Today I am linking up with Doyle Speech Works, to share with you some of my life hacks. Well some of these are more survival tips when you have an 18 month old on the prowl for anything and everything he can get into. And some of these are just organizational things I do to make my life easier. So, let's begin!
1. Water Cooler Spout with Child-Lock:
If you are anything like my family, we drink TONS of water so we use a cold water cooler dispenser. It became a problem with my then, 12 month old, was sticking his finger in the faucet and letting water spill all over the floor. Goodbye water cooler? Oh no! My wonderful hubby found this awesome water cooler spout with a child-lock for a few bucks online! Simply press the back button then push down and voila', water flows. Luckily for me, my little guy has not figured out how to get this one to work...yet! ;)
2. Upcycle a Vase:
I DETEST having to try and find my cooking utensils hidden away in drawers while I am cooking. And I MUST have them to the left of my stove as I am left handed. So this year, I decided to reuse this beautiful vase, I was given as a present, from my wonderful hubby to hold all the necessary utensils I use on a daily basis when cooking dinner. No mess, no fuss, and it looks pretty too!
3. Weekly Cleaning Schedule:
I have shared this before, but this is something that really helps streamline the housework for me. I like to follow my weekly cleaning schedule so I only have to focus on one thing each day which is quick and easy. Of course, a daily cleaning up of toys each night is a must or my house would look like a tornado hit it! Ha!
4. Magnetic clip for Take-Out Menus:
I can't stand finding take-out menus everwhere and I do not want them taking up my precious kitchen drawers, so I use a magnetic clip to put them all together and hang them on the side of my refrigerator. This way they don't clutter the front of my fridge and can free that space up for some amazing kid art! Proud mamas have to display the fridge art! Am I right?
5. Monthly Meal Plan:
Ok I know what you are thinking. What? You plan out what you are eating for a month at a time? The answer is YES! I started this a few years ago, b/c I hate asking myself the daily question we all dread "What's for dinner?". I would forget to pull out meat to defrost and would end up eating something unhealthy or nothing at all. This way, I plan and use what I have in my house, saving time and money (and who doesn't want to save money?). Therefore, I purchased this dry erase board and began planning. I like to begin mid-month to mid-month, this way I can actually plan for 5 full weeks at once! I keep a running list of dinners my family enjoys and intersperse new recipes to try a few times a month. I also use pictures to remind me of what's going on certain days. As you can see, a baseball is on Monday's b/c my son has baseball practice at right at dinner time each week. I reserve Monday's for easy meals (sandwiches) and crock pot meals. Saturdays are baseball game days and Thursdays are MY FAVORITE DAY of the week, b/c it's LEFTOVERS night and this mama does not have to cook!
You want to try and meal plan but think you can't do it for a month? No worries. I have several friends who plan for two weeks and repeat those weeks to make a full month's worth of meals. Might be worth a try!
6. Metal Ring for Hair Ties:
So somewhere along the way, this small metal ring was found in my house at some point. I don't recall where it came from. Maybe a child's toy, maybe it has some other function, but for me, I now use it as a way to hold all my hair ties. I slide them one to metal ring and hang the ring on my hand towel rack next to my sink in the bathroom. This way when the towel is on it, my hair ties are hidden behind it. I'm never without a hair tie anymore b/c I keep them all in one place. Finally!
And that's it. Those are 6 of my life hacks that I use on a daily basis to survive this very busy life of ours!