Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom
Advertising or a trip to The Container Store may convince you that there is a perfect, purchasable solution for every one of your problems, needs, and desires. But before you rush out and make a purchase, stretch your brain to think: do I already have something that will serve my purpose? The following are some things in my house that we have made do with very satisfactorily, no special purchase necessary.
A cardboard box with a few large and small holes cut out of it for the cats to play in. They love their cardboard box, and it certainly works as well as they $25 cardboard “cat castle” that I recently saw at Petco.
Cardboard boxes are also fine for storing Christmas ornaments and the like. There is little reason to purchase plastic storage containers, especially extremely specific containers like the ones that are supposed to hold wrapping paper or your seasonal wreath.
For years I have used the compartmentalized side of egg cartons to hold my earrings. Each carton holds a dozen earrings and several of them fit neatly in my drawer.
I repurposed several excess leftover containers to hold my various chargers and iPod accessories. A label on the lid makes this storage system even more efficient.
Some other extra leftover containers migrated to the bathroom where they now hold cotton balls and Qtips.
When my pillows started to get too flat, I cut them open and redistributed the fluff. Instead of 6 flat pillows, everyone in the house got a new, fluffy pillow. (And, in case you’re wondering, I discovered that the fluff was almost exactly the same in every one of the pillows. What was different was the fabric and style of construction on the pillow case.)
My husband and I package our dinner leftovers immediately after eating. (And sometimes before we are done, if we think that we’ll needlessly eat too much.). Depending on what’s left, we may make up a lunch that’s ready to grab and go or just put away like with like.
We don’t leave the leftovers in pots, as that would be inconvenient when I cooked again. In fact, it might make me think I needed to buy more pots! In addition, having pots in the refrigerator makes it harder to maneuver.
In addition, every container is marked with a piece of masking tape on which we write the date and what’s inside. This simple step really cuts down on food waste.
Lastly, every Saturday lunch is a leftovers meal. I pull out everything that’s in the refrigerator and everyone helps themselves to whatever they want. Usually this takes care of anything that’s still hanging around at the end of the week.
What clever solutions have you come up with to make do with what you have?
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter old sporting equipment for sports you no longer play. I have done this with our snorkelling gear, my son’s little league gear and most of my softball gear as I have no intention of ever playing again. I kept my mitt as a keepsake because it is special to me and has lots of signatures from the Seattle Mariners on it.
Eco Tip for the Day
I don’t think we need an eco tip today as I think Cindy has it pretty well covered.
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow