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I save all of our take out menu's in a folder which I keep near the phone.When we decide to order take out the info is right there at our finger tips. I also have a folder I keep any warranties,g
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Household Tips

posted at 2/29/2012 7:46 AM EST
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I save all of our take out menu's in a folder which I keep near the phone.When we decide to order take out the info is right there at our finger tips. I also have a folder I keep any warranties,guarantees and receipts in .Anything purchased I staple the receipt on to the info of the item purchased and into the folder it goes no more searching.I also save the wooden crates that Clementines come in I have all my cooking spices in one and baking needs in another when I need my spices I just pull the crate out ,use my spice  and put it back into the pantry this is easier to keep track of what I have and to replace when I run out of something,Plastic shoe box's from the the dollar store are great too,the one's with lids I keep my cake decorating things,cookie cutters and cookie press in those,they are clear so it' easy to see what is inside and they stack also.. Please share any tips that you may have to stay organized or make life easier.

Re: Household Tips

posted at 2/29/2012 10:00 AM EST
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First: 12/5/2010
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for starters----------in all my trash cans-----i use the roll type trash bags-------i put a roll in the bottom of the can and when i pull the bag out for disposal the next one comes up ready for use-----------
with the exception of my kitchen -----------there i have a large patio style can where the lid lifts up-----i use the largest of the glad extra strength stretchy bags------------unseen under the top---------when i'm ready to take that out ------------i pull it out----------and then add the larger cartons etc that would hang up while i tried to get it out---that then holds my newspapers and all the smaller bags----------------also any smelly garbage------like meat pkgs, bones, grease  i put in bags and freeze until garbage day

as i have a lot of drawers in my kitchen-------my spices are in the farthest one from the stove---------salt and pepper on the back of my stove-----------i buy salt and pepper bulk at sam's because i hate those nasty containers they come in---------what's not in shakers is in cannisters under the island with the other staples and my stand mixer

Re: Household Tips

posted at 2/29/2012 12:22 PM EST
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Thanks for sharing I love to hear peoples tips

Re: Household Tips

posted at 2/29/2012 12:48 PM EST
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Thanks for sharing I love to get new tips and these are great.

Re: Household Tips

posted at 2/29/2012 12:57 PM EST
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i put 3 trash bags in the can at one time as one is full and you take it out another one is in there also i use a coffee grinder for mustard seeds it easy and you save money in dry mustard

Re: Household Tips

posted at 2/29/2012 2:31 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Household Tips:
i put 3 trash bags in the can at one time as one is full and you take it out another one is in there also i use a coffee grinder for mustard seeds it easy and you save money in dry mustard
Posted by Millie B


i use the rolls because i mainly have someone else emptying the cans--------they never see the loose bags-------------but when they pull it up the weight of the roll makes them remember

Re: Household Tips

posted at 2/29/2012 2:56 PM EST
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I keep each warranty, receipt, instructions in those open-at-the-top clear plastic holders that go in a big 3-ring notebook -- all in alphabetical order.
I'm in charge of the upstairs and office trash at church ..... one giant can and one small one -- I tear off many extra bags and stuff them into the botton of the container ready to go.
After every shower I use a squeege thing to remove moisture from the doors and walls.  Then I throughly dry every inch with yesterday's towel.
I've never missed doing that, never said I was running late, in too much of a rush.  I always do that and always have a shining, spotless shower.

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/1/2012 12:44 AM EST
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This is a tip provided by Nancy G. a few months ago, and it's wonderful:  install hooks on the inside of your baking/spice cabinet and hang your measuring spoons and measuring cups on the hooks. Everything is handy and ready when you need them.

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/1/2012 1:37 AM EST
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This is a tip I pick up on a cooking show.Save your butter wrappers these can be used to grease a baking pan before baking.Simply fold so the greasy side is on the inside and store them in a sandwich bag in the fridge until needed.I put flour in a shaker to flour my pans after greasing.it's a lot less messy and you use less flour.

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/1/2012 6:00 AM EST
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GRANA  here; So many good tips from others; it was hard to think of a new one to post;
**** We  always  put 4-5 extra trash can liners in each trash/waste basket so that when we remove the  full  one there is no need to immediately  put a new one  in each time.Then when one of us has a few moments , we add enough new bags to maintain the safety level of 5.
OH yes, we use those plastic grocery bags to line  all  our waste  baskets, they fit really well  cost nothing  & are  easily carried out ( bytheirhandles  in groups asneeded.
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Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/1/2012 6:38 AM EST
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Thanks for all the great tips.  This info certainly comes in handy and is very helpful.

