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September 1 - October 31, 2017
IKEA Recycle Bins
I found these IKEA recycle bins for just $3.33 each at my local thrift store. Being a rabid recycler, I needed something for the narrow entryway in my apartment. These are just what I needed.
DIY Decor Storage Boxes
You can easily reuse boxes as decor storage boxes for your shelf with an old sweater. Open the sweater and put your box into the sweater. Then wrap the arms into a knot and you have a storage box ready to use.
Hide Credit Card Inside Phone Case
Hide your debit or credit card in the back of your phone case. It should fit nicely in there. Sometimes when I shop, I just carry my phone instead of bringing my purse. It is much easier.
Hide House Key Outside with Pill Bottle
Everyone knows most people leave a key under the mat or in a plant. Instead, put your key in an empty pill bottle and glue a rock to the top of the bottle. Dig a hole big enough for the pill bottle, then slide the bottle in the hole and leave the rock sticking out. Tell everyone in the house where to find the key. Try putting it in the garden so it is easier to find.
Mark the Top Side of Electrical Plugs
Did you know that the large slot on an electrical socket is on the left? To make it easier to plug my appliances into the sockets, I used some fingernail polish to mark the side that will be turned up when I plug them in.
Store Phone In Sleeve
After I hurt my leg and was somewhat restricted, I found I was missing my calls because I set my cell phone down somewhere. I ended up slipping it into my sleeve and placing a snug but not restrictive rubber band at the wrist to hold it in place. It makes it convenient to always have it around too!
Coffee Container for Collecting Dryer Lint
I keep a Folger's coffee container on the clothes dryer to put lint in. When it gets full, I empty the lint into the trash.
Roll Towels For More Space
Fold your washcloths in half and half again, then roll up. You can put them in a little basket bought from the Dollar store. You will have much more space in your closet.
Drawer Organizing for Power Cords
Someone shared with me a number of years ago that their grandma used to use the empty toilet paper roll tubes to keep her cords tidy. Wow! Really? So I decided to try it.
Extending Time on Your Kitchen Timer
I was fixing a chicken recipe in my slow cooker yesterday that needed to cook on low for 6 hours. At the same time, I was not going to be home for a couple hours. Suddenly, the light bulb went on. I have a calculator that also has an alarm clock, so I set the alarm for 6 hours later.
Plastic Bottle as Paper Cup Dispenser
Cut off the top of the bottle, only 1 inch from the top. Cut vertical lines around the top of the bottle, about 4 slits. Then cut the bottom off of the bottle at about 1 inch. Be sure to use a 600ml bottle, any other size will be too big.
Store Plastic Bags In Pop Bottle
Cut the bottom off a 2 litre plastic bottle. Put your bags in through the bottom. Pull one out through the top. When you need one, just pull through the opening.
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