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Use your planner to make sure that Minimum Maintenance stays a habit. In your calendar, for each day that you do your minimum maintenance, write an 'MM' with a circle around the how many days you have done this in a row. If you miss a day, you have to start back at '1'.
Once you have 'MM' and 21 next to it, MM has become a habit. To make sure that you continue in this habit, write 'MM' in your calendar after you completed it. Seeing it written there each day will remind you of it's importance.
Copyright © 2002 Linda M. DePaz
Do you line your wastebaskets with plastic trash bags? Keep a few extra new bags in the bottom of the wastebasket so that when you throw out the full bag, you have a new bag ready and waiting. For small wastebaskets, use plastic shopping bags as a cheap alternative to commercial trash bags.
New cloth diapers make excellent cleaning cloths. They are highly absorbant, are easily washed and bleached, and are often used by professional cleaning services. Since buying a package of diapers for this purpose, I now use nothing else and have eliminated most of my odd assortment of rags for a neat stack of diapers.
Try making this homemade glass cleaner as an easy and economical alternative to the store-bought variety. Pour 13 cups of warm water into an empty gallon container ( I use an empty gallon milk jug that has been well-rinsed.) Add to the warm water 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, and 1 Tablespoon mild detergent (I use liquid dishwashing soap). Finally, add a few drops of blue food coloring to help it resemble the commercial glass cleaners and thereby avoid confusion in the family. Be sure to clearly label the container, and then pour some into a spray bottle for easy usage. Give yourself a little organizing help by also taping the recipe for the glass cleaner to the front of the container so you can easily have it handy when it's time to make a new batch.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|