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My first Blog!

Posted in 'Tips' on April 25, 2008

How exciting! My very first blog. Setting this up has been on my 'to do' list for months now and I haven't made the time to do it. Yesterday I went to a Mums In Business Business Building Session and we talked about blogs. That was just the motivation I needed to get started!

As a personal concierge, my job is to make my client's lives easier and give them back some of the valuable time they spend doing everyday tasks. My aim for this blog is to post some useful tips for people to use in everyday life to save time and money. I'd love to hear from you once you've used my tip. I'd also love to hear about any tips you have.

So let's get this started....

Today's tip is:

Does your pantry have sauce packets and dried pasta & sauce packets just laying around in a pile and you never know what you have because it's too hard to go looking through it all? Get one of those large plastic containers that has been sitting in the plastic cupboard with nothing to do (you know the one that is too big for leftovers, but too small for cakes) and place all of your packets in there standing up. That way when you need a sauce packet or pasta packet, you just need to flick through to see what is there. You'll also find you have a lot more space in your pantry.



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Grocery Shopping

Posted in 'Organising' on April 30, 2008

Today I'd like to talk about grocery shopping. Most of you are probably shuddering when thinking about it - especially if you have kids. As a personal concierge (and a mum!), it is part of my job to do grocery shopping and sometimes, Miss 3 1/2 and Mr 18 months come along for the ride so I need to be prepared.

I always take along more than enough healthy snacks for the kids to munch on. If I run out of food along the way, it is too tempting to go via the lolly aisle and grab something for them. Usually we have grapes and or apple, some rice crackers and some sultanas. If they are really good, they might get a cheerio from the deli. Don't forget the water bottle!

I tell them both they are going to be my helpers. In the fruit and veg area, they take it in turns to hold the plastic bag open, or put the items in the bag. I also use this time to practice counting with Miss 3. If I am buying food for them, I try to give them a choice of 2 items so they feel like they have a say.

The most important part of grocery shopping though, is to come with a fully written list!!! Don't just try and "wing" it. It doesn't work. You might remember most of the things you thought you needed, but you will also end up with at least $50 of extra things you didn't need. Plus, if you have the kids with you, they won't be impressed by going up and down aisles numerous times because you just remembered something that was back in aisle 2 when you are in aisle 10.

Before leaving for the supermarket, take the time to think about the meals you might like to eat that week and write down the ingredients required. If you are really organised, you can even break your list up into areas such as fruit & veg, deli, dairy, cleaning etc so you don't miss items on your list as you go.

Get one of those magnetised shopping lists and put it on your fridge, so that everytime you use something in your cupboard or fridge, you can add it straight onto the list.

I hope you find some of thse tips useful!



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