3×5 Cards: The Work Horse of the Office Supplies

Oh, 3×5 cards, how do I love thee!!

If you haven’t stocked up on 3×5 cards at the school supply sales, or you haven’t high-tailed it to the Dollar Store, do it.

Some of the few things I use my beloved 3×5 cards for:

1) A note to The Hubby for what we need to budget for. I just slip the 3×5 card into our “budget box”, and when we sit down to do our budget, there they are! It also is helpful to have them on separate pieces of paper so you can physically prioritize them on a need basis. I write down whatever details I know about the item (due date, projected cost, etc.) and then forget about it.

2) Individual shopping lists. I head each 3×5 card with the various stores I go to and write what I need at that particular store. If I know the price, I’ll write that too, just in case I happen to find a better price while I’m out and about!

3) My “calls pending” are written on 3×5 cards.

4) Remembering Bible verses that speak to you. I have a few 3×5 cards tucked in my Bible and I always smile when I re-read them.

5) Leaving notes in your kid’s lunch box. Just the right size for just the right kid.

What do you use 3×5 cards for?

 

Reusing Baby Food Jars

I’ve given up, for the most part, making Little’s baby food. I realized it was adding to my stress, making sure I was offering a variety, prepping and cooking, and forgetting to take it out of the freezer in time to eat. It was an obvious choice, though a difficult one.

Now, I have a boatload of baby food jars lying around. I couldn’t just toss ’em in the recycling bin, ‘cuz I know how versatile they can be! So far, my kids have made maracas (using google eyes. Kinda creepy) and I have started using them as leftover containers and on-the-go snacks! Hello, portion control!

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Household Problems: Tackling the Laundry Pile

 

Did you know washing dishes and folding laundry are said to be two of the most stress relieving chores in a household? Something about the monotonous movement being calming to the brain.

I call BS.

With three kids (one in cloth diapers), two dogs, and a husband that usually takes two showers a day, our laundry is never ending! I think those nudists are on to something!

I’ve never liked doing laundry, but when we had a TV in the bedroom, it wasn’t nearly the chore it is today. I’d put a show on, and zone out. I’d do it once a week (except for diapers, which are every other day), and spend an hour folding. One Grey’s Anatomy, and we were square.

Well, now we don’t have a TV in the bedroom and I don’t watch Grey’s anymore. I’ve tried doing one massive wash once a week. I hated the time consuming folding. I’ve tried doing small loads every day, but then it really felt like it never stopped!

So what’s a gal to do?

She heads to her happy place (Target) for an economical solution that puts a portion of the laundry duties in other family members hands!

I bought these 3 black baskets at Target (the RE brand) for $4.99 a piece. They came with s couple fun colors too, but I’m a straight edge like that, so I went basic black. They are big enough to hold 3 days worth of laundry for each of the kids, but small enough that Middle can still manage to carry her basket with the aforementioned laundry. I also like that the handles flip in to make the baskets stackable. I’m a girl who loves her options! I like that taking one small basket to put away can be done in less than a minute (and Big puts her own stuff away), instead of having to put away the big basket of clothes at once.

At some point, I’ll put each of the kids pictures on the baskets so they know which basket is theirs.

This is 2 days worth of laundry!

How do you keep laundry under control? (No need to reply if your answer is “I just go buy more underwear”) 😉