In case you missed any of the daily tips posted on Facebook and Twitter, here they are on one page and grouped by category. Enjoy.
When purchasing ingredients for recipes, check the package size because they change all the time & a smaller size could mess up your recipe.
When making a grocery list, scan past receipts to be sure you’re not forgetting things you usually buy.
If you’re eating a stuffed burger, cut a fairly deep x in the top of the burger. When you take a bite, the filling won’t squirt everywhere.
When using a mix with a spice packet, roll the packet with a rolling pin to break up solid pieces. Sometimes they don’t dissolve during cooking.
When draining pasta, use a colander with slots instead of holes. The slots allow more water to drain out.
Buy yeast in bulk and store it in a plastic container in the refrigerator or freezer. It’s much cheaper & it lasts a long time!
If flour tortillas are too stiff to roll, place them between two damp paper towels and warm them in the microwave for about 15 seconds.
Casseroles are usually done when they reach 160 to 180 degrees or are heated through, bubbly around the edges or browned on top.
Clutter in the house causes clutter in the mind.
Whenever possible, use a room only for its intended purpose. Living room for relaxing; dining room for eating; bedroom for sleeping. Multi-purpose usually means more clutter.
If you have trouble remembering where you put things, create a file for your computer called “Where Is It?” and record where you put things.
When you unload groceries, put all refrigerated items in one place and put them all away at once. You’ll save time and electricity.
When you leave a message for someone, write MSG beside the entry on your to-do list. You think you’ll remember, but you might not.
Before you call someone for information, make a list of the questions you want to ask.
“Organizing is the process by which we create environments that enable us to live, work & relax exactly as we want to.” Julie Morgenstern
Always put your keys in the same place and you’ll never have to search for them.
Those plastic shoe bags you hang over your closet door make excellent organizing containers for all kinds of things besides shoes.
Once you start doing the thing you don’t want to do, the hard part is over – getting started.
You are NOT selfish if you schedule time for yourself. Everyone needs at least a little time to regroup & catch his/her breath.
You do not need to make time for every interruption that comes across your path. Some interruptions need immediate attention but many can be dealt with later.
Procrastination is allowing things within our control to manipulate us into not doing what we know we ought to be doing.
When adding appointments to your calendar, include “cushions” for travel and longer-than-expected appointments. Put some downtime in there, too!
Keep a decorating notebook. When you see something you like, pull it out of the magazine (if it’s yours!) or make a copy and put it in your notebook.
If you’re able to multi-task, keep a list of mindless tasks you can do while you’re on the phone.
Don’t leave laundry on the floor of your basement laundry room unless you don’t mind dealing with bugs and other scary things that might decide to live there.
Not motivated to clean, just do ONE thing. One is better than none.
Odds & Ends
When you get hung up on the “right” way to do something, you lose sight of all the other possibilities.
If you have a home security system, make sure you USE it! It won’t do you any good if you don’t turn it on.
Little kids don’t need expensive toys to play with. My grandson is playing with a bunch of rubber pencil grips. He thinks they’re awesome!
Separate your savings into multiple accounts instead of one account. You’ll be less apt to borrow from one category to fund another.