Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 7, Issue 5 – September 15, 2014
Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I don’t know about you, but I am starting to wonder where September is slipping away too! I hope that you are all enjoying your days and taking some time to enjoy life, nature and family around you.
Even though I am not ready to say good-bye to summer, I do need to realize that I still need to prep my home and garden for the upcoming seasonal change. Fall seems like an appropriate time for me to work in my garage. By this time of year, my workbench is full of tools, plant tags, and little projects that were placed there for “later”. And now, I need spaces for planters and yard things that need to come in until next spring. This link will take you to a smart article about how to approach cleaning your garage along with recycling options in your area. Even though this article is directed at Spring-cleaning, I can still use all of these approaches in my fall clean up. http://www.earth911.com/home-garden/spring-cleaning-your-garage/
Oh boy – aren’t you excited to clean your garage now, too? If garage cleaning is not on your list of things to accomplish at this time of year, possibly this article might inspire you to learn a new skill. This short article really does put things into perspective about our culture, and frankly it might be fun to start thinking about reviving some of these skills. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/16/grandparent-skills_n_5454383.html
Speaking of thrifty cleverness, I am sure that many of you have read about how I like to wash and re-use plastic baggies. I even made my own baggie dryer! Here is a list of 15 uses for baggies (taken from this article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/15-re-uses-for-plastic-zipper-baggies.html?page=1 )
- Wash ‘em. I hope this goes without saying, and I hope it’s the first thing you do with all of your bags. They can be rinsed and reused again and again. The rest of these suggestions, 2-15, are meant for bags that have already served their purpose through many rounds of kitchen washings, have begun to degrade, and are no longer appropriate for food storage.
- Home storage. Use them around the house to hold all manner of flotsam and jetsam. Think marbles, batteries, and little plumber supplies like washers, coupons, etc.
- Board game storage. Know what’s a bummer? When you’re excited to play your favorite game, and you pull it out, only to find that it’s missing some essential piece, or you only have one die when you need two, etc. Prevent this scenario by bagging each and every play piece for each and every board game in your collection, right now.
- Travel storage. Now that TSA has loosened up their regulations, we’re all back to flying with full toiletries – toothpaste, lotion, etc. If you want to make sure your shampoo doesn’t explode all over your shoes, pack it up in a plastic baggie.
- Travel storage – on your person. River rafting, hiking, water parks, rainy rainforests – who knows what kind of awesome adventure you’re going to have this summer. But if you think you might get wet, why not stash your ID, passport, cash, etc, in a plastic baggie. Better safe than soggy, right?
- Speaking of hot summer trips… Got kids? Ever try to bring crayons along on a hot summer day? Well then, you may be familiar with the hot melty mess that can result from crayons on a car ride. Next time, pack them up in a plastic baggie, just in case.
- Speaking of kids…You can use the bigger baggies for super cool art projects – like mess-free finger painting.
- Diapers. If your kids are still little, throw a few baggies in your diaper bag. They make perfect little receptacles for dirty dipes or soiled clothes.
- Moist towelettes. Instead of spending money on fancy products, you can make your own travel towelettes by wetting some paper towels (add a little lavender essential oil if you’d like) and bagging them up yourself. They’ll stay super moist and if you stash them in your purse, you’ll always be prepared.
- Ice pack. Baggies make awesome impromptu ice packs. Just fill them with water and freeze!
- Clean up after Fido. Poo patrol. Easy peasy. ‘Nuff said.
- Emergency gloves. I don’t know about you, but I usually get the urge to dye my hair right about midnight. When I don’t have any gloves on hand, these baggies stand in perfectly. Also great for food prep “gloves.”
- Inventive seedling pots. Instead of buying a bunch of starter pots, just poke a few holes in the bottom of your baggies, fill them with soil, and voila! They’re super easy to transplant, too.
- Protect your electronics. Are you going to someplace like Miami; electrical gadgets coming with you to the beach? Keep your cell phone, iPod, etc. safe from water at the beach or pool. Bag them up and party down.
- Organize your drawers and shelves. Lots of folks keep their favorite recipes on index cards. You can then use baggies to organize the cards by type, and you can write right onto the baggies with a sharpie, for quick reference. Jamie from C.R.A.F.T. organized her bathing suit drawer with plastic zipper bags – so simple but so effective.
And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you have a fantastic week cleaning out your garage (or other storage area that may need a little attention), learning and revisiting skills from days gone by, and having fun with your baggie collection! Keep on keepin’ it thrifty!