Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Quick Tip Tuesday: Waiting? Clean out your Purse!

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When you find yourself waiting somewhere for a few minutes - before a doctor/dentist appointment, to pick up your child from school or an activity, etc. - don't just sit there, use the time to clean out your purse!  You may not have time to get through everything, but even a few minutes here & there spent purging old receipts & gum wrappers will make a HUGE difference in the clutter of your purse.

I just did this yesterday -- I found myself waiting for a ride after an appointment (my mother-in-law had taken my kids to play at a park), so I sat on a bench outside & went through my whole purse. There was even a garbage can next to the bench, so that was especially handy (though if I'd have been at home I would have recycled all the paper). Cleaning out my purse had been on my mental to-do list for at least a couple weeks, and I finally found the perfect time window!

Check back in a couple days for a look at MY purse, what I keep in it, and how it's organized!  And be prepared to share about YOUR purse...that gives you a couple days to clean it out if it's in desperate need like mine was!  :-)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Your Laundry Routine?

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What is your routine for doing laundry, if you even have one?

Do you have one or two days a week that are "laundry days", where you do multiple loads?  Do you try to just do a load a day to stay ahead?  Or do you just do laundry whenever the baskets/hampers are full?

How do you sort your laundry? By colors? By person? Or some other way?

When do you fold & put away your clothes? Immediately out of the dryer? Sometime later in the day? Or perhaps, "folding? what's that?"

Leave a comment below & share YOUR routine!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Quick Tip Tuesday - Prioritizing To-Do Lists

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I'm a list maker. I have been for a long time. And especially since having children, I need lists because I'm plagued with "mommy brain". If you don't know what mommy brain is, it's simple: pregnancy brain does not go away when your child is born, it simply morphs into mommy brain. I think mommy brain is unique, because it (for me, anyway) only affects the here-and-now; I have an excellent memory overall, I can remember all kinds of odd things from the past, but if I don't make a to-do list for myself today, I will completely forget some of the things I wanted to get done.

Sorry, tangent. Back to the topic at hand.

I've found that prioritizing my to-do lists is important. Make your list, and then pick 3 or 4 tasks that NEED to be done today. Maybe you have a bill that's due, maybe you're out of milk, maybe you're wearing your last pair of clean underwear. Focus on those tasks first, and once they're out of the way you can move on to the rest of the list. If you need to, put a star next to the tasks you chose, so you'll remember!

And of course, cross off tasks as you do them! It makes you feel like you're accomplishing something because you can SEE it. I must admit that sometimes I even write down a task that I already completed, just so I can cross it off. Hey, it probably should have been on the list to begin with, right?

Some days you may not have anything that really seems like a priority, and that's totally fine. Do some of your "fun" to-do's, or simply do nothing at all!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Vacation

Taking a break from blogging this week, I'm on vacation in Las Vegas!  Will be back next week for sure.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Quick Tip Tuesday - Do It Now!

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If you see a simple task around the house that can be completed in less than 2 minutes, just do it! I'll be the first to admit that I can be a procrastinator at times, especially when it comes to mundane or unpleasant things like emptying the dishwasher or taking out the compost. But if you put all of these "little" things off, they only become more daunting!

You'll have to decide for yourself what qualifies as worthy of "doing now".....for me, toys do not (unless I'm tripping over them). I have 3 children under the age of 3, so my floors are usually covered in toys by the end of the day, and if I were constantly picking them up, well...I'd get nothing else done. And my kids would never learn responsibility. So unless something is posing a hazard, like a shopping cart blocking the doorway or Duplos scattered over the main walk-path, I ignore it until the end of the day.

Things that do qualify for me:
-Items that are misplaced, like a hairbrush that's in the living room instead of the bathroom
-A freshly folded basket of clothes could be taken to it's corresponding bedroom
-If the dishwasher is empty, dishes after a meal go right in it instead of sitting on the counter
-If the dishwasher is not empty, empty it!

These are all works in progress for me, because like I said before, I can be procrastinator at times, plus my kids keep me busy. But doing the "little" things makes such a difference, I've definitely noticed that!

Friday, July 1, 2011

DIY Project: Fabric Magnet Board

When traveling, many people like to pick up some type of souvenir. About 6 years ago, we began collecting magnets from places we visit. They've always been on the side of our refrigerator, but recently it struck me that they don't really need to be there because we use them simply for decoration, not for actual sticking purposes! So I had the idea of making some type of magnet board, that could be elsewhere in our house, thus decluttering the fridge.

I found this great tutorial HERE (Shanty 2 Chic). There were several tutorials I looked at, but many just wanted to disassemble a magnetic dry-erase board & use that, whereas I wanted a cute frame! I won't re-post the instructions, since you can read them there, but here's what I did differently:

An 11x14" frame from Walmart, already liked it so didn't paint it, $5
A 12x18" piece of galvanized metal from Menards (cut to size with a tin snips), about $5
A simple piece of cardboard from a box I was going to recycle anyway  :-)

I LOVE how it turned out!
It's hanging in my newly remodeled laundry room, since I didn't have anything on the walls in there yet.  I like it so much I'm actually thinking about making a second, identical one to hang there too...I like being able to space the magnets out a bit so the fabric shows more, and obviously we will keep collecting magnets, so we'll need somewhere to put them!