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Driving into garage where there is little room for error?

The length of available space to park inside the garage is 170 inches and the car is 162 inches. Thus leaving 8 inches maximum of room for error. If drive too far forward the car hit the wall. If ...
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What is a good way to organise and identify keys on a keyring?

I have a number of keys on my keyring - screen door, main door, garage door, some random key that I don't know where it goes, etc. When I purchased the house, the previous owner placed different ...
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Prevent cables and wires from twisting

My desktop computer has lots of wires behind it. Some wires are tangled. How can I keep these wires from tangling? I don't want to put the cables together & tie them using a string or something ...
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How to avoid losing keys/phone/wallet? [closed]

I constantly lose my keys, phone and wallet. I tend to leave them inside the car, house, bathroom, public places, etc. It costs me a lot of valuable time plus increases my stress levels. Any tips on ...
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Homemade car CD holder

My MP3 player just broke :/ But that's not what I'm asking about. Tomorrow I'm going back home from college. I have a good many CDs that I can listen to on the way home, but they are in a case similar ...
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What is a good makeshift coin holder or organizer?

I have loose change that I empty out each day on my dresser. The change always seems to get in the way when I need to use the dresser to write on paper. I'd like to find a way to organize the change ...
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How can I fit more dishes in my microwave at once?

I have a 0.6 cubic foot rotating microwave (very small), so I can usually only cook one thing at a time. When using bowls I tried to put them both in opposite corners and they both fit, but one tipped ...
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What's the best way to prevent water from collecting underneath a soap bar?

I've used regular soap dishes for most of my life, but the water would always collect underneath the dish, which is annoying. So I started putting a washrag underneath the dish to collect the water,...
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Is it possible to make stiff cables and wires flexible again?

I have a few videogame controller cords for some old videogame consoles that got very stiff over the years. I suspect it's due to aging rubber or something of the sorts. Is it possible to make these ...
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How to store cans in a cupboard

We have lots of cans of food in our cupboard - different kinds of beans, corn, etc. They are all the same size, your standard size can of black beans or whatever that you can find at your local ...
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How to keep change sorted in my pocket?

I sometimes carry a lot of small coins in my pocket. But I hate the looks I'm given when I throw them all on the counter at a shop and start sorting. I've tried dividing between two pockets: putting ...
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How can I organize books of many sizes for usability?

I have a collection of (physical) books that I plan on growing. I want to organize them in a way where I can easily find a book, remove it, and replace it in the same spot. I have books that are many ...
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How can I keep my desktop computer's cables neat?

I have a tower computer case standing on the floor under my desk, with lots of peripherals both below the desk and above the desk. We're talking router, switch, IP telephony adapter, power strips, ...
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Faster ways of placing cans in the fridge?

When buying soda or beer, it usually takes some time and effort in taking out the cans from the cardboard box and placing them neatly in your fridge. Instead of just taking out one can at a time and ...
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How do I keep my bed sheets organized?

I have several sets of bed sheets, and I would like to keep the like patterns together, ideally in a way that does not make my linen closet a total mess. How can I go about doing that?
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Prevent laptop bag strap from adjusting

I have a laptop bag with a shoulder strap that I've adjusted to the right length, but over time it gets longer again due to bag weight. I'm looking for a hack to force it to stay in the same spot for ...
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How can I temporarily label storage bins

I often have trouble differentiating the storage bins in my basement from each other, and their is no particular organization other than trying to keep one category of things to a bin. I've tried dry ...
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How would one digitize a thick book into a PDF version in the most time-efficient way, using only a camera and a computer?

I have a: DSLR camera (Canon EOS) + no tripod Latest commercial version of Adobe Acrobat A computer with Internet connection Frugal character I also own a physically printed and bound book of over ...
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Cable organisation when travelling

When I travel, usually by air, I still haven't found a good way to organise all my cables. I tend to have both an iPod, a cell phone, some rechargeable head phones, maybe a laptop, an electric razor, ...
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More efficient way to arrange a CD collection

I have a CD collection of around 500 albums. They are placed alphabetically by artist on around 10 shelves (shelves are vertically aligned one above the other, and are bounded on the sides). The first ...
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How to organize things/books in a packed shelf?

Current messy situation of my shelf: The problem is, I don't have much place elsewhere, so all the things you see need to stay in in this shelf. The shelf is big in depth, so two rows of books are ...
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How can I organize snacks effectively without them going bad?

I don't know whether sorting or grouping by expiry date, snack types or size and shapes of the containers are the most effective in terms of organizing my snacks. I have a lot of snacks and am keen on ...
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Organizing spices in my kitchen cupboard?

I like to cook. As a result, I have a lot of jars of spices and herbs (~100) taking up most of one shelf in the kitchen. I want to somehow take advantage of vertical space. (Stacking the jars directly ...
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How to pick up small metal objects from the floor

Today I had a disaster... I was searching through a tray of small washers (for a M3.5 size screw for those interested) and I knocked it accidentally and the tray fell out... Needless to say I just ...
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How should I deal with boxes for appliances?

I have many cardboard boxes of odd sizes for my two computer monitors, speakers, laptop, coffee maker, steamer, sampler, printer etc. because I usually move every year and like to keep the packaging ...
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Shared tools always getting lost

I'm part of a small team of datacenter worker drones, and we're constantly wasting time hunting for tools because we can't find what we need. In the case of some tools, I've just taken to buying ...
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How to take attendance without my part and without disturbing the class

I am working as a TA for a large class (approx 200 students). TAs generally use the following methods to take attendance along with them I listed corresponding issues: 1) Circulating the attendance ...
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Organising ties in closet

For years I have had my ties hanging on an ordinary clothes hanger. However from time to time they either fall down, or is collated on the end and it's a mess. And they are hard to separate, get an ...
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How to carry *one* SD card in a crowded knapsack without losing it?

My son will be required to carry a micro SD card back and forth to ninth grade next year. What can we put it in so it doesn't get lost or damaged? (Extra challenge: He has ADHD.) For a flash drive, ...
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Preventing stuff from falling off moving shelves

I run a milk-delivery company, using vans to delivery cans and gallons of milk around my county. The milk cans (MCs) are loaded in the metal cart (C), with each level of the cart for different ...
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How to stop holed paper from tearing

Don't you hate it when you have holed paper in your 3-ringed binder, and you act very careful to not shake the binder, but then on accident, you do? This causes a small tear in a lot of the pages, ...
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How to organize cleaning rags

When i clean the house i have a rag for dusting, one for the floor. Sometimes one for the bikes outside. One for wiping down the toilet. I try to keep track, by remembering the color and where i ...
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How can I effectively organize disparate files?

So I moved out of mom & dads last year. I've saved every bank statement, every bill, every home insurance letter, basically everything piece of mail that wasn't a credit card offer. My desk is a ...
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What to do with old contacts on phone that aren't used anymore?

This question pertains to saved contacts on a smartphone (Android in my case). I find I have a lot I don't use but don't want to get rid of them because if I ever go through text messages it would be ...
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How to comfortably fold socks so that the design of the sock would be outside?

I want to fold the socks so that I will be able to see their outer design and organize them nicely in the drawer. What I'm looking for: That they will be "connected" (not only rolled for example). ...
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How to get rid of sorting and losing socks after laundry?

Is there a way to get rid of sorting socks after laundry? I hate having to sort them and/or not finding the matching sock. I know that a way is to have only the same socks, but this only is possible ...
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How do I staple a few sheets of paper in the middle using a normal stapler?

The fold line is in the middle if you orient it as "landscape", it would become a brochure, or book. I have a regular stapler that can't reach the middle in its normal state. Stapler can be opened, ...
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Prevent pens from falling out of shirt pocket

I'm a student and I like to carry my two pens on pocket of my shirt. However, occasionally I need to run. Sometimes I need to grovel for praying. How can I prevent them from falling out? They have ...
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How to store organized multiple belts?

How can I store multiple belts in an organized way in my drawer/closet? They're from different types/materials, and some different buckles. I don't mind about the speed much, since usually I'm using ...
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How to prevent plugged-in vacuum cleaner cord from getting tangled?

I'm searching for a lifehack that will help prevent a plugged-in vacuum cleaner cord from getting all tangled up. The vacuum cleaner cannot be easily unplugged, and multiple people use it. The best ...
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Hack to indicate a forward slash or backslash in a filename when those are reserved characters?

In some common operating systems, including Windows, both the forward slash and backslash are reserved characters that cannot be used in filenames. Yet sometimes one has a good reason to want to ...
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Where to store face mask at the office

Here where I live, we are required to go with a face mask where social distancing isn't possible. So when out on the street I need to wear a mask. At work, I have my own cubical where no one is nearby ...
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How to optimally organize and store clothes in closet?

I recently moved into a place with a large closet. It has many places for hanging things and a few shelves, some with drawers. Now that I moved I noticed I never had much of a system. I had been going ...
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System for splitting costs on shared items and household goods with roommates

I have recently moved into a large house that is shared with several other people. Usually, there are 6-8 people living here at any given time (plus a family in the basement suite but it's separate). ...
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Creating a stylus holder that attaches to tablet via full sized USB

This is basically what I want for my windows tablet to hold my wacom stylus: https://i.sstatic.net/Yco2f.png My tablet is maybe 2-3 mm thicker than the height of a USB port so the above pic won't ...
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Box to store non-files in filing cabinet drawer

I recently acquired a vertical 4-drawer Letter-Sized hanging file cabinet. I thought it would free up so much space, seeing as I had so many bankers' boxes of files. It didn't work out that way. ...
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How to remember not to leave my USB key at the seminar room?

I'm a university teacher, and for my presentations in class I often use a remote control, which is connected to the PC with a wireless USB dongle (see picture). After class, I am often tired and more ...
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How to keep a vertical row of multiple soap bars vertically instead of typical horizontal one-soap dish?

So for illustration i have organic type of soap bars that I use now thanks to the TSA liquid drama. The slimmer ones in the pic are 3 cm exact and I go through varieties that are thicker as well as ...
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How to organize paper appliance and tool manuals?

I have a lot of devices. Appliances, tools, watches, cameras, instruments, vehicles. You name it, I got it. Most of them come with paper manuals, of all different shapes and sizes. The worst are the ...
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How can I mount my surge protector using these holes

I've had this surge protector since I was in high school. I looked at the bottom of the surge protector and noticed some holes which I assume are used to mount the surge protector to something. There ...
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