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Trashy Apron

If you have a particularly dirty job to do like cleaning the outdoor grill, taking down dirty window screens or hosing down the patio furniture before storing away for winter, make yourself a disposable apron: Take a large garbage bag, cut holes for your head and arms and slip it over your clothes. You may […]


Keep ’em Zipped!

Most of us launder and or dry jeans and dark-colored t-shirts in the same load. And that’s a disaster just waiting to happen. It’s the zippers. When metal zippers are left unzipped to flop around in all that tumbling and agitation in the washer and dryer, those little zipper “teeth” are like chainsaws tearing up […]


Bargain Men’s Belts

The discount clothing stores seem to frequently have a pretty good selection of high-quality men’s leather belts. The only problem for me is that the name-brand belts they carry are usually in sizes too big for me. I buy them anyway and take them to a shoe repairman near my home who removes the buckles, […]


Jean Skirt Hem Help

For those that wear jean skirts, washing the skirt and then hanging it to air dry keeps the skirt looking new and doesn’t wear it out as fast. The biggest battle is the hem of jean skirts. It always wants to’ turn up’ instead of lying flat. I’ve found that by pinning the hem with […]


Perfectly Organized Purse

For those of you who like larger handbags but hate when they don’t have compartments,  this is a sure way to organize your stuff without fumbling through a pile of belongings.  There are many of these organizers for various prices, but several under $10 on Amazon. The one I use has several compartments on the […]


Backpack Hack

My sons had terrible trouble with backpacks. Even the expensive ones wouldn’t last an entire school season because the boys were so rough on them. Then one day, we went into the Army/Navy surplus store. We found military backpacks (rucksacks) that wore like iron! In fact, they were so durable that the boys carried them […]