ThriftyFun News May 11, 2004

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Volume Six, Number 19, May 11, 2004


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In this week's issue we have:

  • My Organization Plan: Organizing the Office, Kitchen and Garage By Fisher Swanson
  • Homemade Marble Stain Remover
  • Wedding Candle Centerpiece Ideas By Rose Smith
  • Make a Rag Holder out of an Old T-Shirt

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My Organization Plan:
Organizing the Office, Kitchen and Garage
By Fisher Swanson

The annoying thing about clutter is it becomes really tough to find things you need when you need them. That said, you don't need every surface to be barren of objects to be truly organized. There are a lot of items that you want to have handy and it makes your life easier if you don't have to go fishing for them. So here is an organizational strategy that is pretty easy to adapt that has worked for me.

Ask the following questions about items before you put them away: Where do I use it? How often do I use it? When is the next time I am going to use? The answer to those three questions will let you know where an item should go.


1. Where do I use it?

If you will always use the item in a particular room, if at all possible, that's the room you want to store it in. Keep things handy that you use frequently. If you get into the habit of storing clutter just to get it out of the way you will waste a lot of time looking for things when you need them.

2. How often will I use the item?

If you use an item multiple times each day you may want to make room for it on a surface or put it in a top drawer. If you use it weekly or monthly, store it in a lower drawer or shelf. If you rarely use it, store in a clearly marked box in storage (garage, attic, closet, etc.) and evaluate whether you really need it at all.

3. When is the next time I am going to use the item?

There are some items that you may use a lot during some seasons and then not all during others. Items that may need to be handy around Christmas are just clutter in July, so it's good to have a seasonal rotation of belongings.


An example of using this strategy in action involves a paper cutter that I had on a desk in my office for years. I only used it a few times a year yet it occupied nearly one third of the space on one of my desks. I came to the same revelation about my scanner. With those two items off my desk I have a more functional work environment.

Its not a perfect system but generally speaking, I have the items I need handy in easy to reach places. And when I need something else, I have a pretty good idea about where to find it because I know it will likely be in the room I normally use it in and the shelf or drawer location that relates to how often I use it. The scissors are on the desk, the pens are in the top drawer, the paper is in the middle drawer and the paper cutter is in the bottom drawer. It has worked for me in the office, kitchen, workshop and garage.


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Homemade Marble Stain Remover

This will work on many stains.


  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon 3% hydrogen peroxide

Mix cornstarch and peroxide to form a paste. Cover the stain with the paste and let sit until dry (about an hour). Then remove the dried paste and rinse off the area.

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Wedding Candle Centerpiece Ideas
By Rose Smith

Candles add elegance to any table centerpiece. Once you've picked your wedding theme, create wedding candle centerpieces to reflect your theme. Here are some centerpiece design ideas to get you started.

Novelty Candles

Check around at various stores and on the Internet. You are bound to find novelty candles to suit your wedding theme. Use one large novelty candle or group several small ones together in the center of the table.


Small Taper Candles

Taper candles are always an elegant touch to any wedding centerpiece. Place small taper candles into small glass candle holders. Tie a ribbon bow around each candle holder in your wedding colors.

Brandy Sniffers

Buy inexpensive brandy sniffers and place a scented votive candle inside. Add streaming ribbons to the stem to decorate.

Tea Lights

Find different size champagne glasses and place tealights in each glass. Group three glasses together on the table in varying heights to create a lovely centerpiece. You could also use colored glasses as well.

Canning Jars

Fill clear canning jars with potpourri, glass beads, sea shells, colored rocks, colored sand, or whatever you can find that would reflect your wedding theme. Look for candle holders that would be wide enough to fit over the top of the jar mouth. Place a candle in the holder. You could use this idea with any container that has some depth to it.

Floating Candles

This is one of the easiest type of centerpieces to create. Just find a fairly wide, but shallow bowl (either clear or colored). You can just fill this with water (clear or colored) and add floating candles or you could fill 1/3 of the bottom with colored sand, glass beads, sea shells, etc. then add the water and the floating candles.

About The Author:

Rose Smith is the owner of WedThemes Wedding Candles, a website designed to help you find resources for themed wedding candles to use as centerpieces, decorations and favors. For more ideas on using candles in your wedding, visit: Post Feedback: Click Here

Make a Rag Holder out of an Old T-Shirt

You can make a wonderful rag holder out of an old t-shirt. Find a large or x-large t-shirt that you are no longer using. Put the t-shirt on a sturdy hanger, then tie off or sew the bottom of the t-shirt. Hang the t-shirt in a convenient place and use the neck hole to deposit and retrieve rags.

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