Kitchen Cleaning Tips for the Busy Mom



The kitchen seems to be the gathering place for most families which puts a huge burden on mom when it comes time to clean. You may find dishes stacked everywhere, papers on the counters and tables, and your cabinets may be in disarray from others looking through them trying to find what they’re looking for at the time.


With the cooking, conversations, and messes in the kitchen, you may find this is one of the most difficult rooms to clean. The time it takes can be hours and feel never ending, but if you use the right cleaners and you have a talk with your family, you should be able to cut the cleaning time in half.



One of the hardest items to clean in the kitchen has to be the countertops. Things are constantly spilled or the counter is used for meal preparation and many other things. So it can be difficult to keep clean, especially if something is spilled and not cleaned up right away. It’s important to make sure you use the right cleaner so it removes the mess, but at the same time it’s important to use the cleaner designed for your countertops. There would be nothing worse than using a cleaner that harms your countertop. Make sure you consult with someone at the home improvement store or check online to see what’s good for the type you have.



The dishwasher can be another catch-all for messes. Things may dribble down the front of it or your pets or small children may add to the mess. Stainless steel is not a good choice if you have small children and pets; as they leave prints and smears. The best way to keep the outside of the dishwasher clean is to make it a habit to wipe it down each time you clean the counters.


The inside of the dishwasher may become a problems if large particles of food is left on the dishes for a long period of time. The best solution to this is to rinse the majority of the foods that get left behind right away after meals. Of course if you have a garbage disposal (something that I myself, don’t have), all you would have to do is thoroughly scrape, and discard in the sink before loading your dishwasher.


Also the inside of the dishwasher can develop an odor over time so it’s a good idea to find something to clean it with. There are cleaners you can purchase or you can do research online to find something you have at home such as vinegar or other cleaners. It’s a good idea to do this type of cleaning once a month.


All too often people that own dishwashers do double work. They actually go as far as washing their dishes by hand and then letting the dishwasher do its work for the second time. I say, “Why have a dishwasher then?” Just be sure and rinse right away after meals and don’t let dishes sit.



Other challenging items to keep clean in your kitchen are your cabinets. Depending on the type you have, the cleaning may need to be done more often. This would include glass or light colored cabinets close to the floor. Cabinets close to the floor can have dirt and other things from the feet and the floor along with small children and pet prints.


It’s important to be careful what you clean your cabinets with as there are cleaners out there that will do more harm than good. You may need to use hot soapy water and then clean with a good polish when dry, or there may be a special cleaner (suggested by your manufacturer) for specific types of wood.


Cleaning the kitchen can take a lot of time for a mom who’s busy with children and a job or business, if you let it. It’s important to use practical strategies to spend less time cleaning; like the suggestions above, and more time with your family and working your job or business. Practical cleaning strategies and the right products is key when it comes time to clean the kitchen.


Article Written By Tammy Embrich


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Work At Home Moms – Managing Your Weight




This can be helpful advice for grandmothers too…




I don’t know about you, but this has been a constant battle for me. I know sitting at the computer all day is not healthy for anyone.


But, that is what I do…I’m on my computer an average of 8 to 10 hours every week day marketing my websites and keeping them updated. And sometimes, I end up working on the weekends. That adds up to quite a bit of time sitting in my office, which in turn could result in unwanted extra pounds if I’m not careful.


I know this is something that all work at home Moms can relate to, unless you are a naturally thin person and have lucky genetics.


It is somewhat different for those who are involved in direct selling home businesses. They have products to deliver…some host parties, and some attend craft shows, home business conferences, and seminars. They tend to be a bit more active instead of sitting in front of a computer all day.


Staying in one place all day is not healthy at all. It slows down your metabolism, it slows down your blood circulation, and slows down your digestive tract. It also interferes with oxygen flow to the brain. It just isn’t good for you, unless you take the required steps to help yourself.


