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To save time I wash all my weekly produce in the sink at once and drain it in the dish drainer (it only held clean dishes). The dish drainer is large enough to handle the entire load, and the silverware cup is perfect for herbs, Swiss chard, celery, or carrots. I leave it all to drain for an hour, then prep the veg for cooking & put them into containers, dry & chop the parsley & put it into a jar, and I"m done 'til next week. The whole process takes 1/2 hour excluding drying time.
Keeping a protein bar with you can keep you from getting too hungry or resorting to fast food if you have a delay when you're traveling or running errands. It buys you time so you can make a rational decision about your next meal. Better to eat the protein bar and risk going over by 100 calories than to make a hasty food decision that could cost you 800! If I'm traveling with a friend I bring an extra for my friend, too. You never know when you'll need it, and they're always glad you did.
I learned this trick from the wardrobe person on "Friends': A baby wipe is an excellent instant stain remover when you spill something on yourself. It's what they use on the set on taping days if an actor spills! When a spill happens, blot the stain with a napkin, then blot with a baby wipe until the stain is gone. It works on coffee and most foodstains. I find even if I can't get it out completely, it will usually still wash out! I don't have kids but I carry a small pack of baby wipes anyway!
When I buy a new piece of clothing, I use a Sharpie to write the name of the clothing item on the envelope containing the extra buttons ("blue jacket", "black Macy's pants" etc.) before putting it my sewing box. Saves a lot of time finding a matching button later, and If the clothing item goes to Goodwill later, I pin the envelope onto it.
I don't do chemicals so I'm always looking for ways to stretch the flavor of real butter. My favorite way is to eat toast butter side down like the people in Dr. Seuss's Butter Battle Book! My tastebuds think I'm eating a lot more, but I'm only using a tiny amount. I also use Irish butter, which is more flavorful than regular butter. (My favorite is Kerrygold which has the same calories as regular butter.) Using these tips I get a lot of taste out of that tiny 1/2 teaspoon!
While waiting for the teakettle or microwave to finish, I use the time to wipe the counters, scrub the stove, or put things away. It's amazing how much you can get done in a minute or two, even after getting your cup ready for the kettle! Throw in the 3-4 minutes for steeping and you can do even more.
I'm allergic to dryer sheets, so I use my favorite scented natural soap, still in the wrappers, as sachets in my clothing drawers. When I need a new bar in the bath, I take one from a clothing drawer and replace it with a new one. The best part: your clothes smell like "you" instead of the same laundry product everyone else uses.
I blogged about this the other day & people liked it so I thought I'd share: I was hungry before dinner and couldn't spare the calories. Then I realized you can't eat or prepare food with wet nails, so I gave myself a full manicure using non-quick drying products. By the end of the hour I wasn't hungry anymore, felt relaxed, and my nails looked great!
My favorite timesaver for keeping the house neater is an old waitress trick: never enter or leave a room empty-handed. There's always something that belongs somewhere else--the kitchen, recycle bin, trash, another room, etc. so I grab one or two things to "drop off" things along the way. By the end of the day or evening, everything is put back where it should be, but it seems effortless.
I use the "Add a nutrient" feature in the Nutrition Tracker to look for hidden sodium. Sodium = water retention, which equals extra pounds! The result pops up when you run your nutrition report at the end of the day.