Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Here is the KSL Clip! Directions to how to make the apron coming soon!

5 Timesaving tips for household chores

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We're all busy people who have the need to juggle multiple commitments for our time. We've all wished for just a little more time in our busy schedules -- time to spend with the kids, time to spend with our friends and a little more time for ourselves. Here are 5 timesaving tips to ease the housekeeping and free up your life for your other obligations.




1. Hang it up:>Hang everything but socks, underclothing and pajamas right as they come out of the dryer (and towels and linen).

Where to hang it?
§ On a portable hanging rod, (mine is a basic shower curtain tension rod and some are small enough to fit in a doorway)
§ Store hangers on the rod
§ Designate a shelf and or basket for each family member (ideally above or close to the dryer) and one for household items
§ Collect empty hangers when you collect your dirty clothes so you never run out.
§ Have a laundry sorter to sort the laundry
§ Spot check each piece, one by one.
§ Wash & Dry laundry, immediately hang everything that can be hung on a hanger
§ Fold socks and underclothing and put in family member’s designated spots
§ Distribute Clothing

This eliminates you having to fold then hang shirts, pants, etc. And you take it from the dryer to the hanger to the closet. Not from the dryer, to folded, to un-folded to be hung or folded to put in a drawer. You won’t believe how much time you will save!


2. Keep it shining: Keep disposable disinfecting wipes in each bathroom and the kitchen. Disinfecting wipes work well for all-purpose cleaning. And the best part is they disinfect surfaces, too. This makes them perfect for kitchen and bathroom cleanup. While the wipes aren't meant for scrubbing tough dried-on dirt, they do a great job at quick cleaning most surfaces in your home. Whether you're playing host to guests or just cleaning for yourself, Disinfecting wipes can get the job done quickly. This is a chore that can easily be passed along to a child who can do a once over in the bathroom each day. A box of baby wipes are also great to have on every floor of your house for quick clean ups of sticky fingers and faces.


3. Write it all down in one place:
Americans waste more than 9 million hours a day looking for lost and misplaced articles and paper. Keeping just ONE notebook for all of your messages is KEY. Keep it small enough so that it is portable when needed. When you think of something you need to do, jot down a reminder. This can be used for the following:

· Telephone numbers and addresses
· Important messages
· Grocery lists
· To do list
· Anything else that gets put on a piece of scrap paper

Stock a binder or folder with a list of emergency contacts and household instructions for the babysitter so you don’t have to write them down every time you leave. This will save you endless minutes recalling just what you were supposed to do and where you wrote down something important.




4. Identify your timewasters:




Make a hook for those lost keys, keep a running grocery list on your fridge. Our biggest timewaster as a society? You guessed it; the internet.


· Internet Usage: Most of us have a Face book or Twitter account, here are the stats for FB:
o More than 6 billion minutes are spent on FB each day. What are you contributing to this number?
o There are 40 million status updates a day.
o If you have uploaded FB to your mobile device, statistically you use it twice as much as the active users and 50% of the people who are on FB look at it at least every day.
Solution: Set a timer when you look at FB or only watch one show you love per day, etc that way you will not spend too much of your day engrossed in things that prevent you from getting things done.





5. The "Do it All" Apron: This one comes from one of my bloggers, Risa Baker, from Farmington, Here is her fabulous idea:
Here is Risa in her own words: “I wear a (cute) 1/2 apron that I made, with 3 large pockets. I put garbage bags, paper towels, cloths, some spray cleaners, iPod, phone, and lotion in it. I can do the garbage cans as I go, and not make a special trip. I also put 5 to 8 extra bags in the bottom of the garbage cans. The lotion helps me stay moisturized after using liquid cleaners, and then having to vacuum, or sweep. I don't like doing those things with dry hands. I can also pick up random things as I go, save them in the pockets, and put them in their place later (Like a hair clip that is in the family room, but belongs in the bathroom.).” What a fantastic idea Risa, thank you for sharing it with us!



Another blogger, Anne Richardson, had a great saying; "Keeping up is easier than catching up, I try to live by that.” Great saying, thanks Anne!



Add all of these timesavers up and you could win back some of that time you never have enough of. Even though you may save only a fraction of this time, you'll still find minutes and hours you can spend in more meaningful ways.



Remember the 80/20 rule: Remember the 80/20 rule; most people spend 80% of their time trying to complete 20% of their tasks. Prioritize what is most important to you and then move on to the rest. Also, let some things slide that are unimportant, it is okay not to do everything!


Tell me your favorite timesaving household tips. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Crockpot SWAP


Hey there bloggers! We are starting an old fashioned crockpot swap! Although this is not organizing, it is timesaving. AND I am always looking for new recipes so post away! Here is my most requested and best loved crockpot recipe:

Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

1 ½ pounds beef stew meat super trim
1 ½ cups beef stock (broth is ok, stock is much better)
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 large green bell pepper (optional)
2 cloves fresh or roasted garlic
1 can condensed cream of mushroom
3 cans of sliced mushrooms or 3 cups of fresh mushrooms
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon sea salt or regular salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
Hot cooked noodles (we prefer linguine noodles with this), or rice


Brown stew meat in a skillet, sauté onions with meat. Place meat and onions in Crockpot. (I usually add the drippings from the skillet to the pot as well). Add all ingredients except sour cream / yogurt and noodles/rice. Cook 6 hours on low, 4 hours on high (the longer it cooks the tenderer it is). During the last half hour of cooking, add sour cream or yogurt to the pot and use a wire whip to smooth out the lumps. Allow sauce to thicken to gravy like texture. Makes 8 servings.

Add some fresh rolls, steamed veggies, and you have a great meal the whole family will love! Enjoy!
Now it is YOUR turn! Sent me your favorite Crockpot recipes. Yummo! Post away!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

We have a winner, and she gets to be on TV!

Way to go, people! We had some GREAT ideas on how to simplify your household chores. Clearly one idea stood out above the rest. RISA BAKER is our winner! Here she explains her "magic apron," in her own words:

"I wear a (cute) 1/2 apron that I made, with 3 large pockets. I put garbage bags, paper towels, cloths, iPod, phone, and lotion in it. I can do the garbage cans as I go, and not make a special trip. I also put 5 to 8 extra bags in the bottom of the garbage cans. The lotion helps me stay moisturized after using liquid cleaners, and then having to vacuum, or sweep. I don't like doing those things with dry hands. I can also pick up random things as I go, save them in the pockets, and put them in their place later. (Like a hair clip that is in the family room, but belongs in the bathroom)."

How AWESOME of an idea is that!?! Risa will be shown in action with her awesome apron next Tuesday on Studio 5 at 11:00 am on KSL channel 5. The clip will be shown during my organizing segment. The topic for the segment is, you guessed it,
5 timesaving tips for busy Moms. Congratulations Risa! You definitely deserve bragging rights!

So tune in for some great time saving tips next Tuesday at 11:00am!
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