It’s springtime, which means that it’s time to play ball! Around here, we’re plenty excited to root for the Mets and the Yankees, but we’re also cheering on my older son, who’s playing in a Little League team for the … Continue reading
Ah, it’s spring at last! But for some people, they’re not saying “ah”: They’re saying “achoo!” as allergy season kicks into high gear. At this time of year, there’s plenty of pollen in the air, but that’s not the only cause of people’s sneezes. In fact, one of the biggest sources of allergen exposure is probably right under your feet: your carpet. Rugs act like sponges, providing a comfy home for dust and dust mites, dander, pollen, and even mold. You don’t necessarily have to rip up all of your wall-to-wall carpeting to find relief, though. Instead, follow my advice to keep the rug from ruining your health.
Earth Day is here, and this annual observance reminds us to do our best to take care of our home – our planet. We only get one, after all! (Well, unless we someday colonize Mars, of course.) Conservation shouldn’t just be a once-a-year thing, though. While it’s great to celebrate Earth Day by doing something like attending a roadside cleanup event or planting a tree, there are plenty of things that you can and should be doing all year long, right in your own home, to save our precious natural resources and prevent pollution.
Spring has sprung, and with the weather warming up, it’s time for one of the busiest times of year for those in the cleaning business: the annual rite known as spring cleaning. It’s time to let in some fresh air, clear out the cobwebs, and deep-clean everything. But for those who don’t clean for a living, the task can seem pretty overwhelming: Clean the whole house, now, just when it’s getting nice out and you’d rather be outside playing with the kids than inside scrubbing the sinks and shampooing the carpets? It doesn’t have to be that way, though. After all, there’s no rule that you have to do all of your spring cleaning in one day or even one weekend. Breaking it up into little tasks can make a daunting job seem a lot more manageable.
There’s nothing quite like the great feeling of having been productive, of having gotten something done. I love when I can walk out of the office feeling like I’ve accomplished something with my day … but I don’t always love the process of getting there. Some days, it can be a real struggle to get yourself moving, cut through the clutter of things to do and messages to respond to, and get things done. But with a little organization and a few tweaks to your routine, you can raise the odds of being able to leave at 5 o’clock with a sense of accomplishment.