“A Place For Everything and Everything In It’s Place”

I don’t know who the original person was that said that, but I have heard it most of my life, and I am 63. So that’s a long time to have been hearing the saying. The meaning of the saying is a very literal translation. For everything that you have and use everyday, you should have a certain place where it belongs if it is not being used. As soon as you are finished using and cleaning the thing that you are using, put it back in its place. If you always put the item back in the same place, you will always know where it is. You will be so efficient on knowing where everything in your house is that you could go and get it in the dark. Some people might think that what I am saying is not so, but I can atest to the validity of it. When a tornado hit my house, in my absence, I arrived back there after it was turning dusk. In the house, it was dark. Since I knew where I always kept everything and always put it back where it was kept, I was able to get everything that I needed for the night to go and stay at a friend’s house. The next day I returned to my house and retrieved more things.

I have taken pictures of specific areas, cabinets, and closets in my current apartment. As I post each picture, I will explain the picture and where the area is in my apartment. Then I will try to explain why I chose to store the things the way that I did. I hope that this will help you to be able to organize things wherever you live. Organization helps to be able to live a life that is not encumbered by confusion.

I am going to try to explain each picture as they come. Some of them will not let me space in between them, so  I am going to have to explain more than one at a time.

This picture is looking straight on from the entrance into my kitchen. As you can see, I even use the top of my cabinets, and my refrigerator for storage. I try to utilize every available inch of space that I can.

The thing by the stove is a three tier spice rack that I bought at WalMart. Each shelf pulls out as if it was a drawer. I also use the counter as a fourth shelf.

You will also notice that I use the space under my counter for storage. As I don’t have any small drawers, except for one under the cabinet by the refrigerator (you will see it in another picture) there is a small plastic set of drawers. I will show each drawer and explain it in later photos. I also have a small cooler and several bottles of water under the counter also. I took empty milk cartons, washed them out, filled them with tap water and let them sit for 24 hours to distill it, and then put the caps on them. I have 9 of them. That way if there is ever an emergency where the water is unsafe, or there is a drought, I at least have 9 gallons of water.

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The picture below shows the cabinet above my stove. I take advantage of many different types of things for storage. The orange one is a Tupperware container I bought years ago. The yellow container is actually a container that Domino sugar came in, and I just keep refilling it. The grey container with the holes in it is one of a set of three baskets. Two were the size that you see, and the big one is a file basket for letter size paper that is being used elsewhere in my apartment. The little clear container is one that deli meat came pre packaged in, and I am recycling it by using it for storage purposes. The green wire basket that you see on top of the cabinet is one to put plastic ware in and napkins in the back half of it. The rest are in the packages that they came in.

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This picture is my main dish cabinet. I just mainly wanted to show that you need to nest things to make more fit in the same area. You will notice in the far right corner on the center shelf that a colander is on the bottom. Then there is a set of metal bowls and Tupperware bowls that are fitted is each other. Some times, it is just a matter of turning the handles of a bowl or cup in a different direction to make more fit in the same area.

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The next picture is of the main cabinet where I have large glasses, cups, and lids that fit on my different storage containers for the refrigerator. Notice the cups in the bottom left of the picture. If all of your coffee cup handles go in the same direction, then you can have rows side by side with the handles fitting perfectly in the little groves created by the first set of cup handles. The white cups have their handles facing right, and the labeled cups have their handles facing left. They intertwine each other. The two boxes with lids are shown in different pictures right after this one.

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These two pictures just show stacking like lids together and gradually going down in size. When you put them like that, instead of all helter skelter, then they are much easier to retrieve when you need them. Also, as you can see, smaller miscellaneous items may also be put in the boxes.

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The cabinet in this picture is my largest cabinet and goes back into the corner. It actually has five sides. I store my larger storage containers in it, as well as my sauce pans, large cups, and other larger miscellaneous microwave plates.

