There is an apt quote from Confucius : “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” If we’re in the first category then things are looking good. If however you find yourself in the good company of the second category make sure to keep your eyes open and your mind open to the possibility of taking small steps to change.

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Take 5

Got a loaded inbox ? Once you’ve read the new emails and have assorted emails waiting for action and are tempted to log out ….. take 5 minutes. Systematically attack the emails for 5 full minutes rather than wait for ‘later’. By consistently being practical you will see your inbox dwindle.

A Happy Ending For Your Socks

One of the most annoying parts of doing the laundry for my family had to be the sock chase. Chasing the socks into the laundry, sorting them back into pairs again and then the eternal question of what we do with the lonely matchless pile of socks.
After throwing away another huge pile of lonely socks with an estimated value of over $150 ( we have a lot of feet !) I decided to enforce a ‘sock lock’ system. Here’s the protocol …. It has worked with 100% success rate for us.

Step 1 – Purchase sock locks from the website http://www.sock-locks.com/ . (The single ones are great for kids under 5 and the double ones work great for larger socks. There is a pack of 30 double sock locks for $9.99. )

Step 2Designate a space near the laundry for the sock-locks.

Step 3 – Hold a family meeting and explain that due to the high rate of single-sock-it is in the home a sock lock procedure is being instituted stat. Show the children how to use them and explain socks wont get washed without being locked. Don’t waste too much time trying to teach the spouse ….

Step 4 – Do washing as usual, after pulling out the socks in their locks from the dryer, remove the locks, fold the socks and put the sock locks back in their designated place.
Step 5Enjoy having more socks in your drawers and no more single socks to feel guilty about.

Coupons : Friend or Foe ?

Here are my golden rules for coupons

1) Only clip coupons for items you already buy.

2) Don’t waste time by dividing them into coupon holders, simply keep them in a ziploc bag.

3) Keep your coupons in your car (not on your desk) and quickly look them through before you jump out of the car (rather than as you shop)

4) Discard expired coupons as you wait online.

5) If you shop at Costco, their coupons are great …. remember to keep them in the car.