Time Management For Kids

For kids, school success can hinge on good organization and time management skills. Learning to manage time, use schedules and a planner are skills needed by every student.

Give your back-to-school students a refresher course in time management, with this just-for-kids Web site from PBSKids.org.

Find time management tips, lessons in planner basics, and free printable daily schedule, weekly planner and calendar pages here:

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Club Card Hack: Bye, Keyring Clutter!

Now that everybody and their dog (literally, in the case of Petsmart) is issuing club-card tracking devices for frequent shoppers, wallets are in for a serious case of overload.

Choices at the checkstand aren't that great. Either you fumble through a stack of club cards to find the right one, or use keytabs and hand over your keyring for manhandling by germy-handed strangers.

Enter the bar-code card hack from Instructables. Scanning all club-card bar codes into Photoshop, you create and laminate a single source for club-card bar codes. Kill the keytabs and cut wallet clutter:

Club Card Barcode Hack

Don't want to go the DIY route? Here's a free online service that will create a single printable barcode card from eight of your current club cards:

Just One Club Card

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To-Do List to Tag Cloud: Zirr.us!

Online to-do lists come and go, and too often, they're pale versions of standard corporate task management programs. Not Zirr.us--a free Web-based service now in beta!

This intuitive online task tracker shows pending to-dos in checklist or tag cloud view. Left-brainers will love the color-coding and visual impact; right-brainers will like the simplicity and ease of list management:

Zirr.us Task Manager

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Chore Wars? Organize Chores Online!

chore busterHas the family drawn battle lines over housework in your home? Chill the chore wars in your home with Chore Buster, a free online service to organize household chores.

The premise is simple: enter people and enter chores in the easy online interface. Rate each chore for difficulty and desirability, and note how often it needs to be performed.

Chore Buster will generate fair, balanced chore lists for every member of the home, and e-mail them to you daily or weekly.

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35 New Uses for Zipper Food Storage Bags

They're handy kitchen helpers, but can do so much more to organize life at home: zipper food storage bags!

Check in with blogger The Optimized Life for a list of 25 unusual uses for food storage bags. We liked this one:

"Turn a Ziploc bag into a pastry bag by snipping off a tiny corner. This allows you to frost a cake without any special tools.

Along the same lines, we'd add using a food storage bag to fill devilled eggs. Spoon the filling into the bag, snip a slightly larger corner, and heap the filling high! When finished, toss the bag for easy clean-up.

25 Uses For Ziploc Bags

RealSimple.com weighs in with ten more unusual uses for zipper food storage bags:

10 New Uses for Ziploc Bags

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Sew Organized: Declutter The Sewing Room

The verdict is in: a big house is not the answer to the clutter problem.

Biggest culprit: CEO's sewing area. One small room. Two large closets face one another in the hall outside with facing mirrors. Perfect for storing fabric and supplies, and just the thing for checking fit and marking hems!

Except that who can pin a hem in the middle of this? Check out this unretouched photo to see the bitter, bitter truth!

Friends and Futures: A Double Household Notebook Tour

When blogger Elizabeth and her friend Kim took on the challenge to create household notebooks, they aimed high.

Deciding to create more than just a simple binder for household information, they envisioned their notebooks as "living books" that would help teach their daughters to keep house.

In these posts, Elizabeth shares her Foss Family Home Companion, while Kim outlines her Family Management Journal. Both notebook tours go further: they explain the thinking behind these two young mothers' decision to create order for their families, now and for the future.

Don't miss Kim's downloadable dividers and forms in Microsoft Word format. Check them out:

Elizabeth's Family Home Companion

Kim's Home Management Journal

Home Management Journal - The Basics

Home Management Journal - Housekeeping

Home Management Journal - Cleaning Forms and Lists

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