist is your road map to planning an organized garage sale. (New to garage sales? Get up to speed with yard sale tips.)

Print highly-visible yard sale signs with arrows pointing right, left and ahead to guide garage sale customers to your sale ... and turn your clutter into cash.

Ready, set ... sell!   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Check Your Curb Appeal

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 86

The front porch: it's where house meets world--and where visitors get their first impressions.

What does your front porch say about your home? Realtors call this factor "curb appeal": that flash of first impression of any home.

Today in the Cleaning Challenge, it's time to step outside your door, and check your curb appeal.   Read More >>

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