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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sheet Storage

This morning I tok the winter sheets off the bed.  (I know, many of you have already done this but my hubby keeps the A/C set to freezing so I procrastinate as long as possible).

Anyway... for those who don't already know this secret....

When storing sheets that are not in use, fold the top and fitted sheets.  Place them inside the pillowcase and fold the end of the pillow case over to make an envelope.  This keeps your storage location looking neater and keeps the entire set together and ready to use - no more looking for the lost pillow case my son stole to make a super hero cape!

Try it.  Easy!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

What's for dinner?

It's weekend so I'm in the kitchen getting ready for the upcoming week.  What's for dinner this week?

Enchilada Chicken with Mexican-style Rice
Tater Tot Casserole
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Stuffing
Jambalaya with Sausage
Baked Pasta
Taco Pizza
Chicken Spaghetti

Not sure what will be served each night but I know what the choices are.  Get home, decide what sounds good and throw it in to warm up.  Easy!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Company's coming in 10 minutes! Quick clean up ideas.

Let's face it.  As organized as you try to be, there are days....

When my family gets busy, the kitchen counter becomes a dumping ground.  The couch, the coffee table all seem to have things on them that don't belong there.

And let's face it, that's when someone calls saying they're stopping by.  My general theory is that if someone knows me well enough to drop by, it doesn't matter that things aren't neat and tidy.  However, there are those visitors who call and give you 10 minutes notice who you would rather they not know how bad it's gotten (extended family perhaps?).

For these situations, you need a quick fix.  Around here there are few cleverly-desguised items for this purpose.  In the family room, there are two storage ottomans that open to reveal storage.  One holds blankets, pillows, etc.  The other is the "quick, clean it up" temporary storage location.

In the entry hall are two baskets.  It's amazing how just tossing all the shoes in a basket can make it look like you cleaned!

Find what works for you.  It doesn't have to be expensive or fancy... just functional!