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Use bubble wrap for storing small breakable items. Cut the mailer into wide strips. Place the strips in between items as you place them in the storage box. This protects anything breakable.
Here is a clever closet trick. Slide a soda can tab over the hook of a coat hanger and you can hang twice as many items in your closet. This works especially well for keeping coordinating jackets and pants together.
I place smaller cases inside larger one. Also flatten carry bags and store inside suitcases.
I have just added a plastic flip top trash can, to my laundry area. It holds two big boxes of dry laundry powder. Makes it very easy to open the lid and fill the cup with soap for the washer.
I have a tiny kitchen which lacks cabinet and counter space, which we are working on adding in the future. For now, I put the electric skillet, toaster, juicer, and popcorn maker on top of the fridge.
I like to freeze many of the vegetables from our garden, however I don't have cabinet space to store the empty containers. My solution to this dilemma is wash and dry the empty containers...
I have several dozen large spools of ribbon, many that are wired. Any suggestions on how to store them and save space at the same time.
My apt. got some new furniture (and a bed) which made the clutter look twice as bad. Now I want/need to get the knick-knacks onto surfaces, and I think shelves are great idea to use as "hanging" areas to put my cuter misc. items.
It has been a long time since I have used a space bag and can find no instructions.I thought you zip it up with the garment inside and then take vacuum cleaner nozzle, insert it in hole and it automatically lets the air out and shrinks it and you close it with the cover given with it.
We have a smallish entryway and a largish family! :) It has a closet as well, but it is very small. We have loads of shoes, coats, and winter gear when cold. I have 1 over the door shoe holder on the inside of the closet door, but it's not nearly enough.
Two of my girls share a bedroom. It is quite large, so there are lots of areas with potential. The problem is, they are swimming in their stuff! How do I organize their hats, purses, shoes, Barbies, jewelry, craft supplies, etc.?
I love and collect cookbooks. I go through the cookbooks and write down in pencil in each cookbook the page numbers of the recipes I want to make. This saves me so much time and I have the recipes right at hand.
I've used shoe boxes and small basins, three on each shelf, to divide my freezer. This still leaves room above the boxes to slide in frozen dishes and pizza. Ice cream and miscellaneous fit in front.
How can I organize my very small bedroom in a rental when I have no closet and a limited income? I have a twin bed, chest of drawers, 2 night tables, a plastic unit w/3 drawers for my underwear, a folding table for my TV, computer (can't afford internet access), sewing machine...
When we are going to be shopping at Sam's Club, where they do not bag the groceries we purchase, I put my laundry basket in the truck of the car. When unloading the shopping cart, we put the items into the laundry basket.
If you or your family ever get frustrated losing things in the refrigerator, I hope this helps!
Some people have yards of fabric. I have a room full. All colors, all types, all different yardages, tons and tons. I hate keeping them in large storage containers. I even tried putting a swatch outside the storage container to see what is inside. It still doesn't work. Any ideas?
I love to crochet, craft, sew, read news daily, and look for new recipes and while I do have a password saving program, it does not always work! Or perhaps I am techno-tarded, either way depending on my 60 year old memory proves not successful.
Old fashioned that I am, I still enjoy giving and receiving Christmas, birthday, get well, and other cards throughout the year. To keep things simple, I have one address book strictly for the addresses of those people most dear to me.
I live in the tropics where the air is very damp and mold on everything including clothes, shoes, and other leather goods is a big problem. I have had lots of success using the Space Saver brand plastic storage bags.
After having all the towels end up in the same bathroom, leaving other bathrooms in the house with no towels, I came up with this solution. We have 4 bathrooms in the house, and 1 in the RV. All get regular use in this large family.
I don't have any pictures since my youngest just turned 37, but I remember using a dish drainer for preschool book storage. I rotated them from time to time keeping his current favorites on the rack. I also had one which I used for coloring books.
I want to move from Boston to Texas. I have around 10 medium boxes that I want to post. I am wondering if it is possible to send them to a storage facility in Texas and later get it from them? Do you know any storage company to do that?
I have many glass lids. In order to save room, I cut a dish drainer in half, just big enough to fit in my cupboard and line my glass lids up in the slots. This way I can stack my glass bowls and save lots of room. I also have extra lids to cover all sizes of plates with.
I don't know how all the crumbs get into my kitchen drawers. It seems like I'm always taking everything out of the drawers, dumping the crumbs, and wiping them clean - and replacing the liner!
While in a waiting room, at a friends house, or even in the grocery store, there are times you can't rip out the page or take the magazine with you. I have found that my cell phone will take perfect pictures of the ingredients and the instructions.
I like to put my pet food in a sturdy, resealable container so that ants and mice don't find a way into it. The larger containers can get a bit cumbersome at times, so my tip would be to get one with rollers. For example, the Suncast 80 qt. rolling bin works great in my kitchen.
