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Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 8/2/2019

No doubt about it, family life can be messy!

With you working all week, the kids going to school, and the dog, well, doing dog things, it doesn’t take long for the house to end up a mess. You manage to finish the dinner dishes but when you take a look around at everything else you just want to curl up on the sofa for the evening. Or, you look at the stack of decorator magazines on, or under, the coffee table and wonder how other people get it all done while you feel like a first-class failure (at housekeeping, that is).

Here’s the dirty little secret …

Nobody gets it all done by themselves. Comparing yourself to glossy magazines or social media is downright debilitating. And it’s unproductive because what you see on those pages isn’t real. Entire teams of designers, decorators, movers, and cleaners set up those spaces.

Getting real …

So, create a system that is real for you and your household. Don’t strive for perfection, do work at consistency instead. And first up … get everyone in the house on board.

Pick one simple thing and start there. Make that one thing the only thing you worry about getting done at the end of the day. Give everyone a part in the one thing. So … if every family member has a bin, basket, or plastic tub, their one thing is to collect all of their belongings from the living areas in their container and take it to their room each evening as they head for bed.

Kids can grab their toys, jackets, and shoes. Once the container reaches their room, don't worry too much about getting everything put away at first. You're creating a new habit, so working on the "removal from the living areas" first. After a couple of weeks of consistent follow-through, add just one more step. Try something simple like, put hang up your jacket on the hook, or put your shoes in the closet.

As each one thing becomes habitual, add one more. But don't add too many or something too difficult because that can backfire on you.

Make décor work for you …

Dripping pots of hydrangeas on artfully stacked books don’t work in a household of children, one living area where the coffee table holds cups and glasses, several electronics remote controllers, and today’s homework.

If what works for you is adding a flat basket to hold the controllers and gathering up the glasses at the end of the evening, don't complicate it by adding dust-catching décor that makes life more difficult, or gets in the way of your second grader's homework getting done.

Your home is about living life. Your life.

If you find your home no longer works for you, share your needs with a real estate professional that can help you decide if a new home is in your future.





Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 3/9/2018

While the dishwasher is a fantastic invention and present in just about every home across the US, there’s certain guidelines that should be followed in order to protect your machine and to protect your stuff. Certain things in your kitchen should definitely keep to the sink to be washed. As a reminder, below is a list of things that should never be placed in the dishwasher and taken special care of. 


Wood 


Wood items should never be placed in the dishwasher. The detergent in the machine can scratch the wood, causing major damage to any of the pieces including spoons, bowls and other wooden utensils. The heat from the dryer in the dishwasher can also cause the wood to crack, which is a safety hazard to you and your family. 


Instead of throwing your wooden kitchen materials into the machine, mix equal parts of vinegar and warm water to wipe down the bowls, plates, cutting boards and utensils. Then rinse and dry off well.



Cast Iron


Cast iron should never go into the dishwasher. First, you spent so much time seasoning your pans and do not want to undo all the great flavor that has been created. You should never use soap on a cast iron pan. To properly clean one of these pans, simply use a little baking soda. Don’t forget to rinse, dry and season again with salt! 


Aluminum Cookware


You should use caution if you put aluminum cookware of any kind in the dishwasher. Technically, some of these pans are in fact “dishwasher safe,” however, the machine can wreak havoc on your pans. The machine can remove some of the shine of your pans and cause them to appear dull.         


Copper, Silver And Other Precious Metals


Many people have specialty silverware and serving pieces for special occasions. You may even have copper cookware. You can’t put any of these in the dishwasher, we’re sorry to say! After your next dinner party, you’ll have to spend some time at the sink washing your best utensils. The dishwasher can cause metals to dull. More seriously, it can hurt the finish of these pans and utensils, possibly causing contamination to your food while it’s cooking or being served. Silver especially will tarnish in the dishwasher, causing you the need for a more complicated cleaning process.            


Nonstick Cookware

You should think twice before you put nonstick cookware in your dishwasher. Some are dishwasher safe, and some are not. Even if these pans are denoted as dishwasher safe, you should be careful. Always check for damage to the pans if you place them in the dishwasher. Nonstick cookware can peel, getting particles in your food, which is unsafe.      


There are other items that you should think twice about before you put them into the dishwasher: 


  • Plastics
  • Kitchen knives
  • Fine China
  • Painted plates
  • Crystal
  • Other specialty items like vases


Enjoy your dishwasher for convenience, but remember to use it wisely!