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Create a To-Do List

Make a to-do list every day of everything you need to do (e.g. shopping, cooking, cleaning etc.). Try to be as detailed as possible to prevent cheating. Your day is not done until everything on your list is complete (if it's not done, then there has to be a really good reason and not "I'm too tired"). It's a great way to push through lethargy and organise your day (and feel proud of yourself for making it through the list). Don't forget to put your workout on your list.

- Submitted by LAURAOCONNE1 6/10/2013 in Motivation | 3 Comments
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Tracking what you buy

When I grocery shop, I take a list and then on a separate paper track the cost of everything I put in my cart. By taking the time to write down the cost of each item and keep a running total, not only do I save money, but I also am way less likely to throw those impulse buys in. No more "But they said they wanted to be eaten" cookies or gummi bears.

- Submitted by TANDABAT 2/5/2013 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Have a "Chop Fest"!

Every 2-3 days have a "chop fest"! Fill a few tupperware boxes with lots of washed and chopped/sliced salad and veggies e.g. lettuce, carrots, cucumber, onions, mushrooms, peppers, baby tomatoes, corn, peas, beans, little broccoli florets, bean sprouts and so on.

Then anytime you want to prepare a quick salad, or stuff a pitta bread or add a few veggies to a stir fry - they all all ready for you! Like your own private salad bar!

- Submitted by ADELE66 9/14/2012 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Product Research and Price Comparison

Every time we see something of larger monetary value (for my house anything over $20 that's a want) then, we take a pic or a note in our smart phone of that stores price, etc. When I get home I research when I think of it or as I look at ads etc. Generally, I put off even researching it and when we finally remember it we either realize we didn't need or want it, bought it but saved money, or otherwise. It really helps curb impulse purchases. emoticon

- Submitted by UREMAILHERE2001 8/12/2012 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Shoe organizers are for more than shoes!

i purchased hanging shoe organizers with clear pockets (the vinyl kind) and hung them on my children's closet doors. in addition to keeping shoes in there, the pockets are perfect for socks, stockings, hats, scarves and gloves, belts, and even small toys. the clear pockets allow me to see what my children have available for use and allows them to learn organization as well!

- Submitted by MRSBAILEY921 8/10/2012 in Organization | 0 Comments
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Turn Your Meal Tracker Into a Meal Planner

Instead of tracking the food I eat AFTER I eat it, I plan out my meals a week in advance.

I take an hour, take stock of what I have in my pantry, and search through SparkRecipes and other recipe sites that offer nutrition facts, finding recipes that look good.

Then, I plan out where those meals will fit into each day, arranging and rearranging until I get the right combo of nutrients for each day.

Finally, I shop based on a list, cook ahead of time, and look forward to eating again!

- Submitted by MAGPIENESSA 7/11/2012 in Using SparkPeople | 4 Comments
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Green Tangerine!

put a quart of water on to boil. Add 4 bags of green tea, (shown to boost metabolism 12% by drinking just one cup) a sliced tangerine, (it's chemical composition increases sensitivity to insulin and stimulates genes that help to burn fat). In the morning, fill your favorite drinking glass up with ice, pour the brew to 3/4 full and top off the rest of the way with water. Enjoy for the rest of the day!DO THIS EVERY NIGHT AND DAY.

- Submitted by TERRACRONE 2/2/2012 in Weight Loss | 5 Comments
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Donate, Store and Consign Boxes in the Laundry Room

I keep three large cardboard boxes in the corner of my laundry room. One is labeled "donate", one "sell", and the other "store". When I take my kids' clothes out of the dryer if I come across something that doesn't fit, I toss it into one of the three boxes. When the boxes are full, I bring the "donate" box to the Salvation Army and drop the whole thing off. I take the "store" box up to the attic where I sort it into bins to be stored. Then I consign or ebay the last box!

- Submitted by THINAGAINJENN 1/31/2012 in Organization | 2 Comments
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Cleaning and Organizing to Stay away from Food

I lead a crazy busy life and therefore my house tends to get untidy and cluttered. When I joined SP, I decided to not only clean up my body, but to clean up my house too. I pick one room at a time and whenever I get the urge to eat, I clean, organize and purge instead. The result: I don't end up eating, my house is getting cleaned up and organized, and I've found things I forgot I even had. Gives me a great sense of accomplishment and pride.

- Submitted by JSTEZIK 10/5/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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easy counting at fridge

can't jot down or log on to record each time you eat something? draw out 8 glasses of water on a piece of paper, desired daily servings of fruits veggies, meats etc. then laminate and cut out. glue a magnet to the back of each and organize all on one side of the fridge door, each time you dink a glass of water move one glass to the other side of the fridge, eat a veggie or fruit, do the same thing to keep track of food and water intake throughout the day emoticon

- Submitted by FARMGIRLJO1973 7/27/2011 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Planning Weekly Food Shop- Never forget a thing!

I have a list of every item I ever buy on our computer. From food to loo rolls to sundry items I buy occasionally, listed in groups (fresh fruit and veg, meats, sauces, toiletries,cleaning items, frozen) according to where I'll find the item in the supermarket.
Once a week I simply adjust the list and print it off. The Original List is saved as "read only" so remains unchanged.
As a package becomes empty (or near empty) I make a note to replace it

Very rarely to I forget anything.
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- Submitted by NEW-CAZ 7/22/2011 in Organization | 3 Comments
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Safe Bubbles!

I have a toddler that loves bubbles but isn't the most coordinated! Sometimes when your kids are playing with bubbles, they can go into their eyes or mouth... So.. I found that the solution to that is to use her "tearless" bath soap! You can either use the shampoo or bubble bath, just make sure it's the tearless version!

