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5 Ways To Cheat For Moms Who HATE Cleaning

Bianca Jamotte | Posted 05.13.2016 | Women
Bianca Jamotte

I. Hate. Cleaning. I was hoping that some magic switch would be flipped once I became a mother. I would suddenly have a burning desire to organize and fold fitted sheets.

ThIs Is Why We Think We Can't Have Nice Things

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 04.09.2016 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

In the 20 years I lived at home I can't recall ever seeing my parent's bed unmade. I'm convinced they slept on the floor. Dishes never touched the bottom of our sink. My mother carried them from the table directly to the faucet, washed, dried and put them away instantly.

The Jewish Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up

Laurie Levy | Posted 03.17.2016 | Religion
Laurie Levy

Growing up, we cleaned, dusted and vacuumed the entire house three times a week. I never understood the need for this because nothing was ever very dirty. Having rebelled against this regimen in tidying my own house, I now get why it's a good thing to attend to these chores.

What I Wish I'd Learned About Housekeeping

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 03.06.2016 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

Once I was married with kids and we had settled into our own home, I wanted to be that person, comfortable in her own surroundings -- like Uncle Tom -- and 99 percent of the time I was. Who was I as a housekeeper? Maybe I would call her a slob. Too harsh? Okay.

If You Give A Mom A Junk Drawer

Lisa Oppenheimer | Posted 01.14.2016 | Parents
Lisa Oppenheimer

A tale of house-cleaning futility...

5 Things I'm Not Planning This Year

Angela Jamene | Posted 01.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Angela Jamene

I don't know where you'll end up, and being a firm believer in freewill, I don't think anyone does. If I don't try to plan your future, you have no material to worry with. That works out nicely and frees up a lot more time for improving things.

Confessions of a Part-Time Pastor: Cobwebs on My Porch

Rev. Joanna Harader | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Joanna Harader

By late September, I probably could have found three spare minutes to sweep. But it was almost October. People go out and buy cobwebs to put on their porches in October, so why not keep my freebies in place?

11 Things You Should Do For Your Home In November

Houzz | Posted 11.10.2015 | HuffPost Home
Houzz

With the days growing shorter (and chillier) and holidays coming just around the corner, November is bound to fill up fast with necessary preparations for winter and the holiday festivities. Stay on track during this busy time by checking these to-dos off your list.

My Indian Sister

Peggy Payne | Posted 08.28.2015 | Women
Peggy Payne

One morning 24 years ago, I stepped out onto the second floor balcony of a flat on Kabir Nagar in Varanasi, India. A woman doing a household chore on the next balcony caught my eye. She said: Come to my house!

10 Eco-Friendly Tips and Tricks For Cleaning Your Home

Houzz | Posted 05.01.2016 | HuffPost Home
Houzz

If you're approaching a spring cleaning of your home this year, why not consider these effective all-natural cleaning alternatives?

Does The Hotel Maid Look Through Your Stuff?

SmarterTravel | Posted 06.08.2015 | Travel
SmarterTravel

Sometimes people do inappropriate things when no one is looking. Sometimes those people are hotel housekeepers, as was indicated in a hidden-camera video that went viral last November.

Your March Home Checklist

Houzz | Posted 05.09.2015 | HuffPost Home
Houzz

The time has come in many areas to start shedding winter layers and encourage new growth. Whether the view out your window this month is of a snowy wonderland or something springy and green, these 10 to-dos should help you get in the spring spirit.

Get an Organized Kitchen in 7 Days

Houzz | Posted 03.31.2015 | HuffPost Home
Houzz

Have you noticed that the state of your kitchen can make a huge difference in how your entire home feels? When things aren't running as they should, the smallest tasks (making breakfast, putting away groceries) can feel like a hassle.

Enter This Mom's Purse, Fridge and Car (in Rhyme!)

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Stephanie D. Lewis

Where's the gift cards, the American Express, the cold, hard cash?/ Just a few coins, wrinkled tissues and some cream for diaper rash.

Creativity and the Ordinary

Miriam Ava | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts
Miriam Ava

Consider housekeeping your launchpad to happiness. Clearing away what no longer sparks joy (thanks, Marie Kondo), creating space for what you envision, and anticipating beauty -- that's what opens you up to the heavens. Let the good rush in and through you, and then ship your art.

Smile and Make Someone's Day Brighter

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 01.24.2015 | Good News
Dr. Hyder Zahed

Even when we do become more sensitive to the plight of others through expanding our awareness, we don't always respond by taking action to help in some practical way.

Travel Tipping: Don't Forget the Housekeeper

Diane Gottsman | Posted 11.17.2014 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

Holiday travel is right around the corner and I'm offering a few of my travel and hotel tipping suggestions.

Keeping It Clean

Bernadette Noll | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Bernadette Noll

Oh? You don't know what to do with that dirty dish of yours? Here you go kids...

On Heartkeeping

Paola Pearce | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Paola Pearce

The house is the heart of our days, wherever we are in the world, and I put all my heart into my job of caring for my guests and colleagues. This is not housekeeping. This is heartkeeping.

8 Things You Never Knew Soap Could Do

Erin Zaikis | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Erin Zaikis

Think soap can only be at the sink or in the shower? Well, think again because soap is actually quite the little multi-purpose household item. Use it in these ways and it will save you time and money -- and make your life a little greener too!

5 BS Facts About Decluttering Everyone Thinks Are True

Emily Chapelle | Posted 06.30.2014 | HuffPost Home
Emily Chapelle

You've got too much stuff and not enough time to deal with it all. Your laundry piles up in the basket (whether it's clean or dirty), your dishes just...

What is the Impact of Uber, Homejoy and Others on the Transportation and Housekeeping Industries?

Sunil Rajaraman | Posted 06.15.2014 | Technology
Sunil Rajaraman

Has the rise of these companies come at the expense of honest working folks who play by the rules and don't skirt regulatory issues to get ahead?

The 8 Sneakiest Hotel Cheats You're Totally Guilty Of

Thrillist | Posted 06.03.2014 | Travel
Thrillist

Sure, these antics are frowned upon, but they're de rigueur and wildly popular for getting the most out of a hotel stay on the sly.

It's the Best and Worst of Times for a Shopping-Bag-a-Holic

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.01.2014 | Women
Holly Robinson

I am no hoarder. Not yet. But cloth shopping bags are luring me down that dark path. As a child, I helped my mother ferry groceries home in brown ...

10 Home Organization Hacks For Normal Families

Sarah Kooiman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Sarah Kooiman

We all lead busy lives. Between work, family responsibilities, hours wasted playing Candy Crush and the time needed to edit and post Pulitzer-worthy photos on Instagram, who the heck has time for housework?