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How clean is your house? Cleaning inspiration.

Whenever I start to feel bad about the state of my house.. I watch an episode of “How clean is your house?”  It acts as a kick start to make me want to clean everything up, even if I’m feeling slothful (I don’t want my house to ever look like that.  And it always makes me feel better, because I realise that there are people out there with much, much worse houses than mine will ever be.   Anyways.. I found some episodes on Youtube.. so for your viewing pleasure, today we check out the (tiny) house of a lady with 4 kids. … Read entire article »

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When your new LED LCD screen has been used as a canvas

We have (had???) a new LED LCD TV screen.  Until Junior1 decided to draw on it with a ball point pen.  Mr Martha wanted to go and buy an expensive cleaner for it.. “but no!” I cried.. “the internets will help!”  And so they did.. here are the tips I found for cleaning an LED LCD screen around the web: CRAYON:  Apparently WD40 works a charm on getting crayon drawings off LED LCD screens.  If you try this, let me know. BALL POINT PEN: Hairspray on a soft cloth got this off for me.  I was amazed at how well it worked, actually!  Rubbing alcohol also works on a larger area.. try a test patch first. (Nail polish remover has also been rumored to work.. but that sounds pretty harsh so I’d … Read entire article »

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How to Fake a Clean House

How to Fake a Clean House

People dropping around in 10 minutes?  Try these simple tips for making your house seem cleaner than it really is. (1) Only work on rooms that your guests will be in.. use the other rooms as space to “catch the chaos”. (2)  How the house smells has a much impact on it’s air of cleanliness than you may imagine, so the first thing to do is get some air deodorizer or freshener spread liberally throughout the place.  … Read entire article »

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Why Flylady doesn’t work for me.. and what does.

Why Flylady doesn’t work for me.. and what does.

I love Flylady.. she really has helped me keep my house neater and tidier… but it still doesn’t look company-ready much of the time and I have no routines whatsoever.  Over the last few days I’ve been wondering why I can’t seem to get into the flylady jive.. why her system doesn’t seem to be a good fit for me, after around 7 good tries. I think it comes down to this.  I don’t like somebody … Read entire article »

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Automagic – trying to automate my house

Automagic – trying to automate my house

At the moment I’m trying to automate my house.  I figure that the more things can take care of themselves, the more I can do Marthaesque looking things. The first thing I’m going to try is an automatic feeder for our rabbit.  Pets are great.  Martha has pet.. I’m pretty sure.  You can’t really have the whole picket-fence scenario without an animal.  We happened to come across a rabbit by accident, and now 5 years on, … Read entire article »

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