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I had this little shredder for a while and it began to show it's age. I painted it and used it for earrings and my make up brushes. It's perfect with my black and red bathroom!
Approximate Time: 1 hour drying time
When done, simply hang earrings from the holes and put your cosmetic brushes (combs, etc) in from the top.
You could also hang it and use it for necklaces as well.
I have a bad habit of stockpiling toiletries because I never know what I have on hand or I know I have it and can't find it. I hung a pocket shoe bag on the inside of my linen closet and now put new purchases (and those from my stash) of shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. in the pockets. Now I can see and find what I have at a glance.
By Linda from Vista, CA
Each of our 3 children has a small plastic tote (like the ones to hold cleaning supplies) stored in our hall linen closet to take into the bathroom. They keep all of their toiletries (including combs, medications and toothbrush/toothpaste) in these totes. I got the idea from my dorm days when we had to hike down the hall to the showers. It really saves room in our small bathroom, and the tote can be ported to the kitchen or downstairs bath if necessary.
By Lori L from Minneapolis, MN
Don't have enough space to store all your toiletries in the bathroom? Hang a see-through shoe bag on the back of the door. Everything slips right in and you can see what you need. If there is a lot of people in your family each can have a row of their own.
My 5 year old daughter has a great deal of "Things" that we use while she is getting ready for bed and getting ready for school. We were constantly running up and down stairs, in and out of the bathroom and everywhere to get her ready. No more! I found a fabulous oval caddy with a handle in the center at the Dollar Store. We put her hair brush, barrettes, hair bands, lotion, kiddie perfume, and a mirror in it and she named it the "Cutie Caddy" (all by herself!). So now, we just grab the Cutie Caddy before bed and in the morning and we are ready to go. I am even going to make myself one because it works so well and saves so much time for only one dollar!
While shopping, most of us know to check for the expiration dates on food items. Did you know there are expiration dates on over the counter medications, on toothpastes, and other items, as well? As high as the cost of living is, might as well make sure you're buying items that have the longest shelf life.
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My husband and I went to the flea market, and I bought a decorative glass bottle for $3.50 for our mouthwash. I was getting tired of looking at the plastic bottle sitting next to the sink and wanted to make a change. I saw a decorative bottle for sale on the internet, but the price was too high and I would also have to pay the shipping charges.
By MCW from Lewiston, NY