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Is it worth it?

Often times and not sometimes, I just want to ran somewhere where no one knows me and start fresh. As in change your identity. I know, we should learn to face our problem or anything head on but what if it’s a hopeless case and no end in sight, keep fight?

Sometimes, there are battles worth fighting and others just not worth fighting. I have come to that phase that I am choosing my battles and seems like this battle is not worth it anymore.

Option is giving up or retrieving to a peaceful area…. I would say to save my sanity. Not just for me but for the people around me as well.

Not a tear falls, my heàrt doesn’t skip a beat and we are definitely dancing to a different tunes, we are not in sync..  Did I missed anything?

Makes me wonder is it worth it?

 

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By Arianne Cohen

Clean Your House in Less Than an Hour  (True and I do clean my house weekly basis)

When it comes to cleaning fast, the key is to “have a system, move quickly and never go back to a room,” says Andre Lewis, manager of Alpha Living, a green cleaning service in New York City. Follow this plan-starting upstairs and working your way down-and you’ll be done before you know it.

Zone 1: Bedrooms
Approximate time: 10 minutes per bedroom (About 15 mins. on ours)

Do a clean sweep. Strip dirty linens and toss in the hamper. Stash unnecessary items clogging your dresser or nightstand in nearby drawers or closets. Empty the wastebasket. Think “hotel”-you want spartan surfaces to help the room look tidier.

Make the bed. Take a tip from hotel maids: Rather than trying to tuck sheets under the end of the mattress, lift up each corner of the mattress with one hand and tuck with the other. It’s faster.

Deal with dust. Using a dry microfiber cloth, start with a piece of furniture in one corner and work your way around the room clockwise. Dust each surface, working back-to-front and lifting knickknacks as you go, and dump the dust right onto the floor. Your cloth should only touch each part of the surface once (no constant back-and-forth). If there’s a lamp on the nightstand, clean it top-to-bottom first, then dust the tabletop. Use your long-armed duster on mirrors and wall art.

Vacuum. Start from a back corner and vacuum your way out the door, using long firm strokes. Save time by only running the vacuum over each strip of carpet once-not twice. Don’t worry about missing an inch or two.

***Before I strip down the linens, I open up the windows if they are close so that fresh air can come in, I go to the closet and prepare the new set of linens then I start dusting the highest corner and then down, then I will start stripping the linens and cleaned, arranged, organized and dust off the bedside tables, shelves, desk and then when the linens are all put into place, I empty the trash bin and vacuum and I am done.

Zone 2: Bathroom
Approximate time: 9 minutes (About 15 on ours)

Do your prep work. Spritz the sink, vanity, shower and tub with your all-purpose spray and let sit.

Tackle the toilet. Sprinkle baking soda into the bowl, give it a thorough scrub with the toilet brush, then flush. Next, spray a microfiber cloth with all-purpose spray and wipe down the outside of the toilet and tank.

Clean the mirror. Spray on glass cleaner and, starting in the top corner, wipe in a circular motion.

Go back to the sink. Use the toothbrush to quickly scrub hard-to-reach spots around the fixtures.Then, working back-to-front, start in one corner and move horizontally, wiping the counter, vanity, fixtures and handles.

Wipe down the shower and tub. No need for a full scrub-just give them a quick swipe with a dampened cloth, then pull the curtain shut.

Mop the floor. Using a water-dampened microfiber mop, quickly mop your way out of the room, beginning in a far corner and ending at the doorway.

***After all are done using the bathroom/shower, then I spray the water mix with bleach and fabric softener to the shower area then let the exhaust fan run, remove the rugs, spray the water mix with vinegar to the mirror and the water mix with bleach to the sink and toilet and water for a little while and of course mop the floor and remove the trash and viola… Fresh and clean bathroom. 

Zone 3: Kitchen

Approximate time: 12 minutes (I would say about 20 minutes on ours)

Do the dishes. Load the dishwasher and start the cycle.

Declutter. Spend a minute or two removing any clutter from countertops-put items back in the cabinets, stash papers in a drawer. The emptier your counters, the cleaner your kitchen looks.

