Planner Tips for 2016

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My best planner tips are here. Wait till you see what I have come up with!

Planners have changed. Gone are the days of monochrome color schemes, and uneditable pages. Franklin Covey is no longer the only planner of note.

So if planners have changed, it goes to reason that we have changed with them. I’m a big fat failure when it comes to being able to adequately use a single planner. I have many.  Thank you ADD/ADHD. But I am using the ones I have with more consistency than ever before. I kept plugging away until I figured out what works for me. Continue reading “Planner Tips for 2016”

ADD/ADHD to the C.O.R.E.

C.O.R.E. Cleaning

I told you in my last post that I would share with you what I call the C.O.R.E. method. It is the method I use more than anything else. I am ADD to the bone. I also struggle with other issues, so finding a homemaking method at this point is a life journey for me. There are very few steps to the C.O.R.E. method and none of those steps will be new to you. If they are it will be easy to catch on. Continue reading “ADD/ADHD to the C.O.R.E.”

September 2015 Tips, Tricks & Techniques

September 2015 Tips, Tricks & Techniques

In case you missed any of the daily tips or oldies posted on Facebook and Twitter, here they are on one page and grouped by category.  Enjoy.

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Cleaning

Daily cleaning tasks don’t take nearly as long when we clean up after ourselves on a regular basis.

It’s okay to run the dishwasher before it’s completely full if it will save time & effort later.

Cleaning isn’t a “one time & you’re done” type of task. To keep on top of cleaning, you have to do it on & off all the time.

Don’t put sharp knives in dish water. Set them next to the sink and put them in the water when you’re ready to wash them.

OLDIE:  Don’t waste time having de-cluttering marathons. Do it this easy way instead. 

OLDIE:  How to Clean Blinds.

OLDIE: Don’t forget to clean these areas of your house.

OLDIE: Tidy the House.

OLDIE: Mopping Made Easy.

OLDIE: Window Cleaning Made Easy – Well, Easier.

Cooking

I love my kitchen scissors but I love my X-acto knife even when it comes to opening food packages.

When roasting vegetables, be sure there’s enough space between the vegetables or they’ll steam instead of roast.

If chicken breasts are too thick, cut them in half horizontally. They’ll cook faster & be a more reasonable portion.

If your recipe calls for half of something, don’t toss the other half. See if you can freeze it. It’s amazing how many things can be frozen.

Don’t forget you can freeze overripe bananas.  Freeze them as is or remove the peel and put them in a zip lock.

If your boiled eggs are too hard to peel, cut them in half and dig out the egg. As long as you’re gentle, it works great.

Save time by making tomorrow’s lunch while you’re cleaning up today’s dinner.

OLDIE: How to Actually Try New Recipes.

OLDIE:  My Top 5 Kitchen Tips. 

OLDIE: This recipe for grilled teriyaki chicken is one of my family’s favorites. It’s delicious!!!

OLDIE:  Kitchen Fires – What To Do! 

Entertaining

If you’re house isn’t looking as nice as you would like but you don’t have money to remodel or freshen it, rearrange the furniture and de-clutter.

No room to put a light next to your bed?  Solve that problem by hanging one on the wall.

OLDIE:  Entertaining. Just Do It! 

OLDIE:  Storage Ideas for a Small Kitchen. 

OLDIE:  How to Make Your Upholstered Furniture Last Longer. 

Menu Planning

Keep your grocery list updated in case you have an unexpected opportunity to run to the store for your weekly groceries.

OLDIE:  How to Actually Try New Recipes. 

OLDIE: Making a Grocery List.

Money

Tracking, tracking, tracking. If you want to meet your financial goals, tracking your finances will probably be a necessity.

OLDIE: Savings Accounts: Divide & Conquer. It really works! 

OLDIE:  Christmas Costs Money, So Start Saving Now.

OLDIE It’s Time for Some Change.

Odds and Ends

OLDIE:  How to Give Great Gifts. 

OLDIE: The Many Uses of Timers.

Organizing

If you want to save your receipts but don’t want to go to any effort, just toss them in a box. If you need one, you’ll know it’s in the box.

If something in your house doesn’t work (other than the people that live there!), fix it, give it away or throw it away. But don’t keep it!!!

If you’re constantly trying to remember which key is which on your key chain, LABEL THEM. It’ll only take a minute & save a lot of hassle in the future.

If you need to organize something but you’re overwhelmed, start with a small part of the project, like a shelf or drawer.

