Home improvement: Cleaning & organizing
May 11, 2012
Myron Wentz, a microbiologist, recently wrote a book called "The Healthy Home" — http://www.myhealthyhome.com — and offers some ways to create one at your house:
January 13, 2012
It's the time of year when our homes are absolutely filled to the brim with stuff.
November 23, 2011
Over time, our closets get cluttered. We buy new clothes, we add more shoes, we stash rolls of holiday gift wrap.
11:22 AM EST, January 6, 2012
What's the one thing most homes don't have enough of? It's closets, and storage space in general. The perennial shortage has spawned hundreds of organizers, pull-out bins, wire racks, stackable baskets — you name it. To decide which option works best, try working through this list.
April 15, 2011
With carpeting on the floors you should "vacuum daily in high-traffic or pet areas," according to the Carpet and Rug Institute, which adds that you will "feel better for it." Back here on Earth where vacuuming is called a chore, once a week or so will usually do.
September 18, 2009
A few years ago, Chicago interior designer Mitchell Putlack worked with an older female client moving from a large Glencoe home to a high-rise condo in Chicago. Over her lifetime, she had acquired a fortune in silver, crystal and cookware, and despite her new home's smaller confines was intent on keeping those treasured belongings.
October 10, 2008
If you're still holding onto an old, boxy washing machine that rattles around during the spin cycle, it's time to join the new age of laundry.
April 17, 2008
"Spring cleaning" seems such an archaic phrase, conjuring rug beating outdoors and hands-and-knees floor scrubbing indoors. How Victorian. How June Cleaver. How ugh.
February 10, 2008
If you are one of those people who spent January neatly arranging your stuff in see-through plastic boxes and identifying the contents with a Dymo labelmaker, please go do something else. Alphabetize your spices. Clean the grout with a toothbrush. This story is not for you.
November 18, 2007
Friends and family were intrigued when Maura and Greg Grusse began a major addition to the ground level of their home in Glastonbury, Conn. Part of their plans included a kitchen expansion and renovation designed to make the space more efficient and inviting for the family of five. The function of the rest of the project -- a 10-by-12-foot room between the new kitchen and the garage -- was not as obvious.
October 7, 2007
Life changes fast. Cleaning methods do too.
July 26, 2007
Have you spent any quality time in your garage lately? Or is yours just a cluttered, sort-of-smelly place that you shove through on your way to the driveway -- where your cars are always parked for want of room inside?
April 22, 2007
Holy cow! After our story "Make it a green sweep this spring" [April 15, 2007] on how to green your house's cleaning, we got gobs of e-mails from the newly converted with this must-know question: How in the world do you get rid of all the old toxins that used to populate your cleaning caddy? Pour them down the drain?
April 15, 2007
Perhaps you were once a chemistry geek. Perhaps not. Perhaps you merely get your thrills cleaning house the cheapest, greenest way.
April 15, 2007
Excuse me while I finish something here -- gurgle, slurp, kerplunk. That noise in the background? The sound of me dumping out my old toxic cleaning caddy.