Post # 1
Inspired by this post: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/for-those-who-didnt-live-together-learning-wifely-skills-before-the-wedding, I learned a really awesome trick of throwing in a damp towel with wrinkly laundry to get it not so wrinkly anymore.
What are you “good wife” cheats? Your workarounds for household chores that MUST be done, but that you don’t enjoy doing? Related to cooking, cleaning, laundry, WHATEVER!
Here are mine: I put leftovers in the oven to reheat, instead of the microwave. I don’t know why, but for whatever reason, the food tastes better, and is more evenly heated. And… ovened potatoes (mashed, fries, whatever…) always come out awesome. Again, I don’t know why… EXCEPT
Bagels or English muffins! I slice them, wrap in a damp paper towel, and microwave on medium for about 30 seconds. Makes the moist and warm. And, warm bagels are easier to spread cream cheese.
And lastly, I put dryer sheets in EVERYTHING. Living in Chicago, there is always that sudden FLIP of weather, so I never know when I’ll need boots or a coat. I put dryer sheets in my pockets/boots off season, so, when in a pinch, I don’t feel self conscious about having musty coat smell. I even put them in my suit case when I travel.
So bees… what is your secret to being June Cleaver in the modern world?
Post # 3
Cook once, use twice. I am really good at turning leftovers into an entirely new meal.
IE last night I made creamy polenta and roased turkey thighs. I will turn the leftovers into stuffed peppers.
On sunday we had steak so I bought an extra one and sliced it to marinade. Tonight I will make stirfry. I will add leftover sweet and sour eggplant that was a side last night to it
Post # 4
while i am not a fan of the title of this thread. i think it should be “household cheats” rather than “good wife cheats”, i agree with the reheating in the oven versus microwave. definitely tastes much better!
i can’t think of any others for now.
Post # 5
Hanging an outfit up in the bathroom while i shower instead of ironing! The steam takes out the wrinkles. We did this a couple weeks ago with DH’s dress blues because we don’t have an iron.
When cooking chicken in a frying pan, fill the pan up about halfway with chicken stock. This keeps the chicken really moist and flavorful without having to use tons of spices and worry about over-cooking.
Magic Eraser will take scuff marks off of shoes.
Rub a little shampoo in a stain and let it sit a bit before laundering.
Wash your bras in the shower with you. Seriously, wear it in to the shower, rub it down with your shampoo and then hang on your shower head to dry. SO fast and it’s way better for it than a washing machine.
Post # 6
@kimbean: agree about microwave. Actually we dont even have one.
Post # 7
@dynamic_duo:Aww… I didn’t mean to offend, I was just trying to be cheeky in response to the other (kinda snark/troll driven) post.
Post # 8
When we have a party with a big bucket of ice full of drinks, I always hate it when it’s a bucket of water at the end, so I put a couple of freezer packs in the bottom and then cover it with ice. The ice barely melts over the course of the night, it’s awesome! It’s less money for bags of ice, less mess at the end of the night.
If we have left over veggies from a veggie tray, we throw them in the freezer for stirfrys.
I love Downy Wrinkle Release. They don’t sell it in Canada though so I always stock up when I go down across the border 🙂
I discovered the “baked potato” button on my microwave and my world changed. Just sayin’…..
Post # 9
@zippylef:AH! I love this bra idea! Mine always get chewed up, and the wires enp up poking out.
Post # 10
@zippylef: The bra thing? Amazing!
I have’t lived on my own a ton except for when I was in the dorms, so I’m looking forward to reading these! Sadly, I have nothing to contribute.
Post # 11
While cooking dinner, I just recently started washing a few dishes at a time whenever I have a free minute or two, so that there aren’t a pile of dishes after dinner. Love it!
Post # 12
@lefeymw: I do the cook once, use twice thing a lot!
Post # 13
We have four separate laundry baskets in our closet (luckily, it’s a walk-in, but my shoes had to find a new home), one for whites, one for colors, one for cold-wash only, one for dry-clean only. We just throw our dirty clothes into the appropriate bin when we take them off, instead of throwing everything into one. It makes laundry so much easier! I just throw a load in once the basket gets over half-way full, and I never have to do any sorting.
We do all of our meal-planning for the week on Friday night, and shop together Saturday morning. I refuse to stop during the week at the store unless it is an emergency. If that means we end up eating egg sandwiches for dinner, so be it. It takes way less time to just go shopping once! We also will go through my cookbooks together every so often, and we flag all of the recipes that we are both interested in. We made a spreadsheet that lists them by what the meat ingredient is, so then we can pick from that list and base it on what is on sale. It’s a lot faster than looking through the cookbooks every week.
We always do cleaning chores at the same time. If I’m cleaning the bathroom, he’s doing the kitchen or vacuuming. That way, we always spend the same amount of time cleaning, and neither one of us can get resentful and feel like they do all of the work.
I definitely agree about reheating dinner in the oven instead of the microwave! It takes longer, but the food does taste less like leftovers. Luckily, my husband is fine with eating leftovers (if he wasn’t, he would be doing a lot more cooking haha!).
Post # 14
@bakerella: Awesome tip!
I don’t think it really counts as a cheat but we use the bounce bar! It sounds silly but its such a time saver and we don’t have those stupid sheets sticking to everything!
Post # 15
If anyone has any good vacuuming ideas. Please. I have a corgi, and dog hair.. well… yeah.
Post # 16
@Jenn23: I do that too! And I put away ingredients as soon as I’m done with them, so after dinner is done we just have to put our dirty dishes away, not EVERYTHING in the kitchen.
@Leprechaun: You guys are super organized! Want to move in with us?!