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If this article doesn’t jump start my spring cleaning, I don’t know what will.  Read about the 5 Places Dirtier Than Your Toilet Seat.


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Tip Jar: Another (Albeit Strange) Way to Clean Your Toilet

Just seen on Apartment Therapy: Clean Your Toilet with Kool-Aid. I can’t wait to hear what Mama Judd thinks of this!


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Tip Jar: Perk Up Your Stocking Display

All month I had sad, lifeless stockings hanging from the mantel.  (Hey! We finally have a mantel!)


Enter Grandma Judd’s wisdom:  Stuff each stocking with a crunched-up piece of newspaper (or two) to make the stocking hang better.


How do you hang your stockings?


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Tip Jar: Storing Laundry Projects

Do you know those sticky drips that run down the side of  the laundry detergent bottles?  They really irk me.

My solution?

I purchase plastic saucers meant to catch extra water from your indoor plants.  They keep those sticky drips off your washer and dryer.

Many of you have suggested excellent tips for the tip jar but I haven’t seen one! Send them my way!


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Tip Jar: Keep Your Duvet in Place

The Tipster has oodles of tips coming your way but this one is all my own!

It took me a long time to convince Doug that a duvet cover was a good idea. He had a valid concern:  the duvet would get all jumbled up inside that cover. But I gave these handy little gadgets a try and they really quieted his bantering! (At least regarding duvet covers.)

Want to anchor that duvet in place?  First, pick up a set of these duvet clips at Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Second, flip your duvet cover inside out and spread your duvet on top of it.

Third, slip both corners inside the teeth of the clip and clamp the clip closed.

It should look like this:

Last, flip both right side in again.

I’ve found that these clips work great. In fact, they’re even Doug-approved!

Anyone else use these?  Or is a good shake enough to even out your duvet cover?


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Tip Jar: Housework Playlist

Our Tipster is on vacation this week, which is fine by me because I want full credit for today’s tip for the Tip Jar.  

Do you need motivation to get moving on your household chores this weekend? If you’re like me, you need a “Housework Playlist.”  I love to sing and I love to dance (although I have no business doing either) so songs about dancing are all it takes for me to get up and shake my thang while I’m cleaning that toilet


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My all time dream in life is to dance on a lit-up floor like this . . .  

Singing and dancing really helps me get my chores done, even if it takes a little longer than necessary since I’m moonwalking down the hallway.  Download these songs that will encourage you to shake it next time you need some cleaning motivation! 

Baby Got Back, Sir Mix-a-Lot 

Shake it, shake it, shake that healthy butt. Baby got back! 

Can’t Stop, Ozomatli 

You can’t stop, this love, Shake it, Shake it, Shake, Shake it, Shake it 

Shake it, Michael Franti (Holla to Ms. Gee for introducing me to my favorite new band . . . ) 

Shake it, shake it, shake it, like a tambourine 

Shake Your Body, Michael Jackson 

Let’s dance, let’s shout, Shake you body down to the ground 

 Hey Ya, Outkast 

You got to, shake it, shh shake it, shake it, got to shake it
(Shake it Suga’) shake it like a Poloroid Picture

 Shake it, Metro Station 

Now if she moves like this, will you move it like that, Come on, Shake, Shake, Shake, Shake, uh shake it 

Shake, Shake, Shake,  KC & The Sunshine Band 

Oh, shake shake shake, shake shake shake,
Shake your booty! Shake your booty.

Twist and Shout, The Beatles 

Well, shake it up, baby, now, (shake it up, baby) 

 Shake Your Grove Thing, Peaches and Herb 

Shake your groove thing, shake your groove thing, yeah, yeah
Show ’em how we do it now

Shake it Up, The Cars 

Shake it up, oo-oo
Shake it up, yeah yeah
Shake it up, oo-oo
Shake it up

How do you get motivation to clean the house? 

Don’t forget to send me your tips!


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Tip Jar: Clean Your Toothbrushes

Today our anonymous tipster shares a clever tip to keep our toothbrushes in tip-top condition until replacement time.

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If you’re like me, your family’s toothbrushes start looking pretty gross from toothpaste buildup.  When you run your dishwasher this weekend, throw them in.  Get crazy and throw your toothbrush holder in there as well.  They’ll come out squeaky clean.  And so will your teeth.

What else do you put in the dishwasher?  Is our anonymous tipster really anonymous?


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