Will You Clean Up This Mess?! Chores for Kids

Back in the days when many people lived on farms, it was understood that families had children to help plant and sow the crops. Children didn’t argue; it was part of the daily life that chores for kids started before sun up and often didn’t end until the evening. Now, though, with TV, Nintendo, and every other distraction out there, forget about getting kids to take out the garbage, let alone till the backyard garden. So the big question remains: How do you get kids to help with housework? Luckily, Moxie Girl has some ideas!   Start Early As with any other habit, it’s always good to start children early, and especially when it comes to chores for kids. Two- and three-year-olds enjoy being helpful and will happily put toys in a bin when it’s part of a game. And at that age, it should be. Include your toddler in the cleanup with simple preschool songs, such as “clean up, clean up,...

Cleaning Cobwebs—Literally!

When you’re walking through a haunted house, whacking your head on a cobweb-covered beam can certainly add to the fright you’re supposed to feel. But when those same cobwebs are taking over the room corners and ceiling fans of your home, you may be scared for a totally different reason. Not only are those webs a sign you may not have cleaned your house as well as you should, but they also mean there are spiders in your house! If you’re familiar with Charlotte’s Web, you know that spiders do a great deal to rid your home of other pesky insects, but there are better ways to combat bugs than these unsightly webs. It’s time to clean out the cobwebs—literally!   The places you’re likely to find your arachnid friends taking up residence include corners (both up top and down on the floor), doorjambs, and dormant vents and ceiling fans. As the temperatures warm up in...

A Spring Cleaning Checklist for a Little R, R, and R

In Arizona, we’re loving our 80-degree weather and having the windows and doors open. If you’re like us, the warmer temps have probably inspired you to clean and straighten across your home…wait, that’s just us, isn’t it? Well, if you’re not excited about spring cleaning and organizing, we know some people who are—and they’d be happy to help you get things in order! If you are ready to tackle some of those little details and refresh, reorganize, and replace the look and feel of your home then we’ve added to your spring cleaning workload by compiling a little spring cleaning checklist for you. It is room specific so you can get a head start before it’s time to open your home for that summer barbecue or pool party.  In the Kitchen Remove all items from the refrigerator and throw away anything that has expired. Wipe down shelves and add a new box of baking soda to absorb odors....

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