Monday, June 1, 2009

Friend Making Monday

Kasey at All That is Good is once again hosting Friend Makin Monday. This week's theme:

Today's task is to share as few or as many everyday, little tips that you use to make your lives easier. You know- all those special tricks you might have to cook, clean, raise kids, work in the yard, and on and on!

1. I use a binder divided into months to organize all of my incoming and outgoing mail, bills and other household paperwork. Read more about that system here.

2. I keep many of my boys toys in plastic tubs and bins so they are easily accessible and easily cleaned up.

3. I pre-sort my laundry will color coded and labeled laundry baskets. This system I started using about 3 months ago saves me an unbelievable amount of time on laundry days.

4. I precook and freeze meals to be used when needed. I will either spend a day in the kitchen making and storing meals or I will double a recipe and freeze the remainder when I'm cooking. In this pic, other than the pizzas and fudgecicles (wish I had one of those now!) everything you see is a meal ready to be heated to eat or meals that I can complete cooking.

5. I keep a stocked and organized pantry in Tupperware containers. It's so much easier to throw together a meal when you have everything you need in front of you. 6. I organize my boys shoes on hangers in their closet. They always know where their shoes are and they are on the bottom rack so they can reach them their selves. 7. I keep all of my boys art projects in a binder so they stay in good shape and organized until...

They are added into his art scrapbook.

8. An organized shopping list is my best friend on shopping day. I can get what I came for and avoid so many of those impulse buys.

If you like any of my organizing tips, please come back on Wednesday's for


  1. Great tips, I especially like the grocery list one, I need so much help in that area!

    Have a great day!

    p.s. I am following you now

  2. You are super organized!! Love it! I especially like the tip about the bills & mail. Thanks for sharing!

    Have a great week!


  3. Oh I am so loving those tips!!! I'll be back to your blog very soon! :D

  4. isn't it great to just pull a meal out of the freezer and warm it up! it's homemade but doesn't take the time and energy on those busy nights! and it's so much better for the family that boxed stuff from the store!

  5. wow i am in awe of how organized you are. I really love the whites, light and darks hamper idea.

  6. Great tips - I have to DO the premade meals! There are so many nights I stand there and think "what am I going to cook?". . . . and then we just get pizza! LOL!

    :) Jen

  7. I am loving those laundry tubs...I need that idea for my husband!

    Thanks for the great tips and happy FMM!

  8. I love those tips. Especially about the art work? Where do you keep your bin of toys? I, too, put toys in bins but then I am unsure of where to put the bins. They usually go in a closet.

  9. Hi,
    I love all your tips!!! I love organization! I'm going to do a little more looking around! You are so I want to be!

    Lovin the art scrapbook and monthly organizer!! So cool!

  10. Hanging up shoes?! Brilliant!


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