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Garage cleaning with kids.

garage cleaning with kids.

At least once a year, set aside a Saturday for garage cleaning with kids. Garage cleaning day is the ideal time to ooh and ahh over all your old treasures and reevaluate whether to keep them. Read Garage Cleaning with Kids here.




10 home cleaning and maintenance tips for February.

february house cleaning checklist.

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. Here are the 9  things to do around your home in February.




How to prevent colds and flu this winter.

how to ward off winter colds and flu.

As any parent can tell you, it's cold and flu season. The reason why we usually get colds during the winter is not because of the weather but because we're all cooped up with each other (and each other's germs) indoors. Read the 3 Easy Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu here.







9 allergy relief cleaning tips.

9 allergy relief cleaning tips.

Allergies can reduce kids - and adults - to a sniffling, sneezing, uncomfortable mess. While we can't do a whole lot about outdoor triggers, cleaning the house with a focus on allergy relief can go a long way toward minimizing symptoms. These 9 allergy relief cleaning tips can help.





Allowance for chores: yes or no?

allowance for chores: yes or no?

Involving our kids in housecleaning will cut down on the amount of time we spend cleaning and increase the time we spend with our families. What could be better? Getting kids and parents on the same page requires some sort of motivation - either cash or non-cash motivators. Which is best for your family? Find out here.







Bed bug removal tips.

bed bug removal tips.

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) have been around and annoying innocent sleepers since the time of Aristotle. Now that DDT is gone from our pest control arsenal, they're back, seemingly with a vengeance. Here's what you need to know about bed bug removal.




Bedroom chores for kids by age.

bedroom chores for kids by age.

These bedroom kids chores also take a child's cleaning skills level into consideration. It may feel like a constant battle to keep your kids' bedrooms clean. Why not just give up and close the door? Because the habits you're instilling now will serve them well as they go on in life. Here are age appropriate bedroom kids chores to get them on their way to self-sufficiency.




Carpet care tips.

carpet care tips.

Carpet is one of the most popular flooring choices for living areas. This is probably because carpet care is about as easy floor care gets - as long as you keep up with it and promptly tackle the stains of life that invariably happen. Here's what you should know about carpet care and cleaning.




How to clean carpet stains.

how to clean carpet stains.

Food and beverages are attracted to carpet like magnets. So naturally, carpet stains happen. Here are some remedies for the most common stains you might encounter at home. Be sure to pretest all cleaners in an inconspicuous area before you use them on a carpet.




Chores for kids monthly.

chores for kids monthly.

Monthly chores for kids are going to vary by age and experience. Your tidy 11-year-old who has been cleaning his room since age 2 can probably tackle some of the kids chores listed for teenagers if safety isn't an issue. Here is a guide to chores for kids monthly by age.



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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.