Having a filing stack is only effective if you actually file! Otherwise it’s just a pile. So either file regularly or file each paper now.

I hate running out of things I need so I usually have two of everything – one I’m using and one in the pantry.

OLDIE:  How to Stock a Kitchen Wrap Drawer. 

OLDIE: Home Office Without Walls. 

Style

OLDIE:  Less Bang for Your Buck – Trimming Tips if you Plan to Hack Your Own Hair. 

Time Management

No task is too small to include on a to-do list.

Even if you’re not a digital planner, you can still benefit from using your smart phone for reminders or miscellaneous information.

Even if you’re not a digital planner, you can still benefit from using your smart phone for reminders or miscellaneous information.

If you can’t get anything done & you don’t know why, it’s time to keep a time log for a few days. You’ll be amazed at what you discover.

OLDIE:  How to Back Up Your Paper Planner. 

OLDIE: How to Back Up Your Paper Planner. 

OLDIE:  5 Ways Your Planner Can Help You Act Instead of Re-act. 


 

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August 2015 Tips, Tricks & Techniques

Tips, Tricks & Techniques

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In case you missed any of the daily tips or oldies posted on Facebook and Twitter, here they are on one page and grouped by category.  Enjoy.

Cleaning

Don’t avoid mopping because you don’t have time to do it right. If an area needs help, just do that area.

OLDIE:  Are your candles dirty? Here’s how to clean them. http://homemakersdaily.com/how-to-clean-candles/

OLDIE:  Company’s Coming:  How to Clean Up Fast. http://homemakersdaily.com/companys-coming-how-to-clean-up-fast/

OLDIE: A Simple House Cleaning Routine.http://ow.ly/QVFka

OLDIE: Housecleaning methods- one size does NOT fit all. http://ow.ly/R0MJg

OLDIE:  Cleaning – Don’t Try to Catch Up, Just Get Back on Track. http://homemakersdaily.com/cleaning-dont-try-to-catch-up-just-get-back-on-track/

OLDIE:  How to Keep the Inside of Your Car Clean. http://homemakersdaily.com/how-to-keep-the-inside-of-your-car-clean/

Cooking

When using a meat thermometer, be sure the thermometer is set on the right setting – Celsius or Fahrenheit. It makes a difference!

An average size ear of corn on the cob will yield about ¾ cup corn.

If you’re not going to use peppers in time, chop them up and freeze them.

OLDIE: Three Ways to Make Bacon. http://homemakersdaily.com/3-ways-to-cook-bacon/

OLDIE: How to Stretch a Meal.http://ow.ly/QPX0a

OLDIE:  This kitchen tool will make baking a lot easier! http://homemakersdaily.com/pastry-cloth-bakings-secret-weapon/

OLDIE:  Cooking early.  Why and how. http://homemakersdaily.com/cooking-early-why-how/

OLDIE: How to Make a Lattice-Top Pie.http://ow.ly/RqE3h

Entertaining

OLDIE: 5 Tips for Serving a Buffet Style Meal. http://ow.ly/QY8BX

Home Decor

When purchasing window treatments, be sure the hardware is included. Sometimes it isn’t!

Menu Planning

If you don’t have a menu plan for the week, at least decide the day before what you’ll be having tomorrow. It will reduce stress.

Odds and Ends

After you pick up meds from the pharmacy, check to be sure the prescription is correct. If not, it’s easier to correct while you’re there rather than making a return trip.

If you have a squeaky door, get out your WD40 and fix it! If you don’t have WD40, use vegetable oil or cooking spray but WD40 works the best.

If you’re making an important telephone call, write down the things you want to say or questions you need to ask BEFORE you make the call.

It’s not good for your computer to run at full capacity all the time. If your hard drive is in the red zone, stop & clean up your computer.

The more options we have, the harder is it to choose, and often we end up choosing nothing at all. So be careful with options!

If something isn’t working, before randomly trying something new, analyze the situation to see if you can figure out what’s wrong and what you actually need.

If you can’t remember if you closed your garage door, make a rule never to leave until you look & say out loud: “The garage door is shut.”

OLDIE:  Selling Your House? How to Survive Showings? http://homemakersdaily.com/selling-your-house-how-to-survive-showings/

OLDIE:  Don’t forget to check the battery and the expiration date on your smoke alarm! http://homemakersdaily.com/odds-ends-7/

OLDIE:  Short on Energy? 7 Tips to Get You Through the Day. http://homemakersdaily.com/short-on-energy-7-tips-to-help-you-get-through-the-day/

Organizing

If you have a lot of stuff to take with you somewhere, start rounding it up and putting it in a pile BEFORE it’s time to go.

Don’t rely on reminders from others (like the DMV or your doctor’s office). Write your own reminders in your planner.

Before donating purses or wallets to charity, check ALL the pockets to be sure it’s completely empty.

OLDIE:  Not sure what to do with all those plastic grocery bags? Here’s an idea.  http://homemakersdaily.com/out-of-control-plastic-bags-nearly-drove-homemaker-crazy/

OLDIE:  I love, love, love my pen gripper. http://homemakersdaily.com/make-life-easier-give-your-pen-or-pencil-a-home/

OLDIE: How to Organize Your Storage Room. http://homemakersdaily.com/how-to-organize-your-storage-room/

Time Management

Sometimes low priority items are actually important & should be done ASAP. They’re only low priority because they’re not urgent or critical.

Using a good planner instead of your head is one of the simplest but MOST powerful steps you can take to overcome overwhelm.

If you have to be somewhere at a set time, plan backwards so you know exactly when you need to leave and when you need to get ready.

OLDIE: Overcoming Overwhelm.http://ow.ly/Qy6pc

OLDIE: Brain dump or master list – what’s the difference? http://ow.ly/RyHEV

 

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July 2015 Tips, Tricks & Techniques

Tips, Tricks & Techniques

 

In case you missed any of the daily tips or oldies posted on Facebook and Twitter, here they are on one page and grouped by category.  Enjoy.

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Cleaning

If you use a sponge in your kitchen, squeeze it out after each use and it will stay fresh longer.

If you have multiple floors in your house and no central vac, have a vacuum on each floor.

Don’t do your cleaning chores all by yourself. If you have kids, they should be helping, too. It’s good for them & for you.

If your house is a mess all the time, maybe you simply have too much stuff. Get rid of some stuff & you might find it’s easier to keep your house tidy.

Don’t like cleaning? Don’t have energy to clean? Create an environment that’s easy to clean so you can do less of it.

If your vacuum cleaner isn’t working well, don’t toss it! Give it a good cleaning & it might work like new again.

If you’re dusting with a feather duster, don’t forget to shake it out a couple of times. Shake it onto the floor (if you’re sweeping next) or in a trash can.

When you throw away kid toys, make sure the kid doesn’t see the toys in the trash.

OLDIE:  An Easy Way to Clean Under Furniture. 

OLDIE:  Tips for Tidying. 

OLDIE:  Solving Laundry Issues. 

OLDIE:  Don’t clean it, prevent it! 

OLDIE:  Tips for Getting Rid of Wrinkles Without an Iron. 

OLDIE:  When I need to clean serious grime off my hands, this is my go-to cleaner. 

Cooking

The right tools in your kitchen can make cooking easier. If you do something a lot & there’s a tool to help, get it!

Keep a few box mixes in your pantry in case you have unexpected company and need to stretch a meal fast!

If you’re out of self-rising flour, substitute 1 cup all-purpose flour with 1-1/2 tsp baking powder & ½ tsp salt for 1 cup of self-rising.

Corn on the cob can be cooked on the stove, the microwave, the grill or in the crockpot.  My favorite way is the microwave.

As soon as you get home with your groceries, check the expiration dates on meat & freeze anything you won’t need right away or before the expiration date.

OLDIE:  How to De-Bone a Chicken Breast. 

OLDIE:  Hate shredding chicken? This method will change your life.

OLDIE:  I use this technique for browning ground beef ALL the time! 

OLDIE: This delicious salsa will be a great addition to your Fourth of July picnic.

Entertaining

OLDIE:  Need an Extra Table Sometimes? 

Home Decor

OLDIE:  Decorating and Remodeling – Small Budget, Small House – Get Creative.

Menu Planning

OLDIE:  How to Whittle Down a Grocery List That’s Too Expensive.

Money

If you take your debit card out of your purse or wallet for some reason, put it back ASAP or there’s a good chance it won’t be there when you need it.

Odds and Ends

When you’re shopping for clothes, unless you have to have a clothing item NOW, don’t buy anything unless you love it.

OLDIE: Why I Use Cloth Napkins. 

OLDIE:  How to Process Mail. 

OLDIE:  How to Keep Your Extension Cord Plugged In. 

