Calling All Domestic Divas!

Sojourner Center, a local domestic violence shelter we volunteer with, is throwing a Housewarming Party to collect donations of household items. These items will be given to women as they are leaving the shelter and starting their new lives. In an effort to collect kitchenware, we are hosting a Pampered Chef show. All the items collected, plus all the free product we earn as the “hostess” will be brought to the Party. Could you help us fill Amanda’s car with donations? Helping is super easy! A donation of $75 can be made over the phone to Amanda (602-705-3144) to order our Sojourner Set, the order will be delivered to the Housewarming Party, and you will receive a tax donation receipt in the mail. That will purchase a glass mixing/measuring bowl, 2 sets of measuring cups (liquid and dry), and a large scraper. And, because they are Pampered Chef, all the products are super durable (great for homes...

What to do if you are married to a “Packrat”

Let’s face it, we all know them, live with them, or are them. Packrats are alive and well today and I am not talking about the desert rodent that builds messy nests and then pees on it (don’t believe me, check out the link for yourself). I am talking about the human “Packrat”. In my opinion there are two forms of packrats. There are the disorganized people – the messy minds, and the compulsive hoarder types. Those are the Level 3, 4, and 5 people as set forth by the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD) and much similar to the people written about in our last blog post. However, there are also milder versions of Packrats that can be very organized, clean, and mostly clutter-free people. Their mindset is different for sure. Are you confused yet? What can we do to work around this mindset and improve our daily lives? Let me explain with a story....

Is it Just Clutter?

I’m going to let you in on a secret. I have an area right inside the garage door that is always cluttered. Every other area of our house is labeled and OCD organized, but is where I unload my car and purse after long days of networking and working in homes. It is my catch-all. As much as my catch-all bugs me, I know I can find lots of important things (my sunglasses, car keys, the business card of the carpet cleaner I met last week, and probably even a new issue of my favorite magazine) in that little area.  Many times we are brought into a house that has clutter. It is normal for even the most neat and tidy person to have one or two areas that become the “catch-all” for clutter. These areas are usually near the door they enter the house or in a space they spend a lot of time. Most...

Lets Talk TV (and Cleaning!)

One of my favorite shows to watch is Clean House. The Clean House team is so upbeat and has the fantastic ability to bargain with the Clean House family to get rid of unnecessary items such as goat skulls, monkey collections (live and stuffed) or phone booths. It’s good fun and usually lighthearted. The families and groups that we see on Clean House are there because they know they have clutter and are ready to get rid of it and incorporate a fun, great looking system. Lets Talk TV (and Cleaning!) in their home. (I think I know of another team that is quite good at helping people with that same dilemma :))Sometimes the story is sad but in the end there is a sense of joy. Allowing Clean House yard sale guru Trish to sell off needless trinkets lets the family purchase needed curtains or a cool organizing system. And host Niecy Nash knows how...

What should be done for Spring Cleaning?

What is spring cleaning and where did it come from? What should spring cleaning really entail? Well, there are many theories on the origin of spring cleaning. One is the Jewish practice cleansing for Passover which commands one to rid the house entirely of leavened foods (chametz) including small remnants of the food. Another theory is called “Khooneh Tekouni” which literally means “shaking the house” and is practiced just before the Iranian holiday Norouz (Persian new year), which is also the 1st day of Spring. Closer to home in North America and also Northern Europe in the 1800s, the custom of spring cleaning was more practical. Before the invention of the vacuum cleaner, the best time to dust the house was in March. This was because the doors and windows could be opened without too much fear of insects and the windier season helped carry the dust out of the house. Spring cleaning today really concentrates...