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  • I made a 2009 resolution to keep my kitchen island free of clutter. I am not a neat freak by design, so this was a huge challenge. However, 11 months later, I'm happy to report that having this one space free of clutter 99% of the time has helped reduced stress levels. Now onto the next clutter free space for 2010!

    by mother's den on 10th November 2009
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  • Thanksgiving lifesaver! Prep ingredients in advance, package them in smaller portions, and stash them in the fridge. No cutting onions at the last minute!

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 24th November 2009
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  • Just say no. If you're not sure about the question, whether it's a commitment, a new activity, a request for help, an expense... if you have that little nagging feeling of uncertainty, just say no. Wait. You can always change your mind and say yes later, but once you've committed it's hard to undo. I've been saved many a mistake by saying no, stepping back, and considering.

    by SisterWisdom.com on 9th June 2009
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  • When cooking spinach, don't bother with the hassle of taking it out of the pack, boiling water, and wilting it over a pan - just chuck the sealed bag in the microwave for 45 seconds on full blast.

    by Melinda Lamb on 6th June 2008
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  • Routine is my lifesaver. When school starts, my eldest goes back to college, my (disabled) teen starts high school, and I go back into the classroom, too. We depend on routine to keep us sane and get everything done. Morning routine: creakfast (together), then teen on the bus, then straight to school for me. This extra morning time built into my routine is another lifesaver; it allows me to leave right after school.

    by Daisy on 7th July 2008
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  • Okay, so, I hate cleaning the bathroom but with a potty training kid it has to be done frequently. Now I keep a spray bottle of pepperminty cleaner and a box of baby wipes under the sink; when I'm bathing the kids, I grab a wipe and spray down the sink and counter, wipe, and throw away. I repeat with the toilet area. It takes 2 minutes, I'm in the bathroom anyway, the peppermint makes it smell good, and the wipes are cheaper than "special" cleaning wipes. Win!

    by SisterWisdom.com on 27th June 2009
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  • Medela's Quick Clean Micro Steam bags are great for sanitizing breast pump parts at work, but you can also use them at home to zap the bottles, pacifiers, and teethers.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 6th June 2008
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  • Buy greeting cards in bulk! Make one main trip per year and buy a birthday card for each family member & close friend, plus a couple new baby, sympathy, get well cards. Add 3 or 4 thank you cards. Last but not least, get a few blank cards, too. Store them in a special file folder or storage container near your address book.

    by Diane on 23rd September 2008
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