~ Wrapping things up. I like to keep cords out of the way – off my counter tops where they not only bring clutter and and a cluttered appearance, but they collect and capture dust and food and dirt. And I like to keep the cords off of the floor where they catch people’s feet. So I keep them wrapped up with a wire or twist tie. My favorite thing to use are those nice long clear-coated wire ties that bind new toys to their packaging.
I actually try not to take any cold medicine at all if I can still function fairly normally during the day, because I need to feel like lying down if my body needs that, and I need to know when I’m extra tired. If I falsely feel too good when I’m sick (due to medicine) then it’s been very difficult for me to have the discipline to slow down and rest the sickness away. But if I just feel awful and don’t know how I’m going to make it through the day with all the kids then I take DayQuil (and then NyQuil at night) to help me. (In this photo I didn’t have any DayQuil left to use for a photo example for you *chuckle*, so I used this box, but obviously I don’t take night time medicine in the “am” morning).
~ No caps to keep track of. I buy pens that are the click-to-open kind so that I don’t have to keep track of any pen caps while I’m writing. Ball point pens, highlighter pens, and permanent pens – any pen I need I always try to get the clicker kind. It may seem silly *chuckle*, but really, the more I can take off of my mind the less I feel frustrated, irritated, or stressed – and can therefore smile more. *smile*
~ Hidden bookmarks. Our 8-year-old son started this great idea for keeping book marks in our books, yet disabling toddlers from pulling the book marks out, losing our places! We have an end table by our couches which is designated as “home” for books currently being read, but disappointingly this makes for an easy target for kids who like to pull out book marks. So, we now put a post-it note inside the book completely hidden from the outside, to mark our place where we left off. We simply flip through the book for the brightly-colored marker, and no time is wasted trying to find our place again. Love it.
~ Pretty fish bowl. We have a very small house (1,1oo sq ft.) and a very small kitchen, and I’m not willing to share my very little counter space with a fish bowl. *chuckle* So I was thrilled to think of using one of my flower vases to house our Beta fish, “Pretzel”. We love it! It’s flat and out of the way up against the wall, it’s pretty, and we can always see him swimming around as the vase is not very deep front-to-back.
These next 24 ideas and photos are not my own; they were sent to me twice in an email by two different friends recently (friends who know that I collect Mom Tips! *laugh*), and I love them! The author is also a talented photographer – so I had to add these ideas and photos to our blog for Mom Tips For Around the House. There is no name listed for me to give credit to, so I have no idea who’s ideas they are or who took the photos. But enjoy!
~ Hull strawberries easily using a straw.
~ Disguise dings and scrapes in your furniture by rubbing a walnut over them.
~ Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40.
~ Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing the apple closed with a rubber band.
~ Overhaul your linen cupboard by storing bed linen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match.
~ Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone or iPod in a bowl. The concave shape amplifies the music.
~ Store plastic bags using a re-used wet-wipes container.
~ Sand is easily removed with baby powder.
~ Store plush toys by adding a Velcro strip to the wall.
~ Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a sock over the vacuum hose.
~ Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid.
~ Here’s how to fold a fitted sheet without all the scrunching and bunching:
~ To stop dirty shoe soles from rubbing on your clothes, store them inside a shower cap. And you can find these in just about every hotel.
~ Label your cords with bread tags.
~ Bake cupcakes directly in ice cream cones; so much more fun and easier for kids to eat.
~ Hang your spray bottles by installing a tension rod inside your cupboard.
~ Create cookie bowls for fruit or ice cream by turning a muffin pan upside down and baking cookie dough over the top.
~ Enjoy sunburn relief by freezing Aloe Vera in ice cube trays.
~ Create a window box veggie patch using guttering.
~ Separate and store your Christmas decorations using egg cartons.
Blessings through your days this week! And may you find at least one of these tips to add an extra smile to your home!
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