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A common solution I have seen is to have a tennis ball (or similarly soft item) that can be hung from the ceiling. (You may be able to purchase a kit made for this purpose.) With the assistance of another person, drive your vehicle into the garage to a place where you have clearance on both sides. Fasten a string to both the ceiling and your tennis ball. ...


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Some trucks and buses have a mirror to eliminate the front blind spot. Reverse the principle - attach any old mirror to the wall/ceiling. Might need a bit of trial and error (and a tall friend) to get the best position.


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You can purchase/make a parking stopper for your car. If you are going to make one, get an old piece of carpet and short piece of wood at least 1 inch in diameter. The carpet needs to be long enough that when folded, it will fit under the tire. Loop the carpet around the stick with the excess carpet toward the garage door. The weight of the vehicle will ...


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This, put into the floor or block of wood. Drive up to it, just till you tap it. Then stop. Resist the urge to back up. Edit - I changed from a driveway marker image to my 'in the wild' image from my garage. I made 2 of these, and have used both for 10+ years. It's positioned to both protect the steps from getting smashed and to allow enough clearance to ...


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I have added notches to the side of the key head in the past. One of the advantages to using this method is that you can find the correct key in the dark. Start with this: Take a file to the edge of the key head. Move it back and forth to create a furrow. End up with this: Add as many notches to the key as you require. If your key has a flat edge that ...


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Another option, if you find it hard to build a movable stick, fasten the parking stopper, or don't trust the tennis ball, is to make a bumper or fender on the wall. I.e. one made out of foam padding or porolon. As my father worked with upholstery, we had rolls of porolon, which sometimes where stored in the garage. Parking was never easier than when those ...


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I like marking the wall with something (e.g. permanent marker) to line up with the mirrors. Just park the car carefully, then mark on the wall where your wing mirror is, then in future just drive forward until your mirror lines up with the mark. Simple and cost-effective... No need to purchase anything or hang things from the ceiling.


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I've often seen people solving this problem by using colored key caps. But if you are like me and want to avoid extra weight/volume, you can use dot stickers. Stick one on each side for faster lookup. (update: according to another user, such stickers often have the color rub off in your pockets)


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Since I have lots of different color permanent markers, but not lots of different colors of nail polish, I use my wife's clear nail polish. Mark the key up with the sharpie - I usually put a dot on - and then a drop of clear nail polish to cover it and keep it on there. Once dry, it stays on there forever - or until you use nail polish remover to remove ...


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Coloring the keys is a good way to go. For coloring I would suggest nail polish, which is quite durable. Other spray paint might be tried as well, but nail polish is really accessible and easy to apply. If you want you could even mark keys with letters or numbers or symbols. But please take care not inviting thieves by writing house number or address on ...


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You can use a microwave safe mug or cup to elevate one of the bowls or plates. Image from Pinterest This works much better with bowls because plates will slip and slide more.


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The solution lies in almost crashing into the wall without damaging the car. This can be achieved by mounting a light movable stick to the wall, or very close to the wall. Attach something visible to the top, so that you easily identity when you hit the pole, but before you crash into the wall. The pole or stick could be mounted at 2 or 3 inches from the ...


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<click> ⤴ Have you tried putting your phone on a leash? Seriously. Tether all your stuff to your belt loop and you won't be leaving it everywhere.


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You can buy these replaceable label holders which allow you to slide a small card into the slot and write whatever you like on it. You can then slide the label out and replace it as often as you see fit. Many of these are either magnetic or nailed/screwed into a drawer or cabinet face, but they are just as easily glued to any storage container you have. ...


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1) Quick verification for method one is to know the count of your students or maybe count how many chairs have remained empty. And check if the numbers fit with what you have in your attendance sheet. 2) If you know the numbers of missing students, you can ask who are the four missing students? This could be done much quickly then checking all the present ...


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The simple answer is to untangle them and be careful when adding and removing cables. When you first plug everything in, make sure the cables aren't crossed. Move from left to right or top to bottom. If that isn't sufficient or is too much of a pain to remember there are a few additional things that you can do to keep things straight. For cables that you ...


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Although it would take time, you could prefix all your older contacts with the word "OLD". For example: First name "OLD Joe" Last name "Blow" That way, you would keep the old contacts, but they would all be grouped together alphabetically (because they all start with "OLD") and you wouldn't mix them up with current / active contacts. To group them ...


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I use a hot chocolate tin with a slit in the lid: Pot - Mad For Tools, Knife - Barnitts and Stanley, Powder - WISEGeek Finished: For me, the slit needs to be 30mm long and 4mm wide (to accommodate the £2 coin).


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Use your current cd holder, but put a strip of masking tape on each page. Use a marker to write the title of the cd on each strip of tape. Another trick would be to put the cd's in order. Before you leave, put them in the order you want to play them, from the front to the back of the case.


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One idea is to use the paper clips to organise your cables. To know which item uses which cable, use bread tags to put a label at both ends of every wire and cable. If you're looking for more practical solutions, see Declutter Your Life: 20 Clever Ways to Keep Cords in Order. Image source: apartmenttherapy


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You mentioned using clear plastic bags for your cables. I've been doing this for years. I use one cable per bag, to prevent tangling. (It works even better if you leave the ends sticking out of the mostly-zipped-up bag). Then I either write on the bag what the cable is, with a thick, black, permanent marker, or I slap a rectangle of silver duct tape on the ...


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Blue painters masking tape. Sharpie. Blue painters tape is a paper tape like regular masking tape but it is designed to remove cleanly without leaving residue. It's probably the best solution you will find that combines solid adhesion with easy removal. Sharpie is a permanent marker.


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You could try to group them together in small clusters based on your daily activity, and even put them in a sequence based on step by step usage. Add a label rather than a color on each key, especially if you have a lot. If the keys keep adding, an idea would be to switch "technology" (badge-based access systems etc.).


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The best choice is to use a magnet. All you have to do is is get a magnet bar that is about the length of five of your washers (bigger is better). Now just run the magnet over the washers and it will pick them up. Depending on the strength of your magnet, it may take more than one run. It will look something like this, but with metal washers Image Source ...


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You can use a tie rack or make your own. The core concept is pretty simple: instead of hanging your ties on a line (like a clothes hanger), hang them in a grid. Here's an example of one that is commercially available: If you don't want to buy one, you are still in luck. As I said, the idea is pretty simple, and it's pretty easy to make your own. Use any ...


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You can convert your book to a PDF in about as much time as it will take you to read it through, maybe a bit longer. You will need a sheet of glass to hold the book, spread open, facing downward. Photograph the book through a sheet of glass to keep the spread pages flat. The glass becomes the subject image plane. Your camera will face toward the open book ...


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If they are empty, Smaller boxes into bigger boxes, this way you can save a lot of room. Just stack as much as possible. Depending on how many boxes of different sizes you have you might end up with 2 instead of 6.


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My suggestion, based on personal experience, is to go to the other way around. Make the labels permanent, and implement a system keeping track of what is in the boxes. This system could be anything from as elaborate and keeping lists of what you put into the different boxes, or as simple as taking pictures before you close the box. The key element is to ...


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I use order and memory. Start by removing any keys you don't need on your keyring. They're just adding to the bulk from the off. I order my keys by frequency of use and by direction where one way represents locks at the front of my house and the other way represents locks at the back of my house. The car key is the "root", the key next to this is "forwards"...


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