Six simple ways to gain more time in your day

Now that I’m a parent, my schedule has more activites and I seem to continuously be on a quest to find more time. It’s not lost, but it has become more elusive. Rather than run around frantically (which is not a good look for me), I know that I need to rely on simple systems that have worked for me in the past.

Here’s what I’ve been doing to capture a few extra minutes:

  1. Laundry. Just saying the word laundry makes me want to run and hide. I don’t like that there are so many steps to getting clean clothing. It’s a long but necessary process, so I shorten it by doing smaller loads. That way, I can wash, dry, fold, and put away all clothing in one evening. I don’t have to sort since I use a three compartment hamper to separate the clothing colors ahead of time. This really saves some precious minutes. It also helps to make sure clothing is not inside out before they go in the washer. When they are finished drying, all I have to do is fold and put them away. Did I mention I tend to wear clothing that doesn’t need ironing?

    The best thing about doing laundry is that it’s not a task that requires you attend to it the entire time. So, once the clothes are in the machine, I can do something else.

  2. Dishes. Though I dislike doing dishes, I love seeing an empty sink. I tend to wash dishes right after I’m finished using them. On the occasions that I let them pile up, it often takes too long to get them done. In short, do ‘em as you use ‘em.
  3. Cooking. While something is simmering or sitting in the oven, I wash the dishes or put away the ones that are already dry. Also, when I’m prepping my ingredients, I keep a bowl on the counter for things that I will eventually throw away. This means I have less spills on the counter to clean up. And, if something does spill, I wipe it up straight away.
  4. Morning Coffee. My coffee maker turns on automatically at 5:30 am every day and all I have to do is put in a coffee pod when I’m ready for my cup. I also fill up the water reservoir each night before going to bed.
  5. Keys and Purse. My keys and purse are always hung on a hook next to the door. Other items that I’ll need when leaving the house are set by the door the night before so that I don’t forget them or run around looking for them before leaving.
  6. Car care. I spend a fair amount of time in my car and am usually eating on the go. Since granola bars and water are often what I have on hand, it’s easy for me to accumulate food wrappers and water bottles. I stop them from taking over my car by simply removing them each time I run an errand (e.g., get gas, go to the bank or market) or once I return home.

These simple steps have been extremely helpful and have kept me from losing my head the past few months. I do, however, need to figure out a way to keep better track of my phone. Since my little one came along, it’s the one thing that I tend to search for the most. I can’t explain this phenomenon. Recently, I’ve been saying a little mantra before I leave any room in the house and when I get in the car: “Do I have my phone?” This strategy seems to be helping and I find that I don’t have to search for it as often.

What do you do to gain more time in your day?

42 Comments for “Six simple ways to gain more time in your day”

  1. posted by Alyssa on

    I always make sure that when I do laundry, I’m doing something else productive. So, laundry goes in, I vacuum, clean tub, etc, put clothes in dryer, finish other chores, and time to fold. Or I’ll workout while the laundry is going. It makes me feel like I’m getting two things done at once without the brain-frazzling that accompanies multitasking.

    I also try to cook two meals at once when I’m cooking. I’ll cook on Sundays to have food for the week, and while I’m waiting for water to boil or vegetables to roast, I’m prepping other things.

  2. posted by Sarah on

    I actually have a solution to the phone situation. There is a specific spot in my purse where it belongs when I am out. Inside the house, I have 3 chargers. When I come home, the phone goes straight to a charger. One is in my home office and I keep it there plugged in when I am working. If I am not working, then the volume gets turned all the way up and it goes on a charger in the main room of the house. The other is in my bedroom, and it stays there overnight. It was easy to learn to put it away when I came home, but it took a while to train myself to put it back on the charger after a long phone call in the house. I have a phone that takes a standard charger, so it cost less than $20 to buy the equipment, which is worth every penny!

