8 Alternative Uses for Plastic Wrap.

by Chris Gardner


Plastic wrap, cellophane, Saran Wrap, cling wrap... whatever you call it, this just-a-bit-too-sticky surface does what it does - sealing food in containers to keep it fresh - and does it well. Turns out, there's at least eight other things it can do, as well, and they've been compiled thusly by Diane Rixon at DIYLife.

  • Salvage corked wine
  • Preserve paint and spackles
  • Pack silverware
  • Get a non-slip grip
  • Banish frizzies
  • Keep ice cream fresh
  • Seal...

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The Secret to Etsy Success

by DIY Maven



Need to make some extra cash in these hard economic times? Maybe it's time to turn your hobbies into an income source via Etsy. To make your Etsy experience a successful one, let's turn to the advice of Kellbot who actually used to work for Etsy. 

  1. Take better photos.
  2. Make something people actually want.
  3. Make something other people aren't making.
  4. Build a cohesive line.
  5. Give up on the bad ideas and move to new and better ones.
  6. Take better...

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10 Tips for Starting a Simple Garden.

by Chris Gardner

Briana Feola of Brainstorm Print & Design. is a full time artist with a huge passion for gardening. She's assembled ten great tips for Indie Fixx on getting started with your own food production garden.










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How To: Water Conservation Techniques that Make Every Drop Count.

by Chris Gardner

This June, Treehugger has been devoting a great deal of research and articles to issues of fresh water. To kick off the feature, they've collected some tremendous resources to conserve, cut back, and reuse on a daily basis. Check out a few links below, and click here for the full article.

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Water Basics
How to Go Green: Water

Conserve Water Outside
a few easy ways to conserve.

Cutting down water use in the garden

Conserve Water Inside
7 important...

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Housecleaning Tips From a Pro

by DIY Maven

The French Maid Barbie Doll - photo

Straight from the pros, these cleaning tips will make house-cleaning day less of a chore.

  1. Make a house cleaning check list.
  2. Evaluate the space and i.d. trouble spots; plan accordingly by buy the right supplies for the job.
  3. Get help. If you don't live alone, other people are adding to the mess; the least they can do is help clean it up!

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17 Cool Magnetic Tricks.

by Chris Gardner

Home use and DIY projects, geek crafts, handmade toys...there's nothing wrong with keeping a few neodymiums in your tool box. The clever team at Evil Mad Scientist have assembled seventeen helpful uses, with original photographs!

Magnet tricks

Some highlights:

  • Extract batteries from stubborn holders
  • Find studs in your walls
  • Make a homopolar motor
  • Make LED Throwies
  • Demonstrate magnetohydrodynamic propulsion
  • Make a simple compass
  • Experiment with self assembly
  • ...

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100 Things to Do with a Meyer Lemon.

by Chris Gardner

Meyer lemons

Meyer lemons, a hybrid of a lemon and a mandarin orange, are in season throughout the winter and the early spring. From Julie O'Hara at NPR: "the Meyer lemon has smooth golden skin the color of a fresh egg yolk. It also has a thin edible rind, a high volume of juice and none of the tartness of a regular lemon — yet its potential in the kitchen went unnoticed. Today, the Meyer lemon is a darling of farmers markets and beloved by chefs and...

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How to Declutter an Entire Room in a Single Sweep.

by Chris Gardner

According to Zen Habits, the trick to successfully decluttering a room is finding a large area to serve as a working and organizing space. Then, you can:

"2. Start on one side of the room and work to the other.

3. Do one drawer or shelf or spot on the floor at a time.

4. Pull everything out of the drawer or shelf (or section of floor or what have you), and pile it in the working space. Clean out the drawer or shelf."

For the full approach...

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How To Have a Frugal & Happy Valentine's Day.

by Chris Gardner

February 14th can actually be fun, non-commercial, and quite inexpensive...if you plan ahead. And since it's on a

Valentine's Day Candy

Saturday this year, there's no excuse no to embrace these very fine ideas from Dumb Little Man to show your sweetie you care.

  • Make dinner at home.

  • Have an inside picnic.

  • Go out during “happy hour” when food and drinks are less expensive.

  • Plan a progressive dinner with three other couples.

  • Go to a coffee shop...

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5 Simple Steps to Clearing the Clutter (Painlessly).

by Chris Gardner

These collections of quick-cleaning and decluttering never get old...because the clutter never seems to go away. These five from DumbLittleMan are a mighty fine five, particularly with the habit-creating, and not just the collecting and tossing approach.

1. Schedule Some Time
2. Concentrate On One Place
3. Tackle Something Each Day
4. Keep Up Your Enthusiasm
5. Don't Undo Your Good Work

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10 Tips for Decorating on a Budget.

by Chris Gardner

Make it beautiful, and make it cheap. Holly Becker has collected ten tips from her own experience of decorating a small one bedroom in Germany. Go and do likewise.

1. Take IKEA seriously.

2. Yard sales!

3. Bargain at flea markets and secondhand stores

4. Share a car.

5. Shop online at places like Craigslist, Ebay, and Amazon

6. Do it yourself.

7. Bundle your services like phone, internet, and cable.

8. Recycle and repurpose.

9. Switch...

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