Staying on Top of the Mess

You know that moment of quietness you get when all chores are done and the house is clean? It lets you take a breath and feel at ease. A fleeting moment that’s usually abruptly ended by a crash or a scream – at least at my house. Well, back to work!

Keeping a home clean and organized and mess-free is an on-going effort. One that’s difficult when you’re already balancing a busy work and family life. You put your best efforts forward but there’s always more to do. Those off days become busy days very very quickly.

We try things like planning our schedules around our energy levels or burn the midnight oil to get the last bits of the list done. Yet, it feels like a losing battle. There’s only so much one person can do!

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Getting the Family on Board

There are a few reasons why the family may not be helping with chores:

A.  They don’t know how they can help

B.  There’s no repercussions if they don’t

C.  They’re busy already

D.  They don’t know how you want it done

You can try to force your partner and kids to help but this may only last a day. Plus, who wants extra stress from nagging and taking orders?

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Are You Losing Money at Home with These Three Common Mistakes?

My hubby and I have recently begun doing what we call “Financial Meetings”. We sit down on Sunday evenings and go through the projected expenses for the week ahead, and any extra monies or projects we want to focus in on. (We also talk about the schedule for the upcoming week, but that’s kind of just reminders. Making sure we’re on the same page about our finances is the main goal.)

I think most people want to communicate well about money. Frequently, even the media and society places a focus on active ways of earning, saving, and building wealth. Clipping coupons, investing, and making money through a part-time job are the hottest topics of money discussions. Although you might use these tips to earn and save money for your family, did you ever think that YOUR HOME could be causing you to lose money?

Ready to uncover hidden cash by following a few simple tips? Then take a look at three of the most common mistakes that cause you to lose money at home:

Not turning off or unplugging lights/appliances/electronics that are not in use

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While you may have the best intentions when it comes to turning off lights, electronics, or appliances that are not in use, it is incredibly easy to forget. However, forgetting to turn off lights and other things that consume electricity is costly. For example, if you leave just 10 light bulbs on for one extra, unneeded hour per day, you are losing between $5-$24 per year. While this may not seem like a lot of money, this yearly figure can multiply quickly when you consistently leave your lights on for many unnecessary hours. Additionally, using energy-saving features and sleep mode with your computer can save you up to $50 yearly, and controlling your air conditioning with a programmable thermostat can save up to $180 yearly.

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4 Chemical-Free Cleaning Tips for Reducing Allergies at Home

I’ve always had allergy issues. Then I married my husband, who has also always had allergy issues. And now we’re finding out that our littles ALSO have allergy issues. No surprise there, I guess. Do you have allergy sufferers at your house?

Allergies can impact people inside their homes and outdoors. While you can’t control what’s happening outside your front door, you have a little more control of your environment at home. I’ve been doing lots of research on this, of late, and while cleaning can reduce allergies, many times people turn to chemical products for cleaning which can make allergies worse and take a toll on the environment. In fact, did you know that there are more than 80 different chemicals in regular household cleaners today? With the following four chemical-free cleaning tips, you can reduce the way that allergies can impact you in your home, reduce the amount of chemicals you are exposing your family to, and do more to “go green” as you clean!

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Clean Your Home with Natural Products

Did you know that you can remove 99 percent of bacteria and allergens using hot water with a little vinegar in it and a good cleaning cloth? If you find the vinegar smell a little too strong, dilute it and add some fresh lemon or orange juice. Cleaning your home without chemicals is much healthier for your family and more eco-friendly. When you’re done, you’ll feel great that your home is clean and smells naturally fresh.

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Home Matters Linky Party #160

Home Matters Linky Party #160

Welcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends.

It’s been a while, y’all, but I’m THRILLED to be BACK as a part of the Home Matters Linky Party! 

I’ve been absent for a while because of…well…this:

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But I’m very blessed and thankful to have 2 14-month-olds on my hands who actually enjoy playing with one another now, and sleep 12 hours a night, allowing me to have some bloggy and linky fun! So here here! Let’s get this party started!

Home Matters Linky Party #160!

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3 Problems With Old Homes That Are Easy to Fix

I ADORE old homes.

I really do.

When we were in the market for a new house earlier this year, I won’t lie, I had a strong interest in several “vintage” homes in our city. They were actually historic homes – and I thought they were SO dreamy!

Like this one:

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SWOON, right?!

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