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Where to put used-but-usable clothes (a.k.a. alternative to “The Chair”)?

We all know The Chair. The Chair where you put the clothes clean enough not to go in the laundry, but not enough to go back in the wardrobe. The Chair that looks like this: It exists because you ...
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How to keep bread fresher for longer

How do you keep bread fresh (lasting to/beyond the actual expiration date quoted on the packaging) as the bread I purchase always goes stale/moldy within a couple of days of opening. I've heard that ...
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How can I organize Micro SD Cards?

I have several Micro SD Cards for my Raspberry Pi. However, they often get mixed up because they are so small: image source Unlike regular SD Cards and Flash Drives, I cannot label them. How can I ...
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How can I store my Christmas lights so that they don't get tangled?

Every year I attempt to roll up the lights for my Christmas tree in a way that will make them easy to get out the next year, but the next year, inevitably, they're all tangled up and I have to spent ...
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How to Pack Dress Shirts / Clothes for Travel

Of course around the holidays, lots of people travel. I'm looking for an efficient way to pack my dress shirts so they won't wrinkle and look like a mess when I get them out later. And since I'd like ...
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How can I get rid of large amounts of cardboard boxes

I recently moved house. Because of this, I have huge amounts of cardboard boxes. An amount that would likely fill our bin twice over. Which I can't do, because we have other rubbish. I need to have ...
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How can I maximize my refrigerator space when storing so many foods?

Are there any lifehacks where I can maximized the space or capacity of my refrigerator so it can store foods? This question specifically points to the body part of the refrigerator and it focuses on ...
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What is a good makeshift bookend?

Whenever I put books on a bookshelf, if the don't fill up the entire shelf, they fall over. I don't have a bookend, and I am lazy and like easy methods. How can I prevent the books from falling over? ...
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Looking for a solution to store and carry my knife

Like my username implies, I'm a shochet (though I'm still in training). Like any shochet, I use a chalaf (חלף), which is a dedicated shechitah knife. Among the rules of shechitah knives is that the ...
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How best to prolong the shelf life of eggs?

I know of the test to check if an egg is still fresh: However, what techniques are there for keeping eggs fresh for longer?
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How to prevent cables getting intertwined

I have a problem that hopefully one of you wizards could address. When I pack up my work laptop at work everyday I pack the laptop first, then the power cable, then the mouse (with a cable). I do not ...
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How do I stop my cables from getting tangled inside my box?

I've a box of different cables, but they're always get tangled. Any ideas how to store bunch of cables without getting tangled?
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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 to prevent ice cream from melting without a refrigerator?

There are times when you are at work where you have the best ice cream parlor in town around the corner from your office. But you want to take the ice cream home and enjoy it there. Is there a way to ...
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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 store loose CDs and other discs without scratching them?

At home I have a load of loose disks that I have either lost the case for or it never had a case in the first place and these usually end up getting scratched up and quickly become unusable, not to ...
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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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How can I organize my chest freezer?

I've got a chest freezer that's 20.6 x 37.2 x 33.5 inches. The freezer tends to stay pretty full to the top because I like to stock up when things are on sale and toss them in there. The problem I'm ...
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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 do I store frozen sausages, so they are easy to separate?

I generally keep sausages in the freezer, but I buy them in packs of 8 or 12, and they tend to freeze together, which sometimes makes them hard to separate. I usually need to force a knife into the ...
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How do I avoid wrinkles in dress pants placed on a hanger?

I am constantly using dress pants for work or other events. I iron these pants in advance, and sometimes, they ended up with a wrinkle because of the hanger's curvature. Is there any type of hack that ...
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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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How to store ice cream so that it is easy to scoop

Whenever I eat ice cream (store bought), I have to work really hard to get it into my bowl. It always freezes when I put it in the freezer and makes it very tiresome to scoop. What are some good ways ...
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Neatly open cereal box

I figured out this a while ago and wanted to share it. When you open a box (of cereal), you risk tearing the flap or cutting your finger on the cardboard. Or, at least, I do. How can I open the box ...
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How to clean a water tank

I've a plastic water storage tank as such with a small lid (12"/30cm in diameter). It has developed a thin slippery/shiny layer inside of the walls overtime and surface of the water has the same ...
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How to store books in less than ideal conditions?

