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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Fri, 08-07-2009 - 6:34pm
I liked cozy but dh was unable to access from his computer at work (military) so that ended quickly...

Renee


Wife to Scott


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

Renee


Wife to Scott


Mom to: Madeleine, James,

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Registered: 04-02-2009
Fri, 08-07-2009 - 6:32pm

my 'problem' with each kid doing their own laundry is that I don't want half loads of wash being done (water, electricity, $$).... it would take each kid more than

Renee


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Mom to: Madeleine, James,

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Fri, 08-07-2009 - 10:13am

I enjoyed reading this tread.

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Thu, 08-06-2009 - 2:46pm

I thought the exact same thing about the garbage bowl! I use one anyway (maybe not a bowl, but sometimes a small bag or paper towel then I fold up the paper towel and toss it).

To keep track of appointments, I use my Outlook calendar and sync it up with my PDA. It works pretty well for me. There's a really cool family calendar at www.cozy.com. I tried it, but Outlook works better for me. I suppose if I had texting on my phone Cozy would work better for me since you can send yourself text alerts. Google's calendar works in the same way (with text alert options), but I really liked the color coding by family member option on Cozy.

I totally hear you on the clutter. We put a coat hook/shelf thingy by the door, and if I am not on top of that it gets out of control fast. But the shelf area has 4 cubby-like areas where I could put some boxes to house things like barrettes, combs, etc. and still keep a clean look. I'll just have to measure and find something that fits and looks clean because right now those cubbies are like a repository for knick knacks, and I can't stand that. :S








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Wed, 08-05-2009 - 9:26pm

Some of these ideas or good, and some are not very helpful. A garbage bowl? That is so Rachel Ray...and seriously if your kitchen is that big that you cant walk to the trash while cooking, maybe you need a smaller kitchen. Or add those steps to your pedometer - every little bit helps!!


I am a WAHM and my DH is a WAHD. We both have demanding jobs but manage to get most everything done. The biggest issue is meal planning for us. Since the kids are all 16 and older they are responsible for their own cleanliness. Laundry, bedrooms, bathroom, etc.


I also struggle with appointments and events. I do not have a household calendar, but maybe that is something I should get. With DH's travel, my daughter and his son being seniors in high school this next year, doctor's appointments, dentist appointments, etc I need to be able to keep track of everything. HA!! I hear that the first thing to go is the memory....


We also have an apartment currently. So anything left by the door looks like clutter. We have to have everything in its place or it just looks too messy.


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Wed, 08-05-2009 - 8:48pm

We do laundry differently in our house. Each member of the house gets a hamper and basket. Laundry is washed according to ownership. As the kids get old enough to learn how to do it themselves, they are given the task and full responsibility of it. No clean socks or underwear? OOPS, I guess you should've done your laundry huh?
This method eliminates the sorting step, and ultimately eliminates the task from my workload because the kids need that life skill.

I have the FLYLady calendar hanging in my kitchen. All work schedules, appointments, birthdays, parties, ball games, etc get put on the date. The squares are big enough that things can be written in the squares. I keep a smaller datebook to write my mileage for work, and every few days I "sync" the two. It's taken a long time to get dh to understand I am a visual person and really do NEED him to write his stuff on there, and not just tell me things. I think having preggo brain and forgetting a bunch of things he's said to me about events has cemented that.

Sometimes if I don't feel like cooking, I let the boys cook, and they usually do something like pancakes for dinner. It's cheap, easy and they like to make it. It's another life skill anyway lol...and they won't be subsisting on ramen in college ALL the time, they'll have some kind of variety. I also get the boys to help me with things like prebrowning the hamburger or mixing a marinade or something. Recently ds16 made a grilled pork tenderloin that dh normally makes from Weber's Real Grilling book. However due to dh's schedule, added with the need to cook the loin before it went bad, the boys cooked that night. Sadly in the process, my Tupperware Season N Serve container was melted b/c ds left it next to the grill :(

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Wed, 08-05-2009 - 1:12pm
We have gym uniforms starting in 4th grade. They are just a t-shirt and shorts, both blue.
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Wed, 08-05-2009 - 1:09pm

My kids have gym once/week, and probably bring home gym clothes once/quarter to be washed! LOL! It just occurred to me now that other kids may bring theirs home more often. My kids wait for when it is mandatory. I'll have to ask my daughter about that. I bet she's never thought about bringing them home in between.


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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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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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