Frugal living: ways to save money this year

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You may have heard the news – the all new Molly Green magazine has turned over a new leaf. We are spreading our wings to include homesteading, self-sufficient living, back yard farming, and all things home industry.

But, we are nothing if not a frugal bunch! And, in that spirit, I wanted to start our New Year off with a super frugal post to help you find ways to save money in 2014.

10 Ways to Save Money in the New Year:

  1. Fix it yourself – use the internet to watch video’s and read tutorials on how to fix various household items. Learn to stitch up clothing and make repairs to the things you use regularly.

2. Cut the Entertainment budget by finding frugal ways to play together.

3. Cook at Home & Take Advantage of Specials.

4.  Ask for a Discount! 

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5.  Get a Discount on Children’s Activities

  • Volunteer your services to the organization for a discount on children’s sports when possible – certainly, you want to give of your time for free to help out, but you may be able to offer other services such as – photography, computer work, accounting, or other skilled work to save on sports and more for your family. Look for services they might normally have to pay for & fill in the gap where you are qualified. 
  • Set up a co-op or trade with other parents for sports and extracurricular clothing items. 
  • Take advantage of free programs like Kids Bowl Free

6.  Barter for Services. 

  • As with the above info on getting a discount on children’s extra-curricular activities – consider trading for other services as well. Think outside the box and look for needs that you can meet and then offer up your solutions to the problem in exchange for a repair or other service you cannot do yourself. Small businesses are great for this, but don’t count out the larger companies either. Big companies need endorsements, or reviews from consumers and are sometimes willing to trade for free products. Bloggers do this regularly. 

7. Grow Your Own. 

8.  Up-cycle 

9. Make Your Own Homemade Cleaners.

  • Simple ingredients can go a long way and can be used safely and inexpensively –  Baking Soda, Borax, Vinegar, Alcohol, Mild Dish Detergent, & Washing Soda are a few simple ingredients that can be used to clean almost anything. 
  • Get recipes from The Family Homestead here

10. Educate Yourself. 

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Guest Post — The Best Mobile Phones to Buy on a Budget

Mobile phone technology has taken leaps and bounds toward the future in the past couple of years. Unfortunately, so have their prices. With the mobile phone market littered with high cost, feature rich smartphones, those who are budget conscious may be lost as to which phone offers the best bang for their buck. If you are shopping for a new mobile phone and trying to avoid the high priced options, consider the following budget minded smartphones that offer a variety of features for a fraction of the price of the latest trending mobile.

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Huawei Ascend G330

Lately Huawei has gained popularity in the budget Android market, offering a variety of low cost models that offer higher functionality than you would expect for $100. The phone boasts a 4 inch touchscreen display, dual-core processor, and a decent battery life. The phone comes standard with 4GB of internal storage, but accepts MicroSD cards up to 32GB.

Huawei included a front facing and rear facing camera for video chatting. The video capture is limited to 864X480 pixels, however the camera app does have a few fun features to play with and the main camera snaps pictures at 5MP, so you can get some decent photos.

Samsung Solstice II

With the current battle between the Samsung Galaxy and the iPhone, many smart shoppers overlook Samsung’s other great devices. The Samsung Solstice II is a budget friendly alternative to their higher priced models. With a 3 inch touchscreen display, a 2MP camera, and 256MB of internal memory, this device can handle most of your smartphone tasks. If you require more space, it is expandable to 16GB of space.

The Solstice runs on the Samsung Dolfin browser, so if you are looking for an Android phone with app capabilities, you may want to keep looking. The Solstice offers various tools to increase productivity, however downloading and installing apps is not an option. With basic mobile functionality, picture taking, and at around $80, the Solstice is intended to offer value in exchange for high tech.

Sony Xperia U

Sony Xperia U

If you are looking for style without the price, the Sony Xperia U offers just that. With a price ranging from $80-$150, this budget minded Android phone will get you noticed for both frugality and taste.

Internally the Xperia offers 4GB of space with no expansion slot. This is good for everyday use, however if you are into movies and music you may find you need more. The front facing camera allows you to video chat, while the rear facing 5MP lens offers the ability to take great photos. If you are looking for a 3.5inch display with a speedy 1 GHz processor, the Xperia may just offer the best price for your needs.