Pretreat. Notice hard-to-remove gunk on your stove or countertop? Scrape it up with the credit card. And use the eraser sponge to tackle any stubborn stains.

Clean the counters. Wet a microfiber cloth with all-purpose spray and wipe countertops back-to-front, brushing crumbs onto the floor.

Wipe down appliances. Swipe the fridge, dishwasher and stove with

a damp cloth.

Tackle the floor. Starting in a far corner, sweep your way out. Then give the floor a fast once-over with a water-dampened microfiber mop, again working your way out.

***Nightly kitchen is kept clean. After dinner is done, dishes, pots, and etc. are washed immediately. Table and counter tops are wiped down with water mix with bleach and fabric softener. Microwave and stove top gets the wiped down too. Floors are swept and mop as well. 

Zone 4: Living Room
Approximate time: 15 minutes (abt 15 mins on us.)

Clear the clutter. Quickly scan the room to see what’s out of place. Stash scattered items like remotes and DVDS in drawers; neatly stack magazines on the coffee table.

Dust. Start in one corner of the room, and follow the same how-tos as in the bedrooms, working top-to-bottom and back-to-front so that the dust falls onto the floor. And if you have blinds, swipe them with the long-armed duster.

Make glass gleam. To clean glass surfaces, spray a microfiber cloth with your glass cleaner and wipe in wide circular motions, working from one back corner to the front.

Vacuum. Speed-vacuum yourself out of the room, starting in the farthest corner.

***Because after dinner we end up in the living room we get to clear and clean this area of the house before we leave for work/school which is pretty quick and on weekly basis this is the last if not the kitchen of my chores to be done.

Arianne Cohen is a contributing editor to Woman’s Day and author of Help, It’s Broken!: A Fix-It Bible for the Repair-Impaired.

***I love a place where things has its home, organize, clean and smelling fresh. I am an OCD by nature but not diagnose… LOLS. 😀

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1. Plants add life to any room and filter out pollutants. The easiest to care for: money plants, spider plants and succulents, which all do well year-round.

2. Improve a two-color scheme with texture. Above, shiny glass, matte ceramic and velvety leaves keep green and purple looking vibrant.

3. If a room seems scattered, add a dark brown or black item, like this sleek table. It brings focus and balance by naturally attracting your eye.

4. Add energy to your living room by moving the furniture around. For example, the sofa doesn’t have to sit against a wall. Go ahead—place it in the center of the room. You can “ground” it by putting a narrow table along the back.

5. Nothing perks up the bathroom like new accessories. Mix patterned towels into the rotation to brighten things up. We love these floral designs from Amy Butler for Welspun. Bath towel, $12.99 each; BedBathandBeyond.com.

6. Don’t keep beautiful objects that you’ve bought on vacation stored away. If there’s a gorgeous piece you’ve stashed, bring it out and display it!

7. It’s true—you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The entryway is the first area people see, and it should look neat and pulled together. Place a small table near the front door and display fresh flowers, cute catchalls for keys, and a mirror for appearance checks.

8. Use a rug as your focal point. Consider one meant for outside—they’re easy to clean and have a smaller price tag than wool or cotton. Thom Filicia for Safavieh Ackerman rug, $149 for 5′ x 8′; Safavieh.com for store locations.

9. Shop for home accessories in the junior section. Items meant for kids and teens, like the ones found at PBTeen.com and UrbanOutfitters.com, look great for less money, and often come in punchy colors.

10. Instead of replacing your carpets, get them professionally cleaned. You’ll be stunned at what a difference it can make to the look of a room. If there are serious stains, layer a rug on top to conceal them.

11. Get maximum visual and sentimental effect by grouping like photographs together. Reserve a wall for a grouping of black-and-white family photos. Family members and guests will love seeing your family history.

12. Wall decals are an inexpensive way to add major personality. And the best part? They’re temporary! When you’re ready to try something new, just peel them off. Wisteria pattern, $45; WhatisBlik.com.

