Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:50

When DIY becomes a disaster

I come from a household where HGTV being on is the norm. We have busted out walls, refinished furniture and stripped rooms covered in wallpaper, so cleaning a bathroom should be a breeze. Right? Wrong. 

It all started with an innocent social media post on how to make your own bathroom cleaner. The blogger who posted boasted its 'magical' powers and said that after using it you would 'never use store bought cleaner again.' OK, so there wasn't any pixie dust or unicorns on the list of ingredients, but there was baking soda and lemon juice. It seemed legitimate enough. All of the ingredients seemed safe, and what was better was that they were already in the house. With no time to waste, I grabbed the closest to empty spray bottle, rinsed it out and began the experiment. 

Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 14:47

Cleaning crew

We pick up a lot. It's a never-ending cycle of picking up. Pick up babies, pick up toys, pick up dishes, pick up more toys.

I have a former roommate from college who will confirm that I was never a neat freak (you can stop laughing, Angie, seriously). But I won't bore you with how reformed I am, though I do pick up quite often now. No, I've come to realize that I'm kind of weird when I'm picking up the kids toys. I can't just put them all in a box. Well, I can, eventually. But I have a tendency to want to solve all of the puzzles, put all the colorful cups in descending order and stack the rings properly.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 23:00

Spring into cleaning

Spring has sprung and now that it's May, the cold weather will soon be behind us. With the warm weather on the horizon, we all look forward to heading outdoors and enjoying nature. But before we can go out and play, the warmer temps will likely throw many of us into cleaning mode.

I don't want to clean. I don't like to clean. However, the last thing I want to see when the weather warms up and the windows open to sunshine is those little dust particles flying around in the sunlight. I know I can't get rid of them all, but it doesn't hurt to try and have a nice clean home to start off the summer.

Now I could write a book on cleaning and organizing, but I only have a 30-minute attention span. Instead, I'm going to condense my thoughts into a short list of tips to help you get started:

Published in The Frugal Edge


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