Nokia Lumina 620

For the Windows lovers out there, Nokia has dominated the market of Windows phones with their Lumina series. The Lumina 620 is a low cost Windows phone that offers a lot of function for not a lot of money. If you are looking for an all-around feature rich phone, this may be the option for you.

Compared to other phones in the price range, the Lumina’s 3.8 inch screen is a bit smaller than others. But what it lacks in screen size it makes up for in internal memory. At 8GB of internal storage and the capability to handle a 64GB microSD card, there is plenty of storage for music, videos and pictures.

The front facing 0.3 MP camera allows for video chat, however the rear 5MP camera lets you capture pictures and video of decent quality. Overall for the money, the Lumina is definitely priced to sell to those looking for a great phone at a great price.

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HTC Desire C

To round out the list, you have to include the HTC Desire C. The Desire C is claimed to be the last cheap mobile to come from HTC. With a price tag of around $200, the Desire C offers Android users the functionality they have come to love. The 4GB internal storage is expandable with the microSD slot hidden under the back cover.

The 3.5 inch screen lets users line up the 5MP camera to take the best shot they can. The design of the Desire C is what many customers immediately notice. With a plastic rubber case, the phone is designed to stay in your hand with less chance of slipping out.

Even in today’s high priced mobile market there are a variety of low cost solutions that allow budget minded consumers to have the features they want while saving money. Before choosing your next phone, determine the features you want and the budget you can afford, then take a look at low cost smartphones.

Andrea Witherspoon is a tech writer for www.businessmobiles.co.uk. Follow her at @AndreaWTweets to keep up to date on the latest mobile devices.

Easy Allergy-Friendly Lunches~ Works For Me

Last month I shared my trick for fast-fix salads at home. Today I thought I’d share about how I prep quick-grab lunches for my husband. This time of year he’s working harvest, which means 13 hour days. And since he’s gluten-free, he can’t just grab a sandwich and go. Therefore, I’ve been spending Sunday afternoons prepping a week’s worth of lunches that he can grab. That way I don’t have to worry about it again and he has a healthy lunch ready to go.

Last week was just a partial week of harvest and I fixed him some salads with two kinds of beans, marinated grilled chicken and cheese. I actually had two boxes of Ziploc bowls that I’d gotten free on a promo and never used. The salads worked perfectly in them. I prepped the salads, boiled up a bunch of hard boiled eggs and filled sandwich bags with some mini carrots, string cheese and almonds. I also made up some brown rice with lentils and peas and put them in bowls as well (not pictured.) I put some dressing in tiny cups and put some yogurt nearby. Now hubby has all his lunch items on one shelf and can easily grab what he wants.

This week I made a TON of potato salad. I filled six bowls with it for hubs and kept a tub for us to eat as well. I made my version of Southwest chicken salad. I used a package of the cubed chicken I’d prepped from my Zaycon foods purchase, mixed it with black beans and corn and dumped in some taco seasoning. Then I topped them with cheese.

I then cooked up a bunch of rice and added the rest of the chicken/corn/bean mixture to that to make a “rice bowl” type dish. I had some extra taco sauce packets from Taco Bell in my odds & ends drawer so I stuck a couple right on top of each bowl.

Another week down! Here’s a pic of things “in process”.

Here’s a shot of the rice bowl. You can put pretty much any kind of meat & veggies in these and have them come out well.

I took another shot of the fridge this week to show how I label dishes with my pink hair tape labels. I like these because they’re cheap, easy to write on, and peel right off. I decided I’d better label them after hubs took two of the same dish for lunch last week. I thought they were see-through enough (or that one could lift the lid and look?!), but I guess not. ;-)

Oh! And if you look at the cost of a pre-made salad bowl you’ll find that they’re right at $3!! And rice bowls are about the same, I believe. CRAZY! it’s definitely worth the time to make your own. Same with potato salad. It’s very inexpensive to make, but costs a fortune to buy pre-made.

What about you? Do you have any easy lunch tricks or tricks for dealing with allergies or intolerances?

Linking up to Tackle it Tuesday and Works for Me Wednesday.

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The Frugal Magic Blackboard~ Works for Me

Guest post by Jennifer Scheffel:

Ever asked the question, “How do I get organized?” When it comes to certain projects, it can be daunting to figure out just where to start.