  3. posted by Amy on

    I usually listen to something while I fold. (I seriously loathe folding laundry.) Lately I listen to my language lesson or the story my language exchange partner and I are reading together. That way I fell the time is more productive. (We teasingly call laundry the “laundry hydra” – since you do a load and poof there’s another one just like a hydra when you chop off a head!)

  4. posted by Suzy on

    Just a note about “drop zones” for phones, purses, wallets, etc., by the entry door:

    If there is a window near the door, or the door is sometimes open, or it can be seen by someone at the door, then don’t put your drop zone there!!

    In some areas, this is asking for a grab & run by some thieves.

    If you still need a drop zone by the door, then make it less obvious what is there. If you use a basket, then cover the basket with a towel or cloth. If there is a charging station, then put something larger between the door & the station.

    Sometimes convenience for us means an opportunity for others.

  5. posted by Amber on

    These are great ideas and I already do some of them – need to keep working on the dishes one. I live alone so nobody complains if they pile up but then I have to do a marathon dishwashing session – ugh.

    I keep my work bag and purse by the door until bedtime. Then I make sure that my purse (including keys), phone and glasses are all in the bedroom with me. If an emergency happened (fire, flood, earthquake), I want those three things close to hand. I also have my emergency kit and water jugs in my bedroom closet. Plus in the morning, I know where everything is right away.

  6. posted by Ginger on

    My drop zone is a ceramic bowl from Italy that’s placed on a cabinet in my living room. It’s the most central place in my apartment. I have to walk past it to to leave or to get to the bedroom, bathroom or kitchen. I keep my keys, phone and sunglasses there. My purse is always hung on my bedroom door handle because if I’m going to switch out purses or take just my ID with me, I’d do that in my bedroom. Time spent looking for these items when I need them = 0.

    I usually will do some kind of cleaning during commercials. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in just 2 minutes. Can even do chores in steps. Sweep kitchen floor 1 commercial break, get bucket of water for cleaning floor next commercial break, clean floor the following commercial break.

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    posted by Another Deb on

    I use a key ring with a carbiner clip. When I am not driving the car, the clip is on my purse. I don’t have to dig for my keys and they never absentmindedly get placed down somewhere. Any time I buy a new purse, I make sure there is a place to attach this clip.

    If there is something I need to take with me, I place it in the car as soon as I decide to take it. This works most of the time since I have an attached garage so it is convenient and safe.

    One thing I had trouble remembering was the cloth bags for grocery shopping. Even when they were on the front seat in the car, I would forget them. So, even if I was in the store when I remembered them, I started forcing myself to go all the way back to get them from the car. You do that a couple of times when it is 110 degrees outside and you get in the habit pretty quickly! LOL!

  8. posted by Josh @ Live Well Simply on

    The only one of these I struggle with is car care. I usually step into my car one day and all of a sudden notice what a wreck it is. Time for a cleanup! Then it slowly builds up again. Maybe if I scheduled a regular cleaning, I would have a more presentable set of wheels. :)

  9. posted by Jen on

    My husband keeps a garbage bag (plastic grocery bag) in his car for the usual granola wrappers and napkins, etc. This gets full eventually, but he never disposes of it. It’s amazing how much messier the car is when I dispose of the bag but forget to put a new one in there. He gets very upset at this, but usually not upset enough to immediately replace the bag – fortunately this is his car and I don’t ride in it or drive it very often. Each time I do, I often spend about 15 minutes cleaning it out! Different standards of cleanliness/orderliness, but at least he’s figured out a way of dealing with it…sort of.

  10. posted by Henave on

    I do not sort laundry- everything in the laundry basket goes in the washer and dryer at night and it is ready to be folded in the morning. I do have to do separate loads for towels and sheets, but I throw any dirty clothes I can find in with them too. I do have any problems with colors running or bleeding, except occasionally with a brand new item and I’ll throw a shout color catcher sheet in if I suspect it might be a problem. I do actively discourage anyone from buying bright white clothes (but the boys still get white tee shirts from time to time)! I do not have any problem with the towels leaving fuzz on the regular clothing. I also wash everything in cold water on the delicate (or quickest) wash cycle to shorten the process. This has been my process for years with great success. I am now washing for myself, husband, teenager and preteen daily.

