19 hacks in January 2012

30 January 2012

How to avoid hanging clothes while emptying the dryer

Emptying the dryer goes so much faster when you don't have to stop to hang wrinkle-prone clothes!

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27 January 2012

Organize art supplies with dollar store bins + laminated labels

My overarching strategy for all organizing projects is "Simplify, Routinize, Delegate," and Jess of Tiny Leaf Studio did just that with her craft closet.

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25 January 2012

Writer, mother, extrovert: a tricky balance

In my latest post at Babble Voices, I talk about how easy it can be to forget about your fundamental needs even as you walk down the path toward a full and happy life. And one easy thing you can do to adjust course.

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25 January 2012

New favorite craft material: polymer clay

Polymer clay (such as Sculpey and Fimo) has everything going for it: it's inexpensive, widely-available, versatile, long-lasting, easy to use, easy to clean up, and open to endless interpretation.

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24 January 2012

Live talk recap: Best Ideas for Getting Organized

Yesterday's live talk at The Motherhood may have been an even bigger inspiration to me than to the attendees. Here are the highlights.

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23 January 2012

Perfect first baking project: Blondies

I stumbled onto a recipe for Mark Bittman's Blondies over the weekend, and I hereby dub it The Perfect Recipe for a New Baker.

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20 January 2012

Divide your to-do list by context

Does your paper to-do list get too unwieldy? Do you get overwhelmed by "home" to-dos cluttering your list while you're busy with work? Here's Hillary's practical solution.

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20 January 2012

DIY science experiment table

Most of us relish the idea of a little mad science with the kids, but then we run into the reality of gathering the materials and finding the space to work. Undaunted (and motivated by her daughter's love of science), Michelle set out to solve this problem.

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19 January 2012

Do you need a professional organizer?

There are many good books and online services that can help you get organized. But if you've tried them without success, consider bringing in a partner -- either a friend or a pro.

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18 January 2012

Make a no-sew wrap-style baby carrier

Hallway not included. Photo credit: Rookie Moms/Heather Flett via www.rookiemoms.com Heather of Rookie Moms made her own wrap-style baby carrier (which she refers to as her Fauxby). And you can, too. Really, you can. While her version did involve a bit of sewing (hemming the edges), she says the no-sew...

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18 January 2012

Join me for a live talk on getting organized: Monday 1/23/12

The Motherhood has asked me to host a live talk on getting organized, and you're all invited! Join me, Christine Koh, and Meagan Francis for 30 lively, productive minutes on Monday, 1/23/12.

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18 January 2012

Make a no-sew Moby wrap baby carrier

Heather of Rookie Moms made her own Moby Wrap-style baby carrier (which she refers to as her Fauxby). And you can, too. Really, you can.

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17 January 2012

New kids' app review site: A Matter of App

Smartphones are the new handheld gaming device for many kids, especially preschoolers. The trick is to wade through all of the app offerings, which is why the new app review site, A Matter of App, is such a welcome addition to the blogosphere.

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16 January 2012

Only (not) the lonely

At Babble Voices, I share my thoughts on a parent's choice to have one child, and the experience of being an "only" myself.

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13 January 2012

Two-minute bread pudding

If your New Year's resolution is to "lose X pounds," STOP READING NOW.

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