Posts Tagged ‘chores’

It’s Officially Fall

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Hints and Advice, Outdoor Living, Tips

16419295_SIt IS officially fall. You can tell by the brilliant blue sky, the leaves changing colors and the crispness in the air. Soon we will be pulling out the crock-pot and preparing hearty braised dishes for our families. In the meantime, while the kids have settled down to the routine of the school year it is time to prepare the outside of the house for the new season and also to start (gasp) thinking about the holidays.

Here is a quick checklist of chores that should (don’t you just hate that word?), or can be done to make sure that the outside of your home is ready for the coming of winter.

  • Clean and store your patio furniture and summer toys.
  • Wash your windows. This is worth calling someone and having them do it for you.
  • Drain your garden hoses. Store them neatly in the garage. Don’t forget to blow out your sprinkler system to prevent broken pipes during the winter.
  • Clean out your gutters. Again, this is another job that perhaps a high school student would like to take on for you for some extra spending money. After they clean out your gutters have them retouch any peeling paint on your deck, or at least power wash and clean your deck.
  • Check caulk around outside windows and doors. Re-caulk if necessary.
  • Look at your outside doors and your garage door. Do they close and seal properly? If not, get them fixed. You will reap the benefits on your winter heating bills.
  • And finally, clean your chimney.

Although at first it may seem a bit overwhelming, it is really not a long list. Schedule one job a day or a couple of jobs per weekend and before you know it the outside of your home will be holiday and winter ready.

Household Tasks: Ironing

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Hints and Advice, Tips

5470803_SAmong the common household tasks and chores, ironing is perhaps the most dreaded. With many fabrics today being designed to be anti-wrinkle, there is a lot less ironing to be done. This doesn’t mean we can escape ironing all together, at least not most of us.

For the most part gone are the days where sheets required ironing to lay flat and feel smooth. Linen napkins and sheets are still best if ironed as they wrinkle so much out of the wash. Line drying linen sheets will not only prevent major wrinkles but make them smell fresh as well. A quick tumble in the dryer can help release wrinkles and soften linens so the task of ironing is easier to tackle.

If you do have ironing to be done, where you do it can influence how you feel about it.  Keeping the ironing board in the basement laundry room will make ironing feel like more of a chore. There is no reason that the ironing board needs to be set up at all times. Watching television while ironing is a great way to make this task go by more quickly and be more pleasurable.

Some laundry rooms have built-in ironing boards. If this is where you do your ironing, make the laundry room more enjoyable by decorating it. An area rug will warm up cold tile or wood floors. Colorful walls, appliances and accessories can all work to liven up the laundry room, and might even help make ironing more fun.

The Mountain of Laundry

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Family

How often have you used or heard the phrase: “mountain of laundry”? This is how most of us feel when faced with the daunting challenge of keeping up with our family’s laundry. It is a mountain to be climbed and tackled. How can we get ahead of the laundry and turn the mountain back into a mole hill?

Having a pretty laundry room can be a starting place. A room that we want to spend time in, instead of dashing in and out, is a good place to begin. Paint the walls a happy color. Put in pretty flooring that can stand up to the traffic and is appropriate for the room. If your laundry room is in the basement, consult with your flooring professional about the best flooring for the space if it is below grade. Cabinets and shelves can make storing laundry detergents and bleaches more organized and pretty.

Before the laundry even makes it to the floor of the laundry room, create pathways that sort the laundry as it is collected.  We all have someone in our family that has more dirty laundry on the floor than in the hamper. Have a system for sorting laundry into colors, whites and darks in the bedroom so that you don’t have to sort it as you wash it.  Three separate hampers or a large hamper divided in three can make this task easier. Create rewards for kids who sort their laundry into their hampers to save mom the extra work.