  11. posted by Celeste on

    I keep my child’s laundry separate and wash it as its own load (colors). She only has a few items that I sort into adult loads (white, black, or red). Since she was a baby this has helped me because when I fold the load(s) of hers, then it goes all into its own basket to be taken to her room to put away by her or me. When I wash a load of combined clothes, I fold it into piles by person rather than have to take a basket full of folded clothes to be sorted by person later.

    I am a big believer in clean as you go and doing chores during laundry. I don’t think cooking mixes well with multitasking, though, too easy to burn or boil over.

    When I finish something, I like to take whatever step will make it easier for me next time I repeat the step or come into that room. I check for trash I can take out, vacuum I can empty, and things that need to be relocated. I just do better by removing obstacles and not having things hanging over my head.

  12. posted by infmom on

    Don’t put your purse, wallet, keys etc. by the front door. If someone breaks in, guess what they’ll grab first? We put those things in a basket on a shelf in a small closet in the hall. Still easy to find, but not right out in public view.

    As for doing dishes right after you use them, who wants to jump right up from the table and wash dishes? Cleaning expert Don Aslett had a system he called “eliminate, saturate, absorb.” He intended it for cleaning floors, but it works for dishes. Eliminate (put the leftovers in containers or in the compost bin). Saturate (fill the sink with the hottest possible soapy water and slip in every dirty dish and piece of silverware. Fill pots and pans with hot soapy water and set them back on the stove.) Absorb (take a break, let your meal digest, read a book, relax for a while). When you come back, the dishes will have washed themselves (no kidding) and all they’ll need is a quick swipe with a sponge and a rinse.

    We’re coming up on our 40th anniversary and have had dishwashers for maybe 10 of those years–believe me, the self-washing dishes are not a figment of my imagination. :)

  13. posted by Deb Lee on

    @Sarah: I’m going to give your suggestion try and start keeping my phone next a charger when I’m at home.

    @Henave: You’re inspiring me to start using the color catcher sheets. I think my husband would be happy that he wouldn’t have to remember where to put specific colors in the sorter.

  14. posted by Liz on

    It’s funny how people do things differently.

    For example, I’m trying to turn on the dishwasher every night and if it’s not full, I’ll look for items that could use a cleaning (the plate under the salt/pepper, the spoon holder which I didn’t use but may have some splatters, the glasses in the bathrooms, etc). But, I don’t set the coffee maker to go on at a certain time, since I use that time to unload the dishwasher and minor clean-ups around the kitchen. With the empy dishwasher in the morning, it’s easier to put those dishes in during the day.

    I stopped using sponges in the kitchen and I’m decreasing the use of paper towels by using the small white dishcloths as substitutes. I repurposed a glass bowl to stash the dishcloths and an old wine cooler to stash the used towels. The used towels go into the laundry room every night to dry and then into a hamper to await washing. When I have enough to do a small wash, they go into a pre-soak cycle with hot water, detergent and bleach to sit overnight. Then I spin the water out and start the regular wash cycle.

    I’ve started using the presoak cycle for most of my cloths. On my machine, after the presoak, it advances to the wash cycle. If I have a very dirty load, I’ll let it soak overnight. The advantgages are I don’t have to search for stains to treat them (money & timesaver!!) and the clothes are much cleaner since the longer soaking time loosens the dirt. I garden and sail, so I get dirty and I have seen a difference since I started presoaking.

    I agree with the comments on stashing away the purse and keys. I have a cabinet with many small drawers in my entry way and each drawer has it’s purpose. One is for the purse and keys. The other drawers have specific uses (flashlights and batteries, hats and scarves, basic office supplies, etc).

