Friday, March 10, 2017

March 10 on the 10th Link-up....




It's that time of the month where we share 10 on the 10th.  This month I am especially excited to learn from all of you, we are sharing 10 household tips!  What tips make your home run smoother, life easier and keep things humming along???




So grab your favorite caffeinated beverage (toss up between coffee and Diet Mountain Dew/Dr Pepper) and let's get sharing...the link up will be open for a few days so you have time to share!



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Hair Dryer/Straightener Plug Under the Sink


I hate having cords all over the counter but I am not going to unplug and store my dryer/straightener everyday so we  Scott installed a plug under the sink and I now have a little basket to store my plugged in hair appliances.  No more counter cords - yes!



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Each kid has a shoe/accessory Box


Each kids has their own shoe and accessory box under our mudroom bench.  They keep all their shoes in there as well as hats and mittens so they can independently put their shoes on and put their own shoes away.  The goal is no tripping over shoes.   #thatsthegoal



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Kids School Work Box


Our two oldest school aged children have a box I store their work in. I generally just pile pieces I want to save inside.  Then at the end of the year, I sort ave our favorite items.  It's nothing fancy for the moment - I always have big plans but for now it's a start!



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Baking Soda for Stubborn Grime


It might be hard to tell but the left was scrubbed with baking soda and the right was not ;)
Do you have grime and gunk in the bottom of your pan, your kitchen or bathroom sink or tiled shower?  Sprinkle some baking soda in and then use a little elbow grease to remove the grime.  My sink shines like brand new when I am done.  I will warn you, it's slightly addicting ;).

To up the game you can add a bit of dish soap to your baking soda for a grime attacking paste!  It works for showers and tubs too :)


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Make Ground Beef Go Further


As our family grows I am always looking for ways to make my meat stretch further.  I  add a can of black beans and sometimes a can of diced carrots to my lb. of ground beef.  The kids get an extra serving of healthy protein and vegetables and we might just have leftovers.  A friend also uses cauliflower crumbles to extend her ground beef with the same success.


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Rotate Toys Around the House



A friend once gave the genius idea to move tired toys to a different floor in the house.  For some reason when you move a toy, it suddenly gives it new life.  We had this doll house in my office for several months and the girls always played with it until one day they didn't.  I moved it upstairs to Lucy's room and its fun again.  

I also box a toy up in a tote and put it away and then pull it out again.  Spring break is coming up, I plan on pulling out marble works, snap circuits and playmobil for some FRESH fun!



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Wrapping Paper Drawer



For years I kept all my wrapping paper in the store room in the basement and for years I had random bags sitting on my stairs to go downstairs ;).  I finally converted two drawers of my foyer dresser into wrapping paper/gift bag/gift tag storage.  I generally wrap gifts on my kitchen island so its just a quick walk over to get the tape, scissors and wrapping paper.  I can easily store extras away for later use.


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Extra Toiletries Box





This is my most recent change but we recently organized our large collection of toiletries.  We keep all the extra daily toiletries on the laundry room shelf and if we take the last item out of the basket, theoretically we can add that to the grocery list :).  Our travel items are all boxed up together on the top shelf in my closet ready to pack for travel.



{nine}

Reuse grocery bags

Every time I go to Target I ask for paper bags.  We place a paper bag in our pantry for our recycling and then we can simply take it and dump it in our recycling bin, fold up the bag and recycle that too!  We use the plastic grocery bags as garbage bags for all of our small trashcans around the house.  My husband often takes 4-5 at a time and then balls up the extras in the bottom of the trashcan for quick and easy access when we change the bag.  

{ten}

Streamline Shower Toiletries


This might be a stretch but a long time ago I heard Sherri at Young House Love say that her and her husband use the same shower toiletries to simplify.  So we tried it and it has worked great (this is what we use).  Our kids also all use the same shampoo and it works great in their bathroom too. 

Some other tips and tricks I have shared:






Linking up today with Andrea for Friday Favorites.

Until next time keep on smiling and keep on keeping on!

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18 comments:

  1. Oh I totally missed this and would have loved to share our household tips! I will make note for next month because there's always lots of items in my purse LOL. I like the box idea for the kids school stuff and then to go through it at the end of the year. And yes to the rotating toys! I need to actually move our dollhouse (same as yours!) from our basement to Ella's room, I can almost guarantee it will finally get played with if I do that.

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    1. Join us next month - I think purses will be a hoot. I love to see what other people have!!! Rotating toys is so simple but it works....I guess I do the same thing with decor. When I get bored with it I move it all around :). Let me know how the dollhouse change goes ;) BUT don't lift too much girl!! xoxo ERIN

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  2. I love the drawers for your wrapping paper. I need to do something different with mine. And I love your baking soda tip... I'll have to keep that in mind. Thanks for hosting, Erin! :)

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    1. It came out of laziness since I never ever put stuff away - ha!!!! My younger sister was here and I had gotten new stainless steel pans and was lamenting about the gunk in the bottom and she said - baking soda. Now its one of my favorites!!!! xoxo ERIN

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  3. Mt hanks for all the tips!!!!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note :) Always so thankful for your support! Let me know you got this ;) XOXO Erin

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  4. We reuse grocery bags for EVERYTHING!!! And the plug under the sink is genius. I want one!

