The consensus from parenting experts is that chores and allowances should be totally separate.
It's not as easy as it may seem.
Go forth and unclog.
Finding high-quality antiques at a good price can feel like a real challenge, especially if you have a stringent budget and don't know where to look. That said, there are many incredible pieces out there just itching to be found that will not only look great but will tell a story and serve as a point of conversation for many decades to come.
In the 20 years I lived at home I can't recall ever seeing my parent's bed unmade. I'm convinced they slept on the floor. Dishes never touched the bottom of our sink. My mother carried them from the table directly to the faucet, washed, dried and put them away instantly.
Growing up, we cleaned, dusted and vacuumed the entire house three times a week. I never understood the need for this because nothing was ever very dirty. Having rebelled against this regimen in tidying my own house, I now get why it's a good thing to attend to these chores.
Once I was married with kids and we had settled into our own home, I wanted to be that person, comfortable in her own surroundings -- like Uncle Tom -- and 99 percent of the time I was. Who was I as a housekeeper? Maybe I would call her a slob. Too harsh? Okay.
By late September, I probably could have found three spare minutes to sweep. But it was almost October. People go out and buy cobwebs to put on their porches in October, so why not keep my freebies in place?
With the days growing shorter (and chillier) and holidays coming just around the corner, November is bound to fill up fast with necessary preparations for winter and the holiday festivities. Stay on track during this busy time by checking these to-dos off your list.
If you're approaching a spring cleaning of your home this year, why not consider these effective all-natural cleaning alternatives?
Where's the gift cards, the American Express, the cold, hard cash?/ Just a few coins, wrinkled tissues and some cream for diaper rash.