1. Take digital photos of the papers your kids bring home that you want to save. Organize into electronic folders.
2. Clean out a drawer and put the items that don't belong in the drawer away where they do belong
3. Write and address a thank you note to brighten someone's day
4. When leaving a room, pick up and/or remove any items that don't belong in that room. Put the items away.
5. Look through the weekly ads from the grocery store and plan the next week's meals based on the items your family likes that are on sale.
6. Reconcile your checkbook
7. Schedule payment of bills, write checks (if you do checks) and write the date they need to get mailed where the stamp goes. Write in your calendar "mail electric bill" so all you have to do is plop on a stamp and mail.
8. Teach your kids how to sew on a button, fix a hem, or repair a seam.
9. Place frequent-flyer cards, membership cards, gift cards, etc., in a business card holder and store in your purse for easy access.
10. Establish a daily (or weekly) reading time with your family. Everyone can bring their own book to read, someone can read aloud (especially if you have small children), or take turns reading a book you pass around.
What tasks would you add to the list? We'd love to learn from you!
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