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Along with my cloth bags that I take when running errands, I always keep a few baskets in the trunk of my car. They are perfect for buying produce since I can take the same basket to the checkout and they just reload it, and the produce doesn't get squashed on the way home. It's also easier to unpack the groceries since I can see exactly what is in the basket.
Everyone knows that you should change the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year, at the Daylight Saving time change. It's also good to look for other changes to do as well, those that can "add change" to your bank account.
All the cups I use to measure dry ingredients are not organized neatly on a cabinet shelf, where they take up room until they're used, washed and returned to the shelf. When I open the sugar container, there's a 1/2 measuring cup inside.
I have a very large cherrywood armoire in my bedroom. I use the large opening on top, filling it with sheets and matching pillow cases, all matching sets together.
I'm 19. I have a small room with no closet. My boyfriend does stay with me, but we need more storage space. We need more clothing space for both of us and more shelving space for hygiene, jewelry, pens, notebooks, etc. Any ideas please?
I am looking for tips on organizing my kids' school days. My boys are in online elementary and secondary school. I don't teach them per se, but I keep them on task and help them with questions they have. If anyone can share their experiences and ideas I would be grateful!
Inside a shabby chic suitcase on or under my coffee table I keep notepads, stationary, pens, scissors, stamps, etc. When I need to use these things while watching TV or on phone, everything is right there and I don't have to get up and go to my desk search for things.
Save space and view clothes easily by using vacuum bags that come in multiple sizes. Take clean folded clothes and place in vacuum bags then just suck out the air with a vacuum cleaner.
I'm having a tough time trying to control storage containers that I use for food. Now I have to have three bags and boxes to put them in and this has to cease. Anyone have suggestions? This is in my small kitchen and has given me frustration each time I have to look at this mess.
Can you store silk flowers in the heat and how hot can they get without damage?
My teen who is 13 and my tween who is 11 share a room and their room is so unorganized! It seems like a disaster every time I walk in the room.
I am a "Crafty One" or that's what my family calls me I have all kinds of things beads, foam, feathers, all sorts of little tiny things, etc.
Take a picture of your appliance and model/ serial numbers. Use it as your profile picture for the customer service number in your contact list on your cell phone. Now when I need to call for service or troubleshooting all the information is right at my fingertips! Saved me so much time and so less frustrating.
I have thousands of pictures that I will never have time to sort through, and dozens of old photo albums. Now what I do is to download all my photos to my computer, using a large SD card in my camera.
We always used them for storing toys like my son's LEGOs and my daughter's Barbie clothes.
The underwear I buy is usually folded and rolled in a neat little roll that can stand up. When I take mine out of the dryer, I fold and roll them the same way.
We all have our favorite key hiding places for our own use. However, to tell the location of a well-hidden key for a 911 call may not be easy, especially by the person who may be in need of emergency personnel.
When most of our belongings went into storage for 12 months, I used peppercorns and cloves in all clothing containers and bay leaves in all my book boxes. Never had a problem and everything smelt nice when I unpacked.
I've decided to put the receipts in the junk and bill envelopes I receive. I just write the month on the outside. This way if I ever need a receipt to return something, I just go to the envelope instead of digging through my bank statements.
Buy a box of shower curtain rings. Slide the rings on ONE hanger and hang the tank tops by the shoulders on each ring. Great for about 6-8 tank tops on just one hanger and they don't get all wrinkled like they do if you store them in a drawer.
Christmas cheese and wine hampers are often presented in high quality wooden boxes. I recently took one which has slots for two bottles of wine and two pieces of cheese above them, stood it on end, and used it for toiletry storage in the bathroom.
My husband feels the need to stock up on light bulbs, and I can not figure out a good way to store them. I am hoping someone has a clever idea. I read the one about old liquor boxes with inserts, I liked that. Any other ideas?
So, I have this space under the stairs, as you can imagine it is oddly shaped, but I managed to fit a bureau under there. I also try to keep our shoes under there in a plastic bin, but it is hard to get to and I bang my head. Where and how do you store your off season shoes, like winter boots, work boots, etc.?
I try not to ever fold sheets by washing and drying them and then putting them right back on the bed. Note, that this caused a problem in my first marriage because my husband thought I never changed the sheets.
I wash all the bedding for a bed on a particular day. When I take them off the clothes line, I fold the sheets and all but one pillowcase. I then take the folded items and put them in the pillowcase.
When I move, I buy two large trash cans with wheels. I store all my food stuff in the new trash cans. The trash cans hold a great deal of weight and are easy to move with the wheels. If anything breaks, the cans are water proof.
I have thousands of pictures that I will never have time to sort through and dozens of old photo albums. Now, I make quarterly a picture book. It cost between $25-30 dollars. And they are simple, light weight, customized, great conversation piece on my coffee table. And they can travel well with me
My 13 year old daughter has a medium sized bedroom and a queen bed. My mom bought her a bedroom set which includes the dresser/mirror and 1 nightable and a new mattress (queen) and I don't know how to organize it.
I am assuming that anyone who logs into Thrifty Fun regularly will already be preparing work bags, sandwiches and uniforms in advance, but here are some other ways of saving time:
I save everything, paper and stuff. What is the best way to organize paper?
I use pillow shams and pillowcases as dust covers for my nice leather purses stored in my closets. Also, I have stored Christmas sweaters and socks in them. Everything is clean, gathered, ready, and dust free.
I have too many plastic containers and a very small cupboard. Every time I organize it, it still ends up in a mess. I need advice on what to do.
My kitchen is very tiny and has very small cupboards. I don't know how to store so many appliances.
How many of us have purchased Christmas decorations or a gift for someone's birthday or anniversary only for the time to come and forgetting about the item or where we put it? I use my faithful calendar.
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.