The Better Behavior Wheel
Hang it in the kitchen and spin the wheel instead of getting upset.
A great tool to teach children that actions are chosen and there are
consequences to every decision made.
An easy way to solve discipline problems where the
kids choose the consequences. Great tool to
teach children to take responsibility for the consequences of
Family Health Records in one handy software program!
A must have for the modern family: keep track of visits to
dr. , keep a record of your children's immunizations,
and start your own journal on family diet, health, fitness
Organize your family's Health Records the easy way!
have small electrical appliances you haven't used in years
stuffed away in the back of your kitchen cupboards? What else have you
got in there? Are you using the space wisely or could your kitchen
stand an all out re-organization?
© 2001 Judy Brown
If the thought of tearing the kitchen apart to clean out the cupboards
overwelms you why not take it one cupboard at a time? Plan on doing one
a day and do it thoroughly. It won't take all that long and you will
feel much better as you get rid of the old junk and free up valuable
space to store the things you will use daily or have handy whenever you
Let's start with the cupboard under the sink, this is where most people
store cleaning supplies and dish soap. I think this is the best place
to keep things for cleaning, you have it all in one place and it's
handy to the sink and really with the pipes and everything there is not
a lot of incentive to store food or good china. So let's get this area
scrubbed and straigtened up.
First of all it is a lot easier to keep this spot clean if you group
the items and keep them in plastic containers or baskets. I have one
for polishing supplies where I keep my shoe polish, all weather leather
spray and furniture polish. It is all there in a plastic basket about 4
inches deep and 8 inches wide. You can pick these up in any dollar
store for .50 cents or $1. I also keep my furniture polishing cloth in
a small glass jar so the wax doesn't get onto everything and the odour
The next basket I have is for soaps and sprays. I usually make my own
cleaner and have my spray bottle, my bar of Sunlight soap which I like
for quick cleanups in the kitchen. They say if you wash with Sunlight
bar soap it repels insects. I just happen to like the scent. I have my
dish soap and my TSP in this basket along with electric dishwasher soap
I have one basket that fits under the place where the drain pipe hangs
down and use that area to store the things I don't use that often: oven
cleaner and bug spray is all I have there right now.
You might want a basket or a container that will hang inside the door
to store garbage bags. You can use a large coffee tin with a lid to
store bags you get your groceries in. Just cut a slit in the lid and
whenever you get a plastic bag stuff it in the can leaving just a bit
sticking out and you can just pull them out as needed.
First empty the cupboard and sweep or vacumn the bottom, if you don't
already have a plastic coated shelf liner there now is the time to get
one and put it in. Get this at the dollar store it doesn't cost all
that much and it is really good as it is much easier to clean than the
wooden shelf is. If you've let this area go it might be pretty grungy
and a good scrub and a bit of spray paint will work wonders. Then put
down the shelf liner and it is all ready for your baskets.
Throw out all items that are almost gone and wipe off the cans of
anything before you put them back. You might want to put a towel rack
inside or perhaps hang a kitchen garbage catcher on the inside of the
From now on keep an eye on your cupboard and make sure you don't put
back cans that are almost empty then buy new ones and shove them in
too. Once you have this all sorted out it is easy to remove the baskets
and see what you have or what you need and give each one a bit of a
cleaning, wipe up the shelf and you are all nice and clean again.
Tackle one cupboard a day and let me know how you are making out. :)