Hacks You Should Know About

Here are some hacks that will help out in multiple areas of your daily life. You should know about these because they are really awesome.

I bet there are a lot of you that have empty CD spindles with lids. Use them to take bagels to work or on a picnic. They are perfect for it. Picture is from www.pinterest.com.

Bagle in CD Spindle

When you break anything glass and aren’t sure whether or not you got up all of the splinters when you swept up the glass, there are two alternatives that you can choose from to make sure.                                                                                                                         The first alternative is to take some damp paper towels and wipe over the area and make sure that nothing comes up on the paper towels. If anything comes up, then repeat the process until no glass shards come up on the paper towels.                                                 The second alternative is to take a strip of heavy duty packing tape and go over the area lightly. I say lightly, so that if there are any glass shards that cling to the tape you won’t cut your hand. If there are any shards, repeat the process until the tape comes up with no glass shards on it.

Heavy Duty Shipping Tape can be used in many ways. Some are listed below. The picture is from products3.3m.com.

Heavy Duty Shipping Tape

To keep from having to buy expensive lint remover roller refills, just tear off some heavy duty shipping tape. The glue is probably stronger on the shipping tape than on the lint roller anyway.

Use the heavy duty shipping tape to clean down in the crevices of your furniture. You can fold it up to make it go in the cracks easier. You will probably be surprised how much dirt the tape brings back up with it.

Use the heavy duty shipping tape to clean around your baseboards, window sills, and doorways. The strong glue can pick up dirt that dust rags can’t.

I used to take the end of a new roll of tape, where the piece of paper is so that you can find the starting edge, and fold some of the tape over and over it to make a holder so that you could always get the end very easily. After discovering the bread tags, I no longer have to go to all of that trouble. Now I can just use a bread tag, after I get my next bread with a tag and not a twist tie. I got the picture off of Google.

Bread Tab Tape Holder

In an earlier blog, I mentioned other uses for bread tag or clips. This one I just heard about today, and found the picture tonight  on Google. It’s says wikiHow on the bottom of it.

Bread Tag Repair For Flip-Flops                                                                                                                                                                                                                         If you have a pair of flip flops that are broken due to a split in the sole, use a bread tag to fix it. It fits around the toe piece perfectly. Glue the tag to the flip-flop right under the bottom of the toe piece. If you are afraid that just one won’t do the trick, then put a second one on it.

Whenever I am hammering a nail is somewhere, I always remember the time when I was trying to put boards down, in the attic where I lived, so that I could store stuff up in the attic. For a pretty good time, I was doing fine, next thing I knew I had whammed my finger with the hammer while my finger was on the top of the nail. The flat top of the nail cut into my finger really bad. My finger started bleeding and wouldn’t stop. I got up to get out of the attic and my foot slipped and my whole leg went through the ceiling right in the living room. Not a very good day. I started using a pair of pliers to hold the nail, whenever I was hammering one in after that. Then I started using a clothespin, because the clothespin would hold on to the nail by itself. There was not a chance that I would miss the nail and pliers holding the nail and hit my hand. I Googled to find a picture of a clothespin holding a nail and found the one below. The picture is from www.realsimple.com. There is also a device at hardware stores with different size slots in it to hold different size nails.

clothespin holding nail

Believe it or not, there are other things that ice trays can be used for besides ice.

Make freezer pops for the kids. Pour fruit juice of drink mixes that have been mixed up into the ice tray. If you catch them just before they freeze you can put plastic spoons in the individual cubes as handles. Put them into water as ice or the drink that the cubes were made out of, so when they melt, they won’t dilute the drink.

cool aid in ice trays

Put coffee into the ice trays for when you want ice coffee, the frozen coffee wont dilute the iced coffee like actual ice cubes will.The picture is from cookinfordummies.wordpress.com

coffee ice cubes

You can put individual eggs into each cube area and freeze them to use whenever a recipe calls for eggs. After the eggs have frozen, put them in a freezer bag and take out however many you need as you need them. It will save a lot of time by not having to crack the eggs at the time you need them. The picture is from www.littlethings.com

cracked eggs in ice tray

You can use the ice trays to hold little miscellaneous things in your junk drawer, or different jewelry items in your jewelry drawer.. Picture is from www.pinterest.com and from thekrazycouponlady.com

ice tray with misc junk  jewelry in ice tray

You can also use ice trays in your sewing box. Picture is from www.nationalquilterscircle.comwww.nationalquilterscircle.com

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I hope some of these hacks will come in  handy for you.

