Your home: simple truths
There's nothing complicated about creating an inviting, efficient, and well-run home.
And the truth is that it doesn't have to take endless hours with a mop and bucket, or some advanced degree in building maintenance, to keep your home and its systems running smoothly.
All you need are a few simple techniques and a plan for prioritizing your tasks to make light work of household chores.
Everything you need to know about cleaning, organizing, and repairing what you can around your house - and calling in professional help if and when you need it - is included here.
I'll tell you which chores you can safely skip now and then, and which ones are absolute musts for a clean and safe home. Whether your goal is to save time, to stretch your household budget, or to make running a home less stressful, you'll find the answers.
Choose a category below to begin making your home work with less housework:
I've gleaned much of the information offered here from my years of interviewing experts in virtually every aspect of household cleaning, maintenance, safety, and decorating for my articles in the San Francisco Chronicle's "Home" section.
Some of the techniques I've discovered have worked well in my own home, whereas others have been ineffective or too time consuming.
Here you'll find the ideas that work best for busy bodies like me - people who want a safe, presentable home, yet whose work and family life leave little time to do anything beyond the essentials.
I'm glad you're here - and I welcome your comments!
About the Author
Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.
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