Making Life A Little Easier with P&Geveryday #PGeveryday

Make Life Easier

Raise your hand if you want to save time and money and enjoy more moments. That’s pretty much everyone, right? Have you visited the P&Geveryday.com website yet? If you have not, you are in for a treat. The site has so many great ideas and suggestions to save you time and money and ways to entertain and manage your household.

I want to share with you why I think you will want to add this to your to do list.

Make Life Easier

P&Geveryday™ listens to what families truly need and shares resourceful ideas, advice and products to make it easy for you to enjoy life … every day!  The P&G parent company has had many long-trusted household brands, so it’s very exciting that they had taken all of their knowledge and are sharing it with us!

What will discover on P&Geveryday™?

Well, for starters:
  • Delicious recipes, beauty trends, and smart tips
  • New products to try out for yourself, family and home
  • Product ratings and reviews
  • Fresh ideas and inspiration
  • Coupons and samples from your trusted brands
  • Great craft ideas for all ages
  • Family activities
  • And much more! I could go on and on…

When you go to the site you will see that there are many categories to choose from. There is a main menu and submenus.

P&Geveryday-Menu

There are so many subcategories such as easy recipes, breakfast recipes, crafts, makeup tips, gardening and more.

Of course, my favorite  is the Cleaning and Organizing section, in the Home & Garden section.

One of my favorite sections on P&Geveryday! Great tips here!

One of my favorite sections on P&Geveryday! Great tips here!

Helpful Articles

For example, in one article that I like, they offer you suggestions on  5 Ways to Organize Your coupons.

A sample of the articles you will find on P&Geveryday.

A sample of the articles you will find on P&Geveryday.

I love this. It’s really important have your coupons organized, otherwise you won’t find them when you need them and before you know it, they will have expired before you have a chance to use them. But they don’t just give you one suggestion, they give you 5 Ways To Organize Your Coupons, so you can pick the method that works best for you.

I also like the idea of a little basket for the coupons near the mail too.

Coupons and Money Saving Ideas

By the way, speaking of coupons, there also coupons on the site. How awesome is it to visit a site that not only gives you tips, but it also saves you money? The coupons are on things you probably use everyday.

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P&Geveryday™ is your online platform created by Procter & Gamble, a company that has been establishing brands for the past 175 years, helping people around the world have extraordinary days. Every day. I know my family has been using many of these products for years.

More ideas and tips on their Facebook Page

By the way, be sure to check out and follow the P&Geveryday Facebook page for more awesome tips. Check out the cute watermelon carving ideas that are on there right now – so perfect for summer picnics and barbecues!
Have you checked it out yet? Which of the topics on their website interest you the most?
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Spring Cleaning Family Style

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Maybe to most people cleaning and fun don’t naturally go together, but honestly, I believe that cleaning can be fun, or at least the outcome of it. A clean and organized home can be wonderfully freeing!

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Several people have asked me for some tips on getting the family to help with the cleaning and organization process. So, today I’m sharing some tips to continue on your spring cleaning with the help of your family. Our kids are out of the house now, but we often had cleaning sessions as family activities when the kids were younger. Here are a few tips on what worked at our home to get everyone involved.

  • Set specific times for everyone to chip in with cleaning the house and let family members know they are expected to participate. No one wants to hear they have to do something at the last minute, so give everyone a day or two notice.
  • Make a schedule and consider buddying up to complete tasks. If it is a big job, like cleaning the garage you may want to have everyone involved.
  • Put on some energizing music or let kids wear headphones if everyone has different tastes.
  • Place cardboard boxes or laundry baskets in the rooms with labels for 1) Trash 2) Donate 3) Elsewhere (for things that go somewhere else).

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  • Be sure the tasks are age appropriate. Older kids should be able to help with deeper cleaning. Let the kids know what they’re expected to do and let them do it.
  • Be sure to ask the kids for ideas on how to improve the cleaning process, they may surprise you. Maybe they want different music or to make games out of it. Let them make the signs for the boxes. Getting them involved will allow them to buy into the process.
  • Make sure everybody has access to what they need – cleaning supplies, rags, windowa spray, dusters etc. It’s really hard if 3 people need the same item.
  • Take everyone out for a fun lunch or dinner (with dessert included) to reward yourself. Be sure to thank everyone for their assistance. Families can tend to forget to thank each other and take actions for granted. Even if something is expected, a thank you goes a long way.

Does your family pitch in with cleaning activities? What tips would you add?

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Spring Cleaning – Magazine Organization

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Spring Cleaning is in full force at my house right now. I am always organizing, but there is something about spring that really makes me want to declutter every corner of the house. This week I was working on my magazines. I used to get really behind on my magazines, I mean months behind.

Magazine Clutter

But I did a few things to stop the cycle that I thought I would share with you.

