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Old 09-06-2004, 02:10 PM
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What a great solution!
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Should I tell you that my sister had a problem with her husband and him leaving his dirty underwear in a pile in their bedroom, and what she did? lol

She didn't use the freezer...care to guess?

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Old 09-07-2004, 04:21 AM
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I have personally known people who would throw it OUT THE FRONT WINDOW.

I just pick it up. And I try to teach my kids not to leave their stuff around. I figure my DH is a grownup and I can't change his habits but I can help my kids form theirs.
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Old 09-07-2004, 01:59 PM
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Pinkie Winky organzing tips

great idea janet thanks
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Old 09-08-2004, 03:49 AM
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My Sister staple gunned the underwear to the wall! It worked, he nows picks up his stuff. lol

It must run in our family, to come up with creative solutions.lol

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Old 09-08-2004, 04:03 AM
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Tips for today:

1. Putting like colored clothes together in the closet helps you find similar items quickly.

2. If you keep your clothes on good hangers they're more likely to keep their shape and look better longer.

3.Nice clothes should be kept in nice garment bags in the closet. Label the edge of each one so you are able to find what you are looking for quickly.

4.Closets can be extremely efficient multi-purpose storage spaces.

5.When clearing out your stuff, keeping only things that belong in that space can greatly reduce your clutter.

6.Making the bed every morning helps keep your room looking neat and organized.

7.Keeping one pair of "Skinny" pants is a great way to get inspired to lose weight. Keeping more then that is just cluttering up your closet.

8.Having 15 pairs of identical pants just creates clutter. If you don't wear them, get rid of them.

9.If you own a piece of clothing that's spent a year or more lying around unworn and unused, let it go.

10.If you have a huge collection of accessories like handbags, get real and keep only the ones you actually use.
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Old 09-09-2004, 04:44 AM
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Those were some GREAT tips, Janet.
I might copy them to the Closet organizing forum too

about the staple gun. That isn't one I saw coming
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Old 09-09-2004, 06:36 AM
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Barbszy, feel free to use the tips however you need to.

My guys are 100% better about picking up after themselves, and putting their dirty stuff where it belongs..in the hamper...lol

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Old 09-09-2004, 06:56 AM
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Okay, ladies you had me laughing about what to do when family lets stuff lay around, and don't pick them up.

I confess, one time I threw a pair of DH's underwear out the door. It apparently landed in a bush on top of snow and we got more snow and more snow and more snow. So by springtime I had completely forgot about the undies. I found them laying on top of the bush frozen. DH, and I still to this day get a good laugh about that.

For the oldest two kids. I would take their stuff to the icky basement and put it all the way at the opposite end of the stair landing. They learned not to let stuff lay around. Now, I don't have a basement, so I need to figure out how to teach, the younger two kids!
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Old 09-17-2004, 07:11 AM
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Some great tips on here ~

I have a few that might be of use to others ~

I am an organizational nut ~ not sure how I inherited this trait but in my later years, I have found organizing things to be almost compulsive for me. Much simplier to find, use and keep contained if everything has a place.

In my quest for cheap containers, I have found some excellent items that didn't cost a thing, such as:

1. The bottom half of the Velveeta cheese box. These make great drawer dividers and also I completely covered one with white household glue and expired coupons. I just put the unsorted coupons I come across in there until I have time to file them correctly. Because the coupons decorating the box are so distinctive and recognizable, not even my youngest grandchild has a problem finding the "coupon box" for me.

2. Crisco stick shortening plastic rectangles: These I use in my dresser drawer for dividers for watches, pins, etc., that I don't want in my jewelry box. I cut size appropriate pieces of felt to fit the bottom of each, hot glued them down, and then taped five together across the bottoms with wide see-thru tape. Works like a charm!

3. Empty single serving yogurt containers: These I cut down to 1-1/2" tall and use for craft or sewing needs when I have a lot of small bits to work with but don't want the pieces all over my work surface.

4. Discarded three-ring notebooks: These I use for just about all paper and pamphlet needs, such as organizing all the instruction manuals for household appliances, or the same for all tools and appliances for outside work. If a pamphlet is too big to 3-hole punch, then I put it into a plastic sleeve (sealed bottom so it won't fall out) that already has the 3-hole punch in it and add it to the proper notebook. The three notebooks I have are quite large but each has a designated purpose and it makes finding the proper manual really easy.

I also use the same system for recipes in my kitchen so I could cut down on the number of cookbooks I had on my counter. I probably don't use over a half dozen recipes from each individual cookbook but by slitting the page of the recipe I want to keep (and then selling the cookbook or giving it to someone else) and putting the recipe in the appropriate section of the 3-ring notebook, I have saved myself incredible amounts of room on the counter where the cookbook rack is.

5. Black plastic microwave dinner containers: These round bowls make the perfect "saucer" for terra cotta pots, and are also sturdy enough to go through the dishwasher when needed. I like to propagate plants and always have starts in various stages of growth around the house. No need to purchase expensive saucers.

6. Empty cardboard toilet tissue rolls and paper towel rolls: I never have enough of these! I use them for neatly storing extension cords, electrical cords for appliances I don't use very often, plastic grocery sacks; lint collectors for starting fires in the fireplace in the winter; and using on rolls of gift paper so the cut edges remain neat. (Slit the cardboard from top to botton and depending upon the size of the roll, gently slide around the paper, making sure the cut edge of the paper is encased inside the cardboard tubing. This hint has saved me lots of paper and money over the years.)

7. Empty shoe boxs: I prefer to keep my shoes in clear plastic boxs so I can tell at a glance which pair is where. I retain the better empty shoe boxs for decorating with scrap pieces of wallpaperor beautiful wrapping paper, separately decorating the lid and the bottom part. Most of the wallpaper I find at garage sales and flea markets at rock bottom prices. These decorated boxs are great organizational tools for storing just about anything, but also can be used for gift boxs, etc.

8. Return address labels on incoming mail: I always check the return address labels to make sure friends and family members are still at the same address. This is especially true for college-aged students and those just beginning their careers when moves seem to happen all the time. When I find one, I cut out the new address label and afix it with tape in the address book I keep. Quicker and handier than having to rewrite it by hand, and it helps prevent miscopying information.

9. Suitcases: Whether I find good solid clean suitcases/garment bags at garage sales or am utilizing my own unused ones, I never miss the opportunity to use suitcases/garment bags for storage of bigger and heavier blankets, breadspreads, seasonal decorative pillows, seldom used clothing (such as hunting gear). Garment bags are especially good in that you can hang and contain quite a few items in one yet they take up little space in a closet. Hard stackable suitcase are great for storing seasonal pillows and afghans. I post a listing of the contents on each secured with a piece of wide see-through tape and it is easy to find out what the contents are as well as remove when replacing items or needing to use the garment bag for traveling.

10. Finally, I wouldn't be able to organize nearly as well if I didn't have a label maker and a tape gun. Neither of these two items are inexpensive but are worth their weight in gold. The label maker instantly identifies what is in the container for anyone and the tape gun is just plain handy ~probably one of the best organizational gadgets ever for me. No matter whether I am taping boxs shut, labeling a container, afixing large address labels, reusing and securing tightly manilla envelopes for mailing, getting a second using out of my vacuum bags, repairing the grommet in a shower curtain that got ripped or any other of a zillion uses, I just wouldn't be without one now.

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