Quick Toy Cleanup

My son has lots of Legos. I love the creativity this kind of play encourages in him, but not the headache of picking all those toys up! Here is such a simple solution that everyone should know about it.

I store a large tablecloth in the bin on top of the Legos. Lay down the tablecloth and dump the bin.

My son understands he can spread out as far as the tablecloth. (Make it a sheet if you need more space.)  When it’s time to pick up, grab the four corners of the cloth, dump the Legos in the bin, and there you go—all picked up!

Thanks for all the great tips you and your readers share with us! Heidi

Let Your E-mail Be Your Administrative Assistant!

Work study experts have shown that it is more efficient to group like tasks together:  making phone calls, answering e-mails, grading papers, assigning tasks, etc.  G-mail (and possibly other e-mail providers) has an excellent feature that allows you to compose many e-mails, one after another, and then determine when to send them out!

This can be used to send out invitations and follow-up reminders, a birthday greeting on the EXACT day of the birthday (without having to remind yourself to send it on that day), or even to send a reminder to yourself 6 months in the future to do something (such as changing batteries, scheduling a medical appointment, or check to see if you’ve received something that was promised to you).

Email and Text

First, compose your e-mail as usual.  But DO NOT hit the “Send” button.  Instead, to the right of the word “Send” is a down arrow.  Click on the arrow.


The window that appears suggests a date and time to send the e-mail.  Or you can select your own time to send it.


It will then reside in your “Scheduled” box, waiting for the date and time that you have chosen.


At any time, you can open a “Scheduled” e-mail and modify it (e.g., the body of the text, the recipients, or even delete it).

Now, in just a few minutes, you’ve sent out birthday greetings to arrive on the correct day, reminded yourself to take a future action, informed friends of a party and even sent a follow-up email!  My, look how efficient and organized you are!



Kid’s Room Recycled Bulletin Board

Need a bulletin board for a child’s room? An old-fashioned game board—a relic from the age before electronic games took over makes for the perfect solution. This Monopoly board is a perfect example—it’s colorful and decorative for hanging on a playroom wall.

By the nature of the board, it will easily accept push pins to tack up photos, notes, and so forth. One idea is to paint the center of the board with chalkboard paint. Or cover the center of the board with white contact paper. White paint is yet another idea.



Free Shakers

I save spice containers that have shaker caps. I wash them out and fill them with flour or sugar. These containers are convenient when you just need a sprinkle or shake, such as when kneading dough.