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Tip of the Week - Pen Drawer Tip

Posted in 'Organising' on August 3, 2010

Use a cutlery drawer insert to sort your stationery items. Pens etc fit quite nicely and will make finding things a lot easier. Don't forget to give it a clean out every few months.  



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Tip of the Week - Drain Tip

Posted in 'Cleaning' on August 19, 2010
To stop all that hair from doing down the drain and clogging up the pipes, buy a kitchen sink strainer and put it in the shower/bath plug hole.

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Keeping Children's Rooms Tidy

Posted in 'Organising' on August 23, 2010

Nagging your child to clean is NOT productive. It feels good, like you are being proactive but it doesn’t work!!!  Remember that!

 

Consider doing this:  Next time you have some spare time with your child and their room looks like a war zone, take them by the hand and discuss what needs to happen to keep Mummy sane.  Use whatever verbal scenario aids you need, “cleaning fairies, Santa watching...” but explain that you are in it together and together you can turn them into a contestant for Mr/Miss Clean 2010!

 

Get down on your hands and knees so you are level with your ankle-biter and enter the room (Breathe!).  You need to see the room as they use it at their height.  Perhaps they do not put away their hair bands as they cannot reach the pretty box you bought for storage. The lovely funky cupboard door handles are just too high. Consider removing cupboard doors (only temporary, until all that Nutrigrain does its job), lowering cupboard rails, and labelling drawers. Talk with your child and see what they find hard to do in their daily use of their room.

 

Plastic storage boxes are great but not stacked. Open wooden under-bed storage boxes are fabulous because there are no lids and they are hidden!  Consider plastic suction hooks placed low to hang up their PJs, school jumpers, kindy hats, items they use daily.

 

Once you have worked though the issues get them into the routine of mini-clean ups daily – use lolly bribes, stickers, charts or whatever works – to get them into a habit. Hopefully with the new set-up, life will be easier all around!



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Tip of the Week - Water Bowl Tip

Posted in 'Tips' on August 25, 2010

All those shower caps the hotels leave for you when you are travelling will make a great portable water bowl for your dog when you are out walking. Fill it with water and hold it for your pooch to take a drink.



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Tip of the Week - Popcorn Tip

Posted in 'Tips' on August 31, 2010

The one thing I don't like about popping my own popcorn is all those unpopped kernels that hang around the bottom. You can prevent this by soaking them in water for 10 minutes before you pop them.



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