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:

Rechargeable Batteries

Category: Other

I simplify life by using rechargeable batteries. So many times I had to look at disappointed faces when the batteries of a favorite toy or game stopped. Amazingly the entire family has jumped on board. When the batteries lose power, we go to the zip-lock bag that holds the charger and 'already charged' batteries, pop the 'run-down' batteries in the charger and plug it in to the electrical outlet till charged. We put the 'already charged' batteries in toy, PRESTO- happy faces and less stress. I have used the same batteries for at least 3 years!

Helping with Laundry

Category: Housekeeping

We taught our son Michael when he was around 2 years old or so to help put the laundry in the hamper helper. Then every three days or so he would help us take the laundry to the utility room, put the clothes in the washer, then the dryer. He would take the clothes out of the dryer and help us fold them. This was a big help to me, because I have Cerebral Palsy. Michael is such a good boy, he is now 12 years old and we still help each other all the time! Michael is a true gift from God; we are very blessed!

Hard Boiled Eggs

Category: Meals

Hard boiled eggs are always a great go-to for events all year round but peeling them can be a pain! Here is a great tip to make this dish as easy as can be. When boiling the eggs just add 1/2 a tsp of baking soda to the water. That's it. When its time to peel then, the shells will slide right off. No more messy looking deviled eggs and its a great time saver!

Avoid Ironing

Category: Housekeeping

When I notice something needs ironed, spray with water, put in dryer for a few minutes and they come out wrinkle free!

De-Clutter/Separation Anxiety

Category: Organization

Before every gift-giving holiday, thin out toys, books and clothes and donate them. The anticipation of the upcoming event eases the pain of separation. But what about the Precious? The Cherished? The toy no one plays with anymore but was once left at Cracker Barrel and you drove an hour to go back and get? Grab the camera! Photograph each item that's hard to give away. Photograph it with the child who's outgrown it. Tell those stories about when/why/how it became special. Talk about how another child will now have that same opportunity (minus the leaving-it-at-the-restaurant part). Then get it out of the house. Fast! Digital pics don't take up any space in the toy room or the closet. And the memories can still be kept forever. Separation anxiety solved.

Use a Sock for Sweeping

Category: Housekeeping

Instead of buying the pads that go on the Swiffer, etc floor cleaners I use a sock. Just cut the sock on in the middle, unscrew the handle and slide the sock on and stick the handle shaft through the hole. I also us a spray bottle with vinegar and water or whatever floor cleaner needed and spray and then clean. The dirty sock comes off and gets washed and ready to go again the next time.

Chore Bucket

Category: Parenting

The kids are supposed to clean up their toys at the end of the day. Anything left out goes in the "Chore Bucket" which is an empty plastic laundry basket. To get it back, they have to do a chore by picking a slip of paper out of the envelope taped to the laundry basket. Each slip of paper has a household chore they can do, like clean the door knobs and light switches, sweep the kitchen floor, etc. They have to contribute to the household if I have to take my time to pick up their toys. Saves me time doing little chores and teaches them responsibility. I saw this on Pinterest, tried it and love it!

Computer Passwords

Category: Organization

I was having trouble keeping track of the user name and password for the sites I visit. Solution: I bought a small purse size address book. I write down the website under the appropriate letter such as WBGL.org under W and then list my user name and password. I do this in pencil in case they ever change and keep the book in the same place in my office area so it is easy to find each time I need to refer to it. I also go through every once in a while and delete any sites that I no long use. No more trying to remember which password or user name I used on which site.

Shoe Shopping

Category: Other

To make shoe shopping for kids shoes easier have your child stand on a piece of paper. Then trace their foot. Cut out the traced foot and label with your child's name and date. Keep the paper foot in your purse. Then when you are out shopping just place the paper foot into the shoe. You can then reach in and feel how much room they will have in the shoe.

Natural Conditioner

Category: Other

Natural Conditioner - Instead of spending tons of money on conditioners and hair care products I've been using household food items such bananas, eggs, olive oil and yogurt.