Remember the little things


“Manufactured kitchen rollouts” to add storage in your kitchen are great to use and easy to install. But most people buy the wrong size. Make sure you take door hinges and other obstacles into account when you’re measuring (including drain pipes).

Get the grill going


Have you ever had a charcoal fire peter out before it really got going? OK, you can douse the charcoal with more lighter fluid, throw a match on it and enjoy the big fireball. A safer method is to take a hair dryer, turn it on high and aim...

Fire safety tips


Some aspects of fire safety is preparing for the worst, while the other part is simply common sense. That said, it’s still easy to forget about hazards that are right under our nose. For example, do you have a smoke detector in your basement or garage? If you think...

Write laundry instructions on your dryer

Tipman Tim: write laundry instructions with dry erase marker

Here’s a great way to keep your laundry from shrinking — write instructions on your washer or dryer with a dry erase marker. It’ll easily wipe off and it’s a great way to keep your helpful spouse out of trouble just in case the jeans make it into the...

Flipbelt for runners keeps stuff in place

Flipbelt keeps items in place when you run

My wife is a runner, and she loves this product. It’s a stretchy belt made to fit your odds and ends while you’re running, called the Flipbelt. It’s made of stretchy material with a sewn-in pocket that doubles over on itself so you don’t have to work about things...

Add more shower storage with another curtain rod

Tip-man Tim: Keep your shower organized

Here’s a simple way to keep your shower caddies neat and organized, and up off the corners of your shower. Install a second shower curtain rod on the inside of the shower. This is a great way to keep multiple kids’ shower stuff organized, and nobody fights over who...

A few slices and you've peeled an orange with no mess

  Now, I always challenge myself to peel an orange in one solid peel, but if you hate getting pith under your fingernails, try this method. Follow the directions below to easily section an orange.

A ‘points’ system for grounding kids

Use a points system when grounding your kids. They have to work it off.

Here’s an image I found from a mom who took a different approach to grounding your kids. They can “work” their way out of it by following her point system. My only thought with this is to be clear what chores your kids have to do regularly, and tailor...

Goo Gone

Goo Gone is the best product I’ve found for removing sticky residue. It easily removes price tag stickers and can even remove the sticky residue from where you had an IV line attached to you arm! If your local home improvement store doesn’t carry it, you can find it...


This is one of the most unusual products I’ve ever run across, but it works great. The LavNav is a device that fits on the underside of your toilet lid. At night it detects motion and turns on a light that shines down on your toilet. The light is...

Sharpen your skills

Do you know how you can tell if your kitchen knife needs sharpening? Take a piece of paper and, while holding one end, slice ribbons of paper from the other end. If the knife doesn’t easily cut through the paper, you need to sharpen the blade! Speaking of cutting,...

On the lookout for fraud

If you lose your wallet or purse over the holidays, make sure you contact one of the credit bureaus to have them put a fraud alert on your file. The three credit bureaus are, and If you contact one, they’ll notify the other two.