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Diary of a New Homemaker

May 8

A Stroke

It occurred in early December.

Nov 24

In Which I Am Burned Out of My House

On November 13th, at 2:30 in the morning, we ran for our lives from my home of 27 years.

Newest Article

10 Truly Multi-Purpose Kitchen Tools For A Clutter-Free Kitchen

If you're looking around and wondering how you wound up with 15 spatulas, 12 wooden spoons, eight or so ladles and six kitchen electronics (half of which you have no idea what they do), then it's time to break open some drawers, clear off some shelves and take your kitchen down to its useful and clutter-free basics.

In our kitchen, which is comfortable for one person but a tight squeeze for two, we've narrowed it down to tools -- outside of essentials like pots, pans and mixing bowls, of course -- that are not only used on a regular basis, but serve at least two purposes, if not more.

Autumn and Back to School

Autumn Aromas

One of my favorite signs of autumn is the spicy, aromatic scents of seasonal treats.If you are like me and crave these spicy scents, you will be pleased to know that there are many simple and inexpensive ways to fill your own home with autumn's crisp aromas!

From Our Archives

50 Tips for Keeping Up Appearances

I was in the housecleaning business for 35 years, both residential and commercial, in New York City--Ram Cleaners, Inc. I was so busy I had an unlisted phone number and only accepted repeat customers or people they'd refer.

The reason I was so popular is that my motto was "To have a satisfied customer, I have to be satisfied first." That means the house or apartment had to be spotless when I left. After 35 years, I learned how to get that spotless cleaning job done very quickly, and I now pass these time- and money-saving tips on to you.

Cleaning up after your pets
One way to psych yourself up for the day