Keeping a clean house ... and you're wondering. What's the best cleaning schedule to make short work of housecleaning?
Should you clean the whole house in a single day, or schedule cleaning chores each day? What about seasonal cleaning? When should you wash the windows?
Real Simple's got answers, with their Periodic Table of Cleaning. Based on Jeff Campbell's Speed Cleaning principles, and cleverly laid out as a model of the periodic table, this definitive cleaning schedule will answer your questions of when and how often to clean house.
In .pdf format, you'll need Adobe Reader to view and print:
Now that everybody and their dog (literally, in the case of Petsmart) is issuing club-card tracking devices for frequent shoppers, wallets are in for a serious case of overload.
Choices at the checkstand aren't that great. Either you fumble through a stack of club cards to find the right one, or use keytabs and hand over your keyring for manhandling by germy-handed strangers.
Enter the bar-code card hack from Instructables. Scanning all club-card bar codes into Photoshop, you create and laminate a single source for club-card bar codes. Kill the keytabs and cut wallet clutter:
Online to-do lists come and go, and too often, they're pale versions of standard corporate task management programs. Not Zirr.us--a free Web-based service now in beta!
This intuitive online task tracker shows pending to-dos in checklist or tag cloud view. Left-brainers will love the color-coding and visual impact; right-brainers will like the simplicity and ease of list management: READ MORE >>
They're handy kitchen helpers, but can do so much more to organize life at home: zipper food storage bags!
Check in with blogger The Optimized Life for a list of 25 unusual uses for food storage bags. We liked this one:
"Turn a Ziploc bag into a pastry bag by snipping off a tiny corner. This allows you to frost a cake without any special tools.
Along the same lines, we'd add using a food storage bag to fill devilled eggs. Spoon the filling into the bag, snip a slightly larger corner, and heap the filling high! When finished, toss the bag for easy clean-up.
A vacuum cleaner is designed for floors, but does double-duty in the kitchen, too. After vacuuming floors, use the extension wand to suck up crumbs from refrigerator bins and shelves, remove grit from the corner of drawers and cabinets, or clear fuzz from the refrigerator's condenser coils.