Sep 232009

This week for Works for Me Wednesday I have another one of those tips that seem so obvious and yet took me a while to think of. We all like to keep various papers and notes handy so that we know where they are. A lot of people have chosen to hang everything on their refrigerator. I do have some things on my refrigerator (I actually need to do a little cleanup of the outside of my fridge currently.), BUT too many papers make the whole room look messy.

I have found that an excellent place to hide some of those papers you need (or maybe just want) is on the INSIDE of the kitchen cabinet doors. It’s an excellent place to post that phone list, sports schedule, grocery list, or whatever else you tend to put on the refrigerator. I’ve even got newspaper clippings of some of my favorite comics hanging in one of my cabinets. I can reread them and get a good chuckle while I’m unloading the dishwasher.

Of course you can’t use magnets on the inside of your cabinets. However, you could fix that by painting with magnetic paint. You could also paint the inside of a cabinet door with chalkboard paint! I haven’t actually tried either of these ideas, so I’m just sticking with tape for now.

Sep 022009

It’s Organizing Week on Works for Me Wednesday and I really love to organize! For my contribution, I am sharing how I organize our chores. This is our weekly chore chart for me and the kids. I implemented this format of chore assignments a couple of years ago. It has really worked well for us. I keep a copy hung on the side of the refrigerator so everyone can easily see what their chores are that afternoon.

This school-year, I switched the chores around a little, trying to make a person responsible for cleaning the whole room. At first it didn’t go over that well, but I think the kids are finally getting used to the different chores.

KPH is me, DWH, is 11 year old son, AKH is 9 year old daughter, WJH is 7 year old son, and EGH is almost 3 year old daughter.I also should mention that we have 3-1/2 bathrooms with notations of MBR for Master bath, K Bath for kids’ bath, H bath for Half-bath, and PR bath for Playroom bath (in the basement).

Hope this helps someone plan their own chores. Chore charts definitely Work for Me!


Jul 292009

We just got back from a week at the beach. In addition to our clothes, we had to take bed linens and towels for our stay. Our family of six traveled in a Chrysler Town and Country mini van and we didn’t have to use the roof carrier!

My favorite vacation packing tip—-


I packed all of our clothes and linens into 4 laundry baskets. (I even had extra shoes, diapers, sunscreen, and some of our food in there too. We use the large rectangular ones. They will fit stacked 2 high.

Here’s a picture of the van after one laundry basket and some other stuff (like a Pack n Play) had already been removed. It’s not the best picture, but I, believe it or not, wasn’t thinking about getting a picture for the blog!
Packing in laundry baskets definitely “Works for me” and I hope someone else finds it a useful idea.