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Ink marks on clothes

I use hairspray on ink marks prior to washing and it removes most inks from clothes.

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Housekeeping Motivation or How to Cut Down on Clutter

Every Monday, I am weirdly drawn to the TV show, "Hoarders" and the next day, I start throwing away clutter. Because of that show, I have gotten rid of lots things and the Goodwill people love me!

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Cooking Workout!

You can lose weight or at least workout WHILE you cook!:

Make cakes the old way: leave the mixer in the cupboard. Use the hand-mix method: 360 strokes. Do short counts on each hand. Altern. 50 strokes on each hand (3 times each hand); with 30 each hand the last round.

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Get up and keep moving

When at home and I get bored, anxious, need to eat, I get up and get moving, run the vacuum whether I need to or not, find some kind of a chore to get me moving and I get re energized.

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Household Chart, Staying On Task

Sometimes I get sidetracked of what I need to do, or I don't feel like I accomplished much. So I made a chart from my Microsoft Office spreadsheet to organize my household chores and daily tasks.
First column: List every room of the house
One column for every day of the week

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That Odor in Your Gym Clothes

If you add a half cup of white vinegar to your load of exercise clothes, it will take away that stubborn sweat smell that is so hard to get rid of with just detergent alone...the vinegar will leave your clothes smelling sweet and fresh with no more lingering odor!

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FLYLADY. COM

I have followed flylady.com for quite a while. There are many good organizational tips on the web-site. It is a free site which is great for getting organized. I work full time plus so I cannot be as involved in her 'flyte plans' as much as I would like but I pick what I like and omit the rest.

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Table Conversation "Game"

Print out and cut up the SP monthly calendar. Put into a small box on the table and use for your dinner conversation game. Draw a "card" and start the conversation going around the table. (These games sell for a price and yours is free and healthy.)

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Dancing

When I am cooking I have my radio on and dance around on the spot and also do squats when I bend down to the bin. A good way to multitask.

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EASTER

HAVE A WONDERFUL EASTER WITH YOUR FAMILY AND REMEMBER THE MEANING OF THE DAY.

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