Skiing getting sticky?

When you are leaving for your next cross-country ski adventure, and don’t have time to apply a proper coat of ski wax – take a can of WD40 or light cooking spray with you. You can simply spray a little oil on your skis right before hitting the tails for a great non stick adventure! Just a light coat will do it.

Tea and twine?

To keep a ball of string/twine from knotting and easily available: store it in an old teapot that you don’t use. Thread the string through the spout of the teatop and put the “ball” in the main part of the teapot. When you need a piece of string or twine, simply pull a piece of of the teapot spout and cut off at the length you need. The rest of the ball is ready and waiting for you in the teapot.

Keep those cardboard tubes!

There are many uses for cardboard tubes to help you organize and store things.

Store knitting needles in them

Keep fabric scraps in them

Wrap Christmas lights around them to keep the lights from getting tangled

Preserve childrens artwork in them

Store important documents without creases

Pants can be wrapped around a cardboard tube for wrinkle free dressing from your suitcase

Protect flourescent lights until they are ready to use, or for safe disposal

These are just a few ideas, I’m sure you can think of more.

Sandpaper Storage Idea

sandpaperYou know those great, cardboard envelopes that you get in the mail? Well, save them and put your sandpaper in them. It keeps the sheets nice and flat so they are ready for the next time you need them. Plus, those envelopes usually have a plastic sleeve on the outside that you can put a section of sandpaper in so that you can easily see what grit of sandpaper you have stored in the envelope!

Shake, shake, shake

Humid weather can clog up salt and pepper shakers. To help keep the moisture out, add a few grains of raw white rice or scrumbled saltine crackers to your salt shacker. For pepper shakers, add a few black or white whole peppercorns.

Fighting a cold?

Increase chicken soups cold-fighting properties with garlic! Yep, add a little garlic to your chicken soup and it will help boost it’s power against the common cold.

Freshen up –

Freshen up your closets – take an empty jar, punch holes in the top, put some baking soda in the jar (about 1/2 full), screw on the top and place on the floor in your closet. It will help remove those musty smells and keep everything in your closet fresher smelling.