Repurposed Item of the Week: Shelf Liner

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10338This stuff is fantastic!
Anything you want to keep from slipping – Grip-it Shelf Liner will do it.

I bought a roll, cut it into three inch wide strips and used a staple gun to attach it to the wood slats of my futon frame. Now my futon mattress doesn’t slide down onto the floor!

You can use a strip to keep a table runner from slipping, or cut squares to fit under chair pads. You could even use it under a small rug!

Anyone else have any uses for it?

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Spring Cleaning, Organizing and Maintenance

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It’s still a bit wintery where I live in North Dakota. We just had snow a few days ago, and although the temperatures are now above zero, it’s still a little cold to seem like spring to me! Chilly weather or not, spring is here. And with not quite a week of spring behind us, it’s time to think about starting up our annual spring cleaning overhaul. Here are a few ideas to jump-start your efforts:

(1) Update your files.
We all have the looming April 15 tax deadline ahead of us. This is a great time to sort through not only your financial paperwork but also other documents in your files. Read more

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Get Motivated!

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I live in Minnesota, where we nest inside our homes all winter long…often eating comfort food. As a result it’s easy to pick up a little winter weight. I knew that it was time to start thinking about getting back into shape, but I was having a hard time getting motivated. I started thinking about how I’m always telling my clients to declutter one step at a time. “Just start with a few minutes a day,” I tell them. “Once you start to see results, it will be much easier to stay motivated.” Read more

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Repurposed Item of the Week: Spice Rack

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officeClutter Control Freak Blog has started a brand new category inspired by one of our contests (Unlikely uses for everyday items):

Repurposed Products!

Every Friday, I’ll hunt down a product from the Stacks and Stacks website and give you a brand new (or at least new to me!) purpose for it.

This week – Spice Racks! Particularly, our Three Shelf Wire Spice Rack. Or maybe even the Alder Spice Rack. Read more

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Recession Proof Your Budget

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changeThe headlines are alarming. February job losses are up, the dollar is weak, and oil prices are above $100 a barrel. Many economists are warning that the U.S. is headed for a recession – or may already be in one. So what should the average American do? The Debt Diva, Clarky Davis of CareOne Credit Counseling, says you can’t control the economy, but there are steps you can take to recession-proof your life. Read more

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Purging e-Waste

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I became consciously aware of e-waste – discarded TVs, monitors, computers, cell phones, batteries – when I lived in Germany. Germany has a very strict policy about trash and recycle, as do most countries in the European Union.

When I first arrived in country, I found it very frustrating! I had to separate everything, including biodegradable foods like veggie scraps. Initially, it took me a long time to divide out all the trash. But over time, the process got faster and my appreciation for Germany’s earth-friendly regulations grew more and more.

After my European trash experience, you can imagine my surprise when I read this statistic in a recent Parade magazine: More than 1.5 million tons of e-waste are thrown into U.S. landfills every year. Read more

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