Celebrate Earth Day--and lighten your footstep on our planet--with these ten first steps toward more-sustainable living, from LighterFootstep.com.
We liked the idea of slaying energy vampires: those small, silent electric devices that feed on a trickle of power even when not in use. Unplug them, or invest in a power strip with an on-off button to make it easy to stop the power from flowing when it's not needed:
Finance blogger J.D. Roth has an intriguing concept for better financial organization: a Money Day.
Using a vacation day during the work-week (so that you'll be able to visit or call financial institututions), spend 8 hours doing all those put-it-off financial chores. On Money Day, you might set up money management software, close dormant accounts, or call credit card issuers to request lower interest rates.
With food prices on the rise, are you thinking about coupon clipping? Done right--and done organized--using coupons can add up to big savings at the supermarket.
The catch? You have to keep them organized.
Now there's help, with this how-to from TipNut.com. Whether you use the envelope system, or create a coupon binder to sort, store and organize coupons, try these ideas to get organized for supermarket savings:
Spring cleaning can seem overwhelming, especially if home maintenance has been allowed to slide throughout the year. Doing chores as a routine is easier, but how do you remember what needs doing--and when?
To keep the household running smoothly year-round, establish a home maintenance schedule. If you're an Excel user (version 97 or later), download this free home maintenance schedule template. From Microsoft.com:
Here at Organized Home, we love the concept of the family launch pad: a dedicated space for each family member to hold and organize everything needed to leave the house for work, school or errands.
Blogger The Abundant Life has a new and pretty take on the concept: family mailboxes. Simple wall-mounted containers for each family member are given a decor-worthy twist with personalized photos--and are a great way to keep paperwork and reminders organized and ready for use.
We like the teamwork-friendly aspects; cleaning chore lists and phone messages find a home, while coloring pages and occasional treats make checking the mailbox fun!
Cleaning out the refrigerator is a great time to track actual consumption. Food items that are thrown away signal that you're overbuying at the supermarket. Scale back--or cut out--these items on your next shopping trip ... and save.