Home Management, Housewifery

How to Clean the Inside of Your Dishwasher

Clean the inside of your dishwasher to keep it running longer!! 

How to Clean the Inside of your Dishwasher

In my previous life as a deli worker, I washed a lot of dishes. Needless to say, I don’t like washing dishes 😉 When we purchased our home in 2005, the first appliance we bought was a dishwasher. I clean the inside of it which has been the key to keeping our dishwasher running so long.

The dishwasher works by spraying the bits of food off the dirty dishes. Small particles go down the drain while the chopper and filter break down bigger pieces. Cleaning the inside of the dishwasher ensures the parts do not get clogged and broken by any food debris. read more

Home Management, Housewifery

Perks of a Living in a Small House

Small house living isn’t for everyone. Here are five things we love about our small house!

small house living

In today’s housing market, it seems like bigger is always better. That mentality is frustrating for those of us who live and love our small houses. We love our 1100 square foot home with about 920 square feet for living space. However, there certainly are some downfalls. You can always hear your kids. Always. And if you can’t, it spells trouble. With limited storage space, finding ways to organize your home can be a challenge. Cooking in a small kitchen can make some recipes impossible or daunting. And personal space in a small house can seem non-existent. But focusing on the negative gets you nowhere. In fact, there are some awesome perks about living in a small house. read more

Home Management, Housewifery

5 Frugal and Easy Tips on How to Make a House a Home

Five quick tips on how to make a house a home.

Make a House Home

Many things make us feel at home. The flooring, the wall color, new windows, new furniture. All of those things are awesome, but they aren’t the easiest or cheapest changes to make to your home. Today, I am talking about the little things you can do to make your house feel like a home. Best of all they are easy and frugal to boot!

How to Make a House a Home

Flowers or Greenery

Having something fresh and living (besides people of course) always gives a home a nice homey feeling. I opt for flowers since they don’t need as much upkeep. Fake plants and flowers are always an alternative if you have a black thumb. Flowers provide a nice pop of color and variety to your decor. And I have had excellent luck with our grocery store florist so I get amazing flowers at a cheap price. read more

Home Management, Housewifery

DIY Laundry Detergent

DIY powdered laundry detergent saves bundles in your budget!

Laundry is an endless chore in any house. This method for DIY laundry detergent will change the way you do laundry. Click here for recipe!

Dave Ramsey says, “Debt is normal. Be weird!” Along your debt-free journey, you will do some weird things to save money: no cable tv, make your own yogurt, and, something I thought I would never too, make your own laundry soap. I never considered making my own laundry soap because I thought I didn’t have the space for it. Where would I put 4 gallons of laundry soap in my 10 square foot laundry area?! However, this method for making DIY laundry detergent is just another thing in a long list of things that makes me weird. read more

Home Management, Housewifery

Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Hate cleaning but want to get your house in order? With my 5 tips you will get your house in order in as little as 30 minutes a day. Click here to find out!

Keeping up with housework is a never ending task. People are so busy these days and the home can end up a dumping ground for papers, clothes, and dust bunnies. You don’t need a perfectly clean house to be happy, but a neat home can cut down on stress, hurried mornings, and lost items. I put together my list of 5 cleaning tips and tricks that help me keep our home clean and organized.

1. Define your priorities

Picture a perfectly clean house? Looks immaculate huh? Well, that isn’t gonna happen. Now picture reality. Sad huh. Now find a happy medium. What things do you need clean in your house to keep your sanity? What things can you let slide? For me, laundry and dishes are top priority. We have small house so laundry and dishes can quickly overwhelm us. On the other hand, we possibly have the dirtiest windows on the block. I don’t take pride in the fact that they are dirty, but I also can live with it and dedicate my time somewhere else. I also don’t clean the counters every night. I do, however, give them a thorough cleaning once a week. read more