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    • Eenymeeny
    • By Eenymeeny 29th Nov 17, 7:19 AM
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    Quick and sometimes obvious time savers..
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    • 29th Nov 17, 7:19 AM
    Quick and sometimes obvious time savers.. 29th Nov 17 at 7:19 AM
    Since this is such a busy time I wondered if anyone had some easy time savers that worked for them?
    Starting the Christmas card preparations I've realised that writing the cards out by hand is much quicker than designing and printing address labels which I have been doing for the last few years. It also gives me some handwriting practice as I've realised that I don't do so much of that these days and my writing has suffered. My old English teacher would be horrified
    Another tip is to save the cards from last year and just copy from them. Saves trying to remember the names of partners, children, dogs...
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 29th Nov 17, 9:12 PM
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    I do notice the stopping of cards, but would never dream of calling someone and asking why the cards stopped. I just send them to let people know I remember them.
    Originally posted by wondercollie
    Same here. I think people have generally acknowledged the environmental impact of sending cards to people they see all the time.
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    • sillyvixen
    • By sillyvixen 29th Nov 17, 11:22 PM
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    I wrap gifts as I buy them, and I start buying 6 months in advance using paper bought in January sales) a few mins here or there wrapping seems like nothing at all, where 2 1/2 hours wrapping in the week before christmas when i should be cleaning, sorting out the spare room or doing food prep seems like a huge amount of time. I keep a list of what I have wrapped. And am usually wrapping homemade fresh shortbread for stockings on chrismas eve but everything else is done.
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    • sillyvixen
    • By sillyvixen 29th Nov 17, 11:32 PM
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    Another thing we do at church is a Christmas card board, gin've a donation a write a card to the whole fellowship, rather than spend hours giving cards to loads of people, also as saves on the chance of forgetting someone, and if people are not around the greetings are printed in the church magazine so people feel included even if you did not see them before chrismas.

    Oh and the money you would have spent on loads of cards goes to charity. An you can still send an individual card if you want to. We give and get cards from the junior church group and recieve a few from other members.
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    • kboss2010
    • By kboss2010 29th Nov 17, 11:40 PM
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    Gift bags - 5 coloured or brown paper bags from Hobbycraft for £2.50 - kids all get the same size gift & all look the same when handed out!

    I second the chalkboard in the kitchen to jot down when things run out in cupboards.

    I always keep a wash bag with all the travel-sized essentials for a trip in the cupboard so it's just ready to grab & go for travel/gym/overnight stay & u won't 4get ur toothbrush!

    I have a box on the table by the door to dump wallets, change, phones etc. & key hooks so things don't go missing when u r in a rush. *make sure it's secure if it's anywhere within sight or reach of your letterbox & a fishing pole

    Fill the kettle, put coffee in the cafetiere & pack lunch b4 bed.

    I follow bento-style lunches so I don't have to spend ages "making" things (e.g. tiny tub of cottage cheese, oatcakes, handful of grapes & nuts, a small piece of fruit & crisps or chocolate bar - very little assembly required!)

    Over-cook for each meal & freeze at least 1 portion of each dish for a collection quick freezer meals on busy days.

    Batch cook quiches & scones (sweet or savoury), slice & freeze for snacks.

    Easy, cheap soup recipe - bag of frozen peas & 3 ham stock cubes in 500 ml boiling water - cook & blend.
    Last edited by kboss2010; 30-11-2017 at 8:37 PM.
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    • Elliesmum
    • By Elliesmum 29th Nov 17, 11:41 PM
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    We always keep the gift bags - birthday and Christmas - and recycle them round friends and family.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    My Mum and I have been swapping the same gift bag for 10 years. It's very battered, but it's a tradition now.

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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 30th Nov 17, 12:46 AM
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    My Mum and I have been swapping the same gift bag for 10 years. It's very battered, but it's a tradition now.

