Get Organized Using Everyday Items

We have all had those days. Everything we see must have a purpose. So now I present to you everyday items that we have on hand that can be used in a green sense and have a simple, but enormous effect on our daily lives….


Box packed with popcorn and gift

Source: Real Simple Magazine

It is that time of year when we are sending out care packages. If you are a military mom or wife, then this can serve two purposes…maybe? All I know is that I was working in the shipping department of my old job and we had a 17-year-old entrepreneur fill our stock of foam popcorn everyday. Try it and let me know if it works!

Binder Clip as a Wallet

Binder clip as a key chain and money holder

Source: Real Simple Magazine

I am guessing that you nor your husband have a nifty and thrifty wallet that your 12-year-old constructed for you out of the latest fashionable duck tape. Yes, our oldest child made both of us wallets using duck tape from our local dollar store and also packaging tape for our driver licenses so that they were clean and see-thru. There are plenty of those how-to-make-it sites on Our oldest daughter learns more current fashion and DIY tips from there than we can teach her! What is going on with the generation these days??? Anyways for all of us older generations, we can use a big binder clip as a wallet. Use a 1 1/4 inch binder clip and attach your key to it and clamp it to your waistband. Good for work days when you need a coffee pick-me-up.

Dust pan as a Toy Herder

Toys gathered in a dustpan

Source: Real Simple Magazine

My children are not so young anymore. However, I do remember the days when their Lego blocks, Barbie doll shoes, mini colored pencils, pony beads, and anything else that I wanted to avoid picking up in the Kirby would get on the floor. I am guessing that to use this remedy that you have hard-wood floors like I do. If you have carpet, this small action may save you from getting a new belt for your vacuum cleaner.

These ideas come from a great magazine that I have recently subscribed to. It is a great idea for us homemakers to learn short-cuts and minimize our cleaning, cooking, laundrying, and anything else we do that consumes so much time in our day!

I hope you like and I hope I credited the correct people in this post!! Happy reading!


Get ahead with Christmas card list

I am posting this kind of early, but I received a card from my favorite aunt today and it reminded me of something I read recently. She is card crazy. It doesn’t matter which holiday is coming up, we always get a card from her. Today we got a Thanksgiving card in the mail. She usually writes a small note and tells us what she has been up to and what current things that she and my uncle are doing. They are in the Silver Sneaker’s program at the local YMCA and for their age, they are in really great shape! With the card she sent me, and the article I read along with this time of year, I wanted to share something I think is a little different. Then I would like to see what you think.

Cards can get expensive. You have to buy them, and they can get costly depending on how many family members and friends you have. Then there is the postage. One year I had all of my Christmas cards returned to me because they were square shaped and the postage wasn’t suited for that kind of envelope. Needless to say, I wasted a bunch of money, and ended up going to the dollar store to buy more cards so I could at least send late. I didn’t want my family to think I wasn’t thinking about them since all of them live in different parts of the country.I just feel like if I can’t send a gift, or be with my family and friends, then I should send my time. I was always taught that it was the thought that counted.

I would rather buy a box of cards than buy a single cards like for my husband’s or children’s birthdays. I like making those occasions really special and sometimes it takes me over a half an hour to find the perfect card. So during Christmas, I buy a box of cards, have everyone in the house sign it, put it in the envelope, add a sticker to the seal, put a address label on it, put the postage stamp on it, drive it to the post office, and then finally mail it. It takes a lot of time! It is worth it, but this year I am thinking about trying something new.

Like I said, I don’t have any family members living near me. Todd’s side of the family lives real close, but the closest family members I have are in Southern Ohio. So, this year I am thinking about sending e-cards. I am just afraid that it will take the personalization out of sending a regular card. Before I started getting bills in the mail, I remember always wanting to be the first one who got the mail in the morning to see what surprises there were if there were any. And even now I know my aunt will send something in the mail at any given time, so it is still kind of exciting to get mail. I just don’t know how the receiver of the card will feel this year if I don’t send a written card. 

In the article I read, it said that going digital this year could save time and money. I once know how to send e-cards, but I forgot how to send them. So, in the article I read, there is a helpful website that will help me and you (if we decide to replace paper greetings) choose a free virtual photo card from the selection available on their website. The website is Paperless Post. The homepage says that you can sign-up, but in real fine print below the sign up with facebook link there is a link that says Skip and Browse Card Designs. There are holiday cards, invitation cards, notes & greeting cards, save the date cards, and even designer cards. Just make sure that you look at the price. Some cost money while others are free.

Sending pictures during the holidays is something my family used to do when all of us were together, so try out the free photo cards and save even more money, time, and hassle.

Would you send Christmas e-cards or for any other holiday, birthday, anniversary, or any other occasion?