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This next two pictures go on around to the right and show the top of my refrigerator. My large pot, my rice cooker, and a box, that has the pink pan on it, where I have empty cola bottles in it for me to fill from 2 litre bottles of pop. Doing this saves a lot of money. Where I live, the cost of a bottle of 2 litre cola is 2 bottles of 2 litre pop is $3.33. Each 2 litre will fill 3 and approximately 1/2 small bottles of pop. Each small bottle cost at least $1.5 from a machine. That is $5.25 worth of pop in each 2 liter bottle. For the 2 bottles there is a total of 7 small pop bottles that I can fill. The dollar amount that those small bottles would total from a machine is $10.50. The 2 litre bottles only cost $3.33. By refilling the small bottles, I save a total of $7.17 with each purchase of 2 bottles of 2 litre pop.

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Besides the top of my refrigerator, this picture also shows my small cabinet where I store mainly recycled containers that other food came in. I also have hooked up a fan that attaches to one of the shelves. Sometimes the kitchen gets too hot and I need a fan.

 

The picture below shows the cabinet that has the only little drawer actually in the cabinetry in the whole kitchen. Notice the front of the drawer. There is a little metal hook hanging on the drawer. I used one of the little hooks that are used to put wire on the back of pictures to hang them up. The hook is very small. Once I put the hook in the drawer, I put a metal hanger, that is actually a shower curtain hanger, as the pull for the drawer.

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The picture below shows the organization of the drawer in the cabinet under the counter. Notice the four little containers. They are drawer separators by Rubbermaid. I have had them for many years. Notice the order that the silverware is put in each little container. In the top left the small spoons and put in by design. One pattern is on one side and the other pattern is on the other side of the same container, with a stack of ice tea spoons going down the middle. In the top right all of my table knives are in the same container regardless of the pattern. There is really no way to actually stack knives like the other silverware can be stacked. The next container down on the left contains the forks. There are two patterns of long handle forks divided by a stack of short handle forks. The next container down on the right side are separated according to serving spoons and soup spoons, with one set going in one direction and the other set going in  the other direction. Small straight items are placed just beside the containers. At the bottom of the drawer, the end closest to the handle, there is a vegetable peeler, a multi opener for juice cans, pop bottles and wine corks, and a set of measuring spoons.

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The bottom picture shows the cabinet under the counter by the refrigerator, and the closet in the hall between the kitchen and the living room.

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The picture below shows the hall, and the hall closet, looking from the living room into the kitchen. Here you can see the bottles of water that I have for an emergency.

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The picture below is looking from the kitchen into the living room. Notice the little shelves. there are three different shelving units that I put together myself. You can see that the storage containers fit perfectly in the openings, with a little bit of room on the side for small boxes such as oatmeal and storage bags. The shelf on top is actually a shoe shelf that I put together. It is perfect for the dish towels, dish rags, hot mitts, trivets and drying mats. I had to fold the towels a few times before I found which way allowed me to store the greatest number of towels. The top shelf of this long unit has the miscellaneous stuff on it. I have two bread keepers , a paper towel holder, some little containers with twist ties, pop can tabs, and the little box tops for school coupons in them. There is also a plastic basket with diet mixes in it that a friend uses, and another container for bananas. But you can tell that I like things to be in order and look neat as I can possibly make them.

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The picture below shows the two shelf units with three storage areas in each. But that is not what I am concentrating on. I already explained them above. What I am concentrating on is the cabinet by the wall. Notice that I have put the larger items on the top shelf, such as the tall bottles of cooking oil and olive oil, because that is the shelf with the most space between the two shelves. The stack that is mainly blue is a stack of canned tuna fish. The second shelf down has the canned vegetables on it. Three cans in a row from front to back can fit on it, and they can be stacked two high. So six cans of each type of vegetable can fit in each row from front to back. The third shelf down has shorter bottles, such as the vinegar, and all of the tomato based things, diced tomatoes, and the re-fried beans on it. There is a plastic container with different little packages of stuff like peanut butter and syrup that are in takeout orders. The bottom shelf has Ramen Noodles and non-fat dry milk on it, and the mackerel and when I have any, the salmon on  it for the noodles.

