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My guest for Episode 2 of my new Ask a Clean Person podcast was Gawker’s own Dayna Evans, who joined me to talk about her calendar obsession, and the trials and tribulations of making the move from a day planner to digital scheduling. We agreed that there was just something about the siren’s call of the old-fashioned paper list. Handwriting! We still like it—which is kinda funny for two bloggers.


Even with our shared love of pen and paper, we spent a lot of time discussing moving between a paper and digital world when it comes to our scheduling, and how the use of apps and email reminders can be fantastic tools for creating and maintaining a cleaning schedule, and for creating home-care habits where none existed.

Speaking of good home-care habits! Dayna revealed that she is a hero to us all because she stays right on top of her New Yorker pile (and I revealed that I don’t believe anyone actually reads the New Yorker). Mail and magazine piles are a whole other subject for a whole other day, because I grew up with mail-hoarding parents, and I have A LOT OF ISSUES TO WORK OUT about that fact.

We also shared a great reader tip to help with shower-drain maintenance, but you’ll have to listen to find out what it is! Which you can do here or download the podcast over at the iTunes store.

Do you have something you’d like to hear discussed on Ask a Clean Person: The Podcast? Email me at with the subject line CLEANCAST.


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