We believe that when you make cookies, you should do it big. So, we suggest you double the recipe and bake up a batch to indulge in right away. With the second half, stock up your ice cube trays. Divide your dough into individual ice cube compartments, and throw your trays in the freezer. It’s handy to have ready to bake cookie dough when your kids show up with an unexpected group of hungry friends. Or when you have a killer cookie craving of your own. Be prepared with fresh, homemade cookies in minutes with your ice cube tray cookie dough.
If you’re looking for a simple, space saving idea that makes the most of unused space in your kitchen, try this clever cupboard door storage trick. Attach clothespins to the inside surfaces of your cupboards. When you’re ready to hang it up for the day, you can. Literally. Clip your dish cloth and sponge to the clothespins to dry. Your sink and counter space will be clear and tidy. And, the clothespins work well for rubber gloves or even fly swatters.
In our house, incoming papers are hands down our biggest clutter culprit. A small pile on the counter can morph into a disorderly beast in no time. To keep the beast in check, we have a system for our paper clutter organization. We make sure to strategically locate paper containers throughout the house. A basket in the mudroom catches the kids papers when they come home from school. A file in the kitchen keeps bills that need immediate attention. And a file attached to the office desk holds papers for longer term storage. Everything in its place prevents those papers from getting out of hand.
Baby wipes aren’t just for babies. Cleaning with baby wipes is really a snap. Keep a box handy all the time for quick cleanups around the house. Baby wipes make baseboard cleaning almost fun. Wet footprints are wiped out in no time with the swipe of a wipe. And for minor makeup messes in the bathroom, wipes work like a wonder. They’re not to replace regular, disinfecting cleaning. But to tidy up, baby wipes are a low-chemical, economical solution. Some are even biodegradable.
When you’re feeling crummy, or you have a boo-boo that needs attention fast, the last thing you want to do is go digging through a box or cabinet of medicines and supplies. Keep your meds separated and easy to reach in these space saving, clearly marked, grab-and-go drawers. This idea puts the simple back into medicine storage.
With cold and flu season in full swing, it’s a bit of an obsession of ours to keep those germs from spreading. Since kitchen sponges and dishcloths are notorious for being chock full of yuck, we throw ours in the microwave everyday for 30 seconds. That, along with regular laundering and replacement, helps keep us keep on top of germ management.