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...

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 stylish soap dispenser with a Mason jar

Mason jar soap dispenser

Have you seen those blue Mason jars in local home improvement and craft stores? Pick up a package for some stylish projects around the house. One of them is this nifty soap dispenser. Just poke a hole in the top of a jar’s top with a hammer and nail...

Use a straw to clean up a strawberry

Use a straw to pop the green stem off a strawberry

Poke a straw up through the bottom of a strawberry for an easy way to take its top off.

Save trees while drying your hands


There is a TED talk about ways we can make the world a better place, including using fewer paper towels when we wash our hands at a public restroom. Instead of grabbing a handful of paper, shake your hands off — a lot — and when you pick up...

A better way to hang a shower caddy

Install a coat hook at the foot of your shower to hold your shower caddy. It’ll not only be easier to reach, but it will also keep drier and have less mildew over time.

Put your shower caddy on the opposite side of your shower

This is one of those “duh!” moments — it’s almost so simple, you can easily overlook it. But with a simple coat hook placed above the top of your shower, opposite from your shower head, you can keep all your shower stuff easy to reach and out of the...

Too many T-shirts? Here’s one way to wear them all

Tipman Tim

Spring is in the air!  Or here in Atlanta pollen is in the air.  I guess the warm temperatures (at times — after all, I do live in Atlanta where it’s 70 degrees one day and 36 degrees the next) have whipped my wife into a spring cleaning frenzy. ...

Keep earbuds straight


Use a clothespin to keep your earbuds cord organized. Clip the source end into the clothespin and then wrap the cord around the rest of the pin.

Store your earbuds


Need a handy place to store your earbuds and phone charger? Use a pop-top gum canister.

A better way to wrap cords

Wrap your cable properly

Here’s a neat little video courtesy of the London School of Sound. The lesson here is you don’t want to wrap your cord so that you twist the metal  inside the cords. <iframe width=”480″ height=”360″ src=”//″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

Remove permanent marker with alcohol


I spent some time this week testing the best ways to remove permanent marker from different things. Here are the results. From Paint:         From carpet: I first tried white vinegar, which didn’t take the stain out very well. Then I tried removing it with rubbing...