Category Archives: Cleaning

A New Stage of Life: Downsizing and Moving

During 2016 I purged a ton (really, a real ton!) of stuff from our Montclair, NJ home of more than 18 years. I was preparing to enter a new stage of life. I downsized in terms of stuff and square footage, … Continue reading

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Exercise: Cleaning House versus Running

Exercise is alive and well at my house. It took me 5 hours and 15 minutes to dust, vacuum and scrub 6 rooms, 3 flights of stairs and 2 1/2 bathrooms. Do I win a medal for shiniest surfaces? Based on … Continue reading

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Cleaning Like a Pro … Football Player

My Mom is coming for a visit coinciding with the start of football season. She has her preferences — and just like daughters everywhere I try to honor her and them. My Mom said she wants to sleep in my daughter Tory’s bedroom … Continue reading

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Cleaning with White Vinegar: It Works!

Have you read articles that tout plain (inexpensive!) distilled white vinegar as a healthy alternative to chemical-laden cleaning agents? How plain distilled white (inexpensive!) vinegar is the rock star of a healthy cleaning team? Me too. But I never really … Continue reading

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How Do You Get the Stinky Out of Your Family’s Shoes?

“How do you get the stinky out of the shoe?” It’s a serious question, especially if you have kids. Even when the kids are young adults. Stinky shoes seem to go with younger feet, at least the younger feet that traipse … Continue reading

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Happiness Boot Camp: This Recruit Focused on a Relationship

When I signed on to participate in a happiness “Boot Camp,” Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, suggested (based on my answers to a questionnaire and an interview) that I focus on two resolutions and … Continue reading

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Happiness Boot Camp: This Recruit Focused on What’s Important

A few weeks ago I signed on to participate in a happiness “Boot Camp.” Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, devised a program for me and I agreed to share the results on an episode … Continue reading

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Montclair High Pre-Prom 2012: One Mom’s Adventure

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter Tory asked me if we could host a pre-prom party in our backyard. It took me all of two second to reply with a resounding “Yes!” I was delighted that Tory and her … Continue reading

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How Long Does It Take to Fertilize the Hollies?

This past weekend was the perfect time to fertilize the hollies! I headed outside and began to walk across our front porch, our winter-filthy front porch. “Hmmm. It will only take 30 minutes to spread the fertilizer,” I thought. “Let … Continue reading

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Mopping the Floor: My Mom the Expert

My Mom has long been a TV shopper. QVC and Home Shopping are two channels she watches frequently; Mom can quote many of the pitch people on the different ‘shows,’ telling me exactly what each product’s strengths are and how … Continue reading

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