Easy Tilapia “Piccata” with Summer Squash

If you’re like me, dinner is a nightly struggle to figure out what to make, and then actually make it.  I try to plan ahead, but that doesn’t always happen.  When I do have something planned, I like for it to be as fast and easy as possible.  I usually get home from work at…

Relaxing and Recharging

We’ve got the dishes under control (for the moment) and I’m working on keeping up with them.  The dishwasher is running as I type this, as a matter of fact. I spent last weekend mostly having fun and not doing chores.  I’m telling you this because I want to remind you that it’s ok to…

Bonus Post: Sell Your Crap

To go along with yesterday’s post, here is another view on cutting back and minimalism.

Book Review:  The Joy of Less by Francine Jay

  Last week we talked about getting everything out of our heads and down on paper, and just starting with one task.  For me that task was dishes.  By both working on keeping up with the dishes myself, and having my kids chip in, we’ve had a week of (mostly) clean counters and having lots…

How Overwhelmed Are You?

Notice the title of this post is not “Are you overwhelmed?” because I know most of you are.  That’s why you’re here right?  It’s hard not to be these days.  Many of us have full-time jobs, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have full-time work to do at home as well.  Even if home is…

How to Do Your Laundry Right

Laundry.  It’s something we all deal with.  Some hate it, some find the repetitiveness soothing.  I fall somewhere in the middle. I don’t hate it, but I do feel like no matter how much I do, there’s always more. Whether you’ve been doing laundry since you were old enough to reach the knobs, or you…

Do You Have Too Many Clothes?

You know you do, right?  That is, unless you’ve achieved a minimalist lifestyle.  But if you had, what would you be doing here reading this blog about getting your house clean and in some semblance of order?  Got you, didn’t I?  It’s ok.  Lots of us are in the same situation, so let’s work on…

Let’s Clean the Fridge!

We’re going to purge, clean and organize the refrigerator today.  The best way to do this is to empty everything out into coolers or onto your counters so you can sort everything and see what’s in there.  If you go through everything as you’re taking it out, when you put it all back you’ll only…

Doing Dishes – My Nemesis

I hate dishes.  I wash them, turn my back for five minutes, and when I turn back the sink is full of glasses and plates and there are two dirty pots on the stove. We have a dishwasher, which makes things easier, but there are still tasks to do anyway: Someone has to load the…

Where to Start

There are a lot of people with a lot of theories on where you should begin getting your house in shape.   For example, the Flylady, aka Marla Cilley, says to start with a clean, shined kitchen sink.  That’s a great idea and it does make a big difference in how your kitchen looks, but…