Archive for November, 2006

The holidays are coming and that usually means more company as family and friends visit more this time of year. And company means it’s time to do a little extra cleaning, after all you want your home to look it’s best! So here are some quick cleaning tips for the holidays.

  1. Plan ahead and don’t leave all your cleaning projects till the last minute. If you do a bit every day it won’t be overwhelming.
  2. Look around each room and see what really needs cleaning the most. Focus on those areas first, this way if you don’t get everything done you’ll will have the most noticeable stuff done.
  3. You can tackle each room cleaning from top to bottom or work on a specific area, for example all the windows, floors, walls through out your home. Find the method that works best for you and your family.
  4. Spot clean, if the whole thing isn’t dirty just clean the spots that are. Wipe finger prints off lightswitch plates rather than wash the entire wall. Dust for cob webs rather than wash all the walls and ceilings.
  5. Don’t forget to delegate! When you get the whole family involved you’ll be less stressed and they will be more likey to keep the house clean when they have been involved in the work.
  6. Purge, it’s easier to clean and keep your home looking neat and tidy if you get rid of excess things. Now’s a great time to purge before more “things” come into your home.
  7. Use a multi purpose cleaner to save time and money.

And last but not least, remember your guests are coming to see you and your family so relax, enjoy the wonderful company and have a safe and happy holiday.


Are you weary of the hassle of holiday shopping? Many shoppers line up for hours on end to get a deal on the hottest toy of the season, or the newest fashion craze. Then there are those who dread shopping and just put it off until the last minute, or give gift certificates to get out of shopping altogether. Which are you?

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be a hassle. It can be done quickly without so much stress and anxiety, if you plan ahead. Try these tips to make your holiday shopping a breeze this year:

  1. Set your budget. Do you know how much money you can afford to spend on gifts? If not, sit down right now and make that budget. This will be a huge time-saver in the end.
  2. Make your list; check it twice. Create a list of who you need to buy gifts for this year. Start with family first, then add friends, co-workers, etc. How does this list look, compared with your budget? Too long? Pare it down. Despite what you think, you don’t have to buy as many gifts as you think you do. Trim your list until you have it down to a reasonable number.
  3. Ask yourself, “What do they like?” Now that you know who you will be buying gifts for, start thinking about what these people like. You may already have a good idea of what kinds of things they like. If not, do some snooping and find out. Make a shopping list of these things for each person.
  4. Do your shopping early. If possible try to avoid the last minute rush and shop early. Another good option is to go late at night. Many department stores operate late hours during the holidays. It’s a good time to leave the kids with your spouse and do the shopping on your own without worrying about the crowds or the kids needing to be fed or changed.
  5. Do your shopping online. Now that you know exactly what you need to buy, start by shopping online. You can find lots of good deals on auction and discount sites. Many online stores such as WatkinsOnline.com give you the option of mailing out your gifts to relatives and friends, this could save you a lot of time wrapping presents, fighting the crowds at the post office and gas too. Shopping online could save you a lot more money than you’d think, and it will definitely save you the hassle of fighting those Christmas crowds!