- Submitted by SINGLEMOM34 7/14/2011 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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A Place for Everything, and Everything In It's Place

This is so true. The only way that I can be organized on an on-going basis is to set up an organizational system. I now have a to-be-filed bin. I never let it get too big or too daunting. If I did, I wouldn't want to bother with it. This way I find things when I need them (95% of the time). I have a bad memory, so this system is especially helpful for me. Just find an organization method that works for you, and stick to it!

- Submitted by WALKING_WONDER 7/11/2011 in Organization | 0 Comments
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Homemade Tarnish Remover that ACTUALLY works!

I went into a jacuzzi wearing a sterling silver necklace and it turned BROWN! I had warn this necklace for 4 years and this had never happened before! Here's how I fixed it:
~Take a pot deep enough to submerge what your trying to fix.
~Line the pot with aluminum foil.
~Add 1tsp of salt and 1tsp of baking soda
~Add enough water to cover the object
~Bring to a boil and "cook" for at least 3 minutes!
~It was a bit dull afterward so I cleaned it with toothpaste and it's good as new!!

- Submitted by SINGLEMOM34 7/8/2011 in Around The House | 4 Comments
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Developed a Check off Table

I created a check off table on my computer to guide me through each task or goal I must meet on daily basis. This includes my meals, water intake, homework time, time with kids, spiritual time, date night, etc.

- Submitted by LALASGRINGO 6/28/2011 in Organization | 2 Comments
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Organize your day and your life (home and professional) in one place!

Get a Moleskine (or similar knockoff) journal and divide it into 5 sections. FIRST a calendar: take the time to draw in a monthly calendar for the next 12-36 months. This will take a big chunk of the book. SECOND Section: To do list. This is a running list that you add to and tick off as you go though your week. THIRD section: Meeting Notes. FOURTH section: Buy list (the lowest cost of an item...happens about 6 months, so you know when to stock up. FIFTH section: Random. Separate eachwith tabs.

- Submitted by POBRECIIIITA 6/9/2011 in Organization | 4 Comments
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Big Goal? Fast track yourself by getting help!

When you have a really big goal - like cleaning out the garage or basement - you'll get more done faster with help. You will be surprised how much you can get done in one day. PLUS that second person will motivate you to keep going. I paid $10 an hour for 12 hours and it seemed like a lot...but finally got the entire basement done! 20 bags of garbage...10 boxes to the Goodwill. 12 months later it still looks great and finally getting it done feels great! emoticon

- Submitted by MARYMARKER 5/27/2011 in Organization | 1 Comment
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Set a Timer

As soon as I get home I set my oven timer for 30 minutes and get to cleaning. It keeps me focused on the task at hand, and it often turns into a race against the clock to see how much I can get done. (Usually it's a lot).

- Submitted by NHELENE 5/27/2011 in Around The House | 1 Comment
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Freeze your eggs!

My friend that has a chicken coupe let me in on a secret... You can freeze eggs! I had no idea that you could do this, and it would definitely save you money if you don't use eggs that frequently!

- Submitted by SINGLEMOM34 5/24/2011 in Around The House | 5 Comments
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Easy Slicing!

If you have a child that likes "crust-less" sandwiches or if you are just looking for an easier way to slice them, try a PIZZA CUTTER!

I have to make sure my toddler has bite size pieces to avoid choking and I found myself spending a lot of time trying to cut things with a knife.. this is a real time saver PLUS it's a lot "neater"!

- Submitted by SINGLEMOM34 5/9/2011 in Cooking | 2 Comments
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what to do with leftover adobo peppers!

Adobo peppers always come in cans that have roughly a cup of peppers in each- yet recipes rarely call for more than 1 or 2 as they are so hot. Unless you make mexican every night- you're going to be wondering what to do with the ones you didn't use. With this trick you'll never throw away extra peppers- and you ALWAYS have some handy when you need them.

- Submitted by BIGOLEDIVA 2/20/2011 in Cooking | 3 Comments
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Organize For Success

I invest some time once a week to plan meals for the week ahead. Then the grocery list will be done, and when I get home from the store, I immediately enter any new food items I purchased into my favourites...that way I don't have to worry about it later or when I'm away from home and use my iPhone App. I also bag everything into 1 servings or into containers from Fit N Fresh. I love them!!! It's SOOO worth it to take some time to get it sorted.

- Submitted by 1DRWOMAN 2/18/2011 in Organization | 2 Comments
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Organization means RELAXATION

If you ever feel stressed out at home, look around you. If your like some people everything is thrown here and there so GET TO ORGANIZING. Organizing a place makes it seem bigger, more free, out in the open. It really makes you feel in order and less stressed, more relaxed.

- Submitted by TENNESSEENIGHT 2/16/2011 in Organization | 1 Comment
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Never let extra wine turn to vinegar- save it this way!

How many of you have opened a bottle of wine to get 1/2 cup for a recipe- then had the bottle go bad before you drank it? How many of you have opened a bottle of wine & decided it really wasn't that great other than possibly for cooking? (how many recipes can you make requiring wine? Right?) How about all those partial bottles left from a party?With this handy tip- you'll never allow wine to go to waste again, plus it will always be handy in pre-measured amounts- right at your fingertips

- Submitted by BIGOLEDIVA 2/13/2011 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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more freezer space

ever make a trip to costco only to have to throw out frozen food to fit your new purchases in your freezer?Here is a way to literally squeeze the most out of(or actually into) your freezer!

- Submitted by BIGOLEDIVA 2/6/2011 in Organization | 7 Comments
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