    EM x
    Originally posted by Elliesmum
    It will have to go some way to beat Gladstoneís battered budget box.
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    • richj
    • By richj 30th Nov 17, 7:04 AM
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    we have an online shopping list document that is shared to loads of devices. We then add items as we think of them, so hopefully things don't get forgotten when we go shopping. it usually works great and we have a lot less of those'we forgot to get' moments as we drive home.
    • Eenymeeny
    • By Eenymeeny 30th Nov 17, 9:30 AM
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    Thank you, thank you, some great tips there and just what I was hoping for, a lot of time saving tips gathered together for easy reference. I'll certainly be using a lot of them. Some things are just woven into your life aren't they?
    I always return the shopping bags straight to the car boot after emptying so they are always there and I don't have to buy new ones. Bird seed is decanted and kept in a screw top jar at the back door ready for distributing when I take washing out or have my daily sojourn 'down the garden' (Every day, rain or shine, it does my soul good )
    Tidying the car where I sit as passenger means that we can get necessary items into the glove box and papers and cans are lifted out and put into the bin when we return to the drive.
    I also keep duplicates of items like toilet rolls and cleaning materials upstairs and downstairs so they are readily available and save running up and down stairs for one item.
    PS. Love the tea towel bottle wrapping idea. I'm going to use that one for a young couple who usually receive a bottle of wine each. Lovely idea, and I'll make sure that they know they are both allowed to use them!
    Last edited by Eenymeeny; 30-11-2017 at 9:40 AM.
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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 30th Nov 17, 10:04 AM
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    A sudden cessation of Christmas cards is awkward to handle. You don't know whether the person died (especially if they're elderly or have been unwell) or have just stopped sending cards through cost or some other reason.
    We didn't send cards one year because of illness. Somebody just rang and said "I was ringing up to check you weren't dead!" That made me laugh. Nothing like being direct !
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 30th Nov 17, 11:01 AM
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    A sudden cessation of Christmas cards is awkward to handle. You don't know whether the person died (especially if they're elderly or have been unwell) or have just stopped sending cards through cost or some other reason.
    We didn't send cards one year because of illness. Somebody just rang and said "I was ringing up to check you weren't dead!" That made me laugh. Nothing like being direct !
    Originally posted by Primrose
    That probably one thing that can be said in favour of social media - itís easier to work it out discreetly.
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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 30th Nov 17, 11:12 AM
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    I guess those of us who choose not to engage with social media could discreetly pass away and nobody would know we,ve gone ! I know a few elderly people. (ie older than me) who live alone, don,t have immediate family and don’t even use email. At least with email you can often use a ‘read receipt’ to check the email has been opened and read.
    Last edited by Primrose; 30-11-2017 at 2:30 PM.
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 30th Nov 17, 2:36 PM
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    I have a box on the table by the door to dump wallets, change, phones etc. & key hooks so things don't go missing when u r in a rush.

    .
    Originally posted by kboss2010
    Please do be very careful that this box is not visible from your front door or that items, especially car keys or house keys are not within reach of a long stick with a hook on the end which can be poked through your letter box by a potential thief.


    The police in our area are continually warning us of this as car keys or house keys can be "fished" in this manner and cars stolen from driveways.
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 30th Nov 17, 2:50 PM
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    If you've got an older car which needs an annual MOT, you can protect yourself from forgetting it's due by signing up for an annual reminder.

    Get a free text message or email by going to the official Gov.UK website: www.gov.uk/mot-reminder ...

    They'll give your a warning a month beforehand, and a follow up a fortnight later if the MOT hasn't yet been completed. You just have to enter your vehicle registration number and the system remembers you and does the rest !

    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 30th Nov 17, 3:08 PM
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    Last thing at night before going up to bed during the cold weather I measure my porridge and water into the saucepan, so when I make it in the morning it takes me a couple of minutes to bring to the boil and its piping hot and ready to eat.I prefer proper porridge ,not the ready-brek sort of instant mush
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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 30th Nov 17, 3:23 PM
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    I laughed at that Jackie. I had a friend who measured out her porridge oats into a Pyrex bowl before bedtime ready to put in the microwave in the morning and one day she came down to breakfast and found mice had scoffed the lot, leaving a trail of droppings all over her worktop
    • maman
    • By maman 30th Nov 17, 4:59 PM
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    My time saving tip would be to keep ironing to an absolute minimum.


