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Cleaning and Organization

Cleaning and Decluttering During a Midlife Move

Mindy Trotta | Posted 09.16.2014 | Fifty
Mindy Trotta

The last time we moved, three years ago, I had the Herculean task of consolidating beautiful things from many years of living in a large home into a proper amount that would fit into an apartment... across the country. This time, the move will not be nearly as far-flung, and the space will be relatively the same, just reconfigured. So, it will be a "breeze." I thought.

10 Incredible Natural Household Cleaners

Hometalk | Posted 09.02.2014 | HuffPost Home
Hometalk

Healthy and safe homemade cleaning solutions are the best choice for your and your family. Check out these incredible natural cleaning solutions from Hometalk's most resourceful members.

When Will I See My Floor Again? Fighting the Battle Against Kid Clutter

Erica Ford | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

The train engine made a sickly whirring noise. I followed the sound and saw Thomas the Train grinding through a doll's previously lovely locks. One of the big, wooden letters had been removed from the wall and was tied around her neck, giving her the appearance of Flavor Flav.

Downsizing Is Just A 3-Step Program

Rachel Adelson | Posted 05.17.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

Many of us have to acknowledge that we have more than we'll ever use before we can think about paring down what we own. "That realization, that we can live our lives with much less than what we have is the first step in being able to downsize."

6 Creative Tips for Organizing All That Winter Gear

GalTime | Posted 04.02.2014 | HuffPost Home
GalTime

Instead of pondering how many days until summer, consider cleaning up your mess -- starting with organizing all that winter gear. To keep your hats, gloves, scarves and snow boots in order, here are the best ways to stop the blizzard of clutter.

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?

Don't Throw Out Those Orange Peels!

Bruce Lubin | Posted 12.30.2013 | HuffPost Home
Bruce Lubin

For 20 years, Bruce Lubin and his wife Jeanne have been collecting tips and hints to save time, money, and make everyday tasks easier. Their book "Who...

Semester Preparation

Critley Lynn King | Posted 10.08.2013 | College
Critley Lynn King

I hope these small pieces of advice will make your first week, if not your whole semester easier. Give them a try and if you wish send me a note or leave a comment about how these suggestions are working.

Spring Cleaning 101: From Getting Started to (Yes!) Involving the Kids

Lesley Kennedy | Posted 05.21.2013 | HuffPost Home
Lesley Kennedy

Spring cleaning isn't as fun as jetting off to some sunny beach or, really, come to think of it, just about anything. But after a winter of the kids (not to mention the husband) trekking in all sorts of mud, sand and God-only-knows-what-else all over the house, it's a necessary evil.

Simple Solutions For Decluttering Your Life This Spring

Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living

It's one of the greatest ironies of life: We're too frantically busy to deal with the stuff that makes us feel frantically busy -- the to-dos that...

Why You Need To Throw This Out NOW

The Huffington Post | Amy Marturana | Posted 01.11.2013 | HuffPost Home

Yuck.

Make These Changes For A Happier Home

Sally Augustin | Posted 03.09.2013 | HuffPost Home
Sally Augustin

New year, new home, in just a few easy steps.

You Spend 11 Minutes A Day Doing This

The Huffington Post | Michelle Manetti | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home

Have you ever wondered just where all your time goes in a day? Well, you may be surprised. According to the "American Time Use Survey" conducted by...

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Throw Away Eggshells

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.01.2012 | HuffPost Home
Chris Barnes

Remember the American Egg Board's "Incredible Edible Egg" commercials? Though there's lots to love about an egg, it turns out the shells are actually ...

Shine Chrome, Bleach Grout And 3 Other Uses For Lemons

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.01.2012 | HuffPost Home
Chris Barnes

Lemons are good for more than garnishing cocktails or other summer dishes. Thanks to their high acid content and great citrus scent, they can be used ...

How To Clean A Grill With...Coffee?

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.01.2012 | HuffPost Home
Chris Barnes

Coffee is good for starting the day, keeping you awake for meetings and...cleaning the grill? Yes, it's true. The acidic nature of a strong cup of cof...

Igloos, Planters And 3 Other Uses For Milk Jugs

Chris Barnes | Posted 06.04.2012 | HuffPost Home
Chris Barnes

If you have a household like mine, you probably go through plenty of plastic one gallon milk and water jugs each week. Before you put them out with th...

Three Easy Ways To Clean Your Grill

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.01.2012 | HuffPost Home
Chris Barnes

Regardless if you have a gas or charcoal grill, here are three tips that will keep your grill looking clean throughout the summer. (Plus a bonus tip!)

Wasp Traps, Stain Remover And 3 Other Uses For Sugar

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.01.2012 | HuffPost Home
Chris Barnes

Sugar is one of those kitchen staples you will always have on hand. (While I've admittedly forgotten to buy things like paper towels at the grocery st...

How Do You Clean Oven Door Glass?

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Chris Barnes

Oven door glass is one of those things that you never think to clean, but gets oddly dirty. Grease splatters, burnt food bits and who-knows-what-else ...

Get Rid Of Paper Pile-Ups In 3 Steps

Stacey Platt and Sarah Hayon | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Stacey Platt and Sarah Hayon

Create this three-tiered system to keep papers organized and moving across your desk. 1. In-box. This is a place to capture miscellaneous documents ...

Make A Room Twice As Useful

Stacey Platt and Sarah Hayon | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Stacey Platt and Sarah Hayon

With thoughtful design, an office and a guest bedroom can peacefully coexist. When designing such a room, minimalism is key, as you'll want to able to...

The Right Thing To Do With Old Books

Stacey Platt and Sarah Hayon | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Stacey Platt and Sarah Hayon

For some people, books are like trophies -- a statement of achievement and a reflection of one's intellect, education, travels, and interests. A true ...

Do You Give Into 'Garment Guilt'?

Stacey Platt and Sarah Hayon | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Stacey Platt and Sarah Hayon

Don't succumb to garment guilt. See if you recognize any of the following poor reasons to keep something: 1. "I might want to wear it again someday."...

Spring Cleaning: Bring Plants Inside The Home

Sally Augustin | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Sally Augustin

It's spring, and flowering plants are popping up outdoors in gardens and inside on store shelves. So, it's the perfect time to bring some of those pla...