  15. posted by Liz on

    I forgot to add – I don’t use my own bags for groceries, since I would have to wash them every time I used them. But, I save the plastic grocery bags and the bags that the newspapers come in.

    Some of the newspaper sleeves go into the car to use as the trash “can”. But, they are also good for picking up pet debris that’s left on the lawn.

    I use the grocery bags for a wide variety of tasks – bag stuff to set out for the recylcers or charity trucks, for a daily sweep of the waste baskets. It all saves the $, since I am not buying the small plastic bags to use around the house. I just recycle them!

  16. posted by Julia on

    I have an issue with the “wash ‘em as you use ‘em” dish rule.
    I live alone, don’t have a dishwasher, and I eat quick.
    This means I’m usually done eating before the pots cool. I don’t like to wash pots while they’re still hot (having burned myself a couple times trying) so I move on to something else “intending” to wash the pots after they cool down. Of course that doesn’t actually happen, so the pots sit on the stove a few days until I wash them so I can use them again.
    Any suggestions?

  17. posted by Julia on

    Actually… I just read infmom’s comment.
    I’ll try that.

  18. posted by Becky on

    @ Ginger, Im glad someone else does “commercial cleaning” too! I have a DVR and the option to skip commercials, but often dont just so I can pick up, organize, or move laundry during those breaks! Im a teacher and encourage my students to do short study sessions during tv commercials rather than fast forward them! :O)

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    posted by shebolt on

    I found more time in my day by disconnecting the TV.

    I know! Gasp!

    Before anyone panics, my TV is hooked up to the internet so I can watch anything on Netflix.

    My computer has a nice monitor and is where I watch current shows on a service like Hulu.

    However, I no longer plop down and indiscriminately waste time watching TV. When I choose to watch something, it takes less time (limited or no commercials on the services I use), and it’s a conscious decision, and I block out the time. In the “darker”, colder months, when riding my bicycle outside after work isn’t an option and when snowy weather might keep me inside even on the weekends, I set up my bicycle trainer in front of my computer. I make sure I only watch TV shows while riding my bicycle during the winter. Riding indoors isn’t fun in the warmer months because it’s difficult to keep cool, so I give myself leave to sit down and watch something without trying to multitask.

  20. posted by Juliska on

    I use TV commercials as work breaks, too. I only have a few must-see shows, but when those are on, I use the two or three-minute breaks to do the dishes, in stages, or go down to the laundry room to put in a load or retrieve one. Then I fold clothes and sort socks while I watch the show, and put everything away during commercials.

    I have two old pillow cases that hold exactly one washer load each. If I have more than one load, and can’t do them all at once, I will fill the pillow cases and put them in the laundry basket, ready to go the next time. When I used powdered detergent, I would also put just enough for one load in a small plastic container and put it in the pillow case, so I didn’t have to carry the big box. Now I use liquid, but it’s easy enough to grab the bottle as I head down to the laundry room.

    Our kitchen is very small, so when I’m cooking, I immediately fill the dishtub (no dishwasher) with soap and hot water. As soon as I’m done with something, it goes into the tub, and the larger pots get filled with water, which also helps them cool down. There are usually a few minutes available while I’m waiting for water to boil or the oven to preheat, during which I can wash the knives, cutting boards, mixing bowls, etc. By the time the cooking is done, I only need to wash the largest pots and wipe down the stove and counter.

  21. posted by MarkhamDee on

    Deb – bad instruction with the “It also helps to make sure clothing is not inside out before they go in the washer” line. Manufacturers recommend washing some clothes – especially Jeans – inside out; you may want to check some of those care tags the next time you load your washer.

    Also – why would it be faster to turn clothes right side out before washing rather than after? That process would only add a couple of seconds per garment while folding, based on my estimates… or if you’re totally obsessive about it, you could always ask the people taking those clothes off to make sure they’re right side out before putting them into the hamper.

