10 Home Hacks We Love
These home hacks are my ideas brought to you by Sears.
Domingo and I are no longer first-time home owners. We lived in our first house for two years before we moved into our current home. We love having our own space and our own yard. The boys can yell and run all they want! That all comes with a price though. We are learning there is a lot more home maintenance to deal with than we ever encountered in an apartment complex! I’m glad we know about Sears!
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Although we figure out a lot of what we need to do (besides call my Papa!), I’m glad we don’t have to go it alone for everything that needs to be taken care of. Neither Domingo nor I have the interest or skills to be the fixer-upper. Sears Home Appliances and Services offers the expertise we don’t have. Besides selling the top 10 appliance brands in the U.S., they are the go-to guys for parts, repairs and warranties for home improvements. You might call them House Experts for Homeowners! You might call them relief!
Because life runs on busy so often, I am always on the lookout for effective helps. Whether it’s from the Sears House Experts or hacks I’ve come across that save even a little time and energy—it all adds up. These are some of my current favorite short cuts.
In the kitchen:
- Use the microwave to quickly “toast” nuts and coconut. Use 30 second bursts and check for that toasted nut scent or browned coconut. This is great when you’re making ice cream sundaes.
- The microwave is awesome for making caramel in a hurry, too. Put sweetened condensed milk in a covered microwave-safe bowl. Check and stir every two minutes until it’s at its caramel best or you can’t wait any longer!
- Jorryn especially likes this one: reheat leftover pizza (yes, we actually have it sometimes!) on the stovetop. On our stove, halfway between low and medium gets the crust crusty, the sauce warm, and the cheese melting. Oh, and you’ll want to put the lid on the pan for this one.
- All five of us love bacon but I hate to stand by the fry pan getting torched by grease bombs. Fix bacon in the oven and no one gets hurt! You can either put the bacon on a foil-lined baking sheet, or if you have a metal rack that fits over the baking pan, that works. All it takes is about 15-20 minutes in a 400* oven. Nice, crispy bacon with minimal clean up. Yum!
- For pristine clear party ice cubes, boil filtered water. Let it cool and then boil it again. Freeze. This is great when you want to freeze flowers or fruit pieces for party drinks or a punch bowl. Either use regular ice cube trays or even muffin tins if you want larger ice chunks.
- My guys are always rummaging through the fridge, looking for snacks. Mama doesn’t mind EXCEPT when they eat up a particular something that I had planned to use in a recipe. Washi tape to the rescue! A piece of colored tape means “hands off”!
- I think washing the littles’ plastic toys on the top shelf of the dishwasher is a favorite time saver. I don’t see germs on those LEGO bricks or on the pretend food, but I know they’re there.
In the laundry area:
- Having the washer and dryer on the same floor as the bedrooms and main bathroom saves so much work! Those are the rooms where most dirty laundry comes from.
- Sometimes one of us will start the wash, but the other will put it in the dryer. That’s fine—except when there’s something that shouldn’t go in the dryer. We write reminder notes on top of the washer with a dry erase marker if there is an item that needs to air dry.
- Keeping a laminated stain treatment list by the washer saves lots of hunting for solutions.
How about you? Need some home help? Check out Sears!
This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and shortcuts are mine!
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