Hairstyles are getting longer as people delay cuts due to COVID-19 so you may actually be dipping back into your hair accessories. If you aren't, or like me, you are and are also noticing some really outdated stuff that you can't give away but don't want to throw away, here are some great hacks for you to try.
Snap or Spring Clips
I really don't like buying cheap plastic anything. This is especially true for something that doesn't last and there are a million alternatives for, including chip clips. Hair clips are one great way to re-use stuff you have laying around to do the job, and they are free. You can also use lots of other items to keep bags and boxes secure. Rubber bands and office binder clips are two of my favorites.
Keep Your Washer from Stealing Socks
Just clip them together at the top with a strong clip and then wash. Keep them in a pouch on your hamper to keep socks together from the beginning. It's a great way to use a little cloth bag you might have - just tie it to the top and put a few clips in it. Replace them when your socks have successfully made it out of the wash together.
Be careful - some can get rusty over time, but at least they'll have had a second, and very useful, life.
13. Use a Snap Clip as a Screwdriver
If you're really in a pinch and need to unscrew something quickly, a snap clip can work. It will only be effective in a slot screw, and it will take longer than using a regular screwdriver, but it's definitely a MacGyver solution to a problem. They even make snap clips with screwdriver heads now!
9. No Stapler?
Use a Snap Clip If you're looking to keep a bunch of papers together and don't have any binder clips or a stapler handy, a snap clip will do the job. It can comfortably hold around 10 sheets of paper together, and if you're handing in a school paper, it can be a fun way to jazz up the presentation.
Good Toothpaste Tube Hygiene
Just like putting toilet paper on the 'right' way, keeping toothpaste tubes neat can be a worthwhile relationship aid. There are quite a few devices that are created for the purpose, many of which I've tried and not loved. This is an easy, DIY, free, reuse friendly way to keep everyone a little bit happier.
11. Create a Gift-Card Clip
Looking for a unique way to attach a gift card to a present? Use a brightly colored snap clip, and simply snap it onto the gift card and the ribbon. Guaranteed, no one else will secure his or her gift card in this way, and it can also be an added gift if it's particularly creative or interesting.
Especially if it is a hair-related gift or gift card.
You could even decorate it in matching colors or theme.
Keep Wet Stuff from Getting Gross in the Kitchen
Dish cloths, Sponges, even reused plastic bags, and beeswax wraps can be tough to dry. Take a clip that is the right size for the job and you can either clip it or hang it from something nearby.
Keep Wet Stuff from Getting Gross in the Bathroom
Same idea - use large clips over your shower rod to give you extra space to dry towels, swimwear, pet toys you've just cleaned, or anything else you want to drip dry quickly.
10. if you're in the locker room at the gym and want a way to keep your towel from falling down, secure it with a small jaw clip, like this. It's a quick, easy solution, and it works with a wide variety of jaw clips.
Tame Tangles of Cords
To Edit: We all have a bunch of cords, wires, and cables hanging around at the home entertainment center or computer desk. You can use jaw clips or large barrettes to keep them looking much more neat and tidy. Use several small clips along the length of the wires, or if you have them, a couple of the much bigger clips. As they come in a wide variety of colors, you can even use clips that coordinate with the color of the wires, including white, black, yellow, or blue.
For doors that you need to make sure stay open, rather than buy something new, you can use this
You can buy finger-pinch guards, but large jaw clips with string springs can also do this job. Place it at the top of the door, out of reach of the kids. The jaw clip will hold itself in place, and will stop the door from being closed all the way. (You'll need to run a few tests first. If the jaw clip isn't strong enough, it will fly off on the first try.
12. Create a Makeshift Clipboard
Don't have a clipboard handy, or one of those binder clips? Well, you can make a clipboard using a jaw clip and something like a thin, hardcover book, or even some sturdy cardboard. Lay the paper down, attach the jaw clip, and slide the pen inside. Simple.
Or if you need to keep papers from blowing away.
Or outdoor party tablecloths
Clip Glasses to Your Visor
If you have an older car without a compartment for glasses, or you need more than one, this is a handy hack. You can a couple of different ways. You can use a claw clip to clip the glasses anywhere along the edge, or use two binders around the visor. You can use one, but two keep your glasses more secure. You can use fluffy or bright ones for a little fun flair, or keep it simple.
Bookmarks that Don't Mark
You like to have crisp pages, or maybe you are borrowing a book, you don't want to dog-ear it. Just keep a few bobby pins handy in your nightstand or near you favorite reading nook. Bobby pins take up almost no room and keep the pages looking new when you don't have your favorite bookmark nearby.
4. Prevent Tangled Necklaces
My niece has a lot of necklaces, and she told me about this neat little trick. Banana clips come in many varieties, but the ones with teeth spaced apart widely are great for hanging necklaces over. Hang one over each tooth, then close and fasten the banana clip, and place it in a drawer. No more tangles, knots, and other necklace annoyances.
