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How to Organize Your Kitchen

Content Updated October 3, 2007 When your kitchen is organized, cooking is fun. Food Preparation Center Clear Counter Space You need a very big section of counter space with no clutter on it for rolling out dough and other tasks that take up so much room. Also, having less clutter makes cleanup much easier. If you tend to roll out cookies, knead bread dough, or make candy frequently, you may want to make sure that your counter space in this area is smooth. If you can’t replace your countertop, try getting a big, smooth, stone slab. Sink for Food Only…

Is It Clutter or Treasure?

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Take a good look at EVERYTHING you own. Do you own your stuff, or does your stuff own you? We are brought up in a culture that suggests that “more is more,” but we forget to ask “more is more of what?” More time spent cleaning your stuff? More money spent maintaining your stuff? More space for storing your stuff? More work moving your stuff? More anxiety protecting your stuff? All of this stuff clutters our space, our time, and our focus. It drains our energy, our minds, and our savings accounts. The best way…

Creating Storage Space

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Buy or build furniture that is functional for everyday use but also has built in storage. Even if your current furniture is perfectly fine, if you’re not attached to it, and it doesn’t add to your storage space, you may want to consider replacing it. Always buy tables (end tables, nightstands, coffee tables) with drawers or cabinets or at least a shelf or two. Buy bunk beds with built in bookshelves, drawers, and cubbies for your kids. Consider buying armoires instead of open bookshelves, so you have a place to hide your clutter, or buy…

Making the Household Organizer: How to Put a Household Notebook / Organizer Together

Content Updated on October 14, 2007 Once you get your supplies (see Supplies You Need for a Household Notebook), you’ll need to assemble everything. Set Up Your Dividers Be Logical Set up your sections in a logical way, so other family members won’t have to fumble through the notebook to find what they needs. It’s best to put frequently used and important sections (e.g. emergency information) closer to the front, so they can be found quickly. Group Things Together Don’t try to make a section for every little thing. For example, I’ve seen people make one section for “daily chores,”…

Introductions and First Conversations

Page Updated on July 28, 2007 Names Should you call him Mr. Smith or Joe? This is a topic of hot debate. People often feel passionate about how we should address people. The waning use of last names is something that upsets many traditional people, especially in the South, but not using a first name may offend people who see last names as impersonal. Some situations may require the use of last names (e.g. Doctor Smith, Private Hughes, Officer Crouch, Professor Ball, etc.). Most social situations don’t require it, though, because the use of last names is impersonal. To keep…

The Art of Good Conversation Skills

Content Written/Updated on May 12, 2007 Anyone can learn to improve their conversation skills. While growing up, I always admired anyone who could carry on a conversation, especially an interesting conversation, and I often worried that I would never have such an ability. In college, I finally began to develop that ability, but it wasn’t something that I learned naturally. It took time to learn, and then I needed to practice at every chance I had. The Rule of Good Conversation: Make the Other Person Comfortable Don’t complain. Give lots of compliments. Make eye contact and smile. Don’t interrupt, verbally…

Tipping and Gratuities

Content Written/Updated on March 29, 2007 How much should I tip? Should I be obvious when I tip? Should I tip secretly? Should I let anybody see my giving a tip? What do I do if I think they don’t deserve a gratuity? Tipping doesn’t need to be complicated. Here are some guidelines to help you out. Why should I tip? Tipping (a.k.a. giving a gratuity) is a way to say, “Thank you for doing a good job. I appreciate your effort.” I often hear others say, “Why should I tip? They pay him to do his job.” Keep in…