Handling the Endless Work of Homemaking

Not long after I got married I realized that the work of a homemaker is never complete. There is no 9-to-5 work schedule. There are no days off for the weekends or holidays. There aren’t even meal breaks. Instead, the sink fills with dishes every day—especially on weekends and holidays. The … [Read more...]

Line Drying Clothes Indoors

When we first got married, my husband was surprised to find that I hang some of my clothes on racks to dry them instead of using the dryer. Though he encouraged me to toss them in the dryer for convenience, I've continued line drying a significant amount of my clothing. Of course, it would be … [Read more...]

Safe and Effective Spider Control

I can tolerate spiders outdoors because I know they are part of a balanced ecosystem, but it’s another story when they come indoors. We’ve been seeing quite a few—many of which are large—in our home this spring. Commercially available pesticides are a quick and effective way to kill spiders, … [Read more...]

The Scents in a Home with a God-Honoring Aura

We’ve already looked at how the sounds in a home impact its aura (read about this here and here). Today let’s consider the influence of scents. While the scents in a home do not by themselves make its aura, they certainly do impact it. Many of us would be frustrated, agitated, and less … [Read more...]

Common Housekeeping Conundrums: Gunk on the Soleplates of Irons

After a clothes iron has been used for some time, residue (clothing fibers, hard water deposits, dust, etc.) builds up on its soleplate. This residue causes the iron to drag and can sometimes stain clothing. We were experiencing this problem, so I did some research and came across several … [Read more...]

Common Housekeeping Conundrums: Lint in Clothes Dryers

Lint can be very pesky as it accumulates in and around clothing dryers. Removing lint is a critical part of dryer maintenance. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, clothes dryers are responsible for approximately 2,900 fires in residential buildings in the U.S. each year. This risk is … [Read more...]

Cleaning Schedule Architecture: Building One that Works for You

Having a clean house is refreshing and pleasant. Unfortunately, getting to a clean house can sometimes be taxing and unpleasant. Cleaning schedules can streamline housecleaning and help you keep up with various tasks. I absolutely love lists and schedules, so soon after I got married I began … [Read more...]

21 Cleaning Jobs for Toothbrushes

If you replace toothbrushes at the recommended interval, each member of your household will go through 3-4 toothbrushes each year. Given that each toothbrush costs money and each ends up contributing to the trash your household produces, why not make sure you get your money’s worth and reduce your … [Read more...]

Common Housekeeping Conundrums: Power Cord Management

Do the electrical cords behind your desk or entertainment center look like a bowl of spaghetti? No matter how neatly I lay the cords when I first plug them in, after a few months they become tangled. The cords on floor lamps are also a challenge. They look quite unattractive and can get out … [Read more...]

The Lowdown on Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber cloths have bourgeoned in popularity in recent years. I’ve heard them described in a number of ways: amazing, awful, soft, rough, environmentally friendly, bad for the environment, etc. With descriptors that are this conflicting, it’s hard to determine if these cloths are something you … [Read more...]