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I have summers off, as I am a teacher. During the school year, I use my car every day during the workweek, and on the weekends to do chores or visit friends. This summer, I decided to do an experiment. I decided to see what would happen if I didn't use my car one day a week. I have discovered that this is a really good idea for many reasons. If I decide to stay home:
Before I tried this experiment, I used to get really bummed out if my car was in the shop for servicing. Now I know that there are a lot of options if a car is not available. I also feel good because I'm helping the environment and saving resources.
One of the banes of my existence always has been forgetting key items and taking multiple trips back to the house from the car when on my way somewhere - usually making me late in the process.
A solution I have found helpful is to tie the keys of my car to whatever it is I need to remember (a particular bag, a camera, a shopping list) and then, since I generally will not forget my car keys, I will also remember to take along what's needed.
I have one of those clamp keychains which are easy to adhere to the handle of a bag or other object. The night before, or even a few minutes before leaving the house, I adhere the keys to whatever it is. No more unnecessary trips!
This tip is also helpful in not leaving behind said object (a camera, a purse, a briefcase, etc) whenever I arrive at my final destination. If I've gone to an event or dinner party and wish to not forget my camera when i go home, I will adhere my keys to the camera's case. Even if I go as far as leaving the camera behind, I will quickly get to my car, realize I can't go anywhere, then remember to go back for the keys - and the camera.
By Jean Genie from Marshall, NC
I am the grandmother of 6 of which 3 stay with us most of the time and are school age. Last year, a much learned lesson was learned by Grandmother.
We live about 15 miles from town and every day it seemed that someone had left a pencil, crayons, coloring pencils, ruler, etc., at school, not to mention a text book that was needed for homework. This lead to a lot of crying on their part as well as mine sometimes.
I got a basket and filled it with markers, pencils, pencil sharpeners, crayons, rulers, anything I could find that might be needed and placed it under the computer desk where everyone knew to find it. I also contacted the school system and got any old (soon to be retired) text books for their grade levels.
Homework became a lot easier for us all and no more trips to the store to get supplies or phone calls to classmates. Just make sure to get two of each school supply when you have to purchase new, it will help keep your supply basket full! And don't forget that during the summer those old text books can be used to help them retain their knowledge or to get a jump start on next year!