13. Although a well-thought-out book collection is impressive, staring at stacks of paperbacks is not. Store them away or donate them to a local library. Odds are you won’t read them again, and your bookshelf will look better with hardcover titles.

14. Add a retro-cool feel to the kitchen by displaying clear glass jars (Ikea has great ones) with grains, coffee, tea and other non-perishables on an open shelf.

15. Reinvent cabinets by simply replacing the hardware. Available in a variety of styles and colors, they add a nice finishing touch to any room. Various knobs, $8–$14; Anthropologie.com.

16. Look inside your china cabinet for items that you never use, and use them in unexpected ways. For example, a low vase can be transformed into a super-glam pencil cup. Or try a saucer from your china set as a catchall for jewelry.

17. Make your bathroom look guest-ready, even if it’s just for you. Put out fresh flowers, neatly stacked towels and soap in a pretty container.

18. The quickest way to add color to a living room: throw pillows. And so many affordable options look luxe, like this purple pillow, $17, and green pillow, $20, from HomeGoods.

19. Add an industrial-chic edge to any room by replacing a light bulb with an exposed-filament one. You won’t even need a shade.

20. No one really needs to know what’s behind closed doors. If you need extra storage for knickknacks, gift wrap, paperwork or whatever else threatens to overcrowd your space, fill up a piece of furniture. As long as it has doors or drawers that keep what’s inside hidden, it doesn’t matter what’s in there.

21. Even Oscar the Grouch would smile if he hung out in this garbage can. A bright item will breathe some life into a monochromatic kitchen—and with any luck, encourage kids to clean up. Green garbage can, $25; HomeGoods.com for stores.

22. Looking for colorful, interesting, interactive objects to place on your coffee table? Pick out a few of your favorite books in a variety of sizes and colors, then display them front-and-center.

23. If you have a variety of objects that happen to be the same color, gather them from around the house and group them together to create an eye-catching display.

24. Gorgeous ribbon adds richness to any plain piece. Try adding a length to a lampshade, or sew some along the bottom portion of curtains. Assorted ribbon, prices vary; MJTrim.com

25. Replace that old-fashioned, dusty poster or painting over the mantel with an oversize mirror. It will make a clean, modern statement and reflect light.

26. Give an old piece of furniture new life by painting it a bright, fun color, like cobalt blue. And use a high-gloss finish. In addition to adding a bold shock of color to any room, a glossy finish is durable and can be cleaned easily.

27. Even without flowers, these vases make a statement. Create a group that shares a similar trait—here, all single-colored glass— and place in any dark corner to add sparkle. Yellow Vase, $3, and Red Vase, $5; IKEA.com.Purple Glass, Roost, $19.50; Sweet Charity.

28. Save money on drapes and buy stylish shower curtains instead. There are so many beautiful options out there— no one will have a clue that you spent half the price.

29. Wicker is not just for patios. The timeless material brings warmth to the living room, and its durable texture stands up to years of spills.

30. Breathe life into a dull bedroom with sharp lines and a pop of bright red. Harvey Nightstand, $99.95; CB2.com.

31. Make inexpensive shelves look more luxe by painting the wall behind them. In the room at left, a tonal red stripe echoes the rest of the room.

32. Has your couch seen better days? Instead of running out to buy a new one, extend the life of your old one with a slipcover.

33. Brighten up the kitchen and bathroom with a little greenery. Take small cuttings from plants around the house, place them in a simple cup or vase, and display in the sink area.

34. Get rid of dull mismatched knives and replace them with this unusual set, which will be sure to add a punch of color to any kitchen. Just make sure to keep them far away from the little ones. Pure Komachi 2 Set, $89.95; Amazon.com.

35. “Hang a collection of your favorite framed artwork in different sizes and frames to create a dynamic focal point in the room,” says Antonio Ballatore, host of HGTV’s The Antonio Treatment. “To retain a sense of balance, keep the rest of the walls plain.”