 

 

 

Some Smartphone Hacks and a DIY Tablet Holder

Here are some hacks you can use with your smartphone. Hope some of them come in handy for you. There is also a hack on how to make a tablet stand you can use to watch movies in bed.

Make use of plastic storage bags. Whenever I go out when it is raining, I try to remember to put my phone in a plastic storage bag. The bags are handy if you are going to a pool to keep water from getting into it. Use one if you are going to the beach to keep the sand out of your phone. Picture is from www.piddle.me

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If you need a little more sound than what you are getting from your phone, just put it in a glass or a cup and the sound will be louder. Picture is from www.teengazette.com  You can also use a toilet paper roll. Picture is from www.youtube.com

Cell Phone In Glass  cell phone in toilet paper roll

Do you need a flashlight in a pinch and don’t have one, but you have your phone, use  the your camera light on your phone. Picture is from www.dreamstime.com

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For those that own cassette tapes, you know that the cases to them will stay open when you take the cassette out. After your tape has messed up, hang on to the plastic case. You can use it for a stand for your cell phone. Picture is from www.labnol.org

cell phone in cassette case

To make your own phone stand, take a toilet paper roll and cut out a space in the center of it, you have a stand for your phone. It can also be used for a speaker. Picture is from www.youtube.com

cell phone in toilet paper roll

People that have trouble remembering where they park their car have a solution now. All you have to do is take a picture or pictures so that you can see where you parked. If you are in a parking garage, take a picture of the level number and if possible, the space number. If you are in the parking lot of a shopping center or store, take a picture facing the store, and then take one looking out at your car. Between the two pictures, you should be able to tell where you parked.

When you need to charge your phone, but all that you have is the cable, try to find a TV that has a USB port on the side or the back of it.  Plug your cable into it and charge your phone. Notice the USB IN port towards the top center of the picture.

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There is a way to have a tablet holder so you can watch movies in bed. You need to get an adjustable computer stand and some kind of small storage container. I used the one where I had sewing supplies in it. Set the stand where you will be able to see the tablet easily, put the tablet on the computer stand and then put the storage container behind it and you have a tablet stand. I did this just this past weekend when I was trying to figure out how to watch movies from the tablet while in bed. See pictures below.

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Just Some Personal Hacks

Here are just a few hacks that I use now, or have used in the past.

  1. If you don’t have time to wash your hair, but your hair is oily, use baby powder in it. Sprinkle some baby powder in the top of your hair and wipe your hands over it to get it to cover the oiliest part of your hair. If your hair is white, then you either used too much baby powder, or you didn’t wipe it into your hair well enough.
  2. For those of you that have babies still in diapers, there is a fairly easy and inexpensive way to help with the discomfort of diaper rash. Purchase a bottle of liquid antacid like Mylanta or Mayo-lox and dab it on the diaper rash with cotton balls. This works for the occasional yeast infection in the leg folds, under the breasts, and under the arms as well.
  3. For those of you who crochet, here is something that you may be able to use. I am crocheting scarves for friends and others, and when they start to get long it is hard to keep the scarf on my lap while I am crocheting. I took a storage bag and rolled up most of the part that I had already crocheted and put it in the bag. As I finish each row and go to turn the scarf around to head back in the other direction, the scarf stays rolled up in the storage bag instead of falling on the floor.                                                                                                                                            2016-02-11 22.13.26   2016-02-11 22.14.58                         Lately I have found it really hard to locate any stitch place holders in the stores and so have resorted to safety pins. They work really well. You may see what I am talking about in the picture below.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2016-02-11 22.15.19
  4. In the pictures below, you will see how I stabilized my collapsible yarn drum with pieces of Mylar being taped together and then being inserted into the drum. The instructions are in another post of my hacks, “Stabilizing A Collapsible Yarn Drum”. The main thing that I wanted to show here was the newest addition to my yarn drum, the trimmed piece of Mylar that separates the piece that I am crocheting from my other skein(s) of yarn and other crocheting supplies. The last three pictures show it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             2015-12-26 21.02.20  2015-12-26 21.04.492015-12-26 21.04.06  2015-12-26 21.06.45                                           2015-12-26 21.05.55  2016-02-11 22.16.45                                          2016-02-11 22.17.28  2016-02-11 23.05.15

Hacks For The Microwave

These are hacks that you use in your microwave.

