Monday, September 29 , 2014

Purse-Saving Tip

What's more annoying than digging around in your bag for a pen that you know is there but you just can't grab? Then discovering a big ink stain (and your now-inky fingers!) because the stupid half-hidden pen leaked. Ugh! Here's how to stop this from happening...

Instead of having pens or pencils floating around loose inside your purse or man bag, put them in a plastic toothbrush holder...the cylindrical kind that closes tightly.

The holder is easy to find in a crowded bag, and it will also prevent a pen from accidentally losing its cap and making marks inside the bag's lining. (If you already carry a toothbrush in a holder in your purse, be sure to label the containers accordingly, or remember which color is your toothbrush and which color contains your pens.)

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Friday, September 12 , 2014

New Use for Your Tissue Boxes

Instead of having plastic produce bags taking up lots of space in a drawer waiting to be recycled or floating around loose in a cabinet, do this...

Pack your stash of plastic bags into an empty tissue box. If you do not want to use the cardboard kind, look for a decorative tissue-box cover that matches your kitchen (or wherever you need to keep a store of plastic bags). Even the bottomless covers will hide the bags away—you just can’t move them around too much. Try to use the largest tissue box or cover you can find— the small ones tend to multiply as you collect more and more plastic bags.

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Tuesday, January 14 , 2014

Free Up Space in Your Closet

Your closet rod will not accept one more hanger. Throwing your tops and sweaters around the bedroom is not an option. The solution is to go vertical. Here’s what you do...

Place a shower-curtain ring on the neck of a hanger, and then hang another hanger on it. Shower-curtain hooks also work well for hanging accessories. Slip them on the closet rod, and use them to hang purses, belts or ties...or tote bags filled with stuff that would otherwise be floating around your closet (like flip-flops from last summer). Time to go clothes shopping!

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Tuesday, November 26 , 2013

Wrinkle-Free Packing for Holiday Travel

Are you getting ready for a road trip and stay-over at a loved one's house? Or at a relative's house? (Ha-ha!) When you're getting your stuff together to go, keep (or put) your clothes on hangers rather than packing them into a suitcase. Cover them up by inserting them into garment bags, dry-cleaning bags or even large plastic trash bags with the tops of the hangars poking through the bottom of the bags. Then when you pack up your car, spread out the bags in your trunk on top of any luggage you've loaded. The clothes will stay wrinkle-free, and unpacking will be a cinch.

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Tuesday, February 26 , 2013

Corkscrew Warning

Keep a pulled cork on the end of a corkscrew, especially if the corkscrew is loose in a drawer with other things that you often look for…and especially if cleaning and organizing your junk drawer is just not going to happen!

Tags: cork, junk drawer
Monday, November 05 , 2012

Easy Car Organizer

Clamp a few big clothespins to the sun visor on the driver’s side of your car. If you don’t have clothespins, use a thick rubber band around each side of the visor. Toll tickets, parking stubs, shopping lists—whatever you need to keep handy when you sit behind the wheel—stay put in a snap.

Thursday, March 15 , 2012

Easy Tape Starter

Save time finding the beginning of an already-started roll of tape—just place a toothpick under the end each time you finish using it.