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The picture below shows the bottom part that I have just explained, and the top part of the large food cabinet in the kitchen. I will concentrate on the top part of the cabinet. The very top shelf has the cereal, crackers and box mixes such as hamburger helper, macaroni and cheese, and Stove Top Stuffing mix on it. The bottom shelf has all of my cans of soup on it. The shelf will hold three cans from front to back, and two cans high of the family size soup on it, for a total of six cans of family size cans of soup in each stack/row. I put one kind of soup in each stack/row. It is possible to put four cans from front to back and stack them three cans high of small cans of soup form a total of twelve cans of soup in each stack/row of small cans of soup. By making each stack/row of just one kind of soup, I can always tell how much of each one I have with just a glance. I find it very hard to deal with cans of soup or vegetables just put on a shelf all mixed up. When they are on the shelf all mixed up I never know what kind of soups and/or what kind of vegetables I have.

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The picture below shows a three shelf unit that rolls, where I keep my microwave, blender, toaster, and ice tea maker on the top shelf. actually the microwave is on the shelf and the other things are on a piece of board on top of the microwave. The second shelf has a small crock pot, a single sandwich sandwich grill, and my coffee making supplies on it. The third and also bottom shelf has my frying pans and my wok on it. You can only see part of the top shelf where the microwave, blender and toaster are.

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The picture below actually shows the top of the refrigerator close up. You can see my pressure cooker, my rice cooker, and my soup making pot. The pink pan holds ice in it, when I know that I am going to need more than just the one that I usually try to keep full. The container under the pink pan is where I keep the empty pop bottles that I told you about earlier in this post.

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The picture below just shows the organization of my spices on the spice rack that has the three shelves that pull out like drawers. and like I said earlier in the post I use the counter for a fourth spice shelf.

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The picture below shows the three drawer plastic chest that holds my miscellaneous kitchen utensils, and the separator containers in each drawer. The white dishpan with the yellowish pan in it, also has an even smaller plastic container in it that I use to thaw out frozen meat for meals. The blue container is a cooler that I use to put ice in when my friends and I have as cookout. The container in the front of the cooler is the container that holds the dog food. I explain each drawer and it’s containers as they come.

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The next picture shows the first drawer with the separation container in it. The little container holds the small sharp cutting knives and the can opener in it. The drawer itself holds the wisk, tongs, a mayo knife, and other utensils in it. there are also two Ramen noodle soup spoons in it. They match some bowls in the dish cabinet.

 

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This is the container from the second drawer. It container the smaller miscellaneous items that tend to get lost in the drawer. The yellow thing to the side is a banana keeper after some of the banana has been cut off and eaten.

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The picture below shows the other things in the second drawer. There is a grater, a gravy ladle, some small tea strainers, and several different sizes of spatulas in it. the white thing goes on the top of a can of pop to make it seem like a bottle of pop.

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The bottom drawer holds larger plastic utensils such as a pie server, slotted spoons and spatulas that I use to stir cream soups with. They mix up the soup and milk to make the soup more creamy and less lumpy, and ladles.

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The containers in the bottom drawer hold even smaller items that didn’t quite fit in the other drawers. There are sipper lids, pouring lids, measuring spoons really small spatulas, some emergency matches, and corn skewers. And the next picture just shows the containers actually in the drawer.

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This picture shows how I utilize small boxes to make it easier to get items out of the back of the corner cabinet under the counter. Also how I put the tall items on the bottom of the cabinet, and the smaller boxes of things like the SOS pads and the Mr.Clean Magic sponges on the small shelf above.

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These pictures that you have just seen and read about were of the cabinets and drawers in my kitchen, and of my hall closet.

How To Wash Clothes

Most people think that all there is to washing clothes is putting the clothes in the washer, putting the clothes soap in the washer and putting the softener in the appropriate dispenser (whether it be a Downy Ball or the little holder in the middle of the agitator that’s in the washing machine). Actually, there is more to it than that. If you thought the first statement was all that there is to it, please read the rest of this post. I aim to instruct you on the steps necessary for a successful washday.

