In case you missed any of the daily tips posted on Facebook and Twitter during the month of July 2013, here they are on one page and grouped by category. Enjoy.
- You don’t have to have fancy containers to organize your closets & drawers. Use whatever you have.
- No room in your house for an office? Look for a closet or corner that might work. Or if all else fails, create a mobile office.
- If you don’t use a kitchen appliance more than once a month, consider storing it somewhere other than the kitchen.
- Remember that your refrigerator & freezer are cabinets – cold cabinets. Keep them in the same kind of order you keep your other cabinets.
- Need stamps soon? Don’t waste time going into the post office – order on-line. It’s quick and easy.
- Keep post-it note flags handy when you’re looking at cooking magazines so you can flag the recipes you’d like to try.
- Hang a message board in a central place in your house so family members can leave notes about where they are & what they’re doing.
- When shopping, be sure each item you put in your cart has a price tag so you don’t waste time waiting for a price check.
- If possible, avoid doing things at times when everyone else tends to do them. For example, don’t go to the bank at lunchtime, on Fridays or the day before a holiday.
- Keep your shredder plugged in and near where you process mail. Shred immediately instead of creating a pile for later.
- Good goals must be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic & Timely.
- No garbage disposal? Put a colander in the sink when rinsing dishes and use it to catch all the food scraps. Then just dump the scraps in the trash.
- For activities that require conscious attention, there is really no such thing as multi-tasking, only task switching. Christian Jarrett
- The goal is not to cross off the most tasks on your list. It’s to cross off the ones that really matter.
- It’s impossible to carry everything around in your head. Sometimes always gets lost. Write down what’s important to you.
- The nice thing about a planner is that you can personalize it any way you want to. Its job is to meet your unique needs.
- Use your calendar to “warn” you about upcoming events that require action. A few days prior, put a note about the upcoming event.
- Establishing priorities forces us to rate choices. Unfortunately, too many of us say yes to everything. Having priorities allows you to say no.
- If you find you’re not getting certain tasks done, try “scheduling” them instead of getting to them when you have a chance.
- Knowing that all items on your to-do list are not equal and shouldn’t be treated as equal is essential.
- Create routines whenever possible. Routines mean your unconscious mind knows in advance what is going to be required.
- To butter corn on the cob fast, place corn in a zip lock bag with melted butter. Roll the corn around so it’s covered with butter and then remove it with tongs.
- Before starting your grill, spray the grill rack with nonstick cooking spray when cooking foods that are naturally low in fat.
- When cooking bacon in the oven, it cooks faster and crisper on a dark pan instead of a shiny one.
- Garbanzo beans are also called chick peas.
- Don’t use your salad spinner just for lettuce – it works great for broccoli, too.
- When making your grocery list, include sizes – 8 oz of cool whip or 12 oz. You might not remember when you get to the store and end up with the wrong size.
- Out of cornstarch? Use flour instead. Use double the amount of flour.
- To cut calories but save money, brown 80/20 ground beef, then drain & rinse the meat before adding the rest of the recipe’s ingredients.
- If your laundry sat too long in the dryer, add a wet wash rag or dish towel and run it 10 minutes or so. That should take care of the wrinkles.
- Be careful with coupons. They can save you $ but they can make you spend unnecessarily.
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My name is Patty & I'm a full-time homemaker. I've been a full-time homemaker most of my adult life. I thought I'd probably go back to work when my kids were grown, and I did briefly, but I came back home as soon as my first grandchild was born. I learned that home was my favorite place to be and homemaking was and is my calling.
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