I don’t know about you, but I could use a few more hours in the day! It seems like the laundry is never ending, dishes should learn to wash themselves and even my Roomba can’t keep up with my fast-paced life. So the writers of Real Simple and CNN teamed up to give us “Clever Time-Savers for Busy Super Busy People.”
Not that we have time to read for pleasure…but if you do take a moment and see if this gives you some good ideas. Spend a few minutes trying them this weekend, and then post your comments and time-saving tips for all of us below!
Tip #1: Presort the family laundry
Clean laundry is only half the battle it still needs to be sorted and put away.
Save those steps by keeping washer-and-dryer-safe mesh bags in each kid's room one for lights, one for darks.
Throw the bags directly into the washing machine and dryer, then hand them back to the kids. If they're old enough, they can do their own folding
Tip #2: Make a quick breakfast
Put all your fruit, milk, silken tofu, or yogurt in the blender pitcher and store the pitcher in the refrigerator overnight
In the morning, set it on the blender and press the button
Tip #3: Put the kids to work
Ask each person to choose a night that suits his or her schedule, fill in a dinner menu, and add the needed ingredients to the grocery list.
Tip #4: Keep an everything datebook
Buy a weekly calendar. Jot down all the traditional things: school events, assignments, birthdays, appointments…
But use it to keep track of nontraditional things, too.
Write down bills that come through the mail and mark their due dates six days ahead.
Plan weekly dinner menus and write them on the calendar.
Tip #5: Never miss another birthday
Send out birthday cards once a month. Receiving one early is better than not receiving one at all.
Tip #6: Squeeze now, use later
If you have leftover lemons and limes from a cocktail party, squeeze them and freeze the juice in an ice-cube tray.
Once they're frozen, store the cubes in zippered plastic bags and use them for recipes that call for fresh lemon or lime juice. (One cube equals about one tablespoon of juice.)
Tip #7: Time-stamp your photos
When you get your photographs developed, label the envelopes before leaving the store. It's easier than trying to remember the details later.
Tip #8: Create a beauty station
Hang a mirror by the door, along with a basket filled with last-minute primping tools. You won't have to run all over the house looking for brushes, barrettes, sunscreen, hand lotion, or various makeup essentials: It's all in the basket.
Tip #9: Start a day-by-day shelf system
To get out the door more quickly each day, dedicate baskets or shelves to specific days of the week, and one spot for keys, wallet, etc.
When you remove things from your bag at night, place each item on the appropriate shelf or in the correct basket. (Makes switching purses so easy!)
Tip #10: Organize your hand-me-downs
Keep a "future bin" in the kids' closets for hand-me-downs and anything that's too big for them right now.
Purge their closets once a season. Put removed items in one of three places: a younger sibling's "future bin", the charity bin, or the trash.
Many charities, such as Goodwill, call quarterly to let you know they will have a truck in the area, so you don't have to load your car and make an extra trip.
When they call, leave the bin out front for pickup, and they'll hang the receipt (for tax purposes) on your doorknob.
This is also a good time to get rid of any toys that the kids have outgrown.
Don’t forget to post your time-saving tips below!