SORTING FOR WASHING AND WASHING THE LAUNDRY

The first sort goes as follows: a stack for clothes, a stack for towels, a stack for sheets, and a stack for everything else (shoes, rugs, curtains, and other miscellaneous items).

The second sort will be according to colors as follows: a stack for whites so that bleach may be used if needed, a stack for lights, and a stack for darks.

The whites that may be bleached usually take hot water to wash and warm water to rinse. Then, after they have been bleached, they are washed over again to get the bleach out so that the item will not irritate your skin. It is in the second wash that you will follow the basic instructions for washing.

The lights, unless they are made of delicate fabrics, may be washed using warm water, and rinse with cold water. If the fabrics are delicate, use cold water for both the washing and the rinsing, and the delicate cycle on the washing machine. Then follow the basic instructions for washing.

The darks, whether delicate or not, should always be washed in cold water and rinsed in cold water. If they are delicate, then use the delicate cycle on the washing machine. Then follow the basic instructions for washing.

Shoes, rugs, curtains and other miscellaneous items. Most of these types of items will have separate instructions for washing them. Always follow them, they were given by the manufacturer, and the manufacturer always knows best.

Basic instructions for actually washing and drying the laundry after the sorting has been done. 

Before you start doing the wash, make sure that all of the clothes are turned right side out, unless there is something painted on the shirt and if there is something painted on the shirt then leave it turned inside out so the paint will not get messed up, then shake them to make sure that they are not in a tight ball. If the clothes are in a tight ball, then the dirt can not get washed out. I know this because I have witnessed other people when they were putting their clothes away and they shook their socks out so that they could mate them and put them in the sock drawer. As soon as they got straightened out, all sorts of dirt fell out on the floor where the dirt had been caught up in the middle of the ball. It was as if the socks had not even been washed.

In the wash cycle, other than when you are using bleach, you will first spray stain remover on any stains that there may be, put the softener in the proper dispenser, and then put the detergent in the wash. When you put the detergent in the wash, you will need to use a circular motion to pour it in, so as to get the detergent dispersed evenly throughout the wash. Use the extra rinse cycle if there is one so that any excess detergent will be rinsed out.

To dry the clothes, first select the proper temperature for the material that you are drying. The selections are self explanatory. Two things are almost always true, towels are always on the highest heat, and sheets are almost always on the permanent press setting. Things like rugs and shoes are on a medium heat. You need to shake out every piece of laundry before you put it in the dryer. If you do this, the laundry will dry faster and more evenly. When the laundry is not shaken out before putting it in the dryer, then it will not dry as quickly or as evenly. After laundry has been washed, the ringer cycle compresses the material really tightly. Many of the items end up so tight that they actually form a ball. Anything that is in a ball will not dry completely. The outside may be dry, but the inside will not be dry. If the item is put away while it is still in the ball, for example socks that are in a ball, then they may mold and mildew in the drawer. Shaking everything out before it goes in the dryer really saves a lot of wasted time later.

As soon as the laundry drys, fold it up and put it away. When it first comes out of the dryer, the laundry is still warm. This is the perfect time to fold it up, because when you straighten the item out with your hands before you fold it, the result is almost as good as if you were pressing it. Folded clothes look much better than if you just throw them in a drawer, because, after all they are clean. I don’t know about other people, but I don’t like to wear clothes that look like I slept in them because they were not folded. I can’t afford to have my clothes professionally done, but I can at least fold them as neatly as possible so they will look as good as they possibly can. That way, I can go to whatever place and feel confident that I look nice and presentable. You never know who you may run into, and you only get one chance to make a FIRST IMPRESSION. And if you are wearing clothes that look like you slept in them, you will give the impression of not caring about how you look and being a lazy person. Your first impression will not have been a good one, especially if by chance you were going for a job interview.

I hope these instructions and suggestions are helpful to whomever may read them. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to leave them for me. I will answer any questions in later posts.

