Balance Your House Cleaning Load

As you’re reading this, there’s a good chance there’s a to-do list—whether on your phone or on an old-fashioned sticky note—taunting you with a few unfinished housework items. Crossing those off is cause for celebration, right? According to an article in the Huffington Post, these house cleaning victories could actually be hurting you in the workplace.    “Is Housework a Career Killer?” writer Liz O’Donnell analyzed recent research suggesting working women who are solely handling the  household-management tasks are less ambitious in achieving their workplace goals due to focusing their energy on house cleaning and upkeep. As if there wasn’t enough to worry about, now your weekend spent removing cobwebs from the ceilings might have cost you that promotion (and some fun weekend relaxation!).   Cleaners to the Rescue! The great news is that the research also indicates that women who share the load with a spouse aren’t as likely to face this challenge. But there’s...

House Cleaning You Can Trust

Last week, the online edition of The Local ran a story that read like something out of a movie: House cleaning woman steals commuter train, takes off with it, and ends up crashing into an apartment complex! (Check out the full story here.) The good news is that, aside from the cleaner, no one else was seriously injured. Lesson learned? This is no way to get out of cleaning your kitchen! But it boils down to the bigger issue of trusting your maid or house cleaning services, because you’re essentially giving them access to your home, family, and valuables.    Your House Cleaning Homework Before you get too caught up in visions of sparkling toilet bowls, be sure to use a reputable source to find the answer to your housecleaning woes. Reviews are a “must” for practically everything else, so it’s just natural to check online review sites for someone who’s going to be in your home....

Combat Germs During Flu Season with…

A recent episode of the daytime medical talk show The Doctors featured a well-meaning educational segment highlighting “If it’s not the flu, what is it?” And that got us thinking: no matter if it’s flu or something else, it comes with a ton of germs. Germs linger…and linger, transferring their creepy crud from person to person in your house through all of the surfaces they touch. Couldn’t a good house cleaning make a difference in stopping the spread of all of that nastiness?    Chillin’ with Germs The most common reaction involves enlisting your arsenal of cleaning supplies and elbow-length rubber gloves for a busy day of deep cleaning to eliminate your worries once and for all. Unfortunately, with the extremely cold temperatures, the lack of open windows and increase in thermostat settings means that sweeping germs to the curb will be tougher than usual. Just imagining germs happily thriving and multiplying in their confined environment is enough to...

Couples Who Clean House Together…

Don’t Necessarily Stay Together Sometimes, stereotypes are there for a reason. A recent study out of Norway showed that couples who share house cleaning are more likely to divorce than those couples where the woman does the majority of the housework. In fact, divorce rates of these couples can be as much as 50% higher. According to the study, households in which men carry more of the responsibility for chores tend to head to the divorce attorney faster. Of course, it’s not all about the house cleaning; sharing tasks can be an indicator that roles are poorly defined in other areas of the relationship. And often, to create a level of equality in household chores, a high level of organization is required—and that leads to more of a business relationship than an intimate, spontaneous partnership. Get Some Help These days, most families don’t consist of a stay-at-home mother who can devote her time to house cleaning....