I sold my soul for a vacuum cleaner (and I’d do it again in a heartbeat)

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animalpro vacuum cleaner

I've been blogging for six years (or maybe it's five? I've lost count) and during that time I reckon I've turned down about 25,000,000 PR emails asking me to review a product on Maxabella Loves. From nappies to spa holidays to dildos to stationery - I have said no to the lot. Turns out they just weren't a Dyson vacuum cleaner. The Dyson PR ...

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3 + 5 | How to raise tidy kids

How to raise tidy kids

I reckon parenting would be 99% easier if we could just get our kids to clean up after themselves. Tidy kids would make everything better. Don't you think? It's one thing to be at the beck and call of a baby and quite another to find yourself still picking up after the seven-year-old. I can follow my Badoo's every move from the moment she wakes in ...

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How to fold a plastic bag

Feature - how to fold a plastic bag

I was cleaning the house this morning and I found myself folding plastic bags. My neighbour Lee showed me how she folds her plastic bags a while ago and I teased her mercilessly.  "Don't you have better things to do with your time than fold rubbish bags," I scoffed. Well, turns our I didn't have anything better to do with my time either, because ...

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How to speed clean the house in under an hour

Speed clean your entire house

I know that at this time of the year we are busy clearing out and decluttering and doing the 'big clean', but what then? Spring cleaning is one thing, but working out a manageble, ongoing system for cleaning is really the key to keeping life happy. Well, that and other stuff. There's no way I would ever tell you that the key to a happy life is a ...

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The pros and cons of getting a cleaner

Since finding the Daily Cleaning Routine checklist I haven't been able to stop thinking about cleaning. I know, right?I used to have a cleaner - Gina. She was a very lovely lady who came with her non-English speaking husband every second week to sort-of clean my house. Not a scrubber, our Gina, but I could never let her go because unlike me ...

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Pin of the Day | Daily cleaning routine printable

I am an organised individual, a tidy (ish) individual (but see yesterday's post), but this Daily Cleaning Routine checklist made me want to crawl into bed and scream into my pillow. A Bowl Full of Lemons wants me to sweep and vac the entire house every single day. They want me to organise the top of my dresser (which I have, of course) every ...

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It’s the little things…

I have come to understand that it is not the big things in life that are ultimately the most stressful. Despite the horror and grief over things like marriage breakdown, losing our home, our job, the kids, there are other situations that we must somehow survive stoically, every day of our lives. Just as a broken leg or severed limb hurt like a ...

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Pin of the Day: Scented bed linen

My sister would tell you that I'm obsessed with fragrancing things that don't need fragrance. She would tell you that a natural scent beats essential-oil induced smells every time (except BO and other bodily smells... I'm quite sure she is also not a fan). I cannot agree. Towels, bed linen, mattresses, curtains, cushions... I like to give them all ...

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Preschoolers make the best cleaners

That lil' Badoo of mine, she loves to help. She's a lot like her mummy like that, with one major difference. The Badoo likes to help with the cleaning.Set her up right and she goes and goes and goes. I wrote about her six best chores today on Village Voices.Come on over for a read.{Image of Little Eco by my lovely mate Tricia at Little Eco ...

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Pin of the Day: How to fold a fitted sheet

Home hints are a bit like this for me: I'm obsessed with them. I read them. I collect them. I think "this will change my home life". And then... I do nothing. So, even though I now know how to fold a fitted sheet thanks to this pin.  And even though I also know take a pillow case and put the matching sheets and extra pillow case inside that pillow ...

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