Household cleaning is easy

Essential items for household cleaning.

Cleaning your home can be easy to do if you know about the different items you need to have to do this properly. When you know about these items, it is easy for you to purchase them and get the proper ones. Without this information, you may end up getting the wrong cleaners and not be able to successfully complete your cleaning jobs. 

The first item you need is some form of laundry detergent. Now you may have never thought about this before, but you should make sure you know some information about the detergent. Then you can have your laundry cleaned up and not piling up around your home. Without the detergent, you may be able to do your laundry, but not get it cleaned to the level you want to. 
Another item you should have inside of your home is some type of dusting materials. The dust is what can cause your allergies and other sinus problems. So you need to make sure you look at the dusting materials that can help you remove the dust from your home. 
Something else you need to look for in the household cleaning items is going to be a high quality vacuum. With a vacuum, you can keep your floors clean, but also remove some of the deep seated allergens as well. Without this, you may have trouble removing these allergy-causing dust mites or balls. 
Having the best time in your home often involves removing the allergens. This is the time you should know some information about the basic cleaning items you need to have inside of your home to ensure the house is cleaned up properly.

Frozen food safety

Will your frozen food survive a power outage?

With Hurricane Sandy still on the radar, many people on the east coast currently are or are about to deal with a power outage situation.  Once the power goes out at your house, the food stored in your freezer can only stay safe for a set amount of time.  But for how long exactly can the frozen food stay safe?

The amount of time that your frozen food can stay safe for your consumption will depend on a couple of different factors.  One of the main factors being how much food you currently have stored in your freezer.  That is because the more food you have in your freezer, the longer your freezer will stay cold in the event of a power outage.  If you have your freezer filled to the max, then the food can stay safe for up to about 48 hours.  On the other hand, the frozen food can only stay good for about 24 hours if the freezer is only filled halfway.

Another factor that can affect how long your frozen food stay safe during a power outage is whether or not you open your freezer during the power outage.  Every single time that you open your freezer, you are allowing some of that cold air to escape from the freezer.  Therefore, it is best to try to avoid opening the freezer once the power is out.  

Once power has returned to your house, you will want to check the safety of your frozen foods.  Use a thermometer.  Your freezer needs to be at a freezing temperature for everything to be safe to eat.

Proof that the Law of Attraction works!

I have it right here! In my house!

Earlier today, while I was groggily peeing and thinking of the million things I needed to do, I noticed that the bathroom floor really needed mopping. This about made me flip out, you see; I have to work, go to the gym, go to my kid’s activities with her, plan two dates of activities for our science and art clubs, work on my novel, and prepare a few more activities for our homeschool group; where was I going to have the chance to actually fill the mop bucket, let alone use a mop?

“Please let the cleaning fairy come and clean my bathroom floor,” I begged while brushing my teeth. Lo and behold, later in the day, the stupid toilet overflowed for the first time in years, and my husband not only went in to fix it but he also mopped the floor because—well, because he pretty much had to, because there was potty water all over the place.

The moral of the story is if you wish for something hard enough, the Universe will bring it to you!

No, it’s really just that you can make lemons—in this case, a malfunctioning toilet—into lemonade!

Sigh. Okay, just be grateful for sheer dumb luck once in a while…

DO Overuse "I Love You"

No one ever left someone because they said “I love you” too much, but they certainly have when they don’t feel loved enough.  A spouse on their deathbed will never say, “I wish you hadn’t told me you love me so often,” but the regret of not saying it enough can stay with a person for a long time.

We have become so disconnected in this modern world of hurry, hurry, hurry.  It is easy to get caught up in the demands of daily life, and forget to maintain that close feeling that drew us to our significant other in the first place.

Life is too short to leave the important things unsaid.  Most of us have experienced a loss that came about too soon, and we could all probably think of something we would have liked to say before a loved one passed on. 

Even though those three words may seem to have lost the impact they had in the beginning of your relationship, they are still so critical to say, long after the passion of new love has transformed into the lasting, steady love of a lifelong relationship. 

So, no matter how often you have said it, “I love you” should never be something you neglect to say.  That affirmation is part of what keeps a relationship strong and lasting, and it is far better to say it too often than to leave it unsaid.  You never know when the time you say it is the last time.

Who Influences Your Marriage?

These days, we can get an opinion on just about anything, and at any hour of the day, simply by asking the wise wizard, Google.  You can find out what you should do about a husband who won’t put the toilet seat down, and whether or not your mother-in-law should move in, with just a few keystrokes.  It is easy to become too reliant on this outside “help” and begin to let it influence your marriage, perhaps a little more than it should.

There is also so much pressure to keep up with the Joneses, that it becomes a competition between couples to see who can outperform the other.  While a healthy competition can be a good thing, it is generally not such a good idea when it comes to relationships and households.  Each of us is different, and each relationship and household is different too.

We may subconsciously compare ourselves to everyone we meet, and with the Internet, that can be a lot of people.  Seeing the way another person handles a problem does not necessarily mean it is the right way, especially when you consider the many other factors that influence a relationship or person.

So take a look at your life.  Who influences your marriage?  Do you really find yourself worrying about what someone else thinks of things that go on in your home?  Letting someone else’s opinion, whether real or perceived, influence your marriage can set you and your spouse up for unrealistic expectations, and even disaster.