    I know some people who iron absolutely everything including socks and others who iron nothing. I've struck a happy medium that suits me fine.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 30th Nov 17, 5:05 PM
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    One thing I try and stick to is "time and motion study" on things.

    So I write down my shopping list in the order I'm going to come to shelves in the supermarket/shops etc in town - so I'm not "doubling back" on myself if I can help it.

    When I got my new kitchen recently - I spent time standing in my old kitchen visualising how I'd do common tasks (eg doing the dishes/making bread etc) to have the kitchen done in the most "time and motion conscious" way possible.

    So yesterday's breadmaking session in it, for instance, went:
    1. reach to wall cupboard containing breadbaking tins and immediately put them on worksurface beneath ready for filling with dough.
    2. move hand further downwards to cutlery etc drawers to get utensils I use.
    3. other nearby cupboard for measuring jug.
    4. Into larder - where I picked up weighing scales from left-hand side and then reached to right-hand side for ingredients I need.
    5. As I use each ingredient its put on nearest bit of worksurface to larder and then, when all ingredients have been used and are there, transfer them all back into larder.

    I've worked out a weekly housework timetable (not yet being firmly adhered to - but I'm working on it) - which includes things like doing the hoovering in a time and motion conscious way, ie:
    - taken out of hallway cupboard to sitting room 2' feet away and hoovers the sitting room and then down the hallway to the bedroom to do that
    - left in bedroom overnight (only me to notice it)
    - next day it does the next room to bedroom (ie my study) and then hoovers the hall as it's taken back down the hall to put back in its cupboard there.
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 30th Nov 17, 5:10 PM
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    My time saving tip would be to keep ironing to an absolute minimum.


    I know some people who iron absolutely everything including socks and others who iron nothing. I've struck a happy medium that suits me fine.
    Originally posted by maman
    I iron all 'outside' clothes, such as trousers, shirts, dresses etc.

    I don't iron towels, tea towels, socks, undies but I do iron my lovely 100% Egyptian cotton bedding.

    That's my happy medium.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 30th Nov 17, 5:11 PM
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    Last thing at night before going up to bed during the cold weather I measure my porridge and water into the saucepan, so when I make it in the morning it takes me a couple of minutes to bring to the boil and its piping hot and ready to eat.I prefer proper porridge ,not the ready-brek sort of instant mush
    Originally posted by JackieO
    My porridge and milk is put in a small bowl and goes onto a fridge shelf overnight.

    Next morning I haul it out and put it in saucepan on hob and add a bit more milk (as required). Couple of minutes heating and = job done and put the toppings I want on top of it (fruit/seeds/etc).

    I start the kettle boiling for water for the coffee I will have with toast after my porridge as soon as I've got the porridge heating up on the hotplate. During that couple of minutes it gives enough time to be able to wipe up/put away a few of the dishes I washed the previous evening - whilst I'm waiting for my porridge to cook. Yep...more time and motion stuff, as the crockery has been arranged as far as possible in my wall cupboards in accordance with being as near as possible to where I'll want it. Eg my drinks and mugs are just over bit of worksurface kettle and toaster are on. Glasses for cool drinks are in nearest cupboard to fridge and so on.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 30-11-2017 at 5:15 PM.
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    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 30th Nov 17, 5:28 PM
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    I guess those of us who choose not to engage with social media could discreetly pass away and nobody would know we,ve gone !
    Originally posted by Primrose
    Very true; I have no family at all, and Mr LW only has a sister and a cousin, neither of whom he is regularly in touch with. We don't use Faceache or any other social media site, so we could both pop our clogs and no-one would be any the wiser.
    My time saving tip would be to keep ironing to an absolute minimum.


    I know some people who iron absolutely everything including socks and others who iron nothing. I've struck a happy medium that suits me fine.
    Originally posted by maman
    Oh gods, my mother used to do that; and wondered why the elastic in her knickers wore out so quickly!
    Our iron only sees the light of day if we've tickets to the opera or something like that, and Mr LW needs an ironed shirt; or when I've done a hanky wash, as they fit in the drawer much better ironed.
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