  1. To clean your microwave very easily:

Take one lemon and cut it in half.                                                                                             In a small bowl put 1/2 cup of water.                                                                                         Squeeze both halves of the lemon in the water and put the squeezed lemon halves in too.   Put in microwave for 3 minutes.                                                                                               Take out of microwave and swish the mixture around.                                                       Put it back into the microwave and let it sit for five minutes.                                                    Remove from microwave and wipe it out.

2. Second version – put a small bowl of water in microwave for two minutes and wipe out.

If you need to heat two things in the microwave at the same time, but they won’t both fit. Put a glass upside down in the microwave and put the second thing on it and heat it up.

3. A third way to easily clean the microwave is to put a handful of wet paper towels in the microwave for about 4 or 5 minutes. When the towels cool down, just use them to wipe off the softened up food.

4. I have heard that if you cut both ends off of an onion and heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds then when you cut it there won’t be any tears.

5. It is possible to steam a postage stamp off of a letter in the microwave. All you have to do to steam it off is to put a couple of drops of water on it and put it in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. The stamp will come off very easily.

6. If you have crystallized honey in a glass jar, take the lid off,  put it in the microwave for about two minutes and the honey will be back to normal.

7. To make lemons or limes super juicy, put them in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds. They will come out easy to squeeze and very juicy.

8. To make peaches or tomatoes easy to peel, put them in the microwave for 30 seconds and them let them sit for about two minutes. The peelings will easily come off.

9. When your brown sugar gets all clumped up like a rock, you can make it become soft again. Dampen a paper towel and close it up tightly in the box. Put the whole thing in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. The sugar will soften up.

10. For easy heat compresses, take a wash cloth or a hand towel and wet it. Put it in the microwave for about one minute. It will come out nice and hot to be able to use it as a hot compress.

 

Hacks For House In Cold

The first hack is a very important one.

To prevent your pipes from freezing, let a little bit of water keep dripping from the faucet, but don’t let it just go down the drain. Take a clean container and catch the water in it and then use it to water your inside plants.

catching water so pipes won't freeze

If you have a crawl space under your house. you can purchase insulation for your pipes to help keep them from freezing up.

For those of you that are new to trailer living, you should put a skirting around your trailer and you might consider putting the Styrofoam insulation on the backside of the skirting for even more protection from the cold. It will not only help with the pipes, but it will help some with the floors not being quite so cold. You can also use throw rugs to help keep the floors a little warmer.

If you are good at sewing or crocheting, and you cannot afford to purchase lined drapes, you might think about making covers for the windows for at night. It will help keep the warmth inside and the cold outside. These can be hung on sturdy tension rods if the covers are very heavy. These are held inside the windows by very strong springs.

Tension Curtain Rod

If the covers are not very heavy, you may be ale to get by with the smaller extension rods. These hold really light weight curtains, or pieces of plastic just draped over them. You use small nails to secure them close to the woodwork on the window.

extension rods

I have used light weight curtains, but they only helped a little bit to keep some of the cold from blowing in. What I liked the best was using sheets of very thick plastic. I used the kind commonly used for drop cloths when painting. I secured it with heavy duty shipping tape. I put it up at all of my windows except for the kitchen. I had to have at least one window that could be raised in case of a smoke emergency when cooking.

Besides putting plastic up at the windows, I also used weather stripping around my doors to keep the drafts out. That worked really well for me. The type I used was similar to the picture below in that it was a very thin metal strip that was also nailed to the door, it was sort of like tin, but it also had a strip of felt next to the wooden door frame right under the metal stripping. It was basically just the top piece that was nailed to the door frame after the felt was nailed to the door frame. That way, when the door closed, the piece of metal would rest on the felt strip that was attached to the door frame. It made a very tight seal. It had to be replaced every couple of years though, where different things would get caught on the door going in and out.

