Cash for your stash

For 3 years I had a pair of designer shoes in my closet that I loved. They were red and white checkers with 4” stiletto heels and were purchased for $75 (normally $400!). They were perfect, except that I never wore them out of the house because, by the time I walked from the bedroom to the front door, I would give up from the cramping and take them off. In hind sight, I never should have purchased a pair of shoes that was obviously 2 sizes too small, but I was being optimistic. Just like the skinny jeans I keep in case I lose 15 pounds, I kept these shoes because I really hoped one day my feet would go from a size 9.5 to a size 8. After 3 agonizing years, I finally came to grips with reality. I grabbed those shoes, along with all those cute “I’m 21 and love to party!” tank...

Taming the Beast in the Laundry Room

First things first. Let’s examine dictionary.com’s definition: Main Entry:              laundry room Part of Speech:        n Definition:                a room where clothes are washed and dried, usu. with large appliances Example:                 We have a great laundry room, well-designed, organized, and in the perfect location. Etymology:               1967 Does that presently sound like your laundry room? If the answer is yes, give yourself a pat on the back, way to have your clothes cleaning station in check. But if yours is overflowing with miscellaneous items and mishmash of detergent bottles, it’s time for a clean up. Taming the Beast in the Laundry Room *Get rid of the clutter. Take everything out of the laundry room that doesn’t belong there. *When laundry is done get it folded and put away ASAP. One pile seems to attract multiple others. *If you have a counter for folding, use it! Keep it free of clutter. *Have a small trash...

Tips for welcoming houseguests

It’s that time of year again. Our friends and family who have been dealing for months with the snow and cold of the Midwest are starting to call. And even though Phoenix is known for its amazing resorts and hotels, when they ask, “Can we stay with you?” we always say, “Of course!” While I was searching for ideas to make our houseguests feel more at home, I stumbled upon this checklist from Martha Stewart. It is simple, to the point, and offers practical ideas that I sometimes forget (ie – clear out closet and drawer space) because I spent too much time on frivolous tasks (ie – finding the right color paper grass to line the bottom of the mega-basket of toiletries). Here are the tips from the home guru herself: □ Allot adequate closet and drawer space and provide hangers.  □ Fully stock your refrigerator and pantry, and take into account any special food...

How much would it cost for Moxie Girl to clean my house?

This is a question I am asked almost every day. We have learned the hard way that most people will say, “It’s not too bad,” when they really mean to say, “If it wasn’t that bad, I wouldn’t be calling you to clean it.” For this reason we do not guarantee our estimates until we see your home. Something to consider: While the size of your home is a factor in the cost of the cleaning, the current state of cleanliness and clutter are the BIGGEST factors. If you haven’t cleaned your house in a few months (or years!), your first cleaning is going to be a doozy. I wish we had a magic wand that made toilet rings disappear and dust to vanish off baseboards and window blinds, but the honest truth is that it takes scrubbing, a lot of scrubbing, and that takes time. For those of you who like concrete numbers, here are...