Let the most influential people in your marriage be you and your spouse, and let the rest fall away, because in the end, it’s what you two feel and think that matters the most.

Learning About Life from Ann Landers

As a child, every breakfast was spent reading only a select few portions of the daily newspaper.  The comics, of course, as every child should read, but also Ann Landers.  Ann Landers taught me so much about how to deal with the everyday details in life that no one really talks about.  From tactfully declining an invitation to restoring a damaged friendship, Ann Landers offered something vital in every column.

During my day, and many of yours, I would imagine, Ann Landers was written by Esther Lederer, who took over writing the column in 1955, and remained the writer until her death in 2002.  That year was a sad year for those of us who grew up looking forward to the wisdom she had to impart, and at her request, no replacement was made.  The column that so many of us turned to for advice died with her, and what a great loss for the world.

Now, you may think what she wrote wasn’t that important, but for some of us, she was the big sister we always wanted but never had.  When no one else was there, Ann Landers taught me how to handle some of those tricky situations I had no clue how to deal with.

Others have tried to take her place, but for me, there will never be another Ann Landers.  Though you have been gone for years now, I want to say thank you, Ann Landers.  You were a big part of my early life and I appreciate all you did for people.

Be the Person You Want Your Child to Be

One of the ways I struggle most as a parent is in the examples I set for my children.  It is all too easy to show my annoyance or impatience in a situation, or even get really upset about something that is little and soon forgotten.  The problem with letting those emotions show very often is that you teach your children to respond that way, too.  Yes, they need to know that those emotions exist and how to handle them, but how you respond is the most important factor in shaping your child’s response to similar situations.

Whether it be calmly handling a fight between siblings or showing kindness to a person who has treated us wrong, the very best way we can mold our children into the type of people we want them to be is to become that person ourselves.  It really is a win-win situation, because by modeling  a better person to your children, you will inevitably become that person.  If it’s important enough to want for our kids, shouldn’t we want it for ourselves as well?

Being the person you want them to be means handling joys and disappointments in the way you want them to.  Show them through actions how to be confident, happy and caring to the people around them.  Teach them that throwing a fit when you don’t get your way is not acceptable, and teach them that by gracefully accepting disappointment and frustration.

When it comes to raising children, there is nothing more influential or important as parents, so we owe it to our kids to take that responsibility seriously, and do what we can to shape them into happy, well-adjusted and caring individuals.

Biblical Submission in a Modern World

Biblical submission in the modern world is a hard pill to swallow for many.  We are taught that women are independent and capable of making their own decisions in the world, so returning to a way that many would consider outdated is very difficult indeed.  Even if both partners in a marriage agree to the arrangement, societal pressure makes it hard for a woman to be submissive.

It wasn’t that long ago that women were fighting for equal rights.  We wanted to be able to vote, to have our say and to make our own decisions.  We also wanted to be able to work the same jobs as men, for the same pay.  We have come a long way from those first battles, and although there is still work to be done, we finally have our independence.

To go back in time to total reliance on a man seems like a slap in the face, turning away from what so many women fought so hard to achieve.  If a woman were to tell her modern friends that she believed in biblical submission, chances are she would be shunned as a traitor.

So how does a God-fearing woman do the right thing according to the Bible and let her husband be in control?  Is there a way to make that work in the modern world without fear of reprisal?  Is the only choice to have a religious marriage and be friendless or ignore the Word and live a modern life?  What do you think?

Biblical Submission

There is a passage in the Bible, Ephesians 5:21-32, that talks about how wives should submit themselves to their husbands:

“22.  Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
23.   For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
24.  Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.”

This passage is probably one of the most contentious passages found in the Bible, and understandably so.  In our modern age of equality for everyone, the idea that someone can tell us what to do once we grow up is horrifying to many women.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that this instruction is a deal breaker for some would-be Christians.  It goes so completely against what our society tells us to think that bridging the gap is seemingly impossible. 

It is even difficult for some men to accept.  In my household, for example, my husband does not want to deal with making the day-to-day decisions.  His only interest when it comes to finances is whether or not we have enough to buy whatever it is he is headed out to get.  The thought of having to make all the decisions is, for him, very uncomfortable.

The problem for Christians who do not agree with this, as I see it, is that following the Bible seems to be an all or nothing deal.  You can’t pick and choose what you obey, so what do you do when you come across a directive that is so against what you believe?  Can you be a Christian and still intentionally break the rules?

Get Rid of Clutter and Cure Headaches Too!

Owning things can be satisfying, and can certainly enhance our lives, but when we have too many things, life can start to be less enjoyable.  The more things you have, the more time you spend taking care of those things.  From cleaning and organizing to repairing and tripping over on the way to another room, too many things can take up all of your free time, creating more stress in an already stressful life.

If you go through room by room and be realistic about the things you use, you might find a surprising amount of stuff you no longer use that can be donated or sold for a little extra cash.  It is easy to be sentimental about things, especially when the remind us of a happy time, but try to remember that the memory is the important part, not the tangible object.

From clothes and home décor to food that is past its expiration, there are many things to go through that can be given away or sold.  Just think of how much time you can save by not dealing with extra stuff.  You can spend it doing things you enjoy, like making new memories that don’t require getting new things.

Ridding your home of clutter will clear up your mind as well as your home, allowing you to relax in your home without the stress of having to deal with too many items.  Start now to clean up your home.  You might be surprised at how freeing it can be.