All of the gifts have been unwrapped, the fancy foods have been eaten, and your holiday guests have gone home. You raised a glass as you watched the ball drop at midnight, and now, here you are at the start of a new year. January is a time for a fresh start, a time when everyone wipes the slate clean and starts over, vowing to change their lives for the better. Why wait for spring to do spring cleaning when you can change your home for the better now, and start the year with both a clean slate and a clean living space? Now’s the perfect time to deep-clean your home, and here’s how you should do it.
Almost everyone has a bottle of white vinegar sitting in the back of a kitchen cupboard, and some people probably don’t even know how it got there: It’s just always been there, somehow, gathering dust. Maybe you pull it out once a year to make Easter-egg dye, but other than that, it mostly sits neglected behind the vegetable oil and the salt. A lot of people don’t seem to realize that vinegar is good for a lot more than your child’s science-fair volcano, though. Vinegar is also one of the best, most versatile cleaning products in your home. I’ve touched on it before, but here are a few of my favorite ways to clean with vinegar.
Life can get pretty hectic, especially when you have two young boys running around the house like I do, so it’s understandable that sometimes, we don’t always clean our homes as thoroughly or as often as we’d like to. Even I’m guilty of sometimes finding a “science experiment” in the back of the fridge or smoking up the house because I forgot the clean the oven after the last time I made a pie. (Seriously, no matter what I do, I always seem to end up with blackened apple gunk on the bottom of the oven!) I’ll bet that there are even some appliances that you’ve pretty much never cleaned because you just never really think of it. Here are a few of the worst culprits I’ve found for that, the most overlooked appliances when you’re cleaning around the house.
As the days turn darker and colder and we close up our houses against the chill, it’s easy for the indoors to start to feel stuffy and oppressive. There’s a reason why people get cabin fever after all, and part of it probably has to do with all of that stale air! It’s not exactly practical to open up all of the windows and let in the fresh air when it’s 10 below outside, but there is something you can do to freshen up the house. Try out these ideas for making your house smell more inviting, and you might just lift your spirits, too.
Turkey Day is almost upon us, and with it comes a lot of pressure. After all, this is an event that only comes once a year, and it’s steeped in tradition, so everything needs to be just right and just as people expect it to be: You’d better not mess up Grandma’s sweet potato casserole recipe when she’s sitting at your table! The pressure turns up another notch if your dinner guests are staying for the whole day or even multiple days. And that’s not to mention the added stress of prepping dinner under your mother-in-law’s watchful eye! Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to minimize the headaches and maximize your enjoyment of the holiday.