Posts Tagged ‘saving time’

How to Get Thank You Notes Done

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

The Christmas season is approaching (or is already here according to Target)…time for parties, decorating, gift giving. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. After all that fun, thank you notes often follow. Ugh. Thank you notes aren’t my strong point; I have the hardest time getting them out. When I run into a task that I never seem to complete, I try to simplify it and increase my chances of success. Here’s how I’ve tried to make thank you notes easy so they actually get done.

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Keepin’ It Simple

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

There are lots of reasons projects don’t get done in my house. Most of the time it’s due to the two crazy boys in my home, but sometimes I can’t blame them. Sometimes it’s completely my fault. I’ll think the project will take ten, very complicated steps; in reality, it will take two simple steps to get the same result. (more…)

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Progress???

Monday, June 29th, 2015

The blog doesn’t show it, but I have made progress putting the house together. However, yesterday’s organizing adventure was just a classic example of doing work without anything to show for it.

Our playroom doubles as a guest room since the previous owners left their Murphy bed (genius!), but there isn’t any storage for guests’ clothing. I bought cubbies, but then decided to get creative and use furniture we currently have. (more…)

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When More is More

Monday, July 1st, 2013

I’m not a minimalist by nature, but I’ve tried to be in our small kitchen. Because of this, I decided not to replace our non-stick skillet when it got warped last year.  We are by no means fancy cooks, and I figured we could survive with a stainless-steel skillet.  This worked pretty well until I decided to make X-man scrambled eggs for breakfast on a regular basis (crazy – I never do this for the adults in the house).  A simple task except for one thing: the clean-up.  Not surprising that it was a total pain.  So much so that I would avoid cleaning the kitchen so I wouldn’t have to clean the pan. (more…)

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Grocery List Joy

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

I try to avoid hyper-organization, but sometimes I can’t help myself.  What can I say…I’m an engineer and an organizer; there almost always has to be a better way 🙂  I recently turned my process improvement focus to our grocery list.  I’ve used a pre-made grocery list for a couple years; it made the grocery list making process a little easier, but I was still feeling frustrated.

I had two main frustrations with the process: (more…)

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