School is to an end and you are there asking yourself what to do with all the junk in your kids backpacks.
- How could they even fit all of the school year’s paintings in that miniature adult sized backpack?
- Why are there so many broken crayons in there?
Don’t “deal with the backpack later”, deal with it now. Deal with it now so when the new school year arrives you will have one less “to-do” on your list.
Try these 3 easy steps to sort out the backpack clutter.
Toss it, if it is obviously junk. You really don’t need to keep your kindergartners tissue paper as a souvernir. Trust, they will not thank you for saving it when they are older.
Toss the broken mechanical pencil and those dried out markers.
Make “donate” and “keep” piles.
If your kid grew out his Jonas Bros pencil case donate it to another Jonas Bros lover.
If you ended up with a lot of keep items. It is okay. Well at least I hope.
But it turned out you have dozens of still good to use pencils and you are not willing to donate, create a stock pile. Pencils are needed every day so might as well save them. Just make sure you keep them in a designated area and not to buy anymore of whatever “it” might be ‘til whatever “it” might be is all gone and you have none of.
You now have one less to do once the hectic back to school season starts.
Here are a few quick dish washing tips to hopefully make your time in the kitchen go a little more smoothly.
First off, the longer you wait to wash the dishes the more impossible it will seem to wash them all. It’s like they multiply or something.
Our dish washing tips that I have learned over the years and works especially nice if you are responsible for everyone’s dishes in the house is to fill the sink with water and soap as you are cooking. Once you’re done using a plate, cup, fork, spoon, knife, or whatever, just wash it! Make it a part of your routine and eventually you will get used to it. Just drop the used utensils in the soapy water when you are done with them. They will be waiting for you once you are done preparing your meal or when you are done eating.
This tip also helps your spatulas degrease as you are enjoying your meal. And if you use a dishwasher you will skip the step of having to rinse everything off before loading and running your dishwasher cycle.
Another of our dish washing tips to have in your repertoire are good quality utensils and soap. Now most of us these days use the dishwasher. If you have one a good detergent goes a long way. We use a lot of Melaleuca® brand products in our home and our clients homes as their stuff is organic and concentrated. Melaleuca® dish washing detergent soap is by far the best one we have used. It is a little more expensive but you don’t have to use very much per load of dishes and our dishes always come out great. Another tool is a good quality brush and scraper. We have yet to be disappointed with Pampered Chef® tools. This kitchen brush is no different.
Hopefully some of these dish washing tips will help you the next time you need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen cleaning up. Have yourself a glass of wine and/or a piece of chocolate. You earned it.
It is a task we do every day, weekly, biweekly, and for those daring enough…monthly. But the longer we wait, the more our laundry piles up and the more an organized laundry space let alone an entire home seems like a dream. After awhile you end up spending more time preparing to load the washing machine then the time it takes for the first load to complete.
photcredto: The Vintage Housewife
It’s like a scavenger hunt, excavating through piles of mess in the kids rooms, bathrooms, and closets. Dirty clothes everywhere, but you will not stop until you find the last dirty mismatch sock. And even then you are not done. You still have to do the dangerous mission of transferring non-dripping wet fabrics to the dryer, all this while preparing lunch for the fam bam.
We are such control freaks that we want to do everything ourselves but sometimes feel overwhelmed. Letting the kids and hubby help keep the organized laundry a reality is a simple task that you can cross of your to do list without worrying about the house catching fire. Making organized laundry piles for everyone to take back to their space saves you a lot of pain and suffering later. Plus each family member will no exactly where they put their favorite shirt. No blame for you and you didn’t have to do the work. Everyone wins. SCORE!
Another organized laundry tip if you have the space is to designate baskets to each family member and put the folded laundry in there ready for their owners to pick up. Give everyone a different color basket or laundry bin, add little plaques or something, and make it as fun and exciting as you possibly can make laundry day be. You will be skip to my looing all the way back to the couch.
Ahhhh, isn’t home work so easy when others chip in to help?