How Rats Get In Toilets

This image came from a post on Google +. Before I saw this, I always wondered how rats got into houses. This was especially true of upper class neighborhoods. Nobody would ever think that it would be possible for someone in one of those neighborhoods to EVER have rats. Well, think again. This little GIF shows how the rats get in.

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Tiny Homes for the Homeless an Occupy Madison Project

This article was on Facebook. I thought it would be of interest, so I copied it and am sharing it with you. Directly after this post is an even bigger article with more pictures of the “Occupy Madison” Project for the homeless, so they may be housed in tiny houses. It is my hope that by my sharing this article and the one after it, many people will approach their municipal government office and suggest that a project like this one be started in your area. After all, if we can house illegal aliens, why can’t we house homeless vets and just homeless people period? Surely to goodness our veterans deserve to be taken care after all that they sacrificed for our freedom!! This could be just the hand up (not hand out) that the homeless need. Possibly, once they have a place to live, can grow some of their own food, can take showers and wash their clothes so they aren’t dirty and  don’t stink, and have access to a resource office to obtain different types of necessary information, then maybe they will have enough self respect to look for jobs and even be hired for them. Please take time to read these two articles.

I was unable to find out who wrote them.

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I think every city and volunteers need to get with this idea. Arresting the homeless helps no one!

Happening NOW: An Occupy group in Madison, Wisconsin just cut the ribbon to open a new community of tiny houses for the homeless. The community includes 9 tiny homes, a resource center, and a gardening space. No one should have to be homeless in the world’s richest country. Pass this along if your city should follow Occupy Madison’s inspiring example! Like our page US Uncut!

OM Build was only made possible by dedicated volunteers and generous donors from around the country. If you want to learn more and possibly contribute, please visit Occupy Madison’s website: http://occupymadisoninc.com/

Story: http://bit.ly/1uxT25m
Photo: Architect Ed Kuharski

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Tiny Homes for the Homeless an Occupy Madison Project

Tiny Homes and a Tiny Village for the Homeless

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Madison Wisconsin: In a city with a homeless population that has risen by 7 percent over the last four years to about 3,370, Occupy Madison organizers decided to tell their local leaders to “put up or shut up” and developed a non profit organization Occupy Madison Inc. In June 2013 OM Build was born and Tiny Homes was decided on as a solution.

To achieve their goals of a Tiny Village complete with 9 tiny homes, permanent comprehensive day resource center, safer places to sleep at night, as well as access to restrooms, showers, laundry, community gardening space, and other basic needs for people experiencing homelessness, OM Build realized that they would need to work from within the system. The hard and relentless work paid off. Scheduled for November 15th 2014 is a Ribbon Cutting Event for The first Tiny Village for the Homeless in Madison.

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Local organizers also state “Our approach to working within the system came only after we realized that without dotting every “i”, and crossing every “t”, the city and the county would never let us operate– they used every opportunity to enforce ordinances, regulations, and seemingly arbitrary whims against us. This paralleled precisely the persecution of everyday, unaffiliated, homeless individuals. When you are homeless, “the system” is rife with obstacles designed to prevent creative innovation or adaptation– we at Occupy Madison experienced the same headaches.” organizers also stated “In many ways, we have had much more success since we changed our approach. This was due not only to how we communicated with city and county offices (we never shirked from being open or transparent), but how we are perceived by Madison’s genteel liberal population. It’s stunning how a flowerbed on a windowsill can be so much better for PR than the window itself, or the house it’s attached to.”

At least six other cities nationwide are adopting Tiny Homes… others are installing Homeless Spikes. One OM Build organizer in Madison stated that Homeless pikes are “disgusting” and a “weak attempt to make even society’s most uninviting spaces– doorways, parks, etc– uninhabitable as well” He also states “People don’t choose to sleep in the gutter. Physically preventing people from getting whatever rest they can will not help them in any way, and nor do they help society. It’s tempting to say that for every spike a municipality erects, they should provide a warm, safe, clean, bed. But the truth is that we should be providing those beds anyway.”

