I was at the back of my car loading groceries, half listening to the women’s conversation next to me.
“Eggs. Which bag are they in.” “Oh, I don’t know. I can never remember.”
Well, I couldn’t resist. My eggs tip I shared with them is the first in this list of unusual home organizing tips.
Small ideas which add up to time savings. So here are a few small gifts, big on time.
Groceries: You can never remember which bag has the eggs in it.
When your groceries are being packed in the store, watch for the eggs and tie together the bag’s handles. Keep the bag in the front seat.
Time saved: 5 minutes to look for the bag. Another 5 to look for it when it gets lost in the back of the car. And a few more in the house. Or the trip back to the store to get more when the eggs break.
Each year, you forget whether you bought holiday cards at the end of the season last year. Or you can’t find that special extension cord with the foot lever for the Christmas tree (and other such items).
Put everything for the holiday in with your tree decorations. Everything, even if it’s not a decoration, just related to the holiday. You’ll have only ONE place to look for holiday items.
Or when you hit the sales post holidays and buy things for NEXT year, make a list, scan the receipt or make a note on your calendar for NEXT year’s holiday season.
Time saved: Extra shopping trips to buy things you already had. Time, cost and frustration savings!
Shower cleaning: You want to let the cleanser sit for awhile but you don’t want to forget to rinse it; someone might slip if they get into the shower before you rinse off.
Put the cleaning bottle right into the shower on its floor. Good reminder for you … and it’s bound to cause a question if you don’t get there first.
Time saved: A trip to the hospital when someone would’ve slipped. Hours.
You don’t want to forget to take your lunch to work:
Establish a launching pad.
Put a reminder sticky note on the door you’ll be leaving.
Put a reminder sticky note anywhere you’ll see it – for me, it’s the first two places I go to in the kitchen, by the coffee pot or dog food.
Put your car keys with your lunch, in the refrigerator. Can’t leave the house without the keys. The FIRST time(s) you do this, you may have to write yourself a note about where your keys are!
Time saved: Time away from your desk to go find and buy lunch. This one might have its break time advantages … but adds up in the costs.
Errands: Some don’t have to get done right away but then they just never leave your list. You keep forgetting about them.
Keep a special “errands notepad” in your car, where you will easily see it. When you get in the car, take a look at what’s on there. Are you going near any of those places? Then do it today. I use it even to remind myself to get gas or get to the bank.
Time savings: Here, it’s time saved when you realize you should have had that dress dry cleaned and now have no time. So you spend time shopping for a new one, and the money. Or you knew a month ahead of time you needed to bring a dessert to a school or a party. So now, you have to stop on the way at a place that’s more expensive than you’d normally go. Or you have to fit that errand in when you really don’t have the time, and so something else falls off your list.
Air filters/other household small maintenance tasks: You keep forgetting but you know it’s good for the air.
Make a reminder on whatever calendar you’re using. Or put it into your work calendar at the end of your day, to remind yourself it’s the first thing to do once work is closed out. Record a reminder on your cell phone as you’re driving home from work; make it the first thing you do. If your calendar’s on a pc or phone/smartphone, you can make it a recurring reminder, whether it’s quarterly or every two years.
Time savings: Health and maintenance savings.
You can never remember how to … this is good for anything you do only occasionally during the year.
Write yourself an email with instructions. Or add a “contact” to your contacts list with the information. Or write down how you did the task on your paper household calendar and in the month you’ll need to do it next time.
Time savings: If you don’t record what you need to do and how it’s done, you’ll spend plenty of time trying to remember what you did. Trying, trying and trying again.To your organized holidays ! Safe travels (watch out for the other guy, I always say), relaxing times, and joy.