October 24, 2011

Tip of the day—Double Up

Spend a little extra time doubling up and you might save yourself time later.

  • When quilting, I make a point to cut my pieces out all at once.  I’ll organize them into category as I cut.  This way they are all ready for me when I get ready to sew, and I don’t have to stop and make more cuts.
  • When you already have all of the ingredients out, it only takes a few more minutes to double or triple a recipe.  You’ll be glad to have the leftovers in the freezer when a busy weeknight rolls around next.
  • Instead of chopping half of an onion or only a few stalks of celery, while you have the cutting board and knife ready do the whole thing.  You’ll be glad to have chopped onion waiting for you in the freezer for your next casserole or celery sticks ready for an easy snack later.
  • When setting outfits aside or ironing, why not plan for a few days instead of just the next day?  This will make your mornings go much smoother for the rest of the week.
  • When making a smoothie for breakfast or a snack, mix a little extra.  Pour into popsicle molds or a small juice container for an easy treat at another time.
  • When planting bulbs, I always say that it is just as easy to plant 50 as it is 10.  Instead of digging a hole popping one in, digging another and popping another in, I dig a trench.  The biggest bulbs go in first (triple the diameter top to bottom for the proper bulb depth—if the bulb is 2 inches tall, plant it approximately 6 inches deep, and go a little deeper if in colder climates), then I back fill a little, plant the next size, then back fill and plant the smallest.  In the same amount of time, I’ve planted an entire garden that will require very little work from that point on.  For the most natural look, remember to plant bulbs in swaths here and there throughout your landscape.

Think about other repetitive chores or tasks that you perform regularly.  How much time do you spend gathering up your materials each time you perform the task?  How can you streamline your day by doing a little more work on the front end so that you can take it easy later?  Do you have any other ideas for doubling up on work to make things easier later?

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