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Local organizers and volunteers state that “next is occupancy and fundraising. We’ve done a lot of work and spent a lot of money getting our site ready for people to move in. Now is a critical time for us financially– if we can’t raise enough funds to pay for making the site as wonderful as it is, there’s a real risk our whole project could go under.” Donations can be sent to paypay account http://bit.ly/1uSYGew Fundraiser in the past have been matched on a dollar per dollar basis and none of current progress would be possible without a 100% volunteer effort.

Local grass root groups that deserve a special shout out include: Friends of the State Street Family, The Bubbles program, (which provides free laundry services to the homeless), Occupy Madison, OM Build, Homeless Ministry at Bethel Lutheran Church, Madison Street Pulse (a cooperative homeless newspaper based In Madison WI).

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Common Sense Considerations

This article, as the title says, is about common sense considerations in different areas of everyday life. My goal is to cover as many as I can remember from when I was a child and my Mother was instilling these in me, as well as ones that have come into practice in today’s society. Of necessity, this has the potential of ending up to be a pretty long article. Hopefully some happy memories will come back to some of my readers when they realize that they were not the only ones being taught these when they were a child.

HERE GOES

Always say Please and Thank You, as well as, No Thank You, if you don’t want something being offered to you. As a general rule, when I say, No Thank You, I always add, “But thank You for the consideration(or offer).” Most people appreciate being told thank you for being considerate even if they did not actually do anything for you. Whenever I get off of a bus, out of a cab, or leave a place where someone has done a service for me, I say “Thank You and have a nice day.”

I was taught to be nice to my elders and to be considerate of them. If an elder person was to get on the bus, and there were no more seats, then I was to get up and offer my seat to them. It didn’t matter whether it was a man or a woman, I was to offer them my seat.

You are not to talk back to or sass any grown up if you are a child. You are not to interrupt them when they are talking either, and that goes for when they are on the phone too.  You are to come when called, or pay the consequences (and the longer it takes you to get there, the consequences are greater). You always let grown ups go first.

When you have done something wrong, always say, “I’m sorry.”, and be ready to take the consequences. If you have broken something of someone else’s, admit to it, apologize for it, and ask where to go to replace it, if it can be replaced. If it can’t be replaced, then ask what if anything you can do to make amends for the accident.

When you take something out to use, always put it back where you got it from when you are done with it. If you used it all up, and it wasn’t yours, then inform the owner that you used up whatever the item was. If the package is one that may be refilled, then ask where to obtain the refill for it, and then refill it. If it cannot be refilled, then throw away the container the item was in unless the item is recyclable. If it is recyclable, then put it in the proper recyclable bin or container.

When you are eating, if you make a mess, then clean it up right then if necessary, or at least after you have finished eating. In other words, DON’T LEAVE A MESS FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO CLEAN UP!, unless you are physically unable to clean it up yourself. In that case, not cleaning up after yourself is perfectly understandable.

If you get something dirty, then offer to clean it yourself or to have it cleaned. This is especially true if you spill something on carpet or upholstered furniture. If it is on a tile or linoleum floor, then offer to mop it up.

When you have to use the restroom, always put the towel back after drying you hands when you wash them. Don’t just leave the wet towel lying around where it can mold if it is not found. This goes for after you take a bath or a shower if you are staying the night or a few nights at a friend’s house. And when you wake up and get out of bed, ALWAYS MAKE UP THE BED. Don’t leave the bedroom in a mess. You are not staying with a bunch of pigs in a farmyard.

When you are outside or in a vehicle, PLEASE do not little. In a vehicle, find a bag from somewhere and put the trash in it. If you are outside, and do not see a trashcan anywhere, then, just hold it until you either see a trashcan, or you get back to your own house. Seeing litter all over the place makes a community or town look really bad and dirty. It makes other people think nobody cares about the area.

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For Those In A Multiple Person Household – Some Other Considerations

The above considerations apply, no matter if you live alone or with other people. Just if you live with other people, then here are even more considerations to adhere to or abide by.