Door Weather Stripping

I hope these cold weather hacks help at least a little bit.

Sensible Hacks To Help Keep You Warm In The Winter

Here are a few sensible hacks that cost little or no money to start doing.

When you cook anything in your oven, when you are done, just leave the oven door open. The picture is from http://www.fastcodesign.com/3045845/samsungs-clever-new-oven-door-can-open-halfway

door open on oven

While the oven is cooling down it will also be warming your house up a little bit. It’s free heat. You have already used the oven and the heat will be wasted if you just close the door to the oven when you are done.

After you are done with your shower or soaking in a hot tub, if your mirror is fogged up, then there is heat that can come out in your house when you are done in the bathroom.

bathroom mirror fogged up

Leave the door open while the bathroom cools off. It’s free heat. The bathroom has already been heated up during your shower, don’t waste the heat. The picture of the foggy mirror is from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/110690103314860974/

You may not believe it, but even when you use a small toaster oven, you have heat that can go out in your kitchen and the rest of your house just by leaving the door open after you are done. Once again (broken record here) it’s free heat. Granted it’s not much, but it’s free. You can at least heat up your hands if they are cold.

Draft dodgers are a good way to keep the cold out and the heat in your house or apartment. I had one that went under the door. There was a dodger on both sides with a piece of flat material that went under the door connecting the two sides. It worked really well. I used it for years, until it fell apart. I need to find another one. See picture below. The picture is from https://www.dealsplus.com/Home-Garden_deals/p_74-off-dual-draft-dodgers-for-doors-and-windows-free

Double Draft Dodger

If there are areas in your house that have cold floors you can put a rug down over them. A cold floor lacks heat. When you have a rug there, the rug absorbs the cold from the floor and keeps your feet somewhat warm when you walk on those spots.

Houses that have floor vents in each room can be kept a little warmer by closing some of the vents. Say you have a four bedroom house and each room of necessity has a floor vent in it. One of the bedrooms doesn’t get used. Well, that bedroom is having heat pumped into it and nobody is even there to benefit from it. Close the vent and the heat that would have gone into that room bypasses that room and goes to the two rooms on either side of it. That way, both rooms will be warmer. There is a little knob on one side that you can push to close the vent. In the picture below, the little knob is on the far right side in the last slot by the rim of the vent. It doesn’t stick up very far. See picture below. The picture is from https://ali522.wordpress.com/tag/floor-vents/

floor vent picture

You can take advantage of the sun during the day. On really sunny days, open your blinds, shades, or drapes and let the sun come in. If you have insulated drapes, they can be open during the day and closed after the sun goes down. The insulation will keep the cold out quite a bit. You will be surprised at how well it does. Yes, the drapes may cost more at first. However, they will reimburse you over and over again for what they cost by the savings that you will have in the heating bill.

I used ceiling fans year round to help keep my apartment cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Mine had lights on it and hugged the ceiling, it did not hang down on a chain. It was not as fancy as the one in the picture, but it did have the five blades and four lights. Heat rises, and by running the fan backwards in the winter, it pushed the warm air back down, thereby helping keep the apartment warmer. The picture is on Google and belongs to Press Electric LLC.com.

ceiling fan with lights

Then there is always the choice of putting on a sweater if you are chilly when you are awake, and adding an extra blanket if you are cold at night. Or like the lady in the picture, you can hold a hot water bottle also. Sweater picture by http://www.dailymail.co.uk/  The picture of the lady in bed with a blanket is from www.blanketcentral.com

 

person wearing sweaterblankets on bed

I hope that these hacks will be useful in helping you to keep warm this winter.

Hacks For Winter

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5 life hacks to help you in winter weather

Winter Hack For Car
File images from January 6, 2015 show first significant snowfall of last year.

If you haven’t heard already, there is a winter storm coming and many of you are headed out to your local hardware and grocery stores to prepare for it.

Obviously, having a shovel and a snow blower will help you dig out after the storm arrives. Hopefully you have also stocked up on food, water, milk, toilet paper and all of the other essentials needed while you camp out at home while white stuff falls.