This is a story of the magical blackboard that helps me get things done, stay organized, and remember to do all the little things that make up my day.

I’ve always kept to-do lists. There’s a cosmic relationship between identifying projects, and writing them down. Writing down goals, wishes and chores gives them importance. Seeing important goals reminds you to simply take the steps to complete them. And, OH, the joy in marking items off the to-do list is remarkable.

But about two weeks ago, I was feeling a little overwhelmed with organizing my home projects and to-do lists. Everyday new items are added, and some remained from the day before.

My husband, who seems to be an expert at getting things done, suggested that I rethink the way I create my to-do lists.

I reacted bluntly to my husband’s suggestion: “I’ve been writing down household projects and to-do lists for ages.”

After thinking it through, I admitted that sometimes the items on these lists fizzled. My lists, with all my good intentions, used to get shoved under a stack of papers, bills, and post-it notes containing even more to-do list items.

This is where the blackboard comes in. After admitting my hubby might be on to something, I knew I needed a radical change to creating to-do lists. And, I needed a trick for making sure my goals never ended up under piles of paperwork again!

Like a vision, it came to me. I would make a magic blackboard. If goals go on the blackboard, they will happen … and that’s magic. In order for the blackboard to possess such a trick, it would have to be placed in a spot I’d see everyday.

Your blackboard’s placement is key to its magic. The back door entrance to my home was the perfect choice for me. Each time I enter, I’m greeted with my weekly goals.

But, the walls are tricky; a standard chalkboard wouldn’t do. I’d need to paint one on the walls.

Frugal Tips for How to Paint a Blackboard

Frugal Tip #1:

Chalkboard paint isn’t cheap, it costs about $20 for a quart can. I’m a frugal girl and I wanted to accomplish the entire project for less than $5 (or free, if I could).

I have lots of left over cans of paint around my house, and I felt that my crafty friends might as well. As a shot in the dark, I placed a post on my Facebook Page asking if anyone had left-over chalkboard paint. A neighbor replied within 20 minutes that she had a can of chalkboard paint she’d love to dispose of. Lucky me!

One you have your paint and supplies, choose the perfect spot for your to-do list blackboard. Tape off the shape of your chalkboard with painter’s tape. A sponge roller works best with chalkboard paint.

Paint three or four coats and allow 2 to 4 hours of dry time between each. Wait at least three days before writing on your chalkboard. Use a quality chalk. It’s easier to write with and easier to wash off and worth the few extra pennies.

Frugal Tip #2:

You can save the cost of creating a frame for your blackboard with a little creative painting.

For my blackboard, I used a stencil that mimicked the pattern of fabric I had in the room. The stencil was purchased at a yard sale for $1 a year ago. I’ve used the stencil for several projects. Maintenance of such stencils is important if you want them to last for more projects.

If you use a stencil as a border to your blackboard, wash it between every use. You can use denatured alcohol or even hot soapy water if you don’t allow the paint to dry. This step will save you the heartache of paint running underneath the stencil and ruining your design.

For the best results, use repositionable spray adhesive on your stencil. This allows you to position the stencil perfectly. As extra assurance, use painter’s tape to secure it to the wall. Finally, a sponge roller works best for painting with a stencil. Roll the paint on very thinly and in several coats.

How Do I Get Organized Using the Magic Blackboard?

I get organized by washing the chalkboard every Sunday. A clean chalkboard doesn’t stay clean long.

I add new items to the blackboard everyday. But, I don’t erase any old ones! I cross through them. This gives me a sense of accomplishment by the end of the week. Anything not accomplished by Sunday goes on the top of the list for next week.

After using the magic blackboard for two weeks, I can truly say it makes organizing my home projects a lot easier. My husband is even in on the action. However, I did discovered one drawback. One chalkboard just isn’t enough!

I quickly learned that placing list items for work-related chores on the back-door blackboard isn’t effective. Only household related chores are placed on this board.

Luckily, there’s an easy solution: paint another blackboard! The first item on my project list: create a magical work blackboard for my office. I can’t wait to see what changes my work projects undergo by using this simple organization technique!

 This article was written by Jennifer Scheffel of www.best-grocery-coupon-websites.com. Her site reviews the topgrocery coupon websites and provides tips on saving money. They have a printable grocery list, coupon organizer and plenty of online printable coupons.

