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Never forget an ingredient again!

Ever baked something tasty, only to realize too late you forgot an important ingredient?

Organize all your ingedients on the counter *in the order they will be used in the recipe*. Then as you measure and add items, put the container away. If there is anything left on the counter, it's immed...

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Clean as you go...

If you fill up the sink with hot soapy water when you start cooking/baking, then drop your used (and not to be REUSED) dirty items in it as you go (such as mixer beaters, mixing bowls, measuring cups, etc.) you will have counter space left to work and your dishes will be soaked and ready for a quick...

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3 Box Rule

When you're cleaning out any space, gather 3 large boxes to put items in.

Mark them: "Keep", "Trash/Recycle", "Donate".

Everything goes into one of those three boxes until the room is clean. Once it's clean, put away the "keepers", toss the trash/recycling, and take away the donati...

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Save time cleaning

Some items just have to "sit" before you clean. Save time by setting these all up @ the same time! Fill your kitchen sink with hot water + 1 c. chlorine bleach. Add toilet bowl cleaner to the toilet(s). Spray down the shower. Now you're free to do something else small, like sort a load of laundry or...

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Spaghetti Sauce

Instead of adding sugar to your spaghetti sauce to cut the acidity of the tomatoes, steam some carrots until they are soft, then give them a whirl in the food processor till they're smooth. They're add some sweetness to your sauce for fewer calories and more nutrition!

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