I have found the below tips to be quite helpful and also strive more everyday to follow them:



* A daily exercise routine, preferably in the morning
* Drink plenty of water, at least 4 to 6 glasses per day
* Take one or two short walks during the day, in addition to the workout in the morning
* Don’t eat meals at the computer desk
* Don’t eat snacks at the computer desk
* Watch your in-take of carbohydrates, sugars, and fats



I do my workout in the morning. I get it over with first thing so I don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day, I feel more energized during the day, and I just feel better and more ready to face my daily tasks. Plus it helps those endorphins kick in that just makes me feel better physically and mentally.


I have done more than just manage my weight by following the above tips. I have actually lost some weight. That in itself, makes me want to strive to keep doing what I’m doing and stay as healthy as I can.


If you are a work a home Mom, and you battle with weight-gain…think about the tips I have provided. Discipline yourself and try and stick with a daily routine for more activity, less weight-gain, and a more healthier you.



Article Written By: Tammy Embrich


Tammy has been successful in the work at home industry for many years. She is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. She offers free job leads for the job seeker, as well as other work at home resources, work at home articles, tips, and more at Work At Home Jobs.


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Holiday Planning Tips for WAHMs

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Ahhh, the Holidays…… The Thanksgiving turkey comes out of the oven golden brown, with an enticing aroma that fills the entire house. All the china is in pristine condition and not a single piece in the set is missing. The family is gathered for holiday pictures, the children are poised perfectly; hands to themselves, not a hair out of place and their smiles are shining brightly for the camera. Then just as the photographer is about to capture the shot… you wake up!

Let’s be realistic ladies. Without proper planning, the holidays are anything but a holiday. Just look at the list of things that need to be done: Shopping, cooking, cleaning, decorating, sending holiday mail, the list goes on and on.

Let me clue you all in on a few key questions that you should ask yourself in order to have a holiday season free of stress and worry, and instead filled with fun and laughter:

What types of holiday celebrations do you want? For example: Do you want to have an immediate family only holiday affair or an extravaganza including immediate and extended family plus a few friends? Once you’ve thought everything through and decided on the type of holiday gathering you would like, you can then start making your plans.

If you are ready to get a head start on organizing yourself, your family and your holiday check lists, then keep reading:

Holiday Cards: Start early! I use a holiday card list that I derive from saving names and addresses from holiday cards my family has received in past years. I created a simple, computerized list that is easy to edit and print onto address labels. Be sure to stock up on stamps so that when you have your cards signed, stuffed and addressed you can affix a stamp to them and make one, simple trip to the Post Office.

Holiday Gifts: There’s nothing like getting a HUGE credit card bill in the mail at the start of the New Year. Many of us tend to want to be generous when shopping for holiday gifts. While your generosity will be appreciated at gift giving time, keep in mind that it is very easy to succumb to “impulse buying” and go all out on your holiday shopping. While your intentions may be good, your pocketbook may be singing a different song. Set a budget and stick to it – your bank account will thank you for it after the start of the New Year.

Wrap it up: Wrap your gifts and place nametags on them immediately after you bring them home, then store the gifts in a secure spot. This will cut down on those late night wrapping sessions that I am sure we ALL have experienced a few times, if not every year.

Baking & cooking: If you will be cooking during the holidays, it is important to plan your meals ahead of time. Be sure to stock up ahead of time on all the necessary non-perishable baking ingredients such as flour, sugar and spices. Create a list of your holiday menus and a list of the ingredients you will need to prepare each of those meals. Also, try to think of a few dishes that can be prepared ahead of time and then frozen as an extra timesaving measure

Delegate: This is one of my favorite tips. Be sure to enlist the help of your family or friends. Sit down and discuss what needs to be done then ask for volunteers. If no hands are raised, simply assign small tasks to each of them. Whether it is arranging for a babysitter so that you can escape for a child free day of shopping, passing the shopping list onto another family member or friend so that they can pick up the items for you, or letting the children decorate your home. Be sure to get the whole family involved in the holiday preparations so that you will not be overwhelmed.

Enjoy: Whatever you decide to do, remember to relax and enjoy yourself. You and your family will have much fonder memories of this holiday season if you are not spending it pulling your hair out.

Article By: Aurelia Williams is a Certified Life Coach that specializes in helping women achieve balance and less stress in their busy lives. Get a free consultation here.