The Frugal Magic Blackboard works for me. To see more Works for Me Wednesday tips visit We Are That Family. Linked to Made by You Monday and Feature Yourself Friday and Frugal Fridays.

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Molly Green Magazine: Molly the Bookworm & Molly the Good Steward

Molly puts on her bookworm and good steward hats this issue!

Learn to save while pursuing your passions!

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You may have noticed that we combined the September and October issues of Molly Green magazine. We’ve packed this combo issue with great, frugal tips and information just for you, covering two themes- Molly the Bookworm and Molly the Good Steward! Fall is here, and with it comes back to school time. Let Molly show you how to approach this time of year inexpensively and creatively!

  • Patricia Hunter shares how she keeps her love of books under control. This is an area where many people struggle. After all, a love of reading is something to be desired! Patricia’s 11 tips are sure to help your book-buying budget.
  • Now that you’ve figured out how to keep those books under control, how do you store them? How about using them as decorating focal points in your home? Jennifer Zuri will show you how to do just that!
  • Working from home is becoming more and more popular. While this is a great way to earn an income and still be at home, it also opens up some new challenges. Let Molly help you find the balance needed for work at home sanity.
  • In Molly the Frugal Foodie, April Schroader shares her top 6 cookbooks picks for healthy, cheap, and simple cooking.
  • Molly decided to tackle her personal bookshelf in this month’s installment of Frugality 101. She takes you along on her journey to simplify.
  • Do you use an e-Reader or have a family member that does? If so, you’ll want to be sure to check out Sharon White’s easy, step-by-step tutorial on making an e-Reader pillow!
  • Are you looking for a new way to teach the subject of science to your children? Rhonda Barfield shares how she used handmade nature journals to teach biology. These are fun, creative, inventive ways to teach what can be mundane ideas.
  • Back to School time should be marked with a special day! Inger Koppenhaver has some great ideas to make that first day of school extra exciting!
  • Menu planning is a very popular way to get your food budget under control. This month, Molly walks you through the steps to begin saving money by planning your meals in advance.
  • Another great cost-saving meal system is once a month cooking. If you haven’t tried this yet, be sure to read Molly’s tips to getting started!
  • Do you have child that loves to write? Don’t miss this very informative article from Amanda van der Gulik, Could Your Child Be a Published Author?
  • E-Books are certainly all the rage these days! Let Pat Fender show you how to create your own E-Books for fun and profit!
  • Rhonda Barfield has published 5 books. She shares boldly and plainly about this process. If you have an interest in writing, you won’t want to miss her article this month!
  • Looking for a quick dessert? How about Cocoa Pink Cuplets? Jennifer Zuri describes them as a chocolate chip cookie in the form of a muffin. They sure sound yummy!
  • One money-saving tip is to utilize the public library. Rhonda Barfield calls it the homeschooler’s best friend. Be sure to read her book selections from her years of home education! You might find some of your own favorites along with some new titles to check out!

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Molly makes it fun and easier to be frugal! Think about it—with so much to learn and save, if you apply just one money-saving idea, you’ll recoup the cost of this E-Book right away!

Project Manager: Becky Schnepf- Gustafson
Contributing Writers: Rhonda Barfield, Alayna Cann, Pat Fenner, Patricia Hunter, Inger Koppenhaver, April Schroader, Amanda van der Gulik, Sharon White, Jennifer Zuri
Publication: 2013
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Guest Post — Frugal Vegetable Gardens

by Kristina Seleshanko

Have you ever read the bestselling book The $64 Tomato? In it, author William Alexander spends an outrageous amount of money to create a home vegetable garden – and learns his home grown tomatoes cost him $64 each. It’s not exactly a book to encourage novice vegetable gardeners. But the good news is, Alexander is a spendthrift. Vegetable gardening is actually a very frugal activity.

To prove this to myself, in 2011, I started a new vegetable patch and kept records on what it produced. I figured we saved at least $308 on produce, not including the soil we trucked in. (After subtracting the cost of the soil, we still saved over $80.) Plus my kids learned to love veggies like never before, we ate more healthfully, we got extra exercise, and we had the satisfaction of knowing exactly where our food came from.

