inspire creativity, design great style, & create a better life

5 things I use painter’s tape for…other than painting

Posted on May 25, 2013 in Lifestyle | Comments Off

There is a saying that a person only needs two things in life to fix anything…duct tape or WD40.  I disagree.

I use painter’s tape weekly….a roll of it sits handily in my ‘office supply’ kitchen drawer.  I think it’s the best thing that’s come along since hair dye.  Here are 5 things that I currently use it for:

1.  Marking artwork: Roll up a small piece of tape and loosely place it against the back of a picture frame… where the hook is.  Set the frame against the spot on your wall where you want it positioned and press.  The tape should stick to the wall, so you can easily place the nail where you want it.

2.  Holding together loose plumbing:  ok, so this isn’t an everyday use, but I currently have a wiggly faucet and the tape is doing the trick until I get something new. I have been looking but there are entirely too many to choose from. I have narrowed them down to this so help me pick something out from Kohler Bathroom Faucets …I’m excited for a bathroom upgrade!

3.  Labeling food:  it doesn’t leave a residue on dishes or food storage containers.  I make my kid’s baby food in bulk, so I just re-use some previously purchased baby food containers, label them, and freeze it.  I reuse the containers over and over, so this tape works awesome.

4.  Hanging artwork (or letters):  I have both my kid’s names on a wall in their bedrooms.  All I had to do was paint the letters and secure them with a bit of tape.  My daughter’s name has been up for 2.5 years and the letters have never fallen down (granted, they are very lightweight).

5. A ‘chip-clip’:  It’s resealable.


Read More

Freezer Tracking

Posted on May 16, 2013 in Home Projects | Comments Off

I don’t always live the most organized life.  I try to put things back orderly and know where things are, but sometimes things just slip away from me.  One area of my home that seems to always be hard to keep orderly is our deep freeze.  Food piles up, items get lost at the bottom, and digging in it to see what is in there is a big pain.

I came up with a simple solution, so I can keep track of what is in the freezer.  This helps me plan meals easier, use food that may have been forgotten about, and not have to dig through to see what I have.  I purchased a basic dry erase whiteboard to log what goes in and out of our freezer.

To make a board you just need a few items:

  • a whiteboard
  • a dry erase marker
  • a permanent fine point marker, like a Sharpie
  • something to adhere the board to your freezer or wall next to the freezer (my board came with stickies, but you could use magnets too)
  1. Draw lines on the board with a permanent marker.  This way you can erase food items as you use them without ruining the lines.
  2. At the top mark the quantity of items, description, and date you put it in the freezer.
  3. Update the board as you add or take items from the freezer.

This is an example of what I’m dealing with and why I need to keep track of the items outside of the actual freezer:

Read More