Don’t go thirsty while you travel…

One of my big pet peeve’s with the TSA line is that you have to throw away your beverage as you pass through. I have learned, over my many years of traveling, that the smartest thing me to bring to the airport is an empty reusable water bottle. I prefer one that seals, holds a lot of liquids and has a great lid. TSA will allow you to bring an empty bottle through security and you can fill it on the other side. My airport of choice is Midway in Chicago and there are water bottle filling stations as soon as you enter the concourse. I like this 40 ounce CamelBak.

How to pack a hot (warm) curling iron

Take an inexpensive, square pot holder with a pocket. Place the curling or flat iron inside the pocket, fold in half and wrap the cord around the pocket. Secure by pulling the cord end into the loop. It’s DIY with no ‘do’!

Saturday…Organize your closet…what do you get rid of???

hanger

My closet is chock full of clothes that I do not wear.  I clean out my closet every year, yet I wind up with bunches of clothes that I think I will wear and then I never wear them.  Today’s hack is easy…just a little time consuming.  First, empty out your entire closet.  Second, throw anything you want to give away or hand down to a friend into bags.  Third, and this is the one that is going to take some time, rehang everything in the closet with the hanger pointing out.  In one year if the hanger is still hook facing out then you don’t need the clothes…trust me.  I find that the less I have cluttering up around my house the more relaxed I feel.  Organization is hard work and sometimes requires thought and planning but is well worth it!

Enjoy…Nancy Ann

Fridays Organization Hack…boots

6 pair hangerboots

I have a two part hack to save your boots.  The first part is one  of my favorite hacks under $5.  You can hang six pairs of of boots in your closet, make sure you hang three on each side so it balances properly, tallest boots at the bottom and short boots or ‘shooties’ towards the top.  The second way to protect boots is to use pool noodles to keep boots that are stored on the floor ‘standing tall’.  To measure all I did was put a 99¢ pool noodle in each boot, I marked it with a sharpie and cut with a serrated bread knife.

Enjoy…Nancy Ann

Tuesday through Thursday….Please Stand By!

techdiff

Apparently, we had some ‘technical’ difficulties.  As a result, Monday’s post was automatically pulled and none of the links from FB or Twitter worked (it has since been restored) and the rest moved out of my cloud and into cyberspace.  Here is a clean cut recap of what was supposed to be posted this week.

Tuesday – Organization is easy.  Shoes are the bane of my existence, they clog up the floor of the laundry room or pile by the front door.  I have a hack, of course, this one is from IKEA.  Small flexible baskets to dump shoes in.  For a couple of dollars ($8 to be exact) you can purchase a few of these baskets and put them in a closet, down by the front door or wherever the messy shoe pile in your house is.

 basket

Wednesday – Organization is easy.  Have I said this before?  You just have to be creative.  I work from home.  It isn’t easy to work from home.  You have to be very organized.  I get up at the same time every weekday, I go to the gym and of course I stop for coffee and blog!  When I was organizing that office I looked at hundreds (no really hundreds) of office and home office file cabinets.  In my line of work, I have odds and ends, cables and brochures along with demo stuff…basically I have a a crap load of weird stuff I need to store.  I am as creative as I am frugal.  In order to make this happen today’s hack is using furniture for alternate purchases.  I saved hundreds of dollars by using a chest of drawers and some file inserts to store all of my work items.

Thursday – I also travel for work.  I do not check luggage (too many bad experiences), I take any available bump and I organize my outfits into days.  I pack each outfit, complete, and rolled to save space and wrinkles, into small compression bags.  I use a great, and cheap, one handle rolling 20″ duffle and compression bags.  There is a nice outside pocket for my TSA toiletry bag and a small pocket for all of my electronic cables.  And I don’t bring my charging blocks, instead I bring a multi-usb charger and save a LOT of space.

As a reminder, I do not get any money at all for sharing links or products.  Also, no one sent me any products or samples, I find them on my own.  Have a GREAT day!  Feel free to comment with your own organization hacks!

Enjoy…Nancy Ann

It’s snowy and yucky here in the Midwest…

slipperIt is the time of year that I dread.  It is soooo cold when I get up to go to the gym in the morning and I CANNOT keep my shoes dry so I have to build in an extra couple of minutes for each trip just to change shoes.  Until now.  Today’s hack is simple, cheap, easy and involves men’s slippers.

Go to your favorite discount store and buy a pair of Large, Extra Large or Double Extra Large men’s slippers.  I purchased a $6 men’s clogs in Large and they fit perfectly over my Size 8.5 Boot Camp Nike shoes.

Easy Peasy and CHEAP!

Enjoy…Nancy Ann

30 Days…watch the commercials..wait…what?…Huh? Isn’t that why I have a DVR?

Furniture Sliders

Okay..wait…what are those ↑↑↑↑?  Those are furniture sliders available at Menard’s (plug for my daughters employer).  They are a low cost (under $10) tool to make you watch the commercials.  I have a point here…I really do…my point is that in 2013 the average TV hour contained 14 minutes and 15 seconds of commercials.  When you translate that into quick workouts that’s a good amount of working out during your evening show.  The above referenced furniture sliders are great for slider workouts.  Start simple, put on some gym shoes and slide your legs in and out.  Then you can do a sliding lunge.  Commercial breaks are a few minutes in length so three exercises for 45 seconds each are good.

This is easy, cheap and good for you.  You can Google commercial workouts and there are several plans to try.  Find one that works for you.

Enjoy…Nancy Ann