While most of you have planned out how you will survive the upcoming weather, here are some life hacks that could make your life easier when the snow finally arrives.

1) Use non-stick cooking spray on your shovel to help the snow come off

We know how backbreaking shoveling your driveway and sidewalks can be, but non-stick cooking spray will help prevent snow and ice from sticking and building up on your shovel and will help make digging easier for you.

2) Use rubbing alcohol and water to de-ice your windshield

When you do dig your car out during or after the storm, instead of blasting your vehicle’s defroster full blast to melt the ice off your windshields, you can make a simple solution to melt the ice instead. Fill a spray bottle with 2/3 rubbing alcohol and 1/3 water. Because rubbing alcohol has a lower freezing point than water, it will help get the ice off your windshield and windows much quicker.

3) Use hand sanitizer to help unlock frozen door handles

That item you keep in your purse or pocket can be also handy for something other than keeping your hands clean. Because hand sanitizer also contains alcohol, dipping your key in it might just be the key to help you from being locked out.

4) Using socks to cover your windshield wipers

If you got extra old pair of tube socks hanging around, using them to keep the snow off your wipers could save you some time getting your car snow and ice-free.

5) Use zip ties to create snow tires for your bike

If you are using a bike to get around in the snow and ice, placing zip ties at even intervals will help you get more traction on the ground.

Bonus life hacks:
– Park your vehicle facing east so the sun will help you melt the snow and frost off.
– Waterproof your socks by putting sandwich bags over them.
– Keep cat litter or car mats around to help you get traction for your car if it gets stuck in snow.
– Cover your side mirrors with a ziplock bag to help prevent ice from forming.
– Use a hot water bottle to warm your bed before you get in it.

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For Your Windshield

I am pretty sure that most of you have seen the covers for the windshield to keep the snow and ice off of it. The ones you buy ready made are sort of expensive. I have used thick sheets of plastic and heavy duty packing tape to make ones myself. I buy the plastic sheeting as thick as I can, and then cut it larger than what is necessary to cover the outside of the windshield from side to side. Place the plastic over the windshield very tightly and then tape the excess ends inside of the car on the framework of the windshield. You will need to make sure that the plastic is pulled very tightly for it to work correctly.

I have even used a large tarp to cut strips the size I need to cover the windshield from top to bottom, but making sure to leave at least one of the grommets on each side when cutting the tarp. It is important to leave the sewed sides on the tarp, and as I said earlier, and only cut strips the height you need to cover the windshield from top to bottom. You will need suction cups with hooks on them to put through the grommets. Once you have the cover over your windshield very securely, pull it as tight as you can to attach the suction cups, that are on each side of the tarp, to the inside of your windshield.

For Your Door Key

I have found that since alcohol does not freeze, dipping the key in some alcohol will help to melt the ice inside the lock.

Avon used to have a key that fit all locks that would actually warm up and thaw out the lock.

There are also little fake keys that I bought to put in the lock. These were mainly used while the car was parked over night. I also used them anytime that the car was parked for any length of time when it was raining or snowing. During the day, as long as the sun was shining, the fake key was not usually necessary. They had a little knob on them that popped off for you to take with you so that nobody could steal the fake key. As I haven’t had a car for several years now, I don’t know if the fake keys even still exist though.

For Your Clothes  And Your Bed

For any type of cloth that needs to be used to get you warm, just put it in the dryer if you have one. If you don’t have a dryer but you do have an iron, you can heat up the iron and run it over your sheets and at least warm up your bed before you get in it. This is sort of a modern version of a bed warmer like they used before there was electricity. A bed warmer would be placed in the fireplace for a little while to let it heat up. Then it was used to put it between the sheets to warm up the bed. My Great Grandmother had a few of these since she had seven children. The bed warmers are illegal in most states now days though. You can also use a hot water bottle though, and they are not illegal.

Bed Warmer

Believe me, the warm sheets do feel very comfy and help in falling to sleep faster.

I hope these help you this winter.

 

New Years Eve and New Years Day Are Over

Try starting the new year out with a few simple hacks that will make your life a little easier.

