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Use Press ’n Seal to keep small items organized

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Headed on a trip? Use sheets of Glad Press ’n Seal to keep your jewelry or other small items organized when you’re packing. Simply lay down a sheet, put your items on it, then press a second sheet on top. Genius!

Spray painting made easier with thumb tacks

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I love a product called Painter’s Pyramids, but when working with smaller items, like picture frames, you can instead use thumb tacks to keep the item off the ground while you’re painting it. This way, your paint won’t get stuck to whatever it is your item is sitting on...

Use shoe organizers to keep other items straight

Shoe organizers aren’t just for shoes! Use them on the back of a closet door to store cleaning supplies, in your laundry room to store ironing and washing supplies, in the kids room to plan outfits for coming days, or in the craft room to keep small items organized. You...

The best way to pack: A skivvy roll

This is, by far, the best way to pack. It’s called a skivvy roll, and it’s a very specific way of putting your clothes together. I think this works best if you’re headed out for a weekend trip and don’t want to take a ton of bags. Here’s what...

For your next cookout, keep ketchup under control

The next time you’re refilling your plastic ketchup bottle, swap the tops with the bigger container to make it easier to pour. Granted, this tip works best when you (a) use a plastic squeeze bottle for your home ketchup usage and (b) buy ketchup from a bulk store, like...

Organize your small craft/workshop items

Use a few baby food jars to keep small items organized in your workshop, craft room or other storage area. The trick with this is to attach the lids of the jars to the bottom of a shelf. The glass bottoms allow you to see what’s inside, and by...

Clean wax from a candle jar

If you have candles in glass jars (the kind with the resealable lid), they make great storage containers once the candle is burned through. There are two methods to cleaning out the old wax. 1) Freeze it, then take a knife and chip away at the frozen wax. Wash...

An easier way to cook asparagus

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I love asparagus on the grill, but hate it when it falls through the grate. So here’s a simpler way to cook it. Skewer the asparagus pieces together with some skewers so they form a little raft. This not only keeps them from falling through, but also makes them...

Remember the little things

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“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

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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

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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...