If you are using food out of a jar, always clean around the top of the jar before you put the lid back on the jar, and clean out the lid if it’s messy too. That way nobody can blame you for messing it up.

If you are getting bread out of the loaf of bread, be careful not to squish the bread or break up the slices of bread that are left in the wrapper. Always close up the wrapper, being careful not to destroy the end piece by breaking it up of closing it up in the twist tie when you are done. If it is in a bread container, be sure the container is closed all the way.

When you get something out of the freezer or refrigerator, always make sure that the door closes all the way. When opening packages of meat or cheese, always be sure that the package is re-closed before putting it back in the refrigerator. That is that the zipper packages are zipped back up, and the things with lids on them, that the lids are closed all the way. That way no air will get in and spoil the food.

If you clean up the kitchen after meals, make sure to wash the counters, wash behind the faucet, clean out the dishpan, and empty out the strainer that is in the sink into the trashcan. Never use the dish towel or dish rag to clean up the floor. Always use cleaning rags that are provided. Usually either special cleaning rags or torn up towels that rags have been made from. Sweep the floor and empty the dustpan into the trashcan. If the trashcan is full, then put out the trash, don’t let it run over and make a mess all over the floor. If the trash leaked into the bottom of the can, then wash out the trashcan and then dry it out before putting another trash bag in the trashcan.

Always squeeze the toothpaste tube from the bottom, and not from the middle. Make sure the top is clean and put the lid back on it. Clean the toothpaste up from around the sink, and any place else that it might have splashed when you were brushing your teeth. Always make sure that the water is not left running either in the sink, the shower, the tub, or the toilet. After bathing, clean up the shower or tub and hang up your towel(s) and wash cloth. Put your dirty clothes in the dirty clothes hamper, right side out, so they can be washed correctly and completely.

If you are a family member that shares a common hairbrush, always clean your hair out of the brush before you put the hairbrush back away. The same goes for the comb, if you use one of those too.

If you turn on a light when you enter a room, and when you leave the room there is no one else in the room, then turn the light back out when you leave.

Unless you are the one that sets the thermostat, always ask before changing the temperature that it is set on. And if you do change the temperature, then put it back where it was before you leave. The same goes for turning off a fan. If you turn off a fan for any reason, other than being asked to turn it off by the person using the fan, then turn it back on when you leave the room.

This is all that I can think of at the present time. I may think of some at a future date. If I do, and I update this post, then I will make a mention of it and suggest that you go back and re-read it, or at least pick up from this point.

 

 

10 Awesome uses for Aspirin – 10-06-2014

10 Awesome uses for Aspirin

1. Revive dead car batteries – Drop 2 aspirin tablets into the batter itself. The aspirin’s acetylsalicylic acid will combine with the battery’s sulfuric acid to produce one last charge.
2. Remove perspiration stains – Crush two aspirins and mix the powder in 1/2 cup warm water. Soak the stained part of the garment in the solution for 2 to 3 hours.
3. Restore hair color – Dissolve 6-8 aspirins in a glass of warm water to restore hair color. Rub the solution thoroughly into the hair, for 10-15 minutes. This is great if your have been swimming in a chlorinated pool.
4. Dry up pimples – Crush one aspirin and moistening it with a bit of water. Apply the paste to the pimple, and let it sit for a 2 minutes before washing off with soap and water. This will reduce the redness and soothe the sting. If the pimple persists, repeat the procedure as needed until it’s gone.
5. Treat hard calluses – Make a paste of 5-6 aspirins and by adding 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice and water. Apply the mixture to the calluses, then wrap the foot in a warm towel and cover it with a plastic bag. Stay off your feet for 10 minutes and then remove the bag and towel, and file down the softened callus with a pumice stone.
6. Control dandruff – Crush 2 aspirins into a fine powder and adding it to a normal amount of shampoo, use this each time you wash your hair. Leave the mixture on your hair for 1 to 2 minutes, then rinse well and wash again with plain shampoo.
7. Apply to insect bites and stings – wet the area and rub and aspirin over the sting.
8. Help cut flowers last longer – Put one crushed aspirin in the water before adding the flowers. You can also use a multi vitamin, teaspoon of sugar, a pinch of salt and baking soda, and a copper penny. Change the water every few days.
9. Use as garden aid – Grind up a half aspirin tablet in 1 quart of water, to treat fungus conditions in the soil.
10. Remove egg stains from clothes – First scrape off as much of the egg as you can then try to sponge out the rest with lukewarm water. Don’t use hot water, as it will set the egg stain. Mix water and cream of tarter into a paste, add a crushed aspirin and spread the paste on the stain leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and the egg stain is gone.