Here is a way to keep your boots from falling over and getting out of shape. The picture I got from,  http://www.awesomeinventions.com/simple-hacks/

hang-boots

If you like an egg sandwich, but don’t know how to cook the egg without it spreading all over the frying pan, just coral it inside a large onion ring slice. Cut a large onion and use the larger outer rings of the onion as little holders for the eggs. If you want an omelet sandwich, or just an omelet by itself, just scramble the egg and put whatever ingredients you wish inside of it while it is in the onion slice coral. (I went to Google for the picture.)

onion slices

You can make your own fire starter kindling with dryer lint and an empty toilet tissue roll. Great for camping or cooking out in the back yard. Gather some dryer lint, stuff it inside of an empty toilet tissue roll and set it on top of your charcoals. Light it and it will burn long enough to catch the charcoal on fire. That way you won’t have to taste the charcoal lighter fluid in your food. I also used a paper towel roll and cut it into thirds. After I was done, I had to take the lint out of the long paper towel roll because it wouldn’t fit into the plastic bag. The ones I have are being kept for bug out or until the summer when cookout season starts again.

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To start a fire, you can also use Doritos or Pringles. They catch on fire quickly and burn long enough for the charcoals to catch on fire. These also keep your food from smelling like lighter fluid.

doritospringles chips

If you can never keep up with your pony tail bands, try putting them around a large medicine bottle. You can also use an empty toilet tissue roll if you would like. I took the toilet tissue roll and covered it with wood grain looking contact paper, so it wouldn’t look so ugly sitting around. However, the first time it got wet, it was ruined. It fell apart at the seam, literally. That was when I went to the medicine bottle. They can get wet and it doesn’t do anything. Also, they won’t bend up and let the bands fall off of them.

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I hope that you are able to use at least one of these hacks. Let me know what you think about them in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

Stabilizing A Collapsible Yarn Drum

Recently I bought a yarn bag in which to transport my skeins of yarn. The picture showed a bag that was sitting upright. When I ordered the yarn bag, I wanted one just like the one in the picture, a sturdy one that sat upright.

Bag For Yarn - 2

What I actually received was one that collapses. Needless to say, when I received the yarn drum I was shocked. When I was counting on a drum that stood up by itself, but received one that collapses, I was upset too. Then I looked at the picture from where I had ordered the yarn bag and realized that I had ordered a different one by mistake.

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When I compare them, I actually like the one I bought by mistake better than the other one. The one I bought is actually bigger, because it goes all the way down straight. The other one slants in as it goes down, so the bottom is actually smaller than the top of the bag.

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I had to figure out how to make the drum stand up. Immediately I remembered the pieces of Mylar that I had saved. They come in the bottom of all the refrigerator bags that my medication is delivered in. However, over time I only had four of them left. I found out that four was plenty. I will have to start saving them up again for future projects.

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First, I measured all the way around the outside of the yarn drum. Next I measured the width and height of the pieces of Mylar. The height of the pieces was just perfect. When I added up the width of the four pieces of Mylar, they were just three inches shy of the total that I measured all the way around the drum.

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Then I put the pieces out on the table and lined them up side by side. I only taped them together on one side. That way the yarn would not get caught on any tape if it happened to rub up against the pieces of Mylar. After taping them together side by side, I sort of rolled them up to insert them into the yarn drum. They fit perfectly.

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I am an organization/containerize fanatic. I containerize everything that I can find a container to fit it. So I did this with my crochet stuff too. For Christmas, I bought a tin of chocolates so that I could use the tin once it was empty. After I finished sharing and eating the chocolates, I am now using the tin to help organize my crochet supplies. The tin is large enough to put the Mylar pattern squares in it, as well as the two zippered containers. Now that I have the tin, I just keep the scissors loose in the tin. They are easier to get to in the tin rather than to have to unzip the containers every time I need to use them.

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A little zippered pouch came with the yarn drum. I put all of my loose crochet hooks in a small pencil like container, and then inside the pouch. I also put a measuring tape in there and one loose plastic yarn needle to finish off the projects with.

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I already had a zippered crochet hook organizer. In the organizer I always kept a pair of small scissors, and a package of plastic yarn needles. I now keep them in the tin.

