How to seal a bag

How to seal a bag

This is another no brainer, but I managed to both make it work, and bung it up!
It’s a little difficult to see in the picture because a clear Pepsi bottle was probably not the best choice for a visual…… That’s a my bad!
This is super simple, just don’t cut yourself! Take some scissors, or a knife, and cut the bottle to your desired size. It really doesn’t matter how much of the bottle length you leave, as long as you can thread the top of the bag through the bottle opening. Once the bag opening is threaded through the hole, you twist on the cap and voila! You have a re-sealable bag.
The only recommendation I would give from my personal experience is to make sure you use a wide mouth bottle. It is really difficult to pour chocolate morsels through the mouth of a Pepsi bottle. Think Gatorade or PowerAde……
This is a great way to repurpose (most of) a plastic bottle into something practical, so give it a try, most you have to lose is the time it takes to cut the bottle.
Original pin is located at http://theberry.com/2012/02/15/morning-coffee-39-photos-116/mc-random-4-109/

Don’t lose your sheets!

Don't lose your sheets!

This pin entertained me because I have been doing this for years. My mom and both of my grandmas have been doing this as long as I can remember! In fact, the first time I realized not everyone did this, was when I first stayed the night at my boyfriend’s (now my husband’s) parents house. I went to get a towel from the linen area and was just looking at the stack of sheets, like, hmm? How odd!
Now that I’ve been out in the world a little bit, talking to different people, I realize this is even less common than I thought, and that makes me sad!
This is the easiest thing in the world to do, and it makes changing the sheets easy.
Everyone folds their sheets, I hope, anyway! If they are twin sheets, you just fold the fitted and flat sheet, then place them inside the pillowcase. You fold the edges of the case around the shape of the sheets, this makes it easier to stack. If it’s a full or larger set, you also fold one of the pillowcases and add that to the sheets inside the other case.
Once they are folded, they stack very nicely and easily in your linen or bedroom closet.
I think my favorite thing about this system, is that you never have to dig through your closet to find all of the pieces to your bedding. The only thing you have to worry about is having all of the pieces when you fold them.
I hope you all at least give this a try because it’s really easy, doesn’t take any extra time, and makes your life just a little bit simpler.
Original pin can be found here

Take back your drawer space!

Take back your drawer space!

I actually did this to my own drawers weeks ago but of course didn’t take pictures of the before. So I told my husband that I was doing it to his t-shirts. If he didn’t like it, he could put it back, but I think it would save him space. This is easy, and I love the space it saves since my drawer space is extremely limited!
Tony is a t-shirt freak. He probably has enough to wear a different one every day for at least 6 months, and he has a system in his drawers. He separates by color. Yeah, that’s my husband!
The process is pretty simple. You fold the t-shirt in half, so the sleeves line up, with the bigger design facing outward. Fold the sleeves in (as far as I know, this is how most people fold their shirts), then fold the shirt in half again so the neckline is even with the bottom hem. Fold it in half again the same direction so the shirt looks kind of like the notes you used to pass in school.
Once this is done to all of your shirts, you put the shirts in the drawer, not flat, but standing on end. You do need to keep the drawer semi-full for the shirts to remain in place. Pulling one or two out won’t mess it up, but don’t let your laundry pile up too much or you will have to re-stand them all up.
This is a great process that took my husband’s t-shirt space from 5 drawers to 2. I ended up giving him another half a drawer because he had more shirts elsewhere. If you have the urge to buy a gift for my husband, DON’T GET A T-SHIRT!!
Check out the original pin

Make your thirty-one bag stand up

Make your thirty-one bag stand up

I’m sorry to say that I can’t credit the original pinner because the link is no longer good. I did however find this awesome picture on Pinterest. I have 2 of these Large Utility Totes and I love them. I use them constantly and my most recent use is to put our winter gear in one I leave by the front door. The kids aren’t tall enough to reach the peg hooks we have so they were flinging their coats wherever. The utility tote holds their coats, Tony and I’s gloves and scarves. Basically all the loose stuff you need in winter! Only problem was it kept collapsing as soon as you pulled the stuff back out. As a mom, I have the patience to hold the sides up while I stuff the stuff back in, but the kids just end up making a pile on top of the bag. This certainly solved that problem!
This looked simple enough based on the pictures. You just take some cardboard, wrap it in a vinyl table cloth and place it in your bag. At first I was thinking, staple gun. Turns out, not such a hot idea, since there is nothing to turn the staples and you sure don’t want the cardboard stuck to your floor! I did find a regular stapler in the house, so I was able to do the 4 sides using staples to hold the vinyl in place. I then ran out of staples, so I moved on to packing tape. It works, but it’s a little iffy. It doesn’t stick too well to the vinyl, but it’ll do in a pinch. I didn’t have any vinyl that went with my other tote, so I was only able to do one of my bags. I’m hoping once I find a vinyl tablecloth pattern that will go with my other bag it will turn out a little better. It turned out alright, I love the concept, but I definitely am looking forward to a do-over!
*Quick update to help make yours better than my first attempt: if you want exact measurements for your thirty-one large utility tote, you need cardboard pieces in the following sizes. (2)11″x21″ pieces, (2)11″x9″, (1)21″x9″