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Rubber bands don’t have to be relegated to your desk drawer. See how you can reuse it (and toothpicks, felt circles, and more) in new ways.
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Clever ways to repurpose everyday items.
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Can aluminum foil come in handy while you're grilling? Find the answer-and many more innovative ways to use everyday items outdoors.
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Can a bleach bottle come in handy for scooping soil? Find the answer—and many more innovative ways to use everyday items from cleaning.
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Create a safe and uncluttered storage space in your basement by following these easy steps.
- Assess the clutter. Start by creating three categories: keep, donate, and toss. As you work your way through the items in the basement, assign each one to a category. If you rarely use a piece, it’s probably a good candidate to donate or toss.
- Donate or toss. Contact local charities and arrange for a pickup of items to donate; put the toss items out with the trash or recycling.
- Edit the belongings you’re keeping. Separate the keep pile into new categories, such as books, sporting goods, etc. Assign each category a location: Books should be stowed in a plastic storage box placed on a high shelf (or in a corner of the attic); sporting equipment might be sent to a bin in the garage.
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