A Simple Start Tips

We're asking you the question "What simplifies your life?" Share your tips and tricks on making life a little more simple. Tim and Pam will select 10 tips and the submitter will receive one of 10 great prizes! Share your tip here or view the others below.

Here are the tips we've received:

Snack Bag

Category: Other

I keep a snack bag and bottled water prepared and take it in the car. This helps when hunger strikes and it keeps us from spending money on fast food.

Remembering Passwords

Category: Organization

Both my workplaces require computer passwords to change every 90 days. Each password must have capitals, lowercase, numbers, AND special characters. It was so difficult to come up with anything remotely memorable that would meet this criteria until it hit me- Scripture references! John 15:5, Luke 10:41, etc., suddenly it's easy to think of and easy to remember, even if I have to change it frequently. (And, as a bonus, helps me with Scripture memorization.)

Get Up 1/2 Hour Early

Category: Time Management

Getting up a half hour early can change my whole day. I have time to eat breakfast and read a daily devotion. I don't feel hurried getting ready for work and I feel better driving into work. My stomach doesn't hurt because I skipped breakfast and my heart and mind is prepared for the day.

Crock Pot

Category: Meals

I'm a working mother of 3, I use my crock pot throughout the week as much as I can. I have learned to make almost anything in my crockpot from chicken, beef, taco meat, sloppy joes, meat balls, spaggetti, etc. I put the food in the crock pot before I go to work, supper is almost complete when I return home. This saves a lot of time that I can then spend with my husband and 3 boys in the evening.

More than You can Handle

Category: Relationships

Having learned the hard way- Don't take on more than you can handle. As a mother, somewhere we are taught that we need to be all things to all people to the point where we forget that we need to take care of ourselves. As mothers, we have to balance our children's needs, activities, appointments, and then jobs within and outside of the house. We need to be very careful about all other commitments that fall outside of the home and family. I have a recent story of my failure in this area, but it would take up too much time here, and I will spare you a novel, which I could easily write!

Keeping Up with Laundry

Category: Housekeeping

To keep up with laundry I put a load in to wash in the morning before work and dry it as soon as I get home from work. When my son was in Jr High he wanted his jeans ironed. I taught him how to iron. I figured if he wanted his jeans ironed he could do it himself. My daughter-in-law is very appreciative of the fact that he can iron!

Keep Change in the Door

Category: Other

I'm in my vehicle a lot during the work week, so I tend to drive-thru for food and drinks. It's unusual for the cost to be in even dollars. So, I keep loose change in my door handle. No more digging through my purse or wallet. It's also convenient for parking meters and car washes.

Clean Out Closet

Category: Organization

Instead of waiting for season end to clean out closets, we keep a box available for out grown clothes and shoes. Clutter can be kept out of closet and drawers! Donations can be made as soon as the box is filled.

Get Rid of Clutter

Category: Organization

Get rid of all the clutter that is weighing you down. Not just in your house but also your life. From old clothes that make you depressed (because you cant fit into them anymore) to old issues that weigh you down.

Everything Has It's Place

Category: Organization

When they were younger, my kids were constantly losing things for school or toys, so I had a saying that helped save time and got rid of frustration in the mornings before school or times when they were just trying to find something. It is - Everything in it's place and a place for everything. Keeping things organized cut down on unhappy mornings and unhappy kids and parents!