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Household Hints & Handy Tips


Here is a page with thousands of useful hints and expert tips. You can count on it to make your life easier—whether you are an on-the-go career person, a harried homemaker, a neophyte do-it-yourselfer, or someone experienced at juggling job, home, family, and friends.

 

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.

 

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION...”
Instead of spending hours a year trying to remove felt-tip marker writing and drawing from walls, spend a couple of minutes putting the markers out of reach.

 

BANKING AND BANK ACCOUNTS
Budgeting is easier if you have one bank account for paying bills. For couples, make it a joint account. Even if one person usually handles the finances.

 

BUDGETING

Review and adjust your budget at least once a year (perhaps at tax time, when you’ve done a financial review).

 

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.

 

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.

 

ESTABLISHING CREDIT
A woman should give the creditors written notice if, when she marries, she decides to take her husband's surname, but wants to keep separate accounts.

 

EXPERTS TO THE RESCUE
It’s wise to choose a doctor before you need one. It’s equally wise to choose a lawyer at leisure—before a crisis occurs.

 

ERRANDS

If possible, patronize stores and offices near your home, your work, or on the route between the two.

 

FIGHTING THE “PACK RAT” SYNDROME
Go through your house periodically, eliminating items you no longer want. One possible criterion: when you no longer notice a decorative object.

 

HOW ORGANIZED ARE YOU?

Does it often take you more than 10 minutes to unearth a particular letter, bill, report, or other paper from your files or the top of your desk?

 

HOW TO USE CREDIT WISELY
After you’ve finished paying off a major loan, continue paying out the same amount to your savings account each month.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

MAKING LIFE EASIER

Allow time for making up the beds and tidying the kitchen before leaving the house in the morning.

 

MEDICAL RECORDS
Keep all the material that you need to process medical and dental insurance claims in one file or folder— instructions, blank forms, eligible bills.

 

MOTIVATING KIDS TO HELP

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

 

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.

 

ODDS AND ENDS
To help keep clutter under control, set aside one bowl or basket in a central location to temporarily house small objects that have no current home.

 

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.

 

RETIREMENT
It’s too late to start preparing for your retirement on the day that you pick up your gold watch.

 

SHARING THE BURDEN

Try discussing the chores each member of the family likes least and work around them accordingly.

 

SOCIAL INSURANCE
If you have any concerns about your Canada Pension Plan (CPP) or Quebec Pension Plan (QPP), check that your earnings are being correctly reported.

 

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.

 

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.

 

VARYING STANDARDS
Let family group pressure maintain standards as much as possible. When a chore isn’t properly done.

 

YOU AND YOUR MAIL

Handle most of your mail only once. Immediately discard any thing that needs no action, doesn't interest you.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

WILLS
You don’t have to be rich to need a will. It’s the only way to be certain your property goes to those you want to have it.

 

WRITING CHEQUES
Take care every time you write a cheque. Write legibly so that the bank clerk can read the name of the payee and can easily com pare it with the signature of the person.

 

GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR BEDROOM CLOSET

Always hang coat hangers so that all the hooks point away from you. This makes it easy to remove several articles at once—or all of them in an emergency.

 

 

 

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