36. Give the illusion of a larger room without doing any construction. Paint walls a light color for an airy feel. To make a low ceiling seem higher, paint it a cool color, like dove gray—it will appear to recede away.

37. Remember to pay attention to details. Replace a drab switch plate with a festive one that incorporates other colors in the room. Switch plate, $32; Anthropologie.com.

38. Place candles or vases of various heights in a nonworking fireplace for another added area of interest.

39. Antonio Ballatore suggests installing dimmers to change the atmosphere of your room. “Dimmers are easy to install, and they’re cheaper than replacing the whole lighting scheme,” he says.

40. Wish your windows looked taller? Try this simple fix: Raise the curtain rod.

41. Add a colorful quilt to the foot of the bed for some brightness on dreary winter nights. DwellStudio for Target reversible quilts (avail. Feb. 21), $70 each; Target.com

42. Benches aren’t just for entryways. Place one at the foot of the bed to store extra things and create additional seating.

43. A surprising item, like the bright-yellow phone, adds whimsy to the bedroom. What do you have stored in your basement?

44. A modern lamp helps freshen up a super-traditional room. Dane Table Lamp, $99.95; CB2.com.

45. If you love a trendy color but are afraid to commit, try it out in small doses, says Erika Woelfel, color director at Behr paint. Paint an accent wall, door or inside the closet with a trendy color to avoid having it take over.

46. Rearrange your bed. Lots of people make the mistake of placing the bed in a corner to maximize space. The room will look much larger and balanced if the bed is centered against the wall, with room on either side.

47. Curate your own gallery by placing photos in same-color frames. Mismatched frames? No problem—it’s spray paint to the rescue!

48. Hanging your own wallpaper is now easy, inexpensive and beautiful. Try out different patterns in any room of the house with removable, readjustable wallpaper. Lolliprops Temporary Wallpaper in Gio, $74.95/ roll; Edie, $84.95/roll; TempaperDesigns.com.

49. A lacquered wall reflects light and adds a chic edge but can be pricey. For the same effect, use paint like Behr’s Premium Plus Ultra in a high-gloss finish; it combines primer and paint to save you time.

50. Edit, edit, edit! Does the living room feel cluttered? Take a good, honest look and think about what you really need. Then discard, donate or store.

***Decorating ideas made simple and found it at http://www.womansday.com. Enjoy!!!

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It’s really stressful to organize a home, an office or even your life but once the habit is there and you are getting the hang of it, it will be a lot easier than you expected.

Got some free time? Try to motivate yourself in maybe sorting your mails, filing them in category and even try to color code your closet and drawers.

We all need motivation to make everything a little bit easier and do not be ashamed to ask for help and your unused items can be a big help to others.

You see we got a lot of items used and unused just lying in our drawers or in the boxes of our garages or attic. Maybe one weekend if you ain’t that busy and got the energy to maybe sort some  things and donate them to a local charity.

You will be surprise of what a little motivation can do and makes your house clean and organize and makes you feel good as well.

Happy Cleaning, clearing, organized and arrange and make space.

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Changing course

With how the economy is going, having 2 jobs or more is not a surprise nor a big deal. You are lucky enough if there is a job offering for you and if there is one will grab or just let it slide?

This is what I have been contemplating these past few days. After 10 years of being a housewife and mother, a job was offered to me, I enjoyed it, loved the company and co-workers and have been happy and blessed with what I have learned. Been with the company for 4 years can’t complain except with the new schedules…

Apparently, with the recession our company got hit and our hours and days at work are being cut down. With the new cut hours and days, it’s a struggle to all of us especially to me. Some of my co-workers got 2nd jobs. Still we are all struggling…

And then a job offer came my way…. I know it’s a differently ball game with new sets of players and boss’. I am considering it since it’s a new set of challenge plus benefits are great, but can’t help to feel a little bit guilty since my other job was offered by the owner who happens to be one of my Dad’s close friend and fought hard for me to be accepted by my superiors.

Dilemma of my life…. Hopefully, I won’t regret any decision I am about to make. Wish me luck!!!

May the luck and force be with me.