I'm a big list user. I have an excel spreadsheet on my computer with tabs. I have a list for my movies, cookbooks, kitchen items, books, and more. I get this habit from my mom!
Both of my children are growing up and getting more involved with their own activities, as they should be. The challenge is keeping track of who needs to be where, when and with what. So, we write notes to each other on the bathroom mirror with dry-erase markers!
You can use the empty spool and container to store craft ribbon. It keeps the dust out nicely.
I've had it with all my clutter and large house. I can't get anything finished and it's getting worse. So my sister bought me a 37 ft. motorhome to make a new start. Now, how do I downsize? How do I go about doing this? Help!
Gerber baby food containers make perfect storage containers. I use them for my beads, findings, buttons, etc. The lids do snap shut making spillage less possible and they are clear enough that you can see through them.
I use old plastic drawers and drawer inserts in my tool chests, on my electronics workbench, to hold dies temporarily when reloading brass, etc. In short just about any place outside of the kitchen where I need an inexpensive, reasonably tough yet disposable sorting and storing needs.
I am dying to know how all of you with those beautiful pantries that have a container for every item keep your back up items? What do you do when you purchase more of an additional item?
Spray the sheet of sticker labels with WD-40, then shred. The labels won't stick and your shredder gets lubricated at the same time.
I use page protectors. Just put white paper or card stock inside the protector and you have a portable, cheap and double sided dry erase board.
Just drag similar apps over each other and they will automatically create a folder and name itself. From here, you can add to them very easily.
I carry an inexpensive light weight over the door hook, I bought at a 99 cent store in my purse. I hang it over rest room doors that don't have one to hang my coat or purse. That way my belongings stay clean and safe while using the restroom.
I need to clean out my clothes closet. I have piles of clothes and hangers. I am feeling overwhelmed. I don't know where to start.
Have you heard of using a metal shoe rack with three spinning levels as a die or punch organizer? I saw it somewhere and can't seem to find it now that I bought the shoe rack. The rack holds 18 pairs of shoes.
I cut cracker or cereal boxes into index card like rectangles that fit into a shoe/boot box. I snip out of the 2 long sides, about 3/4" deep, so it is shaped like a spool of thread to create a winding space.
There are a few smaller items I need to remember to bring each morning. To make things simple, I purchased a place mat from the dollar store. I traced the outline of each item onto the placemat.
I would like some tips for orgarizing for very small apartment.
I have been thinking about moving out of my parents house and moving in with my friends after I graduate high school. I'm wanting to move in with 4 of my friends.
Purchase an upright scrapbooking organizer that has opaque organizer containers with fixed hinged boxes that slide in and out of their own drawer insert. The boxes are perfect to organize your cutters by themes.
ask.com is my favorite connection. I write down the answers to all of my questions on scraps of paper or index cards and when I need the info it takes forever to scant thru them. My memory is not great so I have lots of reminder notes, usually in vain. Thanks.
Hanging pants up with clothespins becomes a problem with the female shaping of pants so I began hanging mine upside down by the bottom hem. It even creates more room on the rod because the bulk is at the bottom.
I read most of the questioners about a way to sell "collector dolls". I am a collector also, and it hit me that maybe I should suggest the TV show,
To keep tools that are needed in different locations at our home, I made different color codes for each area.
Keep your passwords on the back of a picture in a frame that is somewhere you can easily access. That way, you will always have your passwords available, but someone else won't know they are there!
Use a phrase or an abbreviation of a phrase that you can remember and a series of numbers for your password. For example "i am crazy about dogs" can be "iacad" then add numbers and a special character at the end.
Grab yourself a pretty and cute 3-ring binder, add some dividers, and start tracking your finances.
To remember something for the next day, I use an old/stale lipstick to write a one-word reminder on my bathroom or vanity mirror.
When I organize my closet, I put all my slacks in one area on hangers, my blouses in one area on hangers, my sweaters all in one area on hangers, my purses in one area on hangers.
I need ideas for organizing the narrow freezer space in a side-by-side fridge. Is there anywhere that I can get wire baskets or whatever to fit on my freezer shelves, to possibly create drawers or? My freezer shelves are 9 x 17. I have one pull-out shelf that sits 15 inches under a stationary shelf.
I collect lots of articles, search references, make quick notes lots of times, and do print outs. When a few days go by and the room is messy I pile them all in one area, but need hours to find any specific info. in a time of need. How do I organize all of this paperwork? Thanks.
Cut the whole box diagonally, close the top flaps and tape them shut, voilá! Two magazine files free!
I have a clean 32 gal trashcan with wheels that I use to transport purchases from the vehicle into the house and nothing falls out in large holes like the wire shopping carts.
If you have children, you probably have boxes and scrapbooks of things your children made in school that you are keeping. Have you ever wished you had a better way to keep these treasures?