Category Archives: Home Manager

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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How to Fix a Broken Clothes Dryer: The Tale of Lola & Me

Lola and I are close personal friends. She’s my stalwart clothes dryer. We spend many hours together, week in and week out. We’ve long-term buds, friends since 2005. We’ve had a healthy relationship lo these many years. Until recently…I think I … 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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GE Appliance Rebate: Sorry, It’s Our Fault; 12 MORE Weeks of Waiting?

Have you ever filed for and received a rebate for an appliance you purchased? My husband Mike and I are “good” about taking advantage of rebates. It seems to me that the larger the potential rebate, the longer we have to … Continue reading

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Fashion Starts with Clean Clothes

Twelve days ago my high efficiency front-load clothes washer started to thump, bump and generally sound like a jet crash landing in a swamp. Even though it sounded horrible in its death throes, I was happy it died because — … 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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Visual Neatness: A Ferret and I Agree

As the Home Manager solely responsible for the smooth running of my Northern New Jersey home, I am required to do many and varied tasks or find people willing to do them for me. Most of the time I do … Continue reading

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Rearranging My Shelves: Simpler Than Rearranging My Life

In my quest to eat healthier (okay, and less) I purchased some spray oils to use when I cook. Yes, I’ve said good-bye to my beloved pouring Canola and olive oils {1 point per 1 tsp on my Weight Watchers … Continue reading

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Chores: Hand-Sewn Clothing Repairs

Do you fix your clothing when it rips? Do you resew a seam? Sew a button back in place? Fix a zipper? Do you take pay someone else to make those repairs? Or like my daughter Tory, do you figure … Continue reading

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