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    posted by Zora on

    Years ago a German houseguest watched the pots and utensils pile up on the kitchen counter as I cooked. “Why don’t you wash up as you go along?” she asked.

    I’ve been doing that since then. By the time I’ve finished cooking, bowls, utensils, and cutting board are clean. I usually serve myself (and any guests) directly from the pots on the stove. Or from plastic storage containers, ready to go into the refrigerator. Not elegant, but practical.

    After dinner, I store the leftover food and put the pots on to soak. I always remember to wash them after an hour or so. Definitely before I go to bed. Wake up to a clean sink.

    As others have noted, cooking in large batches saves time. I freeze leftovers in meal or two-meal size containers, and try to keep an inventory of these homemade frozen meals. Casseroles, stews, and soups freeze well.

  23. posted by Sarah B R on

    I wash dishes as I go when I cook. Otherwise I do it 2x/day max. After lunch and before bed.
    I also presort laundry into 3 hampers: lights/ darks-colors that need a hot dryer/ darks-colors that need a delicate dryer cycle. I do laundry once a week. 2 steps: wash and dry everything one day/
    Fold next day (i do lay all shirts flat in a pile when out of dryer) i prefer to let it pile up than do it every single day.
    I have a cleaning lady come 2x/month for deep cleaning: 2 hours one time and 3 hours the next so she does windows too. That’s $100/month well spent :-)
    I ask my 2 year old to help me clean up all her toys/clothes before bath time so I can relax once she’s asleep. I don’t put things away during the day since it will get messy again and again all day.

  24. posted by chacha1 on

    I’m an outlier maybe, but here’s what I’ve noticed about my own practices that may be unusual. I don’t zone out in the bathroom.

    I know a lot of people who can spend an hour or more in the bathroom every morning and every evening, getting ready for work or ready for bed. A “routine” that takes that long might be wasting some time.

    DH “routinely” gets up before me but leaves at the same time. While I feed the cats, pack my breakfast, tidy up the kitchen, do my yoga, shower & dress & do my hair & makeup, he just … showers & dresses.

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    posted by Another Deb on

    @chacha- my DH considers bathroom time an excellent opportunity to catch up on his reading. Growing up in a house with six people and one bathroom, this was never my practice!

  26. posted by Anne on

    Doing laundry and something else is my favorite form of multi-tasking because you get more than one thing done at a time without getting confused. I also listen to books on my mp3 player when doing chores or cooking as I don’t particularly enjoy either of those but the books make it better.

  27. posted by Sasha on

    In our house the minute after you use a dish it goes in the dishwasher, and I pretty much don’t own dishes that can’t go in the dishwasher, except knives and a few special pieces.

    I keep a chair by the door for things to take the next day and I keep my purse and a shopping basket there, and that’s where lunches and homework get placed. If someone broke in and grabbed those things, well, it can all be replaced.

    I *gasp* don’t fold laundry. Much of my clothes goes on hangers straight from the washer to dry, and the kids put away their own clothes. I let go of that task years ago.

    I feed the cat on a timed bowl, so I only fill it every 3 days. Our espresso machine is on an outlet timer. If I could automate anything else I would.

    Mail gets sorted and recycled/filed when I bring it in the door.

    And I don’t watch TV, I mostly watch DVDs from the library.

  28. posted by sue on

    Laundry–dirty clothes go down the chute. (Family rule: if it isn’t in the laundryroom, it doesn’t get washed; I don’t prowl the house looking for dirty clothes.) A basket sits in the bedroom for empty hangers to be taken to the laundryroom.

  29. posted by Toosdhi (tooz-dee) on

    I do all of the things that Deb mentioned in her post except for the coffee machine, I don’t drink coffee. I don’t have children, pets or even a plant to care for. I am solely responsible for myself and outside of work, my time is my own. Still, I am always trying to find ways to complete those must do chores in a more efficient manner. I am a huge fan of wash n wear polyester blend clothes. It saves time on a daily basis and as well as space in your suitcase when traveling.

