Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tips on Tuesday!

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Do you have a tip on cooking, cleaning, homemaking, kids, marriage, travel or anything that you would love to share? Feel free to join in!

I know I know, it's been a while since I've done this, but honestly you understand with so much going on it's easy to forget some stuff along the way.

Some of us are starting the new year by decluttering...so here are some tips to make the work easier and to keep things from getting overwhelming again.

Tips from one of my favorite sites on the web, The Family Homestead (thank you to the wonderful reader who left me the link a couple of days ago)

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1. Don’t let piles build up. Put things away when finished with them.

2. Deal with things as they come into the house. Toss the junk mail, file the bills, set the personal mail on your desk and read and respond as soon as possible.

3. Set times each day to walk around the house and put things into their correct place. My father use to always say, “A place for everything and everything in its place”. This may not be original but that is where I first heard it. I let that little phrase dance through my head when I deal with my things. So, make a spot for all items that you have. If the items are keepers then make sure you have a shelf or a tote or box to deal with each item. There will be no question as to where something goes if it has a prepared place.

4. Throw away anything that you really do not need and is not worth making a place for. Remember you just most likely can’t keep every piece of art work your child brings home, or every issue of your favorite magazine, or every recipe that you print out. If it has value to you then make a file for the art work and resign to keep only a couple pieces each year, Buy a few large 3-ring bingers for the magazines and the recipes so that they have a neat organized place to be. Figure out what to do with the things you really want, toss or give away the rest.


Jen said...

Good tips. I always purge my mail when I get it....I'm pretty good with no papers lying around too.

Mari said...

Those are good tips. Doing a little at a time does make a difference.

Elizabeth Ann said...

Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed The Family Homestead link! I just had this feeling you'd connect with Crystal and her way of living. I've visited the site for several years now...she has a blog, too, of life on her specific homestead. And there's a monthly newsletter to sign up for that is always upbeat and filled with tips and recipes. It's fun to know that a link to a special site has worked out :0)) Smiles.

Raggedy Girl said...

I am making a list of some of these really nice blogging events that all you talented ladies do so I can join in. So I am thinking of neato tips for next week.
Roberta Anne