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November 2015

My confession about dishwashers

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If I’m being realistic about myself, my biggest area of OCD is in how the dishwasher is loaded. I get it from my father, so I’m not to blame. I love to rearrange the dishes in the dishwasher to make everything fit better and usually end up with more space in the dishwasher to put dishes (so my OCD is rewarded). As I thought about this I began to wonder, are there “how to” posts on loading a dishwasher? So I got on-line and checked it out.

Did you know there’s not only organizing posts but even a “wikiHow” article on organizing a dishwasher? I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I’ll admit I was. And they were pretty helpful too… Not that it changed my way of loading the dishwasher (cuz let’s be honest, it’s the best way), but it had some pretty good ideas.

Here’s one handy tip that has to do with the dishwasher, but not the loading of it (Freebie!). If you have a garbage disposal, run it before running the dishwasher. The disposal and the dishwasher drain into the same pipe and running the garbage disposal reduces the chance of the pipe getting clogged.

Below are just a couple of the links provided to help people when loading a dishwasher (and they work for all types of dishwashers).

The Secret Life of Your Dishwasher

Load a Dishwasher – wikiHow

Now, on to the great loading-utensils-into-the-dishwasher debate: business side up, business side down, or mixed? Thoughts?

Unexpected overnight guest? no problem.

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And we’re back! After a couple of weeks off to get the new website ready, everything finally came together and now, ta da! It’s a new site, with a new blog subscription (check it out if you haven’t yet! You can get this blog right in your email!) and so many fun things to do! Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Facebook… Well it’s fun for me at least.

So anyways, on to the reason for this email – your weekly organizing tip. And this is a pretty cool idea. And it’s helpful for everyone. I will definitely use this when I have my own linen closet one day (for now my sheets are in a trunk at the end of my bed). Store your individual sheet sets INSIDE one of the matching pillow cases. This will make storing sheets so much easier and will keep all matching sets together. Don’t fold the pillow case until the sheets and remaining pillow cases are inside. Then fold the excess section underneath and place the neat and tidy little bundle in your linen closet.

Now when that random relative calls to say they’re in town and looking for a place to stay, you’ll be ready… with the bed sheets at least.

2 pillow cases, 1 bed sheet and 1 fitted sheet.

2 pillow cases, 1 bed sheet and 1 fitted sheet.

Placed in the pillow case and the excess on the side is tucked under.

Placed in the pillow case and the excess on the side is tucked under.

Fold the remaining excess in half and then tuck it under the bundle. Voila!

Fold the remaining excess in half and then tuck it under the bundle. Voila!

1 sheep… 2 sheep… 3 sheep…

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Well it’s time for another guest post! I’m going to stick with Laura from for reasons listed in a previous post (want to know what they are? Guess you’ll have to go back and read through the blogs until you find them!). Anyways, this is from her blog 5 Ways to Create a Bedroom Sanctuary For a Good Night’s Sleep. It’s a very practical yet creative blog with 5 great tips to help everyone create the perfect environment for a restful night. Her 5th and final tip is “Implement a Bedtime Routine”.

She writes, “Many people find it difficult to turn their brains off at night with so many things swirling around in their heads. In this case, it may be helpful to add a notebook and pen to your bedside table. Letting go of mind clutter is also a major factor in getting a good night’s sleep. Quick tip: to help you get into the habit of starting your bedtime routine each evening, set an alarm for an hour before bed as a reminder to disconnect from chores and other stimulating activities and start winding down for the night. Make your bedtime routine simple, consistent and relaxing to help you have a refreshing night’s sleep.”

Curious what the other 4 are? Click the link above and find out!


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