2. Paper towels cores. Save your empty paper towl rolls - slide them into a drawer and stuff your used plastic bags in them. Keeps them handy and confined.
3. Double your batches. I know everyone knows about this but I'm surprised at how few do it. Again, I'm weird. Making spaghetti? Brown twice as much meat, mix it with the sauce and freeze half of it - you'll have another night ready (spaghetti, lasagna, lots of pastas, grinders, etc) to go - all you have to do is reheat. Same with chicken - cook it in the crockpot with some broth overnight and it will be ready for easy shredding/cubing in the morning. If you made twice as much, you'll have shredded chicken for fajitas another night. Chocolate chip cookie dough: make extra cookie balls and freeze. Potroast: shred the extra and freeze for BBQ beef or beef and noodles later. I know, this is nothing earth-shattering, but its how this workin' mama survives! The Ziploc vacuum bags are awesome for this purpose.
5. Homemade toilet bowl cleaner. I've taken a lot of grief for this one at work (I work with some MEAN girls!!!! hee hee hee). This concoction is quick, easy, cheap, and a lot less toxic that off-the-shelf-cleaners. Mix some cheap (like $.99 stuff, people) hair conditioner - a few squirts - with water, and if you have it: a few drops of Shaklee Basic G. I keep this in a toilet brush bowl that I got for a few bucks at Target. It's always ready, smells good, and won't kill my boys if they spill it. Plus, the "waxiness" of the conditioner helps keep nasty things from sticking to your toilet bowl. I can't stress how BAD store-bought bleaches and drop-ins and cleaners are to have around the house, and while I don't really condone drinking conditioner...it's the better option. It doesn't take much to do the trick!