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    1. Oh my goodness, right? There is always a use for a small grocery sack! And my mother in law had one and I was like oh I need that plug...now I don't fear them fall in the sink with my kids running around and they are safely stowed away! Thanks for stopping by today! xoxo ERIN

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  5. 1.Space Bags- We all have extra blankets, maybe a comforter, or even decorative pillows. Use Ziploc space bags to keep those larger items in one place but a more reasonable size. We love ours!


    2. Bed risers - we don't have ANY extra storage in our home. People will comment that our beds are taller than normal. That's because we use bed risers to lift the bed a foot in order to hide items like: Christmas tree stand, kitchen aid mixer, golf clubs, and unused suitcases. It may seem a bit weird to have such tall beds but it beats paying $500 a month for a storage locker in the city! Highly recommend!

    3. Lazy Susan's - in our home we call them lazy bobbies because of my late aunt. However, I love having a lazy Susan on a cake pedestal for my spices. It allows easy access to my most used spices and provides space below for those taller, less used spices to live! I love having easy access to what I cook!

    4. Under the bathroom sink- A tub for each type of bathroom necessity- below our sink, like Erin's shoe bins, we have a bin for eye care, hair care, dental care, face care, and a medical emergency bin. Each have provided incredibly useful and allow for quick clean up! Just be sure you refill your medical emerged bin often!

    5. Medical bin- people often only put bandaids, neosporin, cotton swabs, gauze, and atiseptic in their medical kits. I highly recommend putting some other really great items in yours! I don't know if this is a life hack but our kit has saved my husband, our friends, and myself a few times! We added: Benadryl, sudafed, mucinex, Advil, Tylenol, icy/hot, chloraseptic, cough drops, wraps ( for sprains), click heats, break ice packs, bandaids of various sizes, aloe Vera, butterfly bandaids (the ones that act like stitches), liquid bandaid, safety pins, blood pressure cuff, calamine lotion, and our favorite blood clotting powder which I believe is like cayenne pepper. We live by this powder! Numerous times we have slipped and nicked ourselves with a knife or had a glass break. This powder is amazing! I've included a link to the powder we found works best! A good medical kit is an essential life hack! https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B006FZ5IQK/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1489163706&sr=8-1&keywords=blood+clotting+powder&dpPl=1&dpID=51RuQtvOHWL&ref=plSrch

    6. Giveaway bin- constantly we are realizing that things don't fit, we don't need something, or are decluttering in our home. We seem to always have a designated "give away bin" by our door. This provides us the opportunity to constantly declutter and helps us remember to take it to goodwill. Highly recommend!

    7. Baking soda- we also love using baking soda to get grime off our pots and pans! It's so great!

    8. coconut oil- I use this for everything from personal care (lotion and helping teeth whitening) to cooking (replace olive oil or butter - in some things). Always useful to have around and Pinterest has so many uses!!

    9. Change jar- remember that piggy bank you had as a kid, well we still have one! It seemed sllly but after a year we had about $300 of extraneous change and cash we had taken out but hadn't used. We use that money for holiday gifts or date night! Highly recommend having one!

    10. Handheld steamer- they are $35 on amazon and are way easy to use/work (I think) and better than an iron! The are also light weight and can fit in a suitcase! Highly recommend if you have husband, as I do, who loves button down shirts! Saves time from ironing and great for trips (like weddings) where you need to look your best!! https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B006CR9KGA/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1489163601&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=hand+held+steamer&dpPl=1&dpID=31xC9Yn1HZL&ref=plSrch

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    1. Love all these ideas - you were the one that got me on to baking soda. I just bought more today for 50 cents. SO CHEAP and life changing!!! I need a steamer...I think I would love it. I need to get yours! xoxo ERIN

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  6. Must confess...I love baking soda. I just feel like everything gets a little cleaner because it's been scrubbed with it. I also use Dawn dish soap for everything too. Happy Friday

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    1. Fellow baking soda lovers unite! Is there a hashtag for baking soda ;) Have a great weekend! xoxo ERIN

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  7. Girl, these are all GENIUS!! I just love a good clean, organized home so posts like this are always some of my favorites. I love how you store your hair tools. That is so smart! And rotating the toys? Yes ma'am! We do that as well and it is amazing how excited the kids get! Have a great weekend!

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    1. We get each other - clean and organized make me very happy! :) What is it about rotating things? I do it too though, I rearrange furniture and rotate decor and its like brand new again! Have a great weekend Lindsay! xoxo ERIN

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  8. Fun link-up!! I may need to link my post this weekend when I have a bit more time to write.. :)

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    1. Yes - please do! I would love to hear from you Holly! I am so glad you popped by today!!! Can't wait to read yours! xoxo ERIN

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  9. These are awesome tips. I'm trying the baking soda tonight! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Yes I love it so much - I used it last week in my tiled shower. If you need a paste, just add some dish soap. I sometimes use a toothbrush for tight spaces too. Thanks for leaving a note and stopping by! So glad you did and happy cleaning! xoxo ERIN

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