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Thrifty Tips (Part 2 of 2)

3. Got Babies?

If you have a baby, or know someone that has a baby, you’re probably sitting on a veritable smörgåsbord of storage possibilities. Empty baby wipe containers work perfectly for storing items like first aid necessities, crayons and markers, sewing supplies, etc. If you have baby food jars– wash them out and use them to hold small items such as thumb tacks, paper clips, or buttons. Even changing tables can be converted to shelves for toys or books when you no longer need them for their intended purpose.

4. It’s Okay To Be A Hooker

One of the most inexpensive and most effective ways to get organized, is by making use of hooks. You can get more than you can make use of at your local hardware store for super cheap and use them to hang pots, mugs, tools, jewelry, keys, belts, dish towels, plants– the possibilities are never ending. Grab several sizes to keep handy– the suction-cup kind can be useful in the bathroom and kitchen too. Use caution when using the self-adhesive type on painted surfaces. They usually can only hold very light objects and sometimes take the paint with them when they’re taken (or fall) off. Some are better than others, so use your own good judgment.

5. Shop your local rummage sale.

Don’t discount the possibilities of finding some great storage tools at local rummage sales. A friend of mine picked up a mug holder for a quarter that she uses to organize silk scarves. Another person I know found an old storage chest that she refinished. It looks like new, and she only paid $20 for it. She uses it to store quilts and throws in her family room.

6. Add some French flair.

French memo boards are perfect for holding event tickets, photos, coupons, grocery lists and more. Buy an inexpensive one at your local superstore or make one yourself with cork board, fabric and ribbon.

7. Shop in your fridge.

Once you’re done with food containers like margarine tubs and jelly jars, clean them out thoroughly and use them to store anything from hair accessories, to small kitchen items like corn cob holders and spreaders, to extra batteries.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Thrifty Tips (Part 1 of 2)

Since I’m on an organization kick– and a budget– I thought I’d use the next few days to present some easy (and mostly free!) ways to help you get the most out of your spring cleaning. The trick to keeping a clean house, no matter what the size, is to have a place for every item. To make that happen,you don’t need to buy a hundred dollar organizer for every closet or buy a machine to vacuum seal every garment you own. These tricks I’ve listed are just a few examples of budget organization tactics that will save you time and money that you can spend on other activities.

1. Get Into Boxing

Plastic containers with tight fitting lids are ideal storage containers for clothes, shoes, toys, blankets– you name it. However, they can be a little pricey (considering what they are), especially if you’re in need of quite a few. If you don’t want to pay the piper for plastic, plain old cardboard boxes will certainly do the trick. You might already have some around the house, or you can usually find local stores that will be happy to hook you up with some nice boxes. My favorite kind are the extra sturdy ones used to hold and transport reams of paper. They usually come with nice, durable lids and are strong enough to stack. They also tend to be cleaner than produce boxes, which can also make good storage boxes if you can find some in particularly good condition. Make sure to clearly label each side of the box before you put them away. If you’d like, you can even cover them with wrapping paper, the funny pages, contact paper, or have your kids work their decorating magic on them, to make them a little more attractive.

2. Free Calendars

If you search on the Internet, you’ll be able to find many different types of complimentary calendars that you can print out yourself. You won’t ever need to buy another calendar again– unless you just feel the urge to splurge.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Getting Organized: The Mailbox (Part 2 of 2)

Now, without further ado, here the three, simple steps that will lead you straight to mailbox nirvana…

1. Toss the Junk– Instead of carrying it in the house only to toss it in the spot it’s accustomed to accumulating dust, sift the junk mail in a waste basket strategically located inside your door. A removable “shredder top” for your waste basket comes in really handy for credit card offers or other pieces of mail that you don’t want but may contain personal information you don’t want falling in to the wrong hands. You’ll probably lighten your load by half during this first Toss/Shred step alone.

2. Bills in the Bill Box– This box can hang on the wall beside your door, a tray on your bill-paying desk, or whatever spot will ensure it stays highly visible. The Bill Box is the “A” or “Action” in the FAST method and the spot where all bills should immediately come to rest. I keep a cheat sheet on top of the Bill Box that lets me know the due dates of all my recurring bills. When one is about to come due, I grab yon Bill Box and be done with it.

3. Inbox Important Items– You’ve entered the home stretch– and you’ve probably only had mail in your hands for two minutes or less. The mail that remains now should be items that will require some form of further action. Maybe it’s a Bed, Bath & Beyond coupon that you want to use this weekend or a bank statement that you’ll use when balancing your checkbook. Regardless of your motivation to keep these leftover pieces of mail, you’ll want an Inbox of some sorts where you can “F” for “File” them for later whatevering.

*Side effects may include paying bills on time and looking majorly organized.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

A Daily Routine Can Make Children Feel More Secure (Part 2 of 2)

A good place to start is with a morning routine that includes daily tasks required to get ready for each new day. Have a set time to be out of bed and a list of activities that need to be accomplished, including getting dressed, brushing teeth, combing hair, eating breakfast, and taking daily vitamins. Give a reasonable time frame to complete these activities, and, if possible, allow for a little down-time so that they don’t feel too rushed and as back-up minutes for those days when things don’t go quite according to schedule for one reason or another.

After breakfast, have your kids check their backpacks to ensure all necessary school supplies and homework are accounted for. This is also the time to grab gloves, jackets, etc. that might be in order depending on the weather.

Once you have set a workable morning regime, it is time to move on to evening plans that specifies when certain tasks should be started and finished by. This will likely include activities such as homework, dinner, showers, chores, and any other activities that need to take place on a daily basis. A consistent bedtime should also be established. Children should never be deprived of sleep.

Posting your family’s daily schedule for your children to reference and follow provides consistency and a foundation from which they can build on. It will also help you to keep your own day organized because you will now have a structure and schedule to manage your time effectively and efficiently as well and you will be able to easily stay tuned into what the rest of the family should be and is doing.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.