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No More Jewel Quest

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No, I’m not talking about the game, although I do enjoy it.  I’m talking about jewelry.  I got sick and tired of being in a rush, looking for a pair of earrings and only finding one of the pair, or spending precious time untangling a knot in a chain.  How did it get into a knot anyway?  Are there jewelry gremlins that sneak into our jewelry boxes at night and maliciously tie them into knots?  I’m not talking easy to untie knots, I’m talking tight, impossible ones.  Argh!

Anyway, one day I was looking at my container that I use for beads (I also use them for embroidery floss) and thought, “YES! This WILL work!”  It was truly a light bulb moment.  You know the kind of container that  I mean.  You can purchase them at Walmart or a craft store for about $2.00.  They are plastic and have little divided compartments and an attached lid.

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Well, I purchased two.  One for silver and one for gold.  Next I used small stickers, again from Walmart, and labeled the lid with what was in the compartment beneath it.  Think Whitman’s Sampler box with the diagram of what is inside the chocolate  goodies.  Without that diagram, I poke my finger into the bottom of the chocolate, and if it’s something I don’t like, I moosh it back together and hand it to my husband…with a smile.  Anyway, before I digress about my love of chocolate, the jewelry box works the same way.  The label on the top of the box says “pearls” and I can see the pearls in the container directly beneath the label.  And guys, this is not just an idea for the ladies.  Men have jewelry, too.

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Washing the Clutter Away

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My laundry room is less than ideal. I don’t know why, but is seems that newer homes think of the laundry room as a secondary room. Rarely are they spacious with bright, sunny windows and plenty of storage. But I can dream, can’t I. My laundry room is a small pass through area on the way to the garage. No available floor space whatsoever. Romping through this room with armfuls of groceries is like circumventing an obstacle coarse. Only recently I tripped with an guitar, fell against the door, heard a “pop” and, you guessed it, punched a dime-sized hole in the wall. Lovely.

Because, as I said, there is no floor space, I had to think vertical. I purchased a trash bin and plastic bag dispenser from IKEA. The 2 of them together cost about $5. But, what a wonderful addition. I now have a place to dump the lint and things that come out of our pockets. I have a dispenser to hold the plastic bags that I use to line waste baskets and pick up puppy doodles in the back yard.

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When we moved in, the house came with one shelf over the washer…that I couldn’t reach.  It was impractical.  So, I had my husband lower the shelf and install a second shelf closer to the ceiling.  Things I use all the time, like my laundry detergent, bleach, cleaning caddy, rags, etc. go on that shelf.  The higher shelf is for bulk cleaning and paper products.  There is a fold-away stepladder that I can use that I keep tucked next to the washer.

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I found this folding ironing board at Ollie’s for around $10 and had a 15% off

coupon.  It has an iron holder and compartments for starch, pre-wash, and a

lint brush.  The door you see to the right of the ironing board is the living room.

Although, like I said before, a pass through laundry is less than ideal (probably designed by a man), it is workable as long as you use all of the vertical space.

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