Challenge Day 19: Light Up the Living Room

living room lighting

Floors and furniture, walls and decor all work together to create an inviting living room, but without light, they're cardboard actors on a darkened stage.

What's the state of lighting in your living room? Can the family converse, read, craft or watch television in comfort?

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll let the light shine in the living room, and consider options to bring the right light where it's needed in your organized home.   Read More >>

Challenge Day 18: Control "Clicker" Clutter

Control remote control clutter

They're hard-working and indispensable features of modern life: remote controls, commonly referred to as the "clicker".

Thing is, in modern homes, they've arrived in multiple. How many clickers live in your living room--and how much chaos does it cause when one goes missing?

Today, consider ways to corral remote controls in your organized home.   Read More >>

Challenge Day 17: Declutter Living Room Decor

declutter living room decor

The New Year brings a breath of fresh air to daily life; today, we'll reflect that seasonal change with a decor declutter.

As we deep-clean and organize the living room this week, it's a good time to cast an appraising eye on the room's decor items.

Does the living room look warm and inviting, or cluttered and cramped?

Today, we'll take a deeper look at the place of decor in an organized home.   Read More >>

Challenge Day 16: Life in the Living Room

life in the living room

At the outset of Living Room Week, an important question arises. Who's living in your living room, and what do they do there?

Some homes feature a formal living room, used to receive guests and put up the Christmas tree-while the family's day-to-day life is lived down the hall in a den or family room. For these families, Living Room Week will be a straightforward process of cleaning walls, light fixtures, furniture and floors.   Read More >>

Resolutions Rescue: Clean Out The Refrigerator

It's January. Do you know where your New Years resolutions are?

All those resolutions that looked so basic, so easy, so noble through the champagne haze of New Year's Eve have lost their rosy glow, when viewed in the stark light of a January morning.

With the children back to school and holiday decorations back in their attic boxes, our resolve for a better, thinner, healthier and wealthier year has once more washed up against the hard and niggling realities of daily life.

Be of good cheer! There's a tried-and-true boost for just about anybody's New Year's resolutions.

I'm talking about cleaning the refrigerator. Spearing the Great White Whale.   Read More >>

Pantry Recipes for Homemade Cleaning Products

recipes for homemade cleaners

Taken a trip down the cleaning aisle at the supermarket lately?

If you believe the ad hype, you can't keep a clean house without loading your shopping cart with a different cleaner for each surface, floor and sink in the house.

Hogwash! Simple recipes using products from your pantry make effective household cleaning solutions.   Read More >>