It's not hard to find out how you should store books. Just Google "how to store books". Metal or sealed wood shelves, 50% humility, 60-75 °F, keep that constant, keep away from light, don't store in ...
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How can I dull or darken this zipper with household products?

I just bought this bag: See that orange zipper? It's way more orange than it looks in this photo. This photo doesn't even do it justice. It is neon, day-glo orange. It's too orange for me, but ...
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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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How to dry wet towels in a small bathroom?

The bathroom includes a toilet, a sink, a shower stall and a cabinet. The tile is from the floor to about 5ft / 1.5m in height. The bathroom door is 24" / 60 cm wide. There are currently no towel ...
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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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Keeping flash drive safe in daily usage

Everyone has some things like, they should always have with them, mobile phone, wallet, calendar, etc. In my case, I also have a USB flash drive, where all my data is stored, which I need every day ...
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How to make sure cabin luggage will be within the size restrictions?

I am going away soon and I have hand luggage only for the flight (some may know it as cabin luggage) because I am only away for the weekend. I bought some slightly bigger bags than guaranteed-to-fit ...
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How to store printer ink without drying?

I don't use printers often, and its ink may dry out. I don't want to waste the ink, and I don't want to pay a lot of money for resupplying it too often. How can I prevent printer ink to dry?
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How to improve air quality in an old storage room?

I am forced to use an old storage room for work as there is some really loud construction work going on in an adjacent building, located near my current working room. The problem is that the storage ...
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What's a great way to store knives for me?

My situation: I have accumulated high-quality purpose-made knives which are difficult to store due to several factors: I have more than a few (23), and some (7) that I use quite often. I want them to ...
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How to keep leftover pizza tasting fresh

Whenever I order pizza, I always have some leftovers. I'll usually have them in the next day or two, but they never taste as good. I don't know if it's how I store the pizza (in aluminum foil in the ...
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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 to keep tobacco moist? [closed]

I have heard of lemon, apple, cucumber, copper coins, steam and read about freezing, storing in airtight containers. I have tried cucumber and I can't say it really worked. Knowing the power of ...
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What is the best way to tape a cardboard box?

While moving recently, my wife and I had a lengthy discussion on where tape should be placed on a box in order to maximize strength while using the least amount of tape possible. Assuming we already ...
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How to remove print/ markings from small Eye Drops bottle for other use?

I am not sure what the material of these types of small bottles is composed of. I find they are most reliable when it comes to being Leak resistant for small quantity of liquids etc where I just ...
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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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Storing herbs, spices, coffee and tea in my Florida van? Temperature inside insulated bag inside insulated freezer

I live in South Florida where the summer sun has no mercy. I drive a new van and I've taken steps to keep the inside cooler during the day. I live in the van for weeks at a time and need to store ...
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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 can I prevent a receipt from fading?

I have seen a question here about how to restore a receipt that has faded. What I want to know is how to prevent receipts from fading in the first place. I have some receipts from a recent vacation ...
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How do I protect small objects?

I have a few small objects I care about, which I'd like to protect from unfortunate accidents. Here are their stats small total volume (~24cm^3, more or less "half a glass"), very small weight ...
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Which leftover pizza is stored best without a fridge?

If I'm getting a pizza, but don't have a fridge to store the leftovers, what's the best way to go about it?
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How to ensure thermal-paper receipt lasts many years?

I need to keep a purchase receipt for several years to ensure the extended warranty on my purchase. How should I store the receipt to make sure it lasts that long? I definitely need a physical receipt,...
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Storing bags while in the city

When visiting the city from the suburbs, I'll often spend most of the day there, shopping, eating and engaging in similar fun activities. I'll usually take a backpack in which might have water in it, ...
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Which is the fastest way to iron a long sleeved shirt with good results?

I have some long sleeved shirts that I wear to work. But they are hard to iron and demand a considerable time of ironing to get good results (get most smooth as possible). So I wondered: Which is the ...
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How to repurpose old fridge with broken compressor as ant-proof dry food storage?

I have an old refrigerator (the compressor died) and I would like to keep it as ambient room temperature pantry storage for food items which don't really need refrigeration, like coffee, dried food, ...