Household Hints and Tips

Bring order to your household with handy hints and timely tips to do everything faster and better.

Whether you need to clean house, cut clutter or get organized, these daily tips will help clean up life on the home front.

Make It Merry With A Christmas Morning Basket

On Christmas morning, happy chaos reigns--but nobody wants to delay opening gifts so the family camera operator can find fresh batteries! Ahead of the big day, assemble a Christmas morning basket, containing scissors, pliers, camera batteries and any tools you need to open clamshell packaging. Add a pad of paper and pen to record gifts for thank-you notes. You'll be ready for the fun.

Thanksgiving Ahead! Strip Down The Refrigerator

With holiday cooking just around the corner, now's the time to make space in the refrigerator. Even if you don't have time for a full fridge clean-out, hunt out last summer's barbecue sauce, outdated salad dressings, and any bottles or jars with an inch or less of food inside. Use them up, consolidate them, or just plain toss them to free up storage space. Make room for Thanksgiving!

Save With A Seasonal Shopping List

The holidays will be here soon--and supermarkets are revving up seasonal promotions. To save on holiday meals, start a seasonal shopping list for pantry staples you'll need for family dinners and parties. When the price drops, you're ready to buy ... and save!

Rout Out Reference Books To Cut Clutter

In this online age, the Internet provides quick access to owners' manuals, reference works and appliance handbooks. Why pile up paper versions when the answers are as close as your computer? Clear shelf space by using online reference books and recycling paper copies.

Insurance Policy: Wallet, Meet Scanner

Bounce back from the pain of a lost or stolen wallet: make a quick scan of wallet contents. Lay credit cards face down on the scanner to create a reference record in case of loss. Kept in the safe (or safety deposit box); you'll know at a glance what was in your missing wallet.

Speed Decision-Making to Clear Clutter

Parting with clutter--like breaking up with a sweetheart or removing an adhesive bandage--is best done quickly. The longer you agonize over declutter decisions, the more likely you are to keep the item in question. Make quick decisions to minimize the pain of parting ... and cut the clutter.