So, let’s focus on how you, too, can save money growing your own food:

* Test your garden soil. The #1 key to success in gardening is having good quality soil. Buy a cheap soil test kit at a garden center and follow the directions. The test will save you money by telling you whether or not your soil is in good enough shape to grow veggies – and, if not, what to add to the soil to improve it.

* Choose a location with at least 6 hours of sun per day. You’ll grow much more food this way.

* Start from seed. This saves a tremendous amount of money and, depending upon the method you use, can cost next to nothing in equipment. Download a free copy of my Starting Seeds ebook for complete directions on successful seed starting.

* If you need to improve your soil, consider bringing in soil by the truckload. If you want your garden right away and your soil is lousy, this is least expensive method. If you can wait at least 6 months, try the generally less expensive lasagna method. (Basically, lay cardboard down on the soil and top it with layers of organic material that will decompose into wonderful garden soil.)

* Don’t do raised beds. At least the type surrounded by wood, brick, or some other frame. It’s totally unnecessary – and expensive. Just mound the soil in the shape you want (making sure you can reach across it for weeding and harvesting) and plant.

* Avoid container gardens. By the time you buy decent potting soil (a must for growing in containers) and containers, you’ve made a bit of an investment. Plus, container gardens dry out quickly, so you’ll spend more on watering.

* Mulch. By placing straw, lawn clippings, bark, wood chips, shredded brown leaves, or compost around your plants (but keeping the mulch about 1 inch from stems), not only will your garden be less weedy, but you’ll cut down on watering costs. Aim for at least 5 inches of mulch.

* Harvest frequently. Don’t let ripe vegetables, fruits, or herbs languish in the garden. The more you harvest, the more food you will grow.

* Focus on growing what’s most expensive to buy. Fruit is generally more expensive to purchase than vegetables, and certain vegetables will be more or less expensive in your region.

* Fill shadier areas with plants that don’t mind it. Some examples of fruits and vegetables that don’t mind part shade (4 to 6 hours of sun per day) include strawberries, honeyberries, huckleberries, Artic kiwi, lettuce, kale, collards, spinach, Swiss chard, peas, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, radishes, and turnips.

* Don’t buy it if you can make it. Tomato cages, trellis, tepees, and so on are expensive. Challenge yourself to make garden items from what you have laying around or can buy cheaply. For example, use small tree limbs to create trellises or bean tepees.

* Start a compost pile. Compost keeps the soil healthy, which makes plants grow like mad. But it sure is expensive to buy. Instead of throwing away compostable items like cardboard, paper, yard clippings, and vegetable and fruit scraps, put them to use in the garden by composting them.

* Get plants and seeds free. Often neighbors, friends, and family have cuttings or divisions (good for plants like rhubarb or berry vines) or seeds they are happy to give away.

* Save seeds. If you buy heirloom or open-pollinated seed varieties, you may never have to buy seeds again. For details, click here.

Kristina Seleshanko is an urban homesteader, mom, and wife who blogs at Proverbs Thirty One Woman.

Make Your Own Bottled Iced Tea

I can’t believe I never thought of this, but it’s super simple and CHEAP to make your own bottled iced tea. Hubby and I were on a diet, not too long ago, that completely cut out sugar. It was very difficult to find any bottled iced teas that didn’t contain sugar, and when we did, they were crazy expensive. I think Lipton was the only brand I found with no sugar and it was over $1 a bottle. Yikes!

Enter this fix! I purchased a pack of 24 bottles of water for $2.50, then placed a tea bag in each bottle before setting the case on our porch in the sun. I was actually a bit concerned that it might be difficult to get the teabags in and out of the small opening, but it wasn’t a problem at all. In no time, I had individual bottles of iced tea. These are perfect to grab and take along in the car when running errands and were ideal on our recent camping trip. Love it!

Making my own bottled iced tea Works for Me!

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Frugal Friday~ Linky Party

There are so many different ways to live a frugal  lifestyle . . . this is a great place to learn new things and encourage one another! Below you can share the link to a post on your own blog, share a little about your frugal life and encourage others. This linky party will now be open for the entire month of July (expiring August 1st). Come and link-up to this great community of frugal followers!

