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Danelle Ice is an entrepreneur in Los Angeles and mom of 3. She is the creator of and Danelle is also known as internet personality SimDanelle, the first virtual person. Danelle is a beauty guru on YouTube, vlogger, blogger, and new media darling. She is a current brand ambassador for for Keurig and previous AMD Tech Mom, Kraft Foods Delicious Byte brand ambassador, and Purex Insider.


  1. Nancy M.
    May 20, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I need to learn to make a plan of action for cleaning. That way I never have to do the fast cleaning everywhere when someone is coming over.


  2. Danelle Ice
    June 1, 2008 @ 10:19 pm

    @ Nancy: You’re welcome! It’s true, a good plan will really serve you in the long run to make life easier. Thanks for reading!
    Danelle, Home Ever After


  3. Crystal
    March 14, 2009 @ 6:14 am

    I feel in control already :) Thanks!


  4. Emily
    March 25, 2009 @ 9:09 am

    I really need this, too, but, I also have a chronic health condition which makes it a little more difficult to keep up. I always feel like I am behind since I have to sleep and rest a lot. How can I set up a schedule around this. I am still physically able to do everything, but, only when I feel well. Also, I don’t want to spend all me better times just keeping house.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Basically I have about 4 days a week instead of seven. This has been going on for about 6 years and has been really frustrating considering I use to be in control and now I am not. Thanks!!!



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  7. Jenny
    November 15, 2010 @ 3:18 am

    I get crazy when I look a lists, so I drew my house plan on a piece of paper. Divided it up by number of days available for cleaning in the week, and then broke up my cleaning by room. If the room has the kitty litter in it, then that gets done. If a room has the computer in, that’s the day I clean the room and pay my bills online!


  8. Jen
    January 12, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    Great post. If I could only follow it!


  9. Charlie
    April 1, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

    @Emily, can I ever relate to your situation! I’ve struggled for about 20+- years, and although I once
    was able to keep a clean house, I now have chronic, ongoing health issues that really challenge me.
    I think, at least from my experience, there are a few things you can do…

    Reduce your expectations on yourself. You’re not the same person physically, so don’t compare yourself to what you could’ve done a year ago, 6 months ago. If you can accomplish a few things on your list, that’s great, and if not, don’t beat yourself up. Doing that only hurts your self-esteem, which has probably already taken a big hit. Be kind, gentle, and very patient with yourself…just as you would be to a friend.

    Attempt to do a task during that part of your day when you’re at your best…even if you’re not 100%…& if your work isn’t 100%, that’s okay, too! Doing something is better than nothing.

    Don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for help. We all need help at some point.

    Break tasks down into smaller pieces. Write down the various steps, and when you can cross one step off your list, you’ll see progress. (ie, if your bathroom needs cleaning, list everything individually. Just because most people clean it all at once, and you likely did, too, at one point, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it in smaller steps, and spread out over a few days!

    Hire help whenever possible

    Cook meals in a crockpot to save your strength & health for other things

    Eat and sleep well so you’re in a good frame of mind. Play some music. Use a Grab-it tool if needed.

    And remember…don’t waste all of your precious energy on cleaning. A clean and organized house will make your life simpler and easier, but a day of rest, or to get out of the house is so important.

    I don’t know if any of these help as our situations may be very different, but I hope you’ll find some
    of these to be useful. I’m in chronic pain, I’m exhausted, and I just can’t do it all on my own anymore. Lists have become a great tool, and patience/understanding is vital

    Good luck!


  10. suzy
    June 2, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

    I would love a check off list for housekeeping!
    Does anyone have a schedule for Monday thru Friday..
    or at least a schedule for 3+ days when a housekeeper comes to your home?
    Would love to have a check off list for them to check off what they did in each room!


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