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Making measuring foods accurately makes food prep much faster.

I keep measuring tools, cups and spoons in many containers. Many foods are used in specific amounts often So I have 1/4 cup measure in my oat bran. 2 tablespoon in m flax seed. I tablespoon in my grape nuts. I bought inexpensive cups and spoons and instead of cluttering the drawers I open the lid use the tool and throw it back in for the next time you want to use that dry food again. no need to wash till it gets wet. Make certain the utensil is dry before you drop it back in to the glass jar.

- Submitted by NORASPAT 6/14/2013 in Organization | 8 Comments

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Get ready for the next day before going to bed.

Each night before I go to bed, I fill my water bottle for the next day and stick it in the fridge. I also fill up sippy cups for my kids so they're ready in the AM, and pull out what we're having for breakfast (I'll put the Cheerios box on the counter, the PB jar, and my pkg of English muffins). Before crashing for the night, I lay out my workout clothes or pack my gym bag, depending on my plan. It takes the guess work out of weekday mornings!

- Submitted by EJENKINSB 6/6/2013 in Organization | 1 Comment

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Tracking Ahead

This is what keeps me from getting off track. If I wait until it's time to eat to see what I can or can't eat, I get stressed and have a very high potential of screwing up.

- Submitted by NOLATAMMY 5/31/2013 in Organization | 4 Comments

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I use the 'Do More" living system

From book, 'Out of the Crayon Box' (living vibrant, organized lives). They have a website. Their philosophy is "Do more living, not more work!". They simplify everything into 6 steps (Declutter first; then Organize, Maintain, Observe, Refrain and Enjoy!). Biggest steps Declutter & Organize, are easy the way they do it. Then it's putting things back where they go, with a simple (not complex or tedious) system which they teach. 'Observe' teaches to evaluate what works for you personally.

- Submitted by SATXJF 4/29/2013 in Organization | 4 Comments

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I am an Electronic Horder on Pinterest

I love clipping healthy recipes when I'm dieting but not good about organizing them so that I can use them. Pinterest is a great way to keep them where I can get at them easily. emoticon

- Submitted by RIAKING 4/23/2013 in Organization | 0 Comments

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Weight Loss Binder

I am creating a weight loss binder to keep my success in one convenient place. Every week I print off the weekly reports that are important to me and add them to the correct tab in my binder. I'm a visual person and it's very easy for me to compare one week to the next to see my successes and struggles. I also have a place for my monthly pictures of myself to compare before and afters.

- Submitted by NBLONDHEIM 4/23/2013 in Organization | 1 Comment

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Broken crayon container

This came about as an Earth Day project for my son's 1st grade class. We found that an old Crystal Light packet container (the long tube-like ones with a cap) can be great holders for all of those broken crayons we have lying around! You know, the ones that still have a lot of life left, but can't be found in the bottom of the box anymore. These could also hold small pencils, markers, highlighters, etc. You can peel off the outer packaging to decorate the container any way you'd like!

- Submitted by SPTERRIV 4/22/2013 in Organization | 1 Comment

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Paprika App

After much research, I'm loving the recipe management app "Paprika". It lets me capture recipes from sparkrecipes as well as many other recipe sites & my own personal recipes! With all my recipes in one place, I can build the week's meal plan & hit a button for a grocery list. The big plus for ME is that I can have everything offline, since I'm not always on wifi to use sparkrecipes. It costs $20 for MAC, $5 for iPad, $5 for iPhone or iPod and uses a cloud to sync everything together. Awesome!

- Submitted by AZURELITE 4/13/2013 in Organization | 1 Comment

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Organizing the night before

Before I go to bed each night I get things ready for the next day my snacks and vitamins and my workout clothes so all I have to do is get up and get to my day

- Submitted by KELLOGGMAMA3 3/12/2013 in Organization | 0 Comments

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You tube organization

Need to learn how to organize watch it on you tube. I'm not an organized person but by searching on yt I've learned a lot of tricks that keep me on track. It helps with my weight loss. Now I know what's in my pantry

- Submitted by IM-LUPE 3/12/2013 in Organization | 0 Comments
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