• ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

Diary of a New Homemaker

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.

Sep 22

Me on Family Finance at Mint.com!

I was interviewed on Mint.com!

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, Back to School and Halloween

Three Girl Scout Troops, Two Girls (Plus Mom)

Some Mondays, my weekly calendar, posted on the large white dry erase board, is covered with activity. Five different colors, one for each family member makes quite a rainbow. I've even got the dog's schedule written in light yellow. (I don't want to make his activities look too imposing.) It still seems like too much.

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.

Clear out the clutter, make some butter!
Field trips or simply goofing off, they bring families closer
On resolutions, goals, calendars and other topics of organizational interests