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/2/2012 10:41 PM EST
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I keep each warranty, receipt, instructions in those open-at-the-top clear plastic holders that go in a big 3-ring notebook -- all in alphabetical order. I'm in charge of the upstairs and office trash at church ..... one giant can and one small one -- I tear off many extra bags and stuff them into the botton of the container ready to go. After every shower I use a squeege thing to remove moisture from the doors and walls.  Then I throughly dry every inch with yesterday's towel. I've never missed doing that, never said I was running late, in too much of a rush.  I always do that and always have a shining, spotless shower.
Posted by Nancy G

Nancy, I do the same thing with the squeege thing and it does save on cleaning. One
time when it didn't get done there was a cat in the shower licking the wall. lol lol Now
my hubby always uses the squeege. You can never get away with anything with cats
around.  lol lol

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/2/2012 10:54 PM EST
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Another great bathroom tip ...... I have one of those precious lava bars in each bathroom.  They are cheap to buy and easy to use for a spotless toilet.  I don't buy any toilet cleaners or such ..... I just scrub quickly with the lava.

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/4/2012 11:06 PM EST
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I found a book holder at our local discount store.If I'm following a recipe out of a cook book it holds the book open to the page that way I don't have to touch it.

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/5/2012 1:20 AM EST
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I save the plastic bags that the newspapers are delivered in. I then take one and stuff it with other bags and use these to cushion items being shipped in boxes via USPS, FedEx, or UPS. You can make them as short or long, fat or skinny as you need, depending on the items being boxed. It's much neater than using packing 'peanuts', and because you can size them yourself, they fit better than the air-filled packing pillows.

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/7/2012 9:54 AM EST
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i miss the tips section on the old site----------you could add a tip --and they were in categories---so when you were looking for --say-----how to grease a pan---you entered it and that category showed up with everyones---tips

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/7/2012 11:46 AM EST
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I have to laugh about the garbage bags in the trash can.  I did that for a while.  Worked great.  Until my husband took the garbage can out and dumped the whole thing in to the large can that the waste company had us switch to.  Gone... a whole roll of garbage bags!
I am in the process of hanging cup hooks under the edge of my counter so when I have to remove an oven rack I can just hang it right at the end of the counter.  So often I have to remove a rack and I am looking for a place to put a hot rack because I forget to remove it before I preheat the oven.
I think I will get a few more hooks and hang measuring items on the door of the cabinet.  Nancy, that is a great idea.

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/7/2012 1:31 PM EST
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Today something beautiful and incredible happened to me at a grocery store ...... I'm going to use it as a tip for the future.   I had  $14 worth  of stuff in my basket when I tried to check out.  Oh dear!  My checkbook was gone. 

I asked to checker to please cancel my purchase - that I had no money because my checkbook was missing.   She said she was just putting it "on hold" so I could go to my vehicle to look for it while she checked other people.  

The woman behind me in line said, "Pass it on".  I didn't have any idea what she was talking about so I started to leave.  The checker called, "Here's your stuff. It's paid for".  I still had no idea what was going on.   I stood and gaped.   The checker smiled and nodded at the young woman behind me.  That wosman said again, "Pass it on.  Next time you bail somebody else out.   You'll soon have the opportunity.  Next time pass it on".  I said, "God bless you" and she said, "He does, He does everyday.  Pass it on".

This sure isn't a household tip but Isn't it a beautiful way to live?

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/7/2012 2:07 PM EST
Posts: 1952
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In Response to Re: Household Tips:
Today something beautiful and incredible happened to me at a grocery store ...... I'm going to use it as a tip for the future.   I had  $14 worth  of stuff in my basket when I tried to check out.  Oh dear!  My checkbook was gone.  I asked to checker to please cancel my purchase - that I had no money because my checkbook was missing.   She said she was just putting it "on hold" so I could go to my vehicle to look for it while she checked other people.   The woman behind me in line said, "Pass it on".  I didn't have any idea what she was talking about so I started to leave.  The checker called, "Here's your stuff. It's paid for".  I still had no idea what was going on.   I stood and gaped.   The checker smiled and nodded at the young woman behind me.  That wosman said again, "Pass it on.  Next time you bail somebody else out.   You'll soon have the opportunity.  Next time pass it on".  I said, "God bless you" and she said, "He does, He does everyday.  Pass it on". This sure isn't a household tip but Isn't it a beautiful way to live?
Posted by Nancy G


hip, hip, hooray-----------nancy that was passed on to you because of all the cookies you share with others-------you really had it coming!!!!!!!

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/7/2012 2:15 PM EST
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I have to laugh about the garbage bags in the trash can.  I did that for a while.  Worked great.  Until my husband took the garbage can out and dumped the whole thing in to the large can that the waste company had us switch to.  Gone... a whole roll of garbage bags! I am in the process of hanging cup hooks under the edge of my counter so when I have to remove an oven rack I can just hang it right at the end of the counter.  So often I have to remove a rack and I am looking for a place to put a hot rack because I forget to remove it before I preheat the oven. I think I will get a few more hooks and hang measuring items on the door of the cabinet.  Nancy, that is a great idea.
Posted by nikki p


lol---i can see that---we also have that oversize trash can-----we can choose between 3 different companies for garbage-------i went with the one that brought the can-----because i was sick of replacing cans because they left them in street and were ran over or they were so rough they just tore them up

the only ones who gather my trash are my g.s. and cleaning lady and both are aware of the bags-------------
i don't keep one in the kitchen can----------and all the rest are put in that bag once it's pulled out of the can--so it works beatifully for me
my kitchen can
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