  30. posted by Lesley on

    My best tip for keeping the kitchen under control is a simple one. One of my first chores every morning is to empty the dishwasher. Then absolutely no dishes go in the sink or on the counter during the day. They go directly into the dishwasher after a quick rinse.

    As I cook, I put smaller pots, measuring cups, etc. directly into the dishwasher as well. When dinner is ready, only a few things still need to be washed after the meal is served.

    Everyone clears his or her own plate, and we rinse and put dishes directly into the dishwasher. Add the serving/cooking dishes. Wash the one or two that don’t fit in the dishwasher, or set the crockpot to soak.

    Turn on the dishwasher (I have a fantastic delay feature, so it doesn’t turn on for four hours). Start over fresh the next day.

  31. posted by Laura on

    @Henave … When my son is away at college he washes everything together in cold water, so when he comes home (holidays & summer) his light-colored clothing is usually gray. I have to bleach out his socks and t-shirts, and I just don’t think using cold water gets *everything* clean.

    IMO.

  32. posted by Jeni on

    I also have the 3 sort laundry hamper and oh how much easier that makes things! I have to hang dry almost All my shirts so as the one load is washing, the dry shirts from day(or week) before gets folded so the rack is empty for the next load (in theory, as I sit next to a pile of clean clothes at the foot of my bed Lol!)
    At night I HAVE to pre package my lunch and breakfast stuff or it’s taking too much time (I’m NOT a morning person). Also I do protein shakes so I’ll put in a bowl all my powders and concauctions ready to just dump in blender for the morning.
    For my bills that pile up, I got a wall file sorter from Ikea. The whole goal is to go from wall files to the hanging files (which is still in plastic wrap) in my desk…one day I’ll have time…maybe. Hahaha
    Oh! One thing that’s a no brainer for me is that my closet is COLOR CODED! All my clothes hang in the closet by color. So what ever mood I’m in for the morning I know which section to grab from. Instead of looking through 100 shirts for that one black button up….somewhere…no way! So If its not in that one section then its in the hamper….or still hanging to dry……. :D
    We all have funny little habits, don’t we? ;-)

  33. posted by snosie on

    I agree and do most of these.

    I have an entry (with NO windows, I wish I did have one!), and that’s where keys, handbag, outgoing items etc go.

    I’ve never found washing a chore (even when I did it communally). I’m not sure why? I suppose it’s just me, but even for my family of five, I have no qualms folding clean washing. Or ironing. I do prefer to ‘bring in and fold’ (seems most respondents are users of dryers – incredibly less common in Australia, we’d use a rack in winter in front of a heater in many cases…) I do love having two washing hampers, darks and lights – simple to see when I’m ready for a load, and less colour spreading dramas. Also wash in white. Grey can only come from darks being in a light load (no matter the temp). I prefer to wash in cold – eco-nut!

    Washing up is a little bug bear – I do think a full sink of hot water is hardly worth it for a few cups and plates (again living alone). I have a dishwasher (came with the place), but by the time it was full – well I’d need a HEAP more dishes, and isn’t this unclutterer! So I wash up when it irks me, and justifies a whole bowl (ie not after every meal).

    Saving time from routines is probably my favourite side affect of decluttering!

  34. posted by Meesh on

    Deb,
    Love your blog. My biggest time eater, the computer! LOL! I’ve learned to set a timer so I don’t “lose” time lost in cyberspace.

    I’m still working on washing up as I cook, much easier when I do it. I’m a routine person so when something comes up that disrupts it, chaos ensues. Personally, I was much more organized when I was working outside the home. Now that I am home I suffer from “I’ll do it later” syndrome. sigh…

    Have a lovely day ladies, my timer has gone off so I’m off to empty the dishwasher!