TAKE CARE About 10 percent of people with severe asthma are also allergic to aspirin — and, in fact, to all products containing salicylic acid, aspirin’s key ingredient, including some cold medications, fruits, and food seasonings and additives. That percentage skyrockets to 30 to 40 percent for older asthmatics who also suffer from sinusitis or nasal polyps. Acute sensitivity to aspirin is also seen in a small percentage of the general population without asthma — particularly people with ulcers and other bleeding conditions. Always consult your doctor before using any medication, and do not apply aspirin externally if you are allergic to taking it internally.

Adapted from: rd.com/home/extraordinary-uses-for-aspirin

 

Left Side (Mom) vs Right Side When Folding Laundry

WHO IS WITH ME! I AM DEFINITELY THE RIGHT SIDE NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRY!!! LOL

WHO IS WITH ME!  I AM DEFINITELY THE RIGHT SIDE NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRY!!!  LOL

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  • Bonnie Jean Hern I feel like a failure with the new newfangled fitted sheets that have elastic all the way around them. No matter how hard I try, I am not able to fold them to look nice at all. And that makes my whole day be bad. i am a perfectionist when it comes to folding my clothes, and other things around the house. I know that it irritates a lot of people though. But if they are true friends, they will accept me faults and all.
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What A Breast Cancer Awareness Person Would love To Have To Sit In – 10/04/2014

As a breast cancer awareness fanatic, I love this chair. i have never seen one like it before in my life. If I knew where to buy one, I would be tempted to buy it and put it in my living room. This would be necessary, because I don’t have a yard to put one in.

This chair is amazing!

This chair is amazing! <3 <3 <3

THINGS YOUR MOTHER SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOU!!

I did not know about all of these!

THINGS YOUR MOTHER SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOU!!

1. Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

2. Use a meat baster to “squeeze” your pancake batter onto the hot griddle and you’ll get perfectly shaped pancakes every time....

3. To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

4. To prevent eggshells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.

5. Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan and the marshmallow won’t stick to your fingers.

6. To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.

7. To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on the stovetop.

8. Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces and there won’t be any stains.

9. When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won’t be any white mess on outside of the cake.

10. If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant “fix me up.”

11. Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

13. Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it.

14. When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn’s natural sweetness.

15. To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh, but if it rises to the surface, throw it away.

16. Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

17. Don’t throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

18. If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

19. Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.

20. To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.

21. Ants, ants, ants everywhere … Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.

22. Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer:
-Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china. 
-Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets. 
-Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes. 
-Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary). 
-Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.

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I did not know about all of these!

THINGS YOUR MOTHER SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOU!!

1. Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice creamdrips.

2. Use a meat baster to “squeeze” your pancake batter onto the hot griddle and you’ll get perfectly shaped pancakes every time….

3. To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

4. To prevent eggshells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.

5. Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan and the marshmallow won’t stick to your fingers.

6. To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.

7. To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on the stovetop.

8. Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces and there won’t be any stains.

9. When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won’t be any white mess on outside of the cake.

10. If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant “fix me up.”

11. Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

13. Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it.

14. When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn’s natural sweetness.

15. To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh, but if it rises to the surface, throw it away.

16. Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

17. Don’t throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

18. If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

19. Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.

20. To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.

21. Ants, ants, ants everywhere … Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.

22. Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer:
-Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china.
-Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.
-Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
-Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).
-Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.