Category Archives: Organization

Cutlery Drawer Makeover (and Why Not)

Where’s that metal dealy you use to dig food? – Homer When we remodeled the kitchen (pre-blog, just after we moved out of the cave), the silverware drawer came with inserts something like this: That worked well, but the kitchen (and … Continue reading

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No Need to Hack: Ikea Mail-Ready Basket

Now there’s no choice but to go…store-bought! – Marge Simpson Once upon a time, I cut up an Ikea magazine basket to make a hanging mail basket. This hack has held up surprisingly well. But if it starts to fall apart, it seems Ikea has me … Continue reading

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Project Updates: How’s THAT Working Out?

 Are we doing this again? – Marge Simpson When I search for how to do a project, I find many tutorials that look great, but don’t say how the end product held up over time. “Why don’t they just say what happened!?” I … Continue reading

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Basement Plan: Storage? In the Basement?

As part of the plan for our basement, we are extending the workshop by taking out the wall between the workshop and the storage room next to it. So we had to find an alternative storage solution. Aside from the … Continue reading

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Planning Has Reached a New Low

Guys! Stop throwing things in the hole! The more you throw in, the bigger and more dangerous it becomes! – Lisa Simpson For the last few years we have been slowly filling up the basement with stuff that we didn’t … Continue reading

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A Tisket, a Tasket, a Hack Involving a Basket

Homer: [in a posh voice] Hello, my name is Mr. Burns. I believe you have a letter for me. Postal Clerk: Ok, Mr. Burns. What’s your first name? Homer: I don’t know. – The Simpsons I have two posts kicking around, one about … Continue reading

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Paying Retail is for Muggles

Call 1-600-DOCTORB. The B is for Bargain! – Dr. Nick Riviera Back in college, I had a status-conscious boyfriend. One time, I was bragging about some shoes I’d bought on clearance, and he said, sadly, “You never pay retail for anything, … Continue reading

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Every Little Helps

Homer: Aw, twenty dollars? I wanted a peanut! Homer’s Brain: Twenty dollars can buy many peanuts. Homer: Explain how! Homer’s Brain: Money can be exchanged for goods and services. – The Simpsons If you are in the vicinity of a … Continue reading

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Resolved: No Resolutions for 2014. Except These.

On the other hand, who’s to say what’s right these days, what with all our modern ideas and products? – Homer Simpson Yesterday, I said we weren’t going to have any New Year’s resolutions for the house, given our pathetic … Continue reading

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Storage Bed: The Reckoning

Grade me…look at me…evaluate and rank me! – Lisa Simpson We’ve lived with our storage bed for a few months now, so it’s time for the informed low-down. If you are new to the saga, we shopped a bunch of options before buying an unfinished captain’s … Continue reading

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