If you get my Friday newsletter, you most likely read Midge’s question about my favorite go-to craft item to have on hand (if you don’t get my FREE newsletter be sure and subscribe via the sticky note in the upper right corner). Read below to see my response.  Molly

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Dear Midge,

Because I still have school-aged children I always like to have stickers, construction paper, watercolor and tempera paints (along with freezer paper, various size paint brushes and sponge shapes) in my art supply stash. The girls love to glue little pompoms to their projects and you’d be amazed how creative kids can get with a package of popsicle sticks! I have yet to find a great way to organize all of these things, it seems like art supplies are ALWAYS spilling out of the cabinet I store them in.

I usually wait until after the school year begins and then take advantage of the super cheap sales the week after when stores are trying to get rid of their inventory. I also watch the bigger craft store chains and get their coupons via email or through the mail. I wait until some of the craft supplies go on sale and/or use a good coupon to stock up on other items not found in a department store.

Over the years, I’ve also come across the issue of storing art projects for all of my children. Just last year I began taking photographs of them and I’m now compiling a digital file instead of trying to cram them all into my filing cabinet. :)

I was thinking of getting the kids all together to make some handprint stepping stones for Grandma’s garden. I gathered the supplies using THIS SITE as a guide. Here’s some instructions on how to do THIS PROJECT along with some other TIPS AND TRICKS. HERE ARE some pictures of different shapes and styles, which ones do you like?

Love ya, Molly

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To share a link to your post about frugal living, use the Linky below. But first. . .

 

1. We’d love for you to share your links that include anything  related to DIY projectssaving money, frugal living, made from scratch cooking, cleaning products, sustainable livinggardening, organic, and anything else related to homemaking! You can also  include your struggles while trying to live a frugal lifestyle (like  Midge!)! Show us about how you are thriving while surviving on a smaller budget!

 

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6. If you link-up, please click on other’s links as well. Our frugal followers have a lot to share!

 

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Works For Me~ Bathroom Organization: a Tutorial

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Below are cheap and simple daily routines for keeping the bathroom clean, as well as several ways to organize using recycled containers and items you may already have on hand. Here are just a few more tips and ideas that work in my home. I’ll admit right up front that I’m a mom and writer, not a beautician; here’s what works for me.

After years of buying one skin care product after another and having all manner of tubes and jars and bottles to juggle, I now use two simple, healthy, and relatively inexpensive products. My “day moisturizer” is 99% pure aloe vera gel. (It comes in a tube.) My “night moisturizer” is coconut oil. (It comes in a jar.) Guess what—it works just as well on my face as it does on my heels and elbows. Two products, both simple and without long, unpronounceable ingredient lists, handle all my skin care needs. Oh, and I use healthy homemade soap from a friend for everything—no separate specialty facial cleanser.

My point is this: Save time, money, and space by simplifying and buying fewer products! Here’s an storage idea we’ve recently implemented for bathroom products: look for  shoe storage racks at yard sales—they can be used so many places! Another thing we’ve been doing is rolling our towels for storage instead of folding them. It really works—takes much less room in the closet, and stays neater longer.

Install inexpensive hooks at the kids’ level, so they can hang their own towels. Teaching them how to clean up after themselves and take responsibility in the early years really pays off down the road. Make it easy for them to succeed. Hanging their towels on low hooks is much easier than trying to drape them neatly over a high towel rod—and much better than leaving them in damp piles on the floor!

Keep things off the counter, or at least put them all in one basket that can be easily lifted to wipe the counter down. You’re much more likely to keep the counter clean if you don’t have to move a dozen objects first!

One last thing—the typical bathroom under sink cabinet could really benefit from an extra shelf or two. See what you have on hand. Sometimes making an extra shelf is as easy as setting a plastic container or crate on its side, so things can be stored inside and on top.

Organized bathrooms works for me! How about you? What are your tips/tricks to keeping an organized bathroom?

For more organizing tips, find my E-Book Molly Gets Organized All in One Place HERE. Better yet, get it as part of the package deal when you become a Molly member. See membership details HERE!

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This is an easy to read money-saving guide. Each tip is presented as a bite-size, easy to digest list, perfect for list lovers! The book begins with general rules for saving money in today’s world. These guidelines help you develop a frugal living mentality without sacrificing your quality of life. In this book, you will also learn about web sites, online tools and apps that you can use to buy cheap and even get free stuff.

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