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By Sonya McDaniel
OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

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The Everyday Home
OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

Sonya McDaniel is the Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator for Pottawatomie County. Her job is to deliver information over basic home economic skills to the public. She has 15 years of experience in teaching basic family relations, nutrition and meal planning, family budgeting and household management through the OSU system.

She owns a small farming operation with her husband in southern Pottawatomie County where they raise hair sheep, goats and cattle. They are busy keeping up with an on-the-go child, 5 dogs and one giant cat. Sonya definitely understands that running a home and family takes thought, time and money which all seem to be in limited supply!

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension service does not discriminate because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran and is an equal opportunity employer.

Email: sonya.mcdaniel@okstate.edu

Website: www.oces.okstate.edu/pottawatomie

Facebook: Pottawatomie County OSU Extension
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It seems fall begins a busy season for everyone, even those without kids in school!  Here are some simple steps to making your daily routine go smooth while still getting a few things accomplished along the way.

 
Make to-do lists for everyone!
Write out simple checklists for every member of the family with the top five tasks that need to be completed during his or her morning routine.  Hang it in the bathroom. 
Organize your Entryway
Create an area in your entryway (nearest the door you use most often) for everyday life accessories (keys, cell phone and charger, bills to be mailed, etc.). An over-the-door clear plastic shoe holder makes a perfect storage spot for these items. (Use lower pockets for small children so they can get their own belongings.)
Prepare what you can the night before
Set the table for breakfast, choose outfits to wear the next day and fill the coffee maker in the evening.  Get what you can out and organized and in easy to access areas.
Plan meals ahead
Create index cards for meals, not just recipes: Write out your menu ideas on index cards and file them, then when you are making out your weekly menu you can just pull meal ideas out of the box.  Whenever possible make breakfast ahead of time. Making pancakes on a Sunday? Make extra and freeze them for a busy morning.
Bag it
Have a dedicated 'borrowed basket' so you can easily find a library book or movie on the day it is due. Use colored tote bags to store equipment, one bag per activity, for example a blue bag for scouting and a red bag for ballet, you can easily grab the right bag on the right day. No more emptying and refilling a single bag.

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