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By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore (

Are you guilty of falling short of a true spring clean? The tendency this time of year is to focus on physical clutter, but the kind you can’t see -- emotional clutter -- is just as important to tackle. By emotional clutter we mean all those repressed, suppressed and unexpressed emotions and old beliefs that are keeping you stuck, rooted in a...

By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore (

Sadly, many of the sweet-smelling, bubbly concoctions we use to clean our homes are poisonous if ingested and can be harmful if inhaled our even touched.

It’s a disturbing thought: The very things you are using to make your house sparkle and shine are actually making it toxic. But more and more Americans are starting to make the shift to...

By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore (

Are you a spring-cleaning enthusiast — or a serial avoider?

While strong cases can be made both for and against a massive stem-to-stern cleanse, what is always true is that taking simple steps to incrementally clean and organize your living environment gives you outsized rewards compared to the effort you put in.

So if you’re...

By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore (

We scoured the cleaning universe, inspected the latest and greatest products, and spoke with experts to find useful shortcuts that will make your spring-cleaning job easier. Because who wants to spend more time than you need to cleaning?

1. Wax on, wax off. It’s amazing, and frustrating, how quickly showers get dirty...

By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore (

Proper budgeting is an essential ingredient for financial success. Do it right and you will be in control of your money. The good news is that creating a budget that works is neither painful nor difficult. The trick is to avoid the most common mistakes that discourage even the most well-intentioned budgeter.

Mistake No. 1:...