Ever wondered which household tips you should take with a grain of salt and which are, well, worth their salt?
For our book, “Happy Homemaking: An LDS Girl’s Guide” (Cedar Fort, 2012), my co-author Elyssa Andrus and I interviewed more than a dozen experts on a spectrum of homemaking topics. Our quest: to discover the best practices for modern homemakers.
Here is sampling of seven homemaking tips that will save you time and money (and sanity, too).
"Happy Homemaking: An LDS Girl’s Guide"
Authors: Natalie Hollingshead and Elyssa Andrus Length: 240 pages Publisher: Cedar Fort (Springville, Utah) Publication Date: August 14, 2012
Authors: Natalie Hollingshead and Elyssa Andrus
Length: 240 pages
Publisher: Cedar Fort (Springville, Utah)
Publication Date: August 14, 2012
When it comes to laundry, there aren’t many rules you can safely ignore. Ignore a dry-clean-only label or throw that red shirt in with the whites, and you’ll likely rue the end result.
But when it comes to laundry detergent, less may be more. Experts say you can safely use up to one-half the amount of recommended detergent without sacrificing cleanliness.
Yes, cookware sets are often cheaper than buying pots and pans a la carte — or so it may seem. But, often, cookware sets don’t contain the sizes or finishes that are really necessary for a well-stocked kitchen. And that leads to more purchases in the end and a lot of cookware clogging your kitchen cupboards.
Instead of a set, start with one or two multi-purpose pieces (like a 12-inch skillet), and purchase other pieces to fit your needs as your culinary skills improve.
If the idea of reheating Monday’s dinner on Wednesday night makes you shudder, you aren’t alone. Leftovers have a bad rap. But, when planned correctly, leftovers are a huge time and money saver. Instead of thinking of leftovers as leftovers, reframe them as double-duty dinners. Next time you put chicken in a slow cooker for tacos, throw in double and save half for chicken salad. Making a pan of enchiladas? Make two and give one to that frazzled new mother in your ward.
How many times have you started a task only to be pulled away by the ringing phone or jingle of an incoming text? Next thing you know, you’re checking your email or updating your Facebook status and, whoops — the washing machine has started the cycle without the clothes loaded. Turn off (or at least silence) your phone so you can get the chores done quickly. Pinterest can wait.
One of the surest ways to save money is to institute a waiting period on purchases. Did you find a pair of shoes or throw pillows on sale for a killer deal but can’t decide whether to purchase them? Wait a day (or two) before buying. Often, the thrill of the find will pass, and you’ll realize you didn’t need the item, anyway. If you can’t stop thinking about the goods after a few days, head back to the store and buy with confidence — as long as it’s in the budget, of course.
A stylish doormat adds curb appeal and can help set the tone for your home. But doormats have more than their looks to recommend them. They are a functional item for keeping dirt outside where it belongs. Place doormats at every threshold and encourage family members (and guests) to wipe their feet on the doormat before entering.
If your budget allows, purchase a 12-month supply of home maintenance items such as furnace filters, batteries and cleaning supplies only once a year. That way, you don’t have to run to the store every time the light blinks on your thermostat or the batteries in a beloved toy go kaput. Having items on hand makes it easier to attend to maintenance issues that could be costly if ignored. As an added bonus, such items are often cheaper purchased in bulk.