2 Handy Tools for Quicker Clean-Ups

As a Mom, sometimes it seems like I spend half my day “picking up” after my family. I often spend so much time getting the small stuff in order that I never make it to the deep cleaning. Consequently, I’m always looking for cheap tools to help speed up the the process. Two of my favorites are my Butler’s Broom and my ultra-handy Grabber. It’s kind of amazing how...
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Simplify the TV for your kids with this handy remote

About a year ago, we added a TV to the toy room in our basement. The kids loved having it, but I hated going up and down the stairs over and over again to help them find a good channel. One afternoon I came down to find my 6 year old watching a steamy soap opera and decided I needed to do something. We almost got rid of the TV; then I found this handy solution. I bought this universal...
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Save space and scratches by organizing your DVDs

At $20 a piece, DVDs present a problem. We buy them to keep our kids entertained while we get some much needed Mom time, but at that price we hesitate to let our kids touch them. Rather than be the constant middle man between the DVD player and my kids, I created this simple binder system. The first step (and this is a tough one for some people) is to ditch all the plastic cases. The fact of the...
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More details on the 'Organize Your Games' post

After my last post, I went through my games and thought I’d add a few more details. First off, there are tons of choices in these leftover-type containers. I thought I’d pass on a few of my favorites. For the larger-size games (pictured here) I like the Glad-brand “family” size containers. For the smaller games, like Sorry or Monopoly, I use Rubbermaid brand. I can’t...
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Replace Flimsy Cardboard Game Boxes with Stackable Plastic

Thanks to Julianne for your question about games and puzzles. I’m a big game lover. My house has tons of games and puzzles. However, I hate the bulky, awkward boxes they come in. So I opted to pitch the cardboard and replace it with stackable plastic. Like I said, I have tons of games, so I used the most inexpensive container I could find. These disposable plastic containers designed for...
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