    Meesh
    Alabama

  35. posted by Her from there on

    I save time and temper in the morning by getting my two primary school aged sons to get completely dressed EXCEPT for their school shirt (they leave their pyjama tops on) before breakfast. Then, if they drop something on themselves while eating, its only the pyjama top that gets ruined. School shirt goes on after their teeth are brushed and they are ready for school AND clean. It took me years of having to change either boy (as they always managed to get something on their tops) to work out this system!

    For anyone wondering why I dont just leave them in their pjs until after breakfast, for some reason staying in their bedclothes encourages them to dawdle. They are much faster if they get mostly dressed and then come to the table. It also helps me since I get dressed after they eat breakfast and I dont want to be using my dressing time to be re-dressing them.

  36. posted by Grammie Linda on

    By the time children are eight or 10 years old they can do their own laundry. Our girls felt very grown up when they were expected to do their own clothes. Ihelped them figure out how to wash and make sure things didn’t get ruined, and they were great!

    I did the sheets and towels, partly to make sure that the sheets got changed every week.

    When they moved out as young adults, they were very grateful that they didn’t have to learn this skill without Mom right there, as their friends did (and as I had done). They both thanked me later. Now my younger dauther, in particular, is more finicky about her clothes–hangs nearly everything.

    Now, after being banned from the laundry for years (after turning various things–mostly his–pink, due to health reasons, my husband has become quite easy with the laundry. I have always liked folding, so do this part.

    I do have some things that have to come out after the wash cycle. Our family puts all delicates that can actually go into the washer into those net bags from the laundry department at Target and other stores. These remind everyone (including DH) to remove them so they can be hung up or dried flat. One time-saver (and safety for the clothes) is to separate the delicates before they even go into the hamper. I keep a small wastebasket in my closet for them. If I don’t get them put into the net bags while he is sorting and doing laundry, they don’t get done–so they don’t get ruined.

    I also had a rule when we had little kids and lots going on–I bought white socks and black socks for DH and me. No dark blue to try tosort afterwards. Also, if we were buying new socks, we bought a minimum of six pair. He, in particular, lost socks on a regular basis (although they could show up the next week after someone dusted under the bed), so with six pair we always had at least some matched. This carries on today, with the exception of the hand-made socks. Somehow, those don’t disappear.

  37. posted by Judith Hodgens on

    I no longer have a land line to the house, and I am constantly misplacing my cell phone. Now, I wear a little pouch around my neck- cell phone & glasses ( wrapped in soft cotton cloth) always with me!

  38. posted by Grammie Linda on

    By the way, my parents had a rule that everything that did not belong in the car was removed when you got home. It was hard to instill this into DH, but it has helped tremendously in keeping our cars from getting junky.

    Someone above mentioned the caribiner for keys. This is the best time-saver I ever had–for the last 20 years!!! When I have a dog-sitter or guest to whom I give akey, they get it with a caribiner, so they can clip it somewhere.

  39. posted by Erika In VA on

    Don’t laugh, but I tend to keep my cell phone in my bra. I don’t usually have pockets and since I always wear a bra… When I sit down, I take my phone out. Only time it isn’t with me is when it’s charging.

    Before I did that, I used to have a waistband clip, but that was with my BlackBerry and I have an iPhone now.

  40. posted by Jo@simplybeingmum on

    Hardly any ironing or folding for me… straight from line/airer and hung… This is how I do it
    I once read a quote it said something along the lines of ‘Will your children remember their pressed trousers, or the afternoon you spent playing outside with them?’… I know chores have to be done, but I reckon this is one that can be given a miss..

  41. posted by snosie on

    Agree with Grammie LInda – I’m from a family of ‘everything out of the car, every time’ Works well, and after a while it’s a habit!

  42. posted by romney on

    More sleep means I can do things easier and quicker. It adds time to the day by taking some away…

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