coming clean at home

kitchen holiday survival guide.

None of us are ever prepared for the holidays. things just get too crazy, too fast.

We want to strike a happy balance: We want things to flow smoothly, and we want to have a lot of fun. But we don’t want to go to the extreme of wrapping Christmas gifts in July.

Here are 7 tips for getting a handle on the holidays while carving out time for your family, too.

Give yourself an early present now: Reorganize your kitchen during this brief lull.

10 housekeeping and home maintenance chores for november.

Some housecleaning tasks only need to be done once or twice a year. The problem is, we forget to do them once or twice a year.

An easier way is to create a monthly preventative maintenance house cleaning schedule.

Instead of having to set aside large blocks of time for seasonal or annual housecleaning and maintenance, you can set aside a small block of time monthly to complete these chores.

Here are the 10 things to do around your home in November.

11 family cleaning rules.

You want housecleaning chores to be shared by everyone in the family.

But are you sabotaging those beginner efforts instead of encouraging them?

Most people - kids especially - work better with praise and constructive criticism.

These 11 housecleaning rules are designed to help you have a clean home each week with help from the rest of the family in a positive environment. 

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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.