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Want to get the family involved in house cleaning, but know they'll bolt the minute you say the word? Impact Thrift Stores posted a great plan for getting everyone—even the kids—on board with some cleaning.

Anytime you want to get kids involved, there's going to have to be a fun factor, and by turning the cleaning into an event with games and prizes is definitely a way to do it. 

Because of the restrictions many renters have on the changes they can make to their apartment, decorating can seem like a real hassle. How can you effectively bring color and vibrancy to a room when you can't even paint the walls?

For Rent has a few suggestions if you're stumped on what direction to take your apartment décor—what will you do to make your space shine with your own personality and taste?

When everyone has somewhere else to be, your family's schedule can feel like it's out of control. How do you keep up with all of the appointments, games, meetings, parties, and school events? This handy housekeeping idea from Organized Home is great: create a planner for your family.

One binder for all of your family's schedules, phone numbers, shopping lists—it's a great way to keep everyone on the same page. 

What's your cleaning style? Are you someone who spaces the house cleaning out, or do you wait and do one big cleaning? Blogger Leo Babauta of Zen Habits takes a look at keeping clean by cleaning as you go, especially in the bathroom.

If cleaning gets you stressed out, take a step back and see if this will help you out!

Most homeowners don't think about cleaning light fixtures too often, but they definitely need it—lights attract dust and insects, so adding it to your house cleaning once a month will go a long way in making them look better. How you clean it will depend on the light itself, so here are a few tips:

Cleaning a Lamp: With the light turned off, dust the base and the bulb with a microfiber cloth (careful if the lamp's been on, the bulb might be hot!). For the lampshade, use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner to gently vacuum the dirt off.

Have you ever been to a cabin that made you feel relaxed and free from every day stress? What if your home felt like that? Some homeowners have tried to capture that design in their homes, and the result is a modern home with the familiar cabin feeling.

Apartment Therapy featured some of these mountain cabin-inspired homes, and from their homes come five tips to help you achieve some of the aspects of the look:

It seems like everyone has advice for everything, and that includes cooking, house cleaning, and laundry. Which tips can you believe? Which are too good to be true or just wrong? Good Housekeeping took a look at some laundry myths, and here are three tips you can definitely ignore:

Have you ever gotten distracted from one cleaning task by another? It happens often—start in the living room, end in the bedroom, and every room is only half clean! It can be frustrating to try to clean when you find yourself distracted from the living room by the dishes in the sink, or distracted from the dishes in the sink by the dirty clothes in the bathroom.

Maid services use focus through tasks. This makes the process much more efficient, and you can do this, too! Rather than deciding, “I'm going to clean the house,” make a list of the things you want to accomplish most, and then stick to those tasks.

The day you wash your sheets is a good day for sleeping, isn't it? The bed feels so much more fresh and comfortable. Keeping the bed clean will make every night great for sleeping, and there's more than you can do than wash the sheets! Here are a few great tips for having the cleanest, most comfortable bed possible:

One of the most effective ways to keep a house clean is to make it habit to clean as you go. Putting things away as you finish with them, wiping up spills, and throwing away trash make a big difference over time. It might take some work to turn that into a habit, though; if you aren't used to it.

Get started by dividing tasks up throughout the day to help keep you going as you clean and develop your habits. When things are too overwhelming and time slips away, don't hesitate to call in the cleaning services to help!

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