Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Book Spotlight: Emilie's Creative Home Organizer

I mentioned before that Emilie Barnes is one of my favorite authors. And Emilie's Creative Home Organizer is one of my favorites of her books.

It's full of helpful tips and ideas that I've never heard anywhere else. Tips like:

  • If you keep plastic wrap in your refrigerator, it won't cling to itself when handled.
  • To keep bugs out of your flour canister, put a stick of spearmint gum in the flour and it will be bug-free.
  • After making pies or pastry buns, sprinkle the counter with salt. The counter wipes off easily and the dough does not stick to your washcloth.
  • Add cold water immediately to pans, dishes and utensils that were exposed to raw eggs, hot milk, cooked cereal or other sticky starches.
  • Pot holders protect against cold as well as heat, so wear your kitchen mitts to protect your hands when rearranging food in the freezer.

And those are just my favorite tips from two pages of my current re-reading!

There are chapters on organization, food preparation, the kitchen, storage, cleaning, the garage, the laundry, the automobile, finances, time savings, raising children, good health, sewing and crafts, plants and the garden, beauty, moving, our wardrobe, and safety.

In short, this is a 337-page treasury of useful tips. On a scale of five stars, this gets the full five. If you don't have it, you need it!