Household

CHORES

  • Getting the kids to work: Chores and children do mix. Get them started on the proper path.
  • Fall checklist: Here's a handy list of things you should do to get your home, yard and garden ready for winter.
  • Fall chores: Here's a way to motivate yourself to get your home ready for winter.
  • Projects and chores: Tackle myriad chores and projects under a deadline -- and accomplish them all!
  • Stormy weather: Sometimes it takes the pressure of an impending event -- like a storm -- to get spring chores done quickly. I call it the

CLEANING/DEODERIZING

  • Cleaners: It doesn't need to "smell clean" to be clean. Make your own inexpensive household cleaners -- stain remover, heavy-duty glass cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, and heavy-duty glass and appliance cleaner.
  • Holiday trash: Try these tips to minimize holiday trash -- from wrapping paper to food waste.
  • Odors: For get chemically laden scents and air fresheners. Eliminate pesky household odors quickly with a whole-house fan or an ionization air purifier.
  • Spring cleaning: Performing household tasks regularly will lighten your spring cleaning load.

DOORS

EMERGENCIES

  • Emergency kit: Are you prepared for a natural disaster or other emergency? Would you be prepared to evacuate your home in 30 minutes? What would you take? Assemble your own 72-hour emergency kit for yourself and the family. Here's what the Red Cross, FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security recommend.
  • Fire extinguisher: Learn how and when to use a fire extinguisher. When smoke and flame surrounds you is not the time to learn.
  • Smoke detector: What to do about a smoke detector that persistently sends out false alarms.

HOME REPAIRS (GENERAL)

LIGHT BULBS

ORGANIZATION

PETS

  • Cats: The yard can attract all kinds of critters, including wild cats. Here's how we tamed a cat called Penelope.

SAVING ENERGY

SAVING MONEY

WINDOWS

YARD/GARAGE SALE