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:

Oily Stains

Category: Housekeeping

Pre-treat oily stains on clothes with Dawn dish soap. Since it cleans up animals after an oil spill, I figured it could clean all the spills on my animals...I mean boys.

Low Calorie Cookie

Category: Meals

For keeping your cookies from sticking use the Pam nonstick spray. Buy the one with 0 calories and fat or just use a nonstick cookie sheet. For a good 28 calorie cookie recipe you can use egg beaters and "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" instead of the regular eggs and butter.

Buy Christmas Wrapping Paper Now

Category: Finances

Buy Christmas wrapping paper now, while it's on clearance. Then you'll be all set for paper next Christmas, plus you don't have to pay full price!

Clean a Little Each Day

Category: Housekeeping

To free up time for your weekend, clean a little bit of your house everyday. Clean the bathroom one day, vacuum one day, clean the kitchen one day, however it works best for you. It only takes a few minutes every day, and you have your whole weekend free to do whatever you want.

Crock Pot Sundays

Category: Meals

I spend a good part of my day on Sunday at church. I teach Sunday School and do the choir so between teaching and the worship services and Choir practice it makes for a busy Sunday. By the time I get home at night its after 7pm. To avoid having to come home and cook dinner and make my family wait for it, I get up around 7am and put dinner in the crock pot and let it cook all day. Then when I get home Sunday night its all ready for me and my family to eat. It saves time and the family doesn't have to wait for food that late at night. I love it, it's just a trick I do for making my Sunday a bit easier, and my kids less grumpy...

Cleaning the Toilet

Category: Housekeeping

Take Denture Cleaner to clean your bathroom potty. I add 2 tablets to the bathroom bowl, it will make it sparkle and clean

Commission Chart

Category: Parenting

We use commission charts for our children instead of "chore charts". My husband and I both work full time jobs, mine with an hour daily commute and have 3 children (12, 6, and 1). The commission charts are hung on the refrigerator, when the kids get home from school (12 & 6) they know to do their homework and complete their tasks in order to get paid their weekly commissions. This includes unloading the dishwasher, setting the table & having it ready for dinner, getting clothes ready for the next day. Every 2 weeks, I do a meal plan to get to the grocery store quickly & efficiently, so I can prepare freezer meals in advance so that it is not hectic of an evening - pop a meal in the oven and supper & chores are done!

Bedtime Shoe Hunt

Category: Time Management

Bedtime shoe hunt. We gather everyone's shoes together before bed to avoid a shoe hunt when the bus is coming in the morning.

Hanger for Recipes

Category: Other

When preparing a recipe from a recipe book, get a skirt or pants hanger (the kind with the two clips) and clip the recipe book to it, then hang it from a cabinet door knob or handle. This eliminates having to constantly bend over to look at it, and keeps it up away from spills.

Pre-Cook Meat

Category: Meals

To help make quick and easy meals, I pre-cook the meat.  Hamburger, chicken, etc.  Then I freeze in small packages to make ready for recipes.  The biggest tip is to take cooked chicken breasts, put them in the KitchenAid mixer with the paddle attachment and it shreds the chicken.  This is perfect for quesadillas, tacos and other chicken recipes.  Freeze in individual bags for quick and easy dinners for busy nights.