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Preparing for holiday entertaining.

preparing for holiday entertaining.

Don't wait until the guests RSVP to begin preparing for holiday entertaining. Here are some important cleaning tasks you can do ahead now, so that you're cool, calm, and collected when you open the door on party night.

Kitchen cleaning tips for the holidays.

kitchen cleaning tips for the holidays.

Give yourself an early present and clean and reorganize your kitchen so that it's functional for the holidays. Now - before the holiday cooking rush - is the time to get the kitchen cleaned and primed for holiday entertaining.

Fall patio furniture cleaning tips.

fall patio furniture cleaning tips.

Fall patio furniture cleaning is essential to ensure you'll have attractive, useable furniture to pull out of storage and use on those occasional warm days and nights ahead. Here's the fall patio furniture cleaning routine.

House cleaning safely with kids.

house cleaning safely with kids.

Life is hectic with kids under age 5 and daily schedules are full. But house cleaning has to be squeezed in - and usually the kids are home, too. These tips can help you keep little ones safe while housecleaning.

House chores for kids by room and by frequency.

house chores for kids.

This room-by-room guide of house chores for kids - daily, weekly, monthly, seasonally, and annually - will help you assign age appropriate chores as the work needs to be done. Read House Chores for Kids here.

10 home cleaning and maintenance tips for November.

december 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. Here are 10 things to do around your home in December.

5 tips for a cleaner new year.

5 tips for a cleaner new year.

Since the holidays probably got you into the groove of making lists and checking them twice, why not continue that effort with a housecleaning list for a cleaner New Year? These 5 cleaning tips and tricks can help you stay on track in 2016.

How to clean hair brushes and combs.

how to clean hair brushes and combs.

Clean hair brushes and combs keep everyone's hair clean longer by ensuring you're not adding lint or dirt to your hair after washing it. Here's how to get your family's hair brushes and combs clean.

4 toilet cleaning tips.

4 toilet cleaning tips.

Today's bathroom cleaners make the less than savory task of toilet cleaning easier than ever. But you'll still need to use some basic cleaning strategies to make the most of the tools at your disposal. These 4 toilet cleaning tips can help.

How to clean your medicine cabinet.

how to clean your medicine cabinet.

Space is at a premium in most bathrooms, so you'll want to make sure the medicine cabinet is a regular part of your housecleaning routines. These 5 tips for cleaning your medicine cabinet can help.

11 rules for teaching kids household chores.

11 rules for teaching kids household chores.

You want household chores to be shared by everyone in the family. These 11 rules for teaching kids household chores are designed to help you have a clean home each week with help from the rest of the family in a positive environment. 

How to prevent colds and flu.

how to prevent colds and flu this winter.

Cold and flu viruses can survive up to three hours on skin and inanimate objects. Here's what you need to know to prevent colds and flu this winter.

Bthroom cleaning tips for tubs and showers.

Bathroom cleaning tips for tubs and showers

Bathrooms can get really, really grimy. Especially with kids. These easy, bathroom cleaning tips will help keep the tub free of grimy rings and the shower walls free of soap scum.

Bathroom cleaning in 7 easy steps.

weekly bathroom cleaning in 7 easy steps.

Weekly bathroom cleaning is essential because microscopic life thrives (shudder) in the bathroom. This 7 step weekly bathroom cleaning routine will help you get rid of the pathogens and allergens that flourish in the bathroom. 

How to clean crystal.

If you've ever tried to clean crystal you know that its delicate nature requires a bit more care - and a different cleaning routine - than the rest of your partyware. Here's how to clean crystal the right way.

Family meeting tips for success.

family meeting tips for success.

Weekly family meetings are a great way to keep the family's schedule organized, to catch up on the events of the week past, and to hash out any scheduling conflicts in the week ahead. These family meeting tips for success can help.

9 allergy cleaning tips for your home.

9 allergy 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 help. 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. Which is best for your family? Find out here.

Bed bug removal tips.

how to get rid of bed bugs.

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. Here are age appropriate bedroom kids chores to get them on their way to self-sufficiency.

Carpet care tips.

easy 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. 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. 

Chores for kids monthly.

monthly chores for kids by age.

Monthly chores for kids are going to vary by age and experience. Here is a guide to chores for kids monthly by age.

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About the Author

Tara Aronson

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.