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Lovin’ These Links

Posted by on Mar 21, 2011 in Links I Love, Popular Posts: Organizing, Recent Posts | 2 comments

Lovin’ These Links

Sorry for the two week silence, everyone.  We amped up our house hunt lately so all my late-night blogging hours have been consumed by MLS research.  Thankfully, we just put a bid on a house this weekend.  With any luck, all will go well and I can reclaim my nights…at least until the move-in day. Here a are a few of the sites featured on my facebook page in the last few weeks.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.  If you do, don’t forget to leave comments for these incredibly talented, hard-working bloggers.  We live for...

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Lovin’ These Links

Posted by on Jan 24, 2011 in Links I Love, Popular Posts: Organizing, Recent Posts | 0 comments

Lovin’ These Links

Happy Monday, guys.  I kicked my week off in true Eckersley style by waking up late and dropping my kids at the school doors well after the tardy bell.  At least is was for a good cause (and by good I mean completely self-serving).  I was up late into the night working on an all new version MeckMom.com.  I can’t wait to show it to you.  My handsome husband and I are still working out the kinks but it should be up soon.  It better be, I’m not sure how many more tardies my kids can take. So it’s that time again.  Time...

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Tackling Laundry Mini-Tip 4

Posted by on Apr 20, 2010 in Popular Posts: Organizing | 1 comment

Tackling Laundry Mini-Tip 4

For some mysterious reason, mini-tip number 3 has disappeared from the home page.  It shows up in the archives, it shows up in the search but won’t show on the home page where it belongs.  After trouble-shooting unsuccessfully for the last 30 minutes, I’ve decided to admit defeat and just post the link for you.  WordPress: 1, Maria: 0.  Dang it, I hate losing to machines. Here’s the link to Tackling Laundry Mini-Tip 3 Laundry Tackling Tip 4: Hang Out Outside the Closet I used to dread hanging clothes.  It seemed to take...

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Tackling Laundry Mini-Tip 3

Posted by on Apr 17, 2010 in Popular Posts: Organizing | 5 comments

Tackling Laundry Mini-Tip 3

Laundry Tackling Tip 3: Incentivize to Minimize When it comes to caring for their clothes my kids are pretty lazy.  I’ve explained time and time again that jeans and pajamas can be worn a few times before being washed but it never seemed to sink in.  Each time I’d fold the laundry I’d find tons of jeans and pjs – most of which didn’t need to be washed.  To make matters worse when my kids cleaned their rooms they would often drop perfectly clean clothes into the hamper just to avoid putting them away....

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Tackling Laundry Mini-Tip 2

Posted by on Apr 16, 2010 in Popular Posts: Organizing | 2 comments

Tackling Laundry Mini-Tip 2

Laundry Tackling Tip 2: Get the Right Equipment You’ll spend countless hours of your life lugging, sorting, and folding laundry.  So why not get supplies that make the job a little easier?  These smart, stacking laundry baskets are among my favorites.  I usually fold laundry on the kitchen table or my bed but I hate constantly bending over to reach the clothes.  These cool baskets from WalMart solve that problem for me.  When the handles are folded in the baskets stack, allowing me to grab clothes from the top without any bending....

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Tackling Laundry Mini-Tip 1

Posted by on Apr 15, 2010 in Popular Posts: Organizing | 4 comments

Tackling Laundry Mini-Tip 1

If there’s one tedious task that we all have in common it’s probably laundry. Regardless of how much laundry you grapple with each week chances are you’d love to get it done faster and with a little less effort.  So, I thought I’d share a few helpful tips and simple strategies that make managing laundry for my family of seven a little easier.  As I mentioned on Monday, my little one is not a big fan of my laptop these days so these I’ve decided to break up my laundry tips into a series of mini posts.  Since...

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How to Organize Medicine in 3 Easy Steps

Posted by on Mar 19, 2010 in Popular Posts: Organizing | 7 comments

How to Organize Medicine in 3 Easy Steps

Amy from Utah wrote to me this week for help with her medicine supply cupboard.  Here’s an excerpt from her email… I am out of room for all the stuff that has to be in the meds cupboard, we purge the contents of the bins as the needs change, but it still leaves me with a mess.  Now I have 4 bins above my microwave, one for my meds and medical needs, one for the kid’s things, one for pain relievers (Tylenol, Tums, Motrin etc…) and one for the misc. things- band-aids, Benadryl, disposable thermometer covers, motion sickness...

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Easy Tip for Managing Kid Collections

Posted by on Feb 19, 2010 in Popular Posts: Organizing | 7 comments

Easy Tip for Managing Kid Collections

My daughter Emily loves rocks, shells, crystals and all things geological. So much so in fact that I’ve had to make it a habit to check her jean pockets on laundry day because they’re often stuffed with her latest jagged find. As much as I love her passion for earth science, I hate tripping over her scattered assortment of stuff that ends up all over our house.  I needed a way for her to keep track of  her treasures without making a mess for me. So, for her last birthday, I created this simple catch-all for her collection....

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3 Cheap Kitchen Tools that Make Life Easier

Posted by on Feb 10, 2010 in Best of MeckMom, Popular Posts: Organizing | 9 comments

3 Cheap Kitchen Tools that Make Life Easier

I love a great kitchen gadget; especially those that simplify my life and don’t cost an arm and a leg.  Here are a few of my recent favorites. Painter’s Tape ($2, WalMart) Ok, I know this low-tack tape probably doesn’t qualify as a kitchen gadget to most people, but I use it in my kitchen all the time.  I’ve even got a special hook inside my cupboard door to keep my roll of tape handy (and keep it out of the hands of my tape-loving kids).  I use it for all kinds of things like making a reusable seal on bags of...

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Fast and Easy Labeling with Dry Erase Markers

Posted by on Jan 29, 2010 in Popular Posts: Organizing | 2 comments

Fast and Easy Labeling with Dry Erase Markers

Labeling is a critical step to getting and staying organized.  Without it, whatever wonderful system you set up will be impossible for your family to follow and consequently fail before it gets off the ground.  That being said, there are lots of instances where ‘officially’ labeling something with a sticker or tag requires way too much commitment.  The fact is that when you’re in the middle of an organizing project, there are times when you just aren’t sure what will work. For example, I just did an overhaul of my...

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