October 29, 2010

The Art of Dusting

The battle against dust can never be won as it is in the air at all times, but that is no excuse to give up. The knowledge that household dust consists mostly of flakes of dead skin, moulds, insect parts and egg cases, hairs and flakes of cat saliva can turn even the most resolute slob into a devoted duster. Take as much pride in your cloths drawer as your knicker drawer: keep it well stocked and frequently laundered.

Dust duty
Arm yourself with clean cotton dusters and a leather duster for the less accessible areas or delicate objects.
Start at the top and work down so that dislodged dust and dirt falls down onto un-dusted areas.
Use the duster lightly as dust contains particles that can scratch and damage surfaces if you rub too hard.
Shake out dusters frequently otherwise you are just moving the dust around rather than getting rid of it.
To prevent dust flying around and settling back on the things you’ve just dusted, slightly dampen the duster with water.
Have a slightly damp cloth handy for removing surface dirt and marks, such as rings from cups and glasses.
Use a vacuum cleaner or hand-held dustbuster for corners and upholstery.
Finish the dusting programme with a thorough vacuuming.

October 19, 2010

Seven top clutter-clearing tips

To conclude this section, here are seven tried and tested tips for effective clutter clearing:

  1. 1) Discover Your Most Effective Clutter Clearing Time of Day
    Most people find they have favourite time:s of day for clutter clearing. Mine is in the morning. Some people like to clutter clear through the night. Discover when you are at your most decisive and do your clearing then. Continue Reading →

October 19, 2010

Clutter Clearing Gets Easier the More You Do It

Like learning anything else in the world, clutter clearing is a skill that you can develop. You can think of yourself as needing to build your clutter clearing ‘muscle’. The more of it you do, the more proficient you become and the easier it gets, but when you first begin you can feel like a clutter-clearing weakling. Continue Reading →

October 11, 2010


The following recipe will clean and revive these surfaces beautifully.

All-purpose Cleaner

Substitute lemon juice for white vinegar if you wish, and use sweet orange or lemon essential oil for a delightful citrus fragrance.

1 tablespoon borax

2 cups very hot water

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon liquid castile soap

10 drops essential oil of your choice

Dissolve the borax in the water, and then add the other ingredients. Use a spray bottle to apply the cleaner to laminated and plastic surfaces. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.