Stash enough for a grocery trip (maybe 5) in the trunk of your car. After you unload the groceries, hang the bags on the door handle so you remember to bring them back out to your car next time you leave the house.
Here is a really great way to store cans in your cabinet....The Copco Cabinet Organizer makes the most of cabinet space with a three tier shelving unit. It allows you to see what you have, saving you time (no more searching for things you know you have) and money (no need to buy duplicates of things you already have but just can't find). You can pick one up at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $5.99!
My absolute favorite way to store screws, nails and bolts is by suspending jars to the underside of a shelf. How, do you ask? Simply drill a hole in the metal lid and use a screw it attach it to the underside of a shelf, add contents to the jar, and reattach the jar to the lid. Voila! A storage solution without taking up a single square inch of shelf space.
September is National Preparedness Month! Check the batteries in your smoke detectors, determine how you would get in touch with family if your cell phone was inoperable, and devise a family meeting place.
If you are like me, you don't move emails from your inbox until the action item is complete. Distinguish between action items you are responsible for (i.e., To do) and action items you are waiting for someone else to do (i.e., waiting for) by assigning "To do" and "Waiting for" categories. I like to mark my "To do" items with a red flag and my "Waiting for" items with an orange flag. This helps me see at a glance what the next action is on everything I am ultimately responsible for.
Make trash removal easier by storing a few spare trash bags in the bottom of the trash can so a replacement bag is at your finger tips when you need it. Be green by using plastic grocery bags for small garbage cans (like in the bathroom).
Assign a color to each family member and color code each person's activities on a shared calendar. You'll have an "at-a-glance" look at who needs to be where when.
1. Know what is recyclable. Items that are accepted by your local recycling vendor vary by county. Obtain a factsheet from your local recycling vendor that lists items that are recyclable and hang the list in a prominent location near your recycling bins and refer to it often. If you live in Onondaga County, click here to find out what's recyclable.
We have good news for Onondaga County residents: #5 plastics are now recyclable! Place yogurt containers, margarine tubs, and cottage cheese containers (i.e., wide-mouthed, tub shaped plastic containers with the number 5 on the bottom of them) in your blue bin
2. Sorting your recyclables. Consult the rules of your local recycling vendor to find out whether they require that you separate your recyclables (e.g., separate bins for papers and containers). If you live in Onondaga County, OCRRA recommends that you continue to separate your recyclable papers from containers. Click here to find out more information on how haulers collect recyclables.
3. Assign a home for recyclables. Everything needs a home, even your recycling. Make it easy for yourself by having small recycling receptacles where your recycling is generated (e.g., in the kitchen and office). Once a week, or when full, empty these small receptacles into your blue bins which can be kept in your garage or in a hallway closet. Click here to find out how to obtain a blue bin.
4. Assign chores. Just like laundry, dishes, and other household chores, taking out the garbage is a necessary evil. Some families assign the same chore to each family member each week while others rotate chores weekly. Do what works best for your family but hold someone accountable for taking the trash and recycling out either the night before or the morning of trash/recycling pick up day. Consult your local municipality to identify which day your trash/recycling is picked up.
When loading the dishwasher, arrange silverware in the baskets in the order that you put them away in the drawer (likes with likes). This makes unloading a cinch!
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Liz Bremer, CPO