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As you might expect from reading about how I am such an organizing fanatic, I organized the yarn drum. The metal tin is in the back inside of a plastic bag. I do this so that the tin won’t get wet if the yarn drum gets rained on while I am carrying the crochet supplies around with me to work on. You will see in the picture that the yarn is in separate plastic bags also. I do this so that the different yarns won’t get tangled up inside the yarn drum, and their crochet hooks won’t catch and pull any other project beside the one that it is attached to.

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When I started comparing the two yarn carriers, I began to like the one that I actually bought quite a bit more that the one that I originally wanted to purchase. Other than the one I actually purchased being bigger, there are four separate places where yarn can thread the yarn up to be able to work with the yarn and not have to have the whole bag open. The one that I originally wanted only has two places where the yarn can be threaded up through the top and be able to keep the bag closed.

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Even though the pieces of Mylar look like they are too tall to be able to fit into the yarn drum properly, but there is room on the hanging down edge of the lid to pull it over the Mylar and then zip it up as usual. It really turned out nicely.

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Life Hacks That Work Well

Some hacks that I really like to use.

  1. Use a banana and the pealing to fix a scratched CD or DVD. – Peel the banana and take a slice of the banana and rub it all over the CD or DVD. Then rub the peeling over the CD or DVD. The scratches are fixed so that the CD or DVD will play.
  2. When you are out of AA batteries, but you have AAA batteries, no problem. Take a small amount of aluminum foil and stick it on the positive end of the AAA battery and put it into the space where you need the AA battery.
  3. You can make a toilet paper holder out of an empty used CD container.                    1. You need a roll of toilet paper.                                                                                     2. You of course need an empty CD container.                                                             3. You will need to cut the middle circle out of the bottom of the empty CD                        container.                                                                                                                    4. You will need to take the cardboard core out of the roll of toilet paper.                      5.You will need to put the roll of toilet paper into the top of the CD container and              take the toilet paper, where the end is sticking out from taking the cardboard              core out of it, and stick it through the opening that you cut in the bottom of the            CD container, and close the container.                                                                                                                                                                                                     Now you have a toilet paper dispenser that you made yourself. Enjoy it when you take it camping, fishing, or just on a road trip and the restroom is out of toilet paper, then you can use your own.

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4. I have discovered a way to get ice out of the trays fairly easily. We all know that tap water has stuff like chlorine in it. But did you know that it also has calcium in it? I have found that when I keep the ice trays very clean, about a third of it stays in the trays when I try to put the ice into a container in the freezer. However, when I let some calcium build up in the trays, the ice doesn’t stick in the trays quite as badly as when I clean them out. Maybe three or four ice cubes, out of all of the trays, won’t come out. The white residue in the bottom of the ice trays is calcium. I figure that if we actually drink calcium in milk, eat calcium in milk products and take calcium pills, then having a calcium residue in the ice trays isn’t going to do anything adverse to me.

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I also pay attention to how high I fill each tray. I hope you can see in the trays below just how full I get the trays. the trays have seven rows with two wells in each row. I tilt the trays when I fill them. The water hits right in the middle of the top four wells. I let the wells fill from the running water until the water reaches the fifth set of wells down. When it reaches that point, I take the tray out from under the running water and just let the bottom wells be filled by the tilting of the tray. When I do this and they ice is ready to be popped out of the trays, there are just a few ice cubes that don’t come out. Maybe three or four ice cubes, out of all of the trays, won’t come out. This fact is due to not stacking the trays too high, and letting the calcium build up in the trays.

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The picture below shows the approximate angle of the tilt when I fill the trays. They are just shy of being totally upright, tilting down just enough for the water to get into the wells.

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The last picture shows how I stack them in my freezer. I stack three of them side by side and have two layers of ice trays that way. these trays are going from side to side. Then I put two individual trays in on top of the ones you see in the first picture. The second picture shows the last two trays going from front to back on the top of the other two rows of trays.

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If I put three rows on top of each other, then the bottom row of ice trays won’t empty very well. A lot of the ice cubes won’t pop out when I try to empty the trays. About one third of the ice cubes in each tray won’t pop out. I either run some hot water over the bottom of the trays or I just let them sit for a little while until the ice cubes melt a little bit and fall on out. Which way I do it depends o how much time I have.