Now that everybody and their dog (literally, in the case of Petsmart) is issuing club-card tracking devices for frequent shoppers, wallets are in for a serious case of overload.
Choices at the checkstand aren't that great. Either you fumble through a stack of club cards to find the right one, or use keytabs and hand over your keyring for manhandling by germy-handed strangers.
Enter the bar-code card hack from Instructables. Scanning all club-card bar codes into Photoshop, you create and laminate a single source for club-card bar codes. Kill the keytabs and cut wallet clutter:
Online to-do lists come and go, and too often, they're pale versions of standard corporate task management programs. Not Zirr.us--a free Web-based service now in beta!
This intuitive online task tracker shows pending to-dos in checklist or tag cloud view. Left-brainers will love the color-coding and visual impact; right-brainers will like the simplicity and ease of list management:
They're handy kitchen helpers, but can do so much more to organize life at home: zipper food storage bags!
Check in with blogger The Optimized Life for a list of 25 unusual uses for food storage bags. We liked this one:
"Turn a Ziploc bag into a pastry bag by snipping off a tiny corner. This allows you to frost a cake without any special tools.
Along the same lines, we'd add using a food storage bag to fill devilled eggs. Spoon the filling into the bag, snip a slightly larger corner, and heap the filling high! When finished, toss the bag for easy clean-up.
The verdict is in: a big house is not the answer to the clutter problem.
Biggest culprit: CEO's sewing area. One small room. Two large closets face one another in the hall outside with facing mirrors. Perfect for storing fabric and supplies, and just the thing for checking fit and marking hems!
Except that who can pin a hem in the middle of this? Check out this unretouched photo to see the bitter, bitter truth!
When blogger Elizabeth and her friend Kim took on the challenge to create household notebooks, they aimed high.
Deciding to create more than just a simple binder for household information, they envisioned their notebooks as "living books" that would help teach their daughters to keep house.
In these posts, Elizabeth shares her Foss Family Home Companion, while Kim outlines her Family Management Journal. Both notebook tours go further: they explain the thinking behind these two young mothers' decision to create order for their families, now and for the future.
Don't miss Kim's downloadable dividers and forms in Microsoft Word format. Check them out: