Tip Tuesday | Tip #39

Tip #39- Write your grocery list in the order of the store aisles

My husband is not allowed to write on my grocery list. The reason:  I write my grocery list out in the order of the aisles I go down.  This way I’m not jumping from aisle to aisle for things.  I also don’t have to use a pen to mark off items.  Instead I just fold my list as I go to “mark” the items I’ve gotten.  Check out my post on The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop for more grocery shopping tips.

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Tip Tuesday | Tip #38

Tip #38 Keep a bin in your child's closet to collect outgrown clothes

An easy way to keep your Kid’s Closet cleaned out is having a place to put clothes they’ve outgrown.  I placed a bin in the top of B’s closet.  Anytime I see him wear something that looks a bit small, instead of hanging it back up after I do his Laundry I simply put it in the bin.  Once the bin is full I take it upstairs to the closet where I store the clothes we pass down to his cousin.  My husband and I have a bin in Our Closet as well that gets taken to a local donation center when it’s full.

Tip Tuesday | Tip #37

Tip #37- Use a Sharpie to Write Your Own Expiration Date on Products

Keep track of how long you’ve had lotions, make-up and other beauty products by using a sharpie to write your own expiration date on products.  In my post on Bathroom Organization I included a handy little chart of how long you should keep your make-up and other toiletry items.

For items like coffee creamer and other refrigerated items that tell you they are good for 2 weeks once opened I usually take a sharpie and write the date I need to throw it out.  I can never seem to remember when I opened it so this has helped me avoid consuming iffy items.

Tip Tuesday | Tip #36

Tip #36- Use Slow Cooker Liners for easy clean up

With fall approaching and football season here it’s time to break out the crock-pot!  There is nothing easier and better than a slowly simmered meal from the crock-pot or queso on game day.  Make cleaning up easy too by using slow cooker liners.  Before I stumbled across these my husband and I would fight over who had to clean the leftover cheese out of the crock pot, a most unpleasant task.  Now I always line my crock pot on game day before making queso and there’s no mess to clean up.  Check out  some of our favorite Game Day Treats & my favorite Crock Pot Recipes on Pinterest.

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Tip Tuesday | Tip #35

Tip #35 -Lay-out Outfits for the Week

Save time and avoid those last minute Laundry “emergencies” by laying-out outfits for you & your kids for the whole week.  I mentioned laying out clothes the night before in my post about Ways to Make School Mornings Easier .  Picking out clothes for the entire week gives you more time for your Bedtime Routine on school nights.  It also helps you make sure you’ve got the orange shirt ready for orange shirt day (or whatever special shirt day it is) and that your child didn’t wear the only orange shirt he owns the day before.