party prep tips – PLUS 5 steps to a super-efficient home office
Summer parties are always special. Here are some tips to help you plan your
party so you can relax and enjoy it!1.
Before you invite everyone, see what party supplies you need and get them now. 2. Timing is everything.
Summer weekends can fill up quickly. Think about throwing your party Friday
after work or Sunday at brunch time. 3. Make it potluck.
Ask guests to bring beverages or food that needs little preparation. That
leaves you free to put together one or two fancier menu items. 4. Start cleaning when
you invite. Do a little each day and you'll get it all done
without stress. 5. Plan whenever you can.
Put your playlist together over lunch. Do the menu while you commute. Make
dishes ahead in the week preceding. 6. Practice.
Pick a few menu items and special beverages. Then practice making them, so you
can quickly whip them up at the party. 7. Consider comfort.
Have sunscreen and bug spray on hand, S'mores supplies and blankets if people
stay into the cool summer evening. 8. Do a grill check.
Make sure you have propane and a clean cooking surface and that everything
works properly. 9. Offload the fridge. Party
food takes up lots of fridge space, so where do you chill the beverages? Fill
up coolers or tubs with ice, and put in the cans and bottles. When the ice
melts, the water can be recycled by watering outdoor plants or emptied onto the
lawn. 10. Be ready with
nibbles. Offer a couple of simple appetizers for guests to
enjoy right away. Keep it simple–chips and salsa, raw veggies and dip. 11. Have backup.
If you underestimate your food or get some last minute guests, know your backup
options. Check that a takeout place will be open and if they'll deliver. 12. Simplify cleanup.
Copy the caterers. Take an out of the way area such as the garage and set up
barrels for trash and recycles. If you use dishes and flatware, put out a few
buckets with soapy water. Let everything soak overnight, then finish cleaning
the next day. 13. Build up a stash of
party supplies. Buy one upgrade a year, such as cloth napkins
that cut paper waste and don't come apart on sticky fingers. 14. Hunt for bargains.
Keep an eye out at discounters for party platters, cake stands, candles, and
TO CREATE A SUPER-EFFICIENT HOME OFFICE
have a home office for your job, for household bills, or both, here's how to
set it up to get more done in less time.
Ditch the junk.
We're talking about equipment you don't use, files you don't look at, records
you don't need, and paper clutter in general. These all slow you down when
you're looking for things. If you haven't opened a file or used something in a
couple of years, recycle or trash it. 2. Replace single-purpose
items with a multipurpose device. Get a printer, copier, and
scanner in one machine. Replace old backup drives with a new high capacity,
high speed drive. 3. Fine tune the layout.
Arrange desk, shelves, and storage units so that everything can be accessed
quickly and easily. Keep technology within arm's reach. 4. Organize storage.
Use boxes, bins, or drawers for different items–one box for computer stuff, one
for small office supplies. Keep often-used items by your desk, and put away the
rest. 5. Repeat annually.
Once a year, or sooner, go through steps 1–4 all over again.
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