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Real Simple Bathroom Cleaning Method

A month or two ago, Real Simple published a guide on how to clean your bathroom in five minutes. It’s a handy little check-off list (in my head I read that as a Chekhov list, which is something else entirely). Now, I have some major problems with some parts of the list (namely, the use [...]

Daily Checklist: Living a Methodical Life

As promised, here’s what I’ve been doing to try to get myself going down the road to Happy Julie Life Land. As part of living life more methodically, I came up with four things I wanted to do every day: exercise, write, clean the house (or some part of it) and a general category I’m [...]

I have issues with cleaning

I was a messy kid. Now I’m a frantically cleaning adult. Go read about it on Better Way Moms. addthis_url = ‘′; addthis_title = ‘I+have+issues+with+cleaning’; addthis_pub = ”;

Super Fantastic Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

Sometimes, in marriage, you have the same argument over and over about a stupid little thing, and generally agree that you’re at an impasse. And then, suddenly, the problem is solved! That’s what happened here. For ten years Dave and I have been arguing about all-purpose cleaner. He likes to use ones like Formula 409, [...]

Tallying up success

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50, 365, whatever, just clear the clutter out

Several people have asked me what I think of Gail Blanke’s new Throw Out 50 Things book. I actually read an article by Blanke in “Real Simple” about the benefits of getting rid of 50 things sometime in 2007, in the middle of my grand 365 Things Decluttering, so I wasn’t really surprised when her [...]

Holiday Tip: How to get away with not cleaning the bathroom

Let’s say you’re having a holiday party at your house. And let’s say that you’re stressing out a little bit about how much you’ve got to do in preparation for this party. And you just realized that people will be using your bathroom, and you live in an old house and bathrooms in old houses [...]

I get the creepy feeling someone’s watching me.

One of the hardest things about parenting is the constant observation. My 30s are really all about me having essentially no idea who I am and trying to figure out who I am, trying to reconcile the 20s me with some imaginary future responsible adult me. Why this coincides with parenthood I have no idea. [...]

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