Reduce - Zero Waste Hair Ties & Alternatives
Stained couches, buttonless or torn shirts, a game with missing pieces, a coat with worn elbows, a lamp that just needs a little glue to hold it together...
Most people have great intentions when they donate their stuff but based on many conversations I've had with organizations that have received all kinds of things like these they don't want, don't need, and ends up being a burden on their strained resources, there definitely seem to be wrong ways to donate. Most of the time, it is unintentional. We think we're donating stuff that is 'good enough' and the reality is that most of us unintentionally give stuff that goes right into the trash - either because we didn't check the condition closely enough, or get the right stuff to the right place where it can be used. Fortunately, it is avoidable if we follow some simple guidelines.
How can you be sure you aren't unintentionally
We are honored to support and magnify the work of nonprofits and community businesses in one small way through the prizes & drawings for participants. For example, Cookie Cart, even as their buildings were boarded up in North Minneapolis and East St Paul, continued to serve youth and make cookies, and the students even came together to paint the boards with heartfelt memorials to George Floyd and of hope for change.
There is much more work to be done and many changes ahead. As we implement these changes, we must remain aware and connected to the continued injustices and inequalities our BIPOC neighbors endure. We are committed to creating inclusivity and diversity in our organization and communities not only during this critical time but as we continue forward together on the road toward an equitable future for everyone.
We are in the right place at the right time.
We mobilized, and partnered, and gathered volunteers. In just weeks, we created the largest comprehensive donation-focused response in the US to connect donors and organizations in need. And we will continue our work, responding to the economic as well as the public health crisis.
Stand with us
This week is #GiveatHomeMN and today is Giving Tuesday. We also just announced transition of our 5K fundraiser to virtual - so you can participate from anywhere.
Thank You - We couldn't do it without you.
They are on the front lines, often transporting people with COVID-19.
She said these masks would protect them from infecting others while at work, and just as importantly, at home. She passed along that they are so grateful for the public wanting to assist us during this unprecedented and critical time.
All of the needed items are listed on DonateGoodStuff.org
· N95 respirator masks
· Disinfectant – cavicide or similar
· Cleaning wipes with bleach (i.e. Clorox)
· Hand sanitizer swabs (Dacron, Rayon, Nylon)
· Safety Glasses\gowns
· Face shields
· Thermometers – Infra red probe covers
If you can help, reach out to the SPFF: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mask-Making Week in Minnesota
You can donate home-sewn masks any time before or after the drive on Saturday, directly to organizations and facilities. Find a map of all locations in Minnesota HERE or search near you HERE.
Many other donations are needed during this time, from food and hygiene items, to creative activities items for seniors and children. Find out what is needed near you HERE
- "Nurses only get one mask/day and they do trauma surgery" - Hospital
- "We were just told today we are only allowed 1 mask per week and we no longer can give out masks to patients" - Urgent Care Doctor
- "We are grateful for any amount given..for staff providing around the clock care"
- "We are in desperate need of masks" - Fire Department
- "We cannot get masks. Most of our residents are 85-110" - Assisted Living
- "We are down to 5 N95s" - VA Medical Center
- "I have 5 masks left and have not been able to get any more" - Pharmacy
- "We are trying to remain open and care for essential workers children." - Daycare
Right here in Minnesota, we have the Twin Cities Mask Makers, and Treadle Yard Goods has provided free kits. Across the nation, there are armies of people mobilizing - #MillionMaskMayday, #MillionMaskChallenge among others.
Many ways to help
There is no question COVID-19 is serious. And it's true, we are short on supplies. But we can choose to focus on the difference we CAN make - staying at home, social distancing, washing hands, disinfecting high-touch surfaces, getting supplies out as quickly as we can, and keeping each other's spirits up in all kinds of creative ways.
We'll get through this together.
Here are 9 items to consider donating as you de-clutter
#1 Toilet Paper
#2 Car Seats
#3 Small Travel Size Toiletries
Did you know that many organizations have car donation programs (most use a third party to auction your car to help fund services. Be aware that some may not provide much benefit to the nonprofit although it can be a better bet than the junkyard)
Also consider donating to local technical schools or high schools with mechanic or automotive shop classes.
#5 Bedding and Sheets
Consider donating bedding, sheets, linens, and blankets with lots of life still in them to transitional housing programs like Haven Housing, emergency programs like STEP (Saint Louis Park Emergency Program), or programs serving new neighbors like MORE.
#6 Clean Plastic Shopping Bags
If you can't find a place to donate them near you (note: in most cities you cannot include them with regular recycling), stores throughout the US will collect & recycle them like Target, Cