Posts Tagged ‘365 tips’

Tip #28 – Travel Toiletries

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
Keep your travel bottles organized.

Keep your travel bottles organized.

No matter how often you travel, it always seems such a challenge to keep all of those 3 ounce containers organized. Here’s an idea that could help. When you return home from your trip, refill your travel containers, put them back in your quart bag and return them to your cabinet. Everything will be ready to go for your next trip.

Tip #27 – Travel Folder

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
Organize your travel documents.

Organize your travel documents.

Getting ready to take a trip? Here’s a suggestion for organizing all your paperwork. You can use either a file folder or two-pocket folder. Consider placing the following in your folder:

  • airline tickets/e-tickets
  • the itinerary for your entire trip – it’s good to have flight times and numbers
  • printed copy of reservations (room, car, etc.)
  • passport or birth certificate
  • maps or brochures for your destination
  • proof of any possible vaccinations
  • print any email correspondence you’ve had with the resort or other agencies – these are good to have in order to verify price quotes and information
  • photos of your luggage (see Tip #26)

Tip #26 – Lost Baggage

Monday, January 26th, 2009
Be prepared for lost baggage.

Be prepared for lost baggage.

If you travel, your luggage has been lost, or will someday get lost. To help you prepare for the day that you are the last one at the luggage carousel and all of the luggage has come and gone, here are a few tips.

  • Prior to taking your trip, snap a photographs of your luggage. Print the photos and keep them with your other important travel doucments.
  • On the back of the photo(s) write the following information: dimensions of luggage and brand name.
  • Take a photo of the contents of your bag. On the back of this photo record any specific items of high value.

Tip #25 – Gift Bags

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
Reuse your gift bags.

Reuse your gift bags.

Decorative gift bags can be very pricey. As you receive gift bags, hold on to them. Reuse them for gifts that you are giving others.

If you want to get real organized you can even organize your bags by holiday/event. You can place your bags in a box and then use small pieces of cardboard as a separator.

When you bring home your leftovers from the restaurant you can also reuse this bag. These bags can make great lunch bags.

Tip #24 – Creative & Commerative Artwork

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
Create your own artwork.

Create your own artwork.

Is there a special event that you want to commemorate and need some creative art for your walls? Here are a few ideas that you could have framed:

  • covers of newspapers or magazines
  • ticket stubs or autographed memorabilia from a concert – can be paired with CD
  • ticket stubs or autographed memorabilia from a sporting event
  • a program from an art performance

A certain arts & crafts store frequently offers custom framing coupons. This helps make this project more affordable.

Tip #23 – Cleaning Towels

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
Get rid of mildew in towels.

Get rid of mildew in towels.

Detergent traps mildew within the fibers of your towels.  To help eliminate this mildew, wash the towels in the warmest water possible and substitute the detergent with vinegar.  Repeat once.

Tip #22 – Sauce Jars

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

During these tough times, we are making our dollar stretch as far as possible.  When you are cooking and and have sauce remaining in a jar, like spaghetti sauce, do the following:  place just a small amount of water in the jar, cap it, shake it, and then pour out the remaining sauce.

Tip #21 – Dog Spots

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
Use beer on dog urine

Use beer on dog urine

If you have a dog, you know that dog urine produces brown spots in your nice, green grass. Instead of cracking a cold one to enjoy yourself, pour it on your dog spots. Beer will help nutrelize the high nitrogen in the dog urine.

If possible, catch the dog spot immediately and spray it down with water. This helps dilute the urine.

Tip #20 – Water Stains

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Water stains in your shower? Soak cotton balls in bleach, place the balls on top of the stains and let set for about 15 minutes. Repeat as needed.

Tip #19 – Trash Volume

Monday, January 19th, 2009
Get rid of the air to get rid of volume.

Get rid of the air to get rid of volume.

Lower the volume of your trash.  Before throwing your soda bottles, milk jugs, etc., do the following:  with the cap off, squeeze out as much as possible, and then put back on the cap.  With this little trick, will help you cut down the volume of your trash and recyclables.