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TELEPHONE TIMESAVERS

Install telephone jacks all around the house or get a cordless phone so that you can talk wherever you are in and around your home.

ERRANDS

If possible, patronize stores and offices near your home, your work, or on the route between the two. Try to accomplish an errand on the way to something else instead of making a special trip.

YOU AND YOUR MAIL

Handle most of your mail only once. Immediately discard any thing that needs no action, doesn't interest you, or doesn’t merit saving—a subscription request for a magazine you’re already getting, for example.

ORGANIZING HOUSEWORK

Make it a habit to return everything to its proper place and re mind others to do so. If you do this daily, it takes less time than waiting until the situation is out of control. An even bigger bonus is that you needn’t spend lime looking for out-of-place objects.

COMPANY’S COMING

Save time and concentrate on high-payoff cleaning—work on the most conspicuous areas, such as entrance halls and living-room rugs. Have you ever noticed how much cleaning you can do in the hour before company comes?

 

MAKING LIFE EASIER

Allow time for making up the beds and tidying the kitchen before leaving the house in the morning. It makes coming home much more pleasant—and sets an example for others in the household.

SHARING THE BURDEN

Try discussing the chores each member of the family likes least and work around them accordingly. One person may hate to scrape the dishes but may not mind taking them out of the dish washer. Rather than arguing, find something each person enjoys doing instead.

MOTIVATING KIDS TO HELP

SOME HOUSEHOLD JOBS A 5-YEAR-OLD CAN DO.

YOUR CHILD’S ROOM
Remind your children that 5 or 10 minutes of effort a day will keep their rooms in pretty good shape.

WHERE TO PUT THINGS
It all comes down to a place for everything and everything in its place—just as soon as it comes into the housel Otherwise.

 

ATTACKING A MESSY CLOSET
When the enthusiasm to clean strikes, start from the outside in. Take care of the clutter scattered around the room before digging into the closet.

YOUR PERSONAL RECORDS
Some of the most valued “d” that you have is probably personal letters, photographs, and such mementos as newspaper clippings, diplomas, and graduation programs.

YOUR PERMANENT FILE
You can set up a permanent file for your important papers on shelves or in shoe boxes but, to be really safe, a metal box or drawer cabinet is best.

HOME INVENTORY
For insurance purposes, take photographs of all your possessions and keep them in a metal box or in a safe-deposit box.

HOW TO KEEP RECORDS
Tired of crossing out and erasing in your address book? Use index cards instead and store them in a file box.

 

WHERE TO KEEP RECORDS
If you have important documents or official documents that are difficult to replace—for example, marriage, birth, and death certificates.

CONDUCTING BUSINESS AT HOME
Buy supplies in double quantities so that you won’t have to dash out in the middle of a project to buy an item you’ve run out of.

PAYING BILLS
Check your bills carefully for their payment-due date. To avoid a penalty, pay several days before they’re due. If you pay the bills as soon as they arrive.

LOST OR STOLEN CREDIT AND BANK CARDS
Make two photocopies of all your credit cards. Leave one at home; carry the other with you when traveling. If you lose a card, you’ll know the number to report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIFE INSURANCE
Do you need life insurance? Its main purpose—and nothing does it better—is to create an instant estate for your family in the event of your death.

 

STORAGE GUIDELINES
Organize existing storage space before increasing it. New storage often creates more places for disorganized clutter and more surfaces to collect unneeded items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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