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6 Simple Household Tasks that Say, “I Care.”

Posted by Pam Young

Jul 15, 2017 6:00:00 AM

 

We want a happy home.

 

We intuitively know there is peace when there is order. We want our homes to be peaceful, organized and a joy in which to live, love and play.

In a book called The Tipping Point, the author, Malcom Gladwell, really grabbed my attention when he wrote about the Broken Window Theory. It was the brainchild of criminologists James Wilson and George Kelling. Kelling wrote, “Crime is the inevitable result of disorder.” Getting organized reduces crime.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not saying because your house is a mess you’ll inevitably rob a bank or shoot your husband, but it’s a fair guess you’ve been late for church because you couldn’t find your car keys and broke the speed limit to get there on time, or you’ve been pulled over for driving under the influence when really you were just trying to put a little lipstick on while getting to your meeting.

Wilson and Kelling claim, “If a window is broken and left unrepaired, people walking by will conclude that no one cares and no one is in charge.” They tell about the horrible crime in the New York Subways in the 90s and that by cleaning up the graffiti on the outside and inside of the cars, crime plummeted! A cluttered room, among other things is like graffiti. It’s symbolic of the collapse of a system. It sends a message that no one’s in charge and no one cares.

Here are 6 simple household tasks that convey the same message as the graffiti-free subways did.  

 

Is there a broken window in each room?

Let’s use the metaphor of the broken window in each room of our homes and make “repairs” that will take you less than five minutes each. That means that in about 20 minutes you can fix five windows and you’ll show yourself and your family that you are back in charge and that you care.

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Topics: De-Cluttering, Cleaning, Habits, Being a Mom

8 Tips for Spring Cleaning

Posted by Pam Young

Apr 18, 2017 7:31:00 AM

 

Spring Cleaning? Start at the Entryway

 

Usually when we think of spring cleaning we think of getting out the buckets, brushes, rags and cleaners and cleaning the inside of the house. If you want to learn more about that, Google it. My blog this week is about sprucing up the place just before you go inside your home. You’ll have to go outside for this spring cleaning.

Your entryway is the gateway to your domestic life. It gives guests their first impression of your home life and quite frankly a little peek into who you are. After your guest rings the doorbell there’s “wait time,” and it’s a rather private period of scrutiny and judging for him or her. Here are my 8 tips for spring cleaning your entryway. 

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Topics: On Being Organized / Disorganized, Organization, Cleaning

The Cleaner Guy $ Saving Ideas

Posted by Pam Young

Feb 10, 2017 11:51:38 AM

 

In this week's cleaning video The Cleaner Guy calls upon Kristi Marsh to give us some money saving cleaning tips. The video will also inspire you to get your kids involved with cleaning too!

 

 

 

 

 

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Topics: Cleaning, How to Clean Videos, The Cleaner Guy

The Cleaner Guy Shows How to Clean the Toilet

Posted by Pam Young

Jan 20, 2017 5:39:00 AM

 

Actually, cleaning the toilet shouldn't be any more distasteful than brushing your teeth. And just like brushing  your teeth, if you don't do it every day (after every meal) you'll end up at the dentist with the distasteful task of having the plaque chipped from your teeth.

Same goes for the toilet. Keep distasteful away by cleaning the toilet every day. 

In this video, the Cleaner Guy also shows you how to make an environmentally friendly soft scrub that works as good as anything sold on the market.

The Cleaner Guy (Jeffrey Jones) has created a series of how to clean videos just for you. Here he is showing us how to clean the toilet.

 

 

 

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Topics: Cleaning

The Cleaner Guy Makes Laundry Detergent

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 25, 2016 6:00:00 AM

WOW. Thank you for the great response to The Cleaner Guy segments.

So far you haven't seen him clean, but that's because we wanted you to make the toxic-free cleaning products right in your own home. In this video, The Cleaner Guy makes laundry detergent. I suggest quadrupling the recipe if you have a big family.

You'll see that I chose to leave a few "bloopers" in this video, so you can see how goofy my nephew can be. It's just one of the things I've always loved about him! I wanted to share his humor with you, plus you'll love this detergent!

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Topics: Cleaning

6 Simple Household Tasks that Say, “I Care and I’m in Charge”

Posted by Pam Young

Sep 28, 2015 6:30:00 AM

 

We want a happy home.

 

We intuitively know there is peace when there is order. We want our homes to be peaceful, organized and a joy in which to live, love and play.

In a book called The Tipping Point, the author, Malcom Gladwell, really grabbed my attention when he wrote about the Broken Window Theory. It was the brainchild of criminologists James Wilson and George Kelling. Kelling wrote, “Crime is the inevitable result of disorder.” Getting organized reduces crime.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not saying because your house is a mess you’ll inevitably rob a bank or shoot your husband, but it’s a fair guess you’ve been late for church because you couldn’t find your car keys and broke the speed limit to get there on time, or you’ve been pulled over for driving under the influence when really you were just trying to put a little lipstick on while getting to your meeting.

Wilson and Kelling claim, “If a window is broken and left unrepaired, people walking by will conclude that no one cares and no one is in charge.” They tell about the horrible crime in the New York Subways in the 90s and that by cleaning up the graffiti on the outside and inside of the cars, crime plummeted! A cluttered room, among other things is like graffiti. It’s symbolic of the collapse of a system. It sends a message that no one’s in charge and no one cares.

Here are 6 simple household tasks that convey the same message as the graffiti-free subways did.  

 

Is there a broken window in each room?

Let’s use the metaphor of the broken window in each room of our homes and make “repairs” that will take you less than five minutes each. That means that in about 20 minutes you can fix five windows and you’ll show yourself and your family that you are back in charge and that you care.

I Hope You'll Want To Read More...

Topics: De-Cluttering, Cleaning, Habits, Being a Mom

5 Ways to Enjoy Mundane Household Tasks

Posted by Pam Young

Jun 8, 2015 5:30:00 AM


 

Great ways to put joy into boring household chores.

 

Have you ever noticed that most household tasks are rather mindless? You know, how much thought goes into chopping vegetables for a stir-fry? Not much, except maybe to keep your fingers out from under the knife. Making the bed? Not much. Folding clothes? Not much. Scrubbing the kitchen floor? Not. Vacuuming? Ho hum.


If you really want to make it fun, so it will get done, these tips will help.

 

1. Listen while you work

Llistening to audiobooks is one of the best ways to actually enjoy housework. The time virtually flies.

Listening to music also helps and the faster the tempo, the faster you’ll get the job done. Try putting on some Spanish music. OLE!

2.  Watch a movie

I still iron. I love that pressed look, but I don’t love to iron, unless I watch a movie while I do it.

I set up the ironing board in the family room, pick a movie I’ve seen before (so I don’t have to keep looking up like I would if it were the first time I’d seen the movie) and before I know it I have it all done and my room smells like fresh laundry.

 

3.  Race against time

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Topics: Cleaning, Happiness

Eight Tips for Spring Cleaning

Posted by Pam Young

May 14, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Spring Cleaning? Start at the Entryway

Usually when we think of spring cleaning we think of getting out the buckets, brushes, rags and cleaners and cleaning the inside of the house. If you want to learn more about that, Google it. My blog this week is about sprucing up the place just before you go inside, your home. You’ll have to go outside for this spring cleaning.

Your entryway is the gateway to your domestic life. It gives guests their first impression of your home life and quite frankly a little peek into who you are. After your guest rings the doorbell there’s what I call, “wait time,” and it’s a rather private period of scrutiny and judging.

I Hope You'll Want To Read More...

Topics: On Being Organized / Disorganized, Organization, Cleaning

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