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  1. Meal planning
    Most people end up not realizing what's in their freezer and the food ruins with freezer burn. An easy way to know what you have on hand at all times is to keep an inventory of what you have. I used a simple spiral notebook that I hung on the wall next to the freezer. In it, I wrote down how...
  2. Blog
    I think my strategy (while very simple) will be the following: Purge, purge and purge some more by continuing to micro examine things that I have. I plan to sell most of my extras, but I would also love to give some away too. Never buy anything that is not an absolute necessity. I so often...
  3. Coupons
    I am a couponer at heart and I know at least some of my neighbors are as well. I am thinking about organizing a coupon exchange in our clubhouse, but I am unsure the best way to go at it. Should we meet monthly, bi-monthly or weekly? Shoudl I post flyers or just do word or mouth or what. Has...
  4. Home and family challenges
    I'm very new here, and not sure where to post this thread, but this looks like a good spot. My husband and I moved into a larger home this past sunday. I have a need/want/desire to keep this place clean and organized. I want to change old habits of "just put it there, and I'll put it away...
  5. Coupons
    I was thinking about putting up flyers in my apartment complex for a Coupon Swap. Has anyone else done this? I would love any tips you can give me. TIA!
  6. Home and family challenges
    Have you ever noticed how a clean and organized home makes you feel comfortable, at ease...just makes everything feel better? Yeah, me too....at OTHER PEOPLE'S HOUSES! But this year I'm going to make it MINE! Join me?
  7. Home Environment
    It looks like we are going to be spending the summer at my parent's house, with most of our stuff in storage. Right now I am trying to figure out what we will need, and how much I can fit in the car. My parents have a small bungalow, thankfully with a finished basement, but only 2 bedrooms and...
  8. Home Environment
    and to simplify my kitchen cupboards? I need ideas! I keep moving things around in my cupboards, and I still don't like how I have them! Like, right now, my plates are in the cupboard over my dishwasher, along with my glasses. Seems logical, right? Well, with the dishwasher open, it's hard...
  9. Sewing
    Spring is a great time to evaluate and re-home your stuff so I've gathered some projects and tutorials to help you organize! ------------------------------------------ Need a place to gather incoming and outgoing mail, papers and keys? Wall Mail Sorter Corral all your baggies with this...
  10. General Chat
    OK, today was the day I finally started! As I have posted in the past... my downstairs looks like an episode of Hoarders. Ok, maybe not quite - but close. We live upstairs, so it has never been an issue before, but lately I couldn't even get to my food pantry, the bags of food were accumulating...
  11. General Chat
    All my embroidery floss that i was using before xmas and was lightly wrapped , I fixed that today. I cut pieces of card board with little slits and and wrapped the leftovers around them, neat and tidy. and the full ones in a ziplock bag. Tomorrow to gut out old printed patterns go through what...
  12. Home Decorating
    Well, I finally got all that dark woodwork covered with fresh white paint. I am posting pictures of what used to be our dining room. I have converted it into a warm, cozy family room. I still have to build the breakfast bar facing the adjoining kitchen. I invested in: paint, thermal...
  13. Home Environment
    Taking off on the other thread about how organized you are, I have to ask: How did you get organized? Did you have a great teacher - parents, grandparents, etc. that taught you how to effectively run a household, did you learn from magazines, trial and error - FV? I'm hoping someone will say...
  14. General Chat
    This is something that I admire in others and aspire to personally but it just never seems to work - good household organization. How organized are you? How do you organize your days? Do you have a certain schedule to fit in your house cleaning - for example Mondays for the bathrooms etc...
  15. General Chat
    I drive myself crazy! I am so unorganized.. everything is everywhere. Nothing is where is should be and nothing gets put back after it is used. It's not that I don't' want to be organized, oh I want to so badly. There isn't a day that I don't get angry with myself because I can't find...
  16. Home Environment
    Hi there, I would like to wish a Happy New Year to all frugal pals. I haven't been here for a while, but did great in December frugal wise. People were happy with my presents, I am on truck with money, bills were paid, saved a bit towards my funds, so now I can get ready for a new frugal year...
  17. Home Environment
    I'm so happy about this! It's taken us a really really long time to get the basement half that isn't used as a playroom into the shape where things are organized. It's been such a mess over the last year or so, what with doing the kids' playroom and dumping everything else into that part of the...
  18. Home Environment
    I have a heck of a time keeping my freezers organized. I have a chest freezer in the garage and by the time everyone is done rifling through it things are all over the place. The same thing happens with my fridge freezer. Things just get shoved in and it never stays organized. Whats...
  19. Frugal Living
    I have a dilemma. My house is not tidy for the (mostly) simple fact that I just have too much stuff. We were at my in laws house the other night and I'm continually amazed at how organized and tidy my MIL keeps her house. She is the type of person that "if I'm not using something right now...
  20. Simple Living
    I've inherited some bad genes from mom's side.... my dad's side was always very organized with everything. Tools, equipment, desk, filing away stuff, etc. Mom's side is (and was always) very cluttered. Cluttered basements, cluttered desk, trashy garage, always a mountain of stuff to be put...
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