We all have our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to anything, even homemaking. Mine? Well, I enjoy making a lot of everyday stuff from scratch (from salsato salad dressing.) But housecleaning is not a strong suit of mine.
When I gave birth to my fourth child...well, I sorta lost it. I just couldn't keep up with anything. I remember the day Robby rushed out of the door for work, leaving me at home with a baby, a 2 year old, 4 year old and a 6 year old. He promised me that he would "have help for me" by the end of the day. ...more
It's time for that great tradition that almost everyone knows about, no one likes to do, and everyone likes having done it: spring cleaning.Here in my neck of the woods we can finally say it's spring. I know in some other necks of wood it's practically summer... but I really don't want to talk to You People....more
By Kristin Fast, Lifestyle Editor and In-House Wit-Cracker With the rare exception, I do a load or two of laundry everyday… every. Single. Day. We are a family of 5, with two of those five being teenage boys… (teenage boys will wear three shirts in one day, but the same pair of pants for a week) which I am sure makes it clearer why I am engaged in a never ending battle for clean clothes dominance....more
Cleaning...seriously, I don't understand the point sometimes. I've never been a neat-freak, but I don't consider myself a slob either. I get stuff done, sometimes it would sit for a little longer than necessary, but I got 'er done, no worse for the wait.Fast forward life, and now I live in a house dominated by the Y chromosome. Four against one. One poor lonely soul, waving a white toilet brush in submittance. They are too good at their arsenal. I've mounted attack against attack, and I just can't seem to break their defense.I've tried num...more
I'm having one of those relaxing Sunday afternoons. You know, the kind where the husband takes the kids out for a few hours, and I get to do something fun, just for me. Maybe a few things. So far, I've polished the furniture and scrubbed down the inside of the microwave.
No, I'm not joking. And before you think I'm either a pathetic, downtrodden woman or some lunatic, let me explain myself. Eight years ago, I set out to be a stay at home mom and freelance writer, some kind of post-millenial Asian American hybrid of Martha Stewart, Erma Bombeck and Rachel Ray....more
I should probably have called this post...Do as I say, not as I do. The clutter in my house has gotten totally out of control, and I really do think it affects the way I feel. But I also believe that cleaning out the clutter in our homes (and our lives) is helpful to our overall well being. So I plan on doing some serious spring cleaning and de-cluttering very soon.
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