OLDIE:  How to Fix a Frozen Garbage Disposal.  

OLDIE:  If your aluminum foil has ever jumped out of the box and rolled across the floor, you’ll be VERY happy about this tip.

Organizing

It’s easier to keep your Tupperware drawer organized and orderly if all the containers are from the same set.

Start planning NEXT month’s birthdays THIS month. Then you’ll have enough time to do it right!

Time Management

“Always capture important information and you won’t waste time looking for it again later.” Time Management Ninja

“The best way to get nothing done is to try doing everything at once.”

Life is too short to get upset when plans or changed or people make mistakes that affect you. Let go & make a new plan.

If you have a LOT to do & you’re stressed about getting it all done, make a schedule & plan when you’re going to do each task. Then go for it!

OLDIE:  A Simple System for Managing To-Do’s. 

OLDIE:  Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan. 

OLDIE: 10 Planner Truths. 

OLDIE: My Top 10 Strategies for Keeping Order in My Life. 


 

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June 2015 Tips, Tricks & Techniques

June 2015 Tips, Tricks & Techniques

 In case you missed any of the daily tips or oldies posted on Facebook and Twitter, here they are on one page and grouped by category.  Enjoy.

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Cleaning

  • Don’t set it down, PUT IT AWAY! And it’s easier to put it away if it has a home.
  • Don’t forget to occasionally dust up high – ceiling fan blades, tops of door frames, etc.
  • Unfortunately, cleaning isn’t something you do once and are done. Pick up as you go and it won’t ever be too bad, though.
  • Cleaning a dog bed doesn’t automatically mean throwing it in the washer. Shake it outside and vacuum and you can buy a little more time before having to wash it.
  • A daily touch-up in the bathroom will keep it clean and company ready. Mirror, sink & toilet. Quick & effective.
  • Even though your windows might not look dirty, grime builds up on the inside. Wipe them down every now and then.
  • OLDIE: Time to clean up the dining room chairs!
  • OLDIE:  Laundry, Laundry, Everywhere! 

Cooking

 

Entertaining

  • When having a party, make a detailed plan well in advance and add to it as you think of more tasks and ideas.
  • It’s okay to take guests out to eat instead of cooking a meal in your home. Sometimes it’s actually more relaxing for everyone!
  • When having guests, instead of providing a sit-down diner, serve a variety of appetizers.
  • OLDIE:  10 Tips for Stress Free Entertaining. 

Healthy Living

  • Keeping a food journal is one of the best ways to lose weight. Even if you don’t track calories, writing down what you eat is enlightening.
  • If you can’t squeeze in scheduled time for exercise, get little bits when you can. It all adds up.

Home Decor

  • Be sure your house has house numbers and that they’re easy to see. Otherwise the pizza delivery man might not find you!
  • Want to freshen up a room without spending big bucks? Swap your room’s existing accessories with another room’s accessories for a new look.
  • If you have a piece of furniture you don’t need and is in the way, get rid of it! Store it in the basement, sell it or give it away. But don’t keep using it.

Menu Planning

  • One way to plan meals is to have a theme for the day. For example, Monday–spaghetti; Tuesday–Mexican; Wednesday–sandwich.
  • If your preferred method of menu planning is “winging it”, avoid frustration by making sure your pantry is well stocked.
  • When planning meals for the week, try to alternate the level of difficulty. Have a balance between time consuming and easy meals.

Money

  • Stopping by the store for a few items is a perfect way to bust your budget – unless you’re extremely disciplined, which I’m not.
  • OLDIE:  13 Tips for Staying on Budget.

Odds and Ends

  • Make your jewelry shine again by giving them a good cleaning. It’s amazing how much better they look.
  • If you have trouble keeping track of time, set hourly timers so you know what time it is or how much time has passed.
  • OLDIE: Bad cell phone signal? You can make it better. 

Organizing

Style

  • Go through your make-up and nail polish occasionally and toss the old stuff. It doesn’t last forever!
  • If your hair is clogging up the bathroom drain, get a hair trapper from your local hardware store. It works great.

Time Management

  • Just because there’s nothing on the calendar doesn’t mean there should be! It’s okay to have unscheduled days.
  • If you’re trying to get up earlier, start with five minutes at a time.
  • Before saying yes to an appointment, check your calendar! You don’t always remember what’s on there and you could get into trouble saying yes without checking first.
  • When making plans with others, don’t make assumptions. Be sure everyone knows exactly what the plan is.
  • OLDIE:  Use Your Planner, Especially When You Don’t Want To.  