Start Decluttering

Get rid of any magazines that are 3 months old or more. You may be afraid you might miss a good article, but chances are, you will see a similar article elsewhere or the article is available online. Magazines are timely so saving them in a pile most likely means they will never be touched again.

Donate the magazines to an assisted living home, hospital or pass them along to friends or relatives who might enjoy them. You can also recycle them.

If you are not reading them in a timely manner, schedule some time in your planner to read them. Put a couple in the car so that you can catch up on them when you are waiting in the school parking lot or while on your lunch break.

Retain What is Important

If there is an article or recipe idea you want to keep, tear the page out but try to resist keeping the entire magazine. I used to do this quite a bit, but now if I am looking for a recipe I do not have, I am more likely to turn to cooking blogs or Pinterest. With Pinterest, there are so many recipes available on the web that it is rare I see one in a magazine that I need to save.

Keep recipes and articles in a file or binder. Only save the ones you really want to try. If you are not sure, you can probably find a simple recipe on-line and consider pinning it instead.

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Reduce the Number of Subscriptions

I used to subscribe to about 10 magazines and often, many of them had the same or similar articles. I would fall behind on reading all of them due to work, school, sports, etc… Now I have about 4 that I receive each month. (It used to be 3 and then HGTV came out with a magazine and since that is my favorite channel ever, I had to subscribe.)

With a manageable amount of subscriptions, I can read them when they are timely. No more looking at Turkey dressing recipes in January! Plus, there are so  many online articles now, that I spend more time looking at online magazines and blogs then I do hard copy magazines.

If you are behind  on your reading, you may want to unsubscribe to some. If you have trouble parting with a magazine, consider switching it to an electronic version. That way there is no waste of paper (and less clutter taking up precious space in your home). Once the magazines stop coming, you will not miss them as much as you think you will, trust me.

Storage Solutions

Find a storage home for the magazines you keep. When there are too many to fit into the storage, purge them. By allocating a small space, you will ensure that clutter will be reduced. Whether you decide on a magazine file, a basket or even stacked on a table, try to limit the storage size. File boxes also make great storage containers as they are the perfect size to keep magazines out of site. Reducing the clutter is so incredibly freeing.

Organizing Tips for Managing your magazines

 

For more organizing tips see:

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How many paper magazine subscriptions do you have?

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Celebrating with 365 Days of Baking and More

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How are you all doing? I know that this is a super busy time of year. I have been organizing my Christmas shopping excursions and am just about ready to send out holiday cards. Christmas came fast this year with Thanksgiving being so late. As you may have noticed, I have also been busy with my blog designer.

Today I am celebrating with Lynne over at 365 Days of Baking and More.

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Lynne is celebrating a milestone. A HUGE milestone. Her Facebook page has 386,000 fans! Isn’t that awesome! There are some really great prizes here, so if you have a few minutes to spare, you may want to enter. There is a winner for each prize, so there are more chances to win.

Meet all the other bloggers who made
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Congratulations to Lynne and good luck
to everyone!

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Managing Your Craft Supplies

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One of the best things about fall is that I love to craft. Something about the cooler weather and the holiday festivities just gets me in the mood to make more things. Over the years I have accumulated lots of craft supplies. I have been through periods of rubber stamping, jewelry making, scrapbooking, crocheting, ceramics, embossing and more.

I used to spend as much time collecting supplies that I spent actually doing the crafts. Isn’t it ironic that the items one purchases in a creative move can actually inhibit the creative skills needed to use them?

Several years (0k quite a few years) back I made some changes so that I would not feel so overwhelmed with all of the supplies.

I want to share these tips that helped me spend more time crafting and less time collecting:

Designate a space for supplies

If you are not lucky enough to have a craft room like me, designate a desk or cupboard or closet for craft items. Having a space that you can get to will make it easier to access. If they are stored deep in a closet or garage, they are more likely to stay there unused.

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Store like crafts together

Store the supplies in containers by type of craft. By keeping like items together, you can pull out one box/basket with all your materials instead of digging through drawers and closets gathering stuff in preparation. Keep items you use often (like scissors, glue, etc…) in a basket or in a bucket for easy access and transport.

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Limit the number of projects

More boxes just means more stuff beckoning at you so keep them at a manageable number. The number will vary depending on space, time, money and craft type. When we go on sites like Pinterest, we want to do all of the projects, but it is not realistic.

Craft supplies are like clothes. We tend to hold on the them thinking we are going to use them one day, but after a year or two, it is not likely. Pick the ones you really want to do and focus on those.

Donate or sell supplies you are not going to use. Schools, daycares and retirement homes will often be glad to take art materials off of your hands.

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Schedule crafting time

KIds are not the only people over-scheduled. Parents are too! Schedule time to work on your projects. Call a friend and make a craft date. Or call several friends and make a recurring date and rotate the location. These sessions can be so much fun!

How do you store your craft supplies? What crafts do you love?

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