A Clean House Leads to a Clean Mind

After reading some reviews of canister vacuums on this website, I decided to write this article. My kids are a huge part of my life, I’m not sure where I’d be without them. With that being said, they are some of the dirtiest humans I’ve come across. Somehow their rooms can resemble post-apocalyptic areas with scattered hills of clothes, wrappers, wires, you name it, it’s probably on the ground. Now I’m not sure if this is pure laziness or they just genuinely turning into little heathens.

So, admittedly, I’m embarrassed. Who wouldn’t be with the situation I described. I’m a fairly neat person so how did this happen. I decided I would make them more accountable for their rooms. Instead of picking up after them, I would force them by taking away some of their favorite things. Items ranging from cell-phones, to internet access, to TV. They quickly figured out that a clean room leads to a clean mind. As a result, they told me they were happier and less stressed, which are both great qualities and things to have.

Making Cleaning Fun

Music – Crank up the tunes and get the cleaning party started. The kids will love to clean and sing along with their favorite songs. Before they know it their rooms are clean and the time will pass a lot faster. Create some great memories and sing along with them.

Giving Back – Teach your kids the value of giving back. Have them go through their older toys, clothes, and various items and sort through what they no longer use. This is a great teaching lesson as well. Instead of giving their clothes to younger relatives, suggest giving them away to people who truly need them like other less fortunate kids.

Laundry – If you’re like me, I never actually learned how to do laundry till I got to college. I got lucky and had a great mom who I could call and have her literally guide me. In order for that not to happen, I decided I would teach them how to clean clothes, and sort through laundry. Playing the matching game is always fun with your socks and sorting through whose laundry is whose.

Vacuuming – I love vacuums and really cherish the moments I get to use it. After reading the vacuum reviews I mentioned above I went all out and got a great Miele model. I also went to Walmart and picked up a kiddie vacuum for my youngest and showed my oldest how to use the real vacuum.

Again these all seem like small things but getting your kids involved in cleaning is a great way to spend time with each other. cleaning doesn’t have to be boring, it can actually be fun especially when you’re doing it with the ones you love.

Some great tips from ThriftyMom. A great video and I thought it would be a great addition to this post:

Effective Maintenance of Electric Chainsaw

An electric chainsaw is a great tool for doing chores and other recreational activities. While most stereotypes hold that old chainsaws are better off not being used for safety purposes, it’s just the maintenance of the machine that has to be done well. Picking the best chainsaw for homeowners is a good choice because there will be less maintenance.

The safety and running life of chainsaws all boil down to a proper maintenance which users can do it just by themselves without any help of a professional. Carrying out a proper maintenance at quarterly intervals makes sure that the machine does not overheat which causes malfunctions and even accidents.

Cleaning body

To carry out a proper maintenance of an electric chainsaw, one should always start with the body. Most chainsaws come in a rugged body that’s made out of durable plastic and some small parts of metal. After every use, one should wipe off the entire body with a clean and dry cloth. Doing this ensures that no debris (even the small ones) is left attached to the body which otherwise would interfere with the chain bar.

Brushes and Armature

With long and frequent uses, minute dust unknowingly creeps inside the electric motor which eventually interferes with the efficiency of the electric chainsaw. For getting out maximum productivity from the machine, one has to dismantle the motor by simply removing the armature cover.

Doing this exposes the motor’s brushes and armature which can be cleaned with a dry cloth. For best results, one can also a dry air blower to blow away dust from the part where fingers cannot reach. But users are also to be warned not to go overboard and use different kinds of cleaning liquids as it might cause the brushes to corrode.

Chain blade of electric chainsaw

Users are also advised to take great care of the chainsaw’s chain blade mainly for work productivity and safety. Chainsaws, both electric and engine oriented, self-lubricate the chain blade via the discharge holes.

These discharge holes which are placed along the chain bar edge can attract dusts and debris which might cause blockage. To prevent dust and debris from blocking these oil discharge holes, one must use a compressed air can that comes with a long nozzle. The long nozzle, in turn, helps in reaching the small opening for blowing away sawdust. To finish off, the chain bar also has to be cleaned with a dry cloth to wipe off leaking oil in which debris get stuck.

Thorough inspection

A proper maintenance to electric chainsaw involves a final thorough inspection. A thorough inspection includes checking and tightening of all the body screws and joint. Doing this will minimize the risks of accidents. For ensuring extra safety, one can also check the power outlet and cords to prevent any electrical failure.


If the chainsaw is intended not to be used for a long time then the entire unit must be cleaned dry thoroughly. The chain also has to be removed entirely so that it will not clog over time. Lastly, the machine needs to be stored in an air-tight bag that is filled with SAE 30 weight oil.