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May 2015 Tips, Tricks & Techniques

Tips, Tricks & Techniques

In case you missed any of the daily tips or oldies posted on Facebook and Twitter, here they are on one page and grouped by category.  Enjoy.

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CleaningBe careful when buying trash bags. I accidentally got odor control bags and they smell like perfume. In my opinion, perfume makes trash smell worse!

OLDIE:  Hate dusting? Here are some tips for how to do it faster. http://homemakersdaily.com/how-to-dust-faster/

OLDIE:  Cleaning shortcuts that save time and reduce stress. http://homemakersdaily.com/cleaning-shortcuts-that-save-time-reduce-stress/

Keeping your house clean requires constant attention but it doesn’t have to be a big deal – start by picking up after yourself! That makes a huge difference.

OLDIE:  Are your candles dirty? Here’s one way to clean them. http://homemakersdaily.com/how-to-clean-candles/

The messier your house gets, the easier it is NOT to pick up after yourself because you stop caring. And it only gets worse from there.

Cooking

OLDIE:  How to Get Your Family to Eat Grapes. http://homemakersdaily.com/how-to-get-your-family-yourself-to-eat-grapes/

Got extra fresh herbs? Chop, then place them in ice cube trays, cover with olive oil and freeze to add to soups, sauces and more.

If you modify a recipe, write your notes on the recipe IMMEDIATELY. You think you’ll remember but you won’t.

When using your rice cooker, you can use broth instead of water.  You can also add chopped veggies for an all-in-one side dish.

To cook pasta properly, use a lot of water. A too-small pot and too little water causes the pasta to stick together & cook unevenly.

OLDIE:  If you have trouble making hamburger patties all the same size, this technique will help: http://homemakersdaily.com/how-to-make-evenly-sized-hamburger-patties/

Entertaining

OLDIE:  Planning a party in the near future? Here’s one way to make it less stressful. http://homemakersdaily.com/party-stress-buster-detailed-to-do-list/

Healthy Living

OLDIE:  If you need a fun way to exercise, try a Fitbit Pedometer. I love mine! http://homemakersdaily.com/fitbit-pedometer-a-creative-and-fun-way-to-exercise/

Menu Planning

OLDIE:  Need Menu Ideas: 8 Places You Might Not Be Looking. http://ow.ly/MFxtZ

OLDIE:  How to avoid extra trips to the store because you ran out of something: http://homemakersdaily.com/how-to-avoid-extra-trips-to-the-store-because-you-ran-out-of-something/

Save a few of your grocery lists/menu plans. Then when you need to grocery shop but don’t have time to plan, you can recycle an old plan.

Money

OLDIE:  Shop around for the best prices – in the SAME store! http://homemakersdaily.com/shop-around-for-the-best-prices-in-the-same-store/

Odds and Ends

If you don’t have time to work on a big project, break it into smaller chunks and do a little every day.

I realized that I only like change when it’s my idea & I only like noise when I’m making it. Anybody else?

OLDIE:  Tips for Coping When You’re Running on Empty. http://homemakersdaily.com/tips-for-coping-when-youre-running-on-empty/

OLDIE:  My ADHD story. http://homemakersdaily.com/my-name-is-patty-and-i-have-adhd-this-is-my-story/

If you get information in a text message that you need to save, move it to a safe location ASAP. If you wait, it might disappear.

Organizing

OLDIE:  6 Questions to Consider When Organizing a Space. http://ow.ly/MmyCM

The less organized I am, the less organized I am!

Buy new ink for your printer BEFORE you need it. As soon as you get the first “low ink” warning, add ink to your shopping list.

OLDIE:  Labels aren’t just for file folders! http://homemakersdaily.com/labels-are-not-just-for-file-folders/

Time Management

Plan your day. Don’t leave it to chance. Leaving it to chance means the things that get done probably won’t be the things that NEEDED to be done.

OLDIE: Do you ever have problems getting your to-do list done? Here are a few reasons why that might be happening. http://homemakersdaily.com/why-your-to-do-list-might-not-be-getting-done/

OLDIE: Do you ever have problems getting your to-do list done? Here are a few reasons why that might be happening. http://homemakersdaily.com/why-your-to-do-list-might-not-be-getting-done/

Routine is the way that you shape your day. Every day. http://kriswrites.com 


 

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