A No Cost, Tangle Free Way to Store Holiday Lights.

by Chris Gardner

Tree lights are notoriously nefarious. They get twisted and tangled and knotted, and the bulbs burn and short out. Some folks even avoid the frustration and purchase new sets each year. But with a little planning 'round New Years, your lights can be in perfect shape come tree time.

A No Cost, Tangle Free Way to Store Holiday Lights.

 
Materials 

  • Rectangle of cardboard or shirt box lid/base
  • Utility knife
  • Cutting surface:scrap plywood, healing cutting mat, or workbench
  • String of lights

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DIY-able Grid Wall Pockets?

by DIY Maven

DIY-able Grid Wall Pockets?

Mio Culture is featuring these storage pockets, which serve as ‘vertical real estate’ for life’s flotsam and jetsam. Particularly good for the office to clear space on your desk, the 21" wide by 26.75" long grid wall is made of ‘a combination of wool felt, polyester and rayon.’ At 65 bucks it isn’t crazy expensive, however, it looks DIY-able to me. Some felt, a sewing machine, a scissors or craft knife–to cut out the slots–and three grommets to...

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15 Great Decluttering Tips

by Chris Gardner
  1. Declutter for 15 minutes every day.
  2. Don’t allow things into the house in the first place.
  3. Donate stuff you’re decluttering.
  4. Create a Joe’s Goals chart with decluttering on it.
  5. Start at the corner by the door and move your way around the room.
  6. Whenever you’re boiling the kettle for tea, tidy up the kitchen.
  7. Use the “one in, two out” rule.
  8. Make your storage space smaller.
  9. Clothing rule.
  10. The One-Year Box.
  11. Declutter one room.
  12. Keep a list in your planner...

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DIY Moleskin Day Planner.

by Chris Gardner

Schedule some time to check out PlannerHack.com, "the do-it-yourself guide to converting a pocket-sized, ruled Moleskin notebook into a custom weekly planner and task management system." The site instructions you in material selection, formatting, and helpful symbols to ease use. This guy must really believe in his system, as he's created an entire website dedicated to his project.

 

DIY Moleskin Day Planner.
 

 

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How to store your warm weather clothes.

by DIY Maven

How to store your warm weather clothes.

Now that Mother Nature has turned her attention to fall, you might be thinking about swapping your summer clothes for something a bit more toasty. But what’s the best way to store all those warm weather togs? Real Simple breaks it down like this:

1. Empty the pockets and wash and dry or dry clean everything you plan to store.

2. Of those items coming back from the dry cleaner, make sure to remove the dry-cleaner bags.

3. Store your clothes in cool...

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How to Organize Your Manuals, Warranties, and Instructions.

by Chris Gardner

Though stereotypes abound, I (a man) love to read the paperwork and manuals that come with a new purchase. I'll sit down and read the whole thing before I even mess with my new gear, somewhat for safety and know-how, but mostly to prolong the excitement.

    And I keep all the manuals. There's boxes in my basement, and it takes way too long to sort through all the nonsense just to reference a quick setting. So, though they're not rocketscience...

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More Closet Organizing Tips.

by Chris Gardner

Shopping Blog Shefinds suggests: "organizing your closet doesn't have to be a nightmare. If that dark hole of disorganization is not the sanctuary it could and should be, then you've come to the right place. Turn a can of sardines into a spacious stylist's mecca and spend merely a fraction of what you'd pay for a custom-built closet system. We've found the products to...

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Pottery Barn Goes Hi-Tech

by DIY Maven

Pottery Barn Goes Hi-Tech

Pottery Barn is now offering furniture outfitted with Smart Technology. What is Smart Technology? It is a collection of furniture with a dual purpose that blends ‘the tradition of comfort and style’. Each piece ‘seamlessly connects you to high-tech accessories by keeping electronics and cords discreet while also organizing and holding household items’. Some of the highlights of the collection include the Bedford Smart Linen Pinboard ($295), which...

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