Author Archives: Tom Lane

Sanity savers: TP rolls

Don’t you love finding a use for something you would otherwise recycle or toss?  Me too.   Here’s an awesome illustration: Cords formerly tangled up in a drawer or box are now easily identified and accessible in toilet paper rolls held … Continue reading

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Out of the closet: part 1

We had an old Japanese wedding kimono wrapped up and sitting on a closet shelf for years.  Last year I hung it on a bamboo pole in the stairwell where we enjoy seeing it every day. Got things tucked away … Continue reading

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Sanity savers: toner cartridges

After finding a couple of old toner cartridges in the trunk of my car, I learned that Staples, Office Depot and Office Max, and Best Buy are among stores offering incentives to recycle used toner cartridges. Hats off to them for helping us … Continue reading

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Gift wrapping ideas

My niece Charissa is as full of good ideas as she is of grace and kindness and joy.  Her blog (http://www.thegiftedblog.com) showcases some of these ideas in a way that will spark your own creativity and help you see the … Continue reading

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“Truck in your neighborhood”

When a charitable organization calls to tell us they’ll have a truck in our neighborhood, we use it as a deadline to tackle a room or a closet or a storage area.  Here’s what went out this morning: Folding bar … Continue reading

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Sanity savers: computer cables, cords, connectors…

Audio, video, VGA, HDMI, DVI, networking, USB, and splitter patch cables.  Adapters and extenders.  Power cords.  Do you know what you need and where to find it?  Here’s an idea: Birds of a feather…   Each one is clearly labeled … Continue reading

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Sanity savers: little boxes

See why I love small boxes?  Five inexpensive little trays make it easy to keep track of stuff in this bathroom drawer:  1) mostly dental floss; 2) pens, formerly in a coffee mug on the counter; 3) ointments and band-aids; … Continue reading

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Sanity savers: hair dryer

We really love this one:  the hair dryer stays plugged in inside the drawer.  I mounted a plug strip to the inside of our bathroom vanity and notched one side of the drawer to eliminate wear on the plug strip … Continue reading

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Sanity savers: What about receipts?

My rule with receipts is, “I don’t need one unless it’s…” .. for business, reimbursement, or tax purposes; .. an item a) with a warranty, or b) I might return; .. keeping track of a budget. Otherwise, keeping track of them … Continue reading

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Sanity savers: Got keys?

Ever misplace your keys?  Five minutes a day looking for stuff adds up to more than 30 hours a year, the better part of one week’s work.  Ugh. Three of the five ‘cubbies’ in the middle of our front hall … Continue reading

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