Time Saving Tips?

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Time Saving Tips?
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Tue, 08-04-2009 - 4:28pm

I found this article on CNN.com today called 18 Clever Time Savers for Super Busy People. A few of these tips I love. Like the mesh laundry bags (brilliant!) and freezing lemon or lime juice in ice cube trays (why didn't I think of that before?). -Or even the "beauty station," which I can see being very handy when Lucy gets a bit bigger and grows enough hair for barrettes.



Do you have any time saving tips to share?








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Registered: 03-28-2003
Tue, 08-04-2009 - 10:35pm

Jen,


Some of these crack me up. I can guarantee you that if I just tossed the kids' clean clothes in a mesh bag into their rooms, that is where the clothes would stay until they were dumped on the floor to be refilled with dirty clothes. If I'm folding anyway, I can sort while I fold. Each kid gets a pile.


As for the basket by the door, if the sunscreen, etc. are never returned to the shelf in the bathroom now, they won't be returned to the basket by the door. The key there isn't the location of the basket, it is the discipline of the family members to put things where they belong. We are VERY weak in that area! LOL!


Other things make more sense to me. We occassionally have soup and sandwich dinners, and that is helpful. The lemon trick is nice, although I can substitute Real Lemon for fresh-squeezed with no guilt. We do the "future bin" trick.


Here are my two tips:


1. Hang a ribbon in your daughter's closet, and clip all barrettes around it. It is easy to find the one you want.


2. Take any wrinkled item and toss it in the dryer with a damp washcloth to eliminate or reduce ironing.


Polly

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Wed, 08-05-2009 - 7:50am

Where can those mesh laundry bags be found..Do you know?


I ask because we just went through orientation for my daughter who starts 6th,middle school next year.

 


 


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Registered: 04-02-2009
Wed, 08-05-2009 - 8:04am

I use zippered mesh bags for socks. Each child has one....that way their socks don't get mixed up with siblings in the wash.....


but I can't imagine a mesh bag big enough for clothing

Renee


Wife to Scott


Mom to: Madeleine, James, Abigail, Theresa & John

Renee


Wife to Scott


Mom to: Madeleine, James,

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Wed, 08-05-2009 - 8:09am

Do you have a tip for gym clothes then?

 


 


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Registered: 04-02-2009
Wed, 08-05-2009 - 8:20am

a mesh bag would work for one set of clothing.... but then it would get everything else in her backpack stinky....


back in the dark ages, we wore our gym clothes for a week before we brought them home for the weekend.

Renee


Wife to Scott


Mom to: Madeleine, James, Abigail, Theresa & John

Renee


Wife to Scott


Mom to: Madeleine, James,

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Wed, 08-05-2009 - 9:55am

LOL.


In the dark ages (for me,the 70s and early 80s gulp) we had gym "uniforms" - I still remember it.

 


 


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Registered: 09-02-2008
Wed, 08-05-2009 - 11:14am

You could try a wetbag, like for cloth diapers. Something about the size of the WAHMIES "all day size" wet bag would work: http://www.wahmies.com/pages/wetbags.php

It's got PUL waterproof fabric on the inside, but the outside comes in fun prints. I have the regular size one, and I think that would be too small for gym clothes. It would definitely keep the odor in, and you can wash it at the same time as the gym clothes. I found mine on ebay.








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Registered: 09-02-2008
Wed, 08-05-2009 - 11:19am

LOL! Yes, if my kids were old enough to fold I'm sure their bags would be left sitting too. I spend a lot of time sorting, so this seems like it would work for us. Although, I do have to wonder if they would wrinkle up in the dryer while in the bag.

I think I'd use the basket by the door just to contain a hairbrush, barrettes, rubber bands, things like that for the girl (and me). You're right, though...making sure those things get put back into the basket would have to be done.

I love your ribbon idea for the hair clips. And I'm going to have to try the damp washcloth in the dryer (I hate ironing).

Oh, kind of along the same lines...you can put a dry towel into the dryer with your clothes and cut drying time almost in half.








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Registered: 09-02-2008
Wed, 08-05-2009 - 11:20am
Excellent idea, Renee! I need to get some small mesh bags for socks. The sock gnomes seem to have taken up residence in my house. I have no idea where our socks go, but I'm sure they're off partying with the lids from Lucy's sippy cups.







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Registered: 09-02-2008
Wed, 08-05-2009 - 11:22am
In high school (the 90s) they washed our gym clothes at the school each week. We just got a fresh set on Mondays. In middle school we had our own gym uniforms that we'd have to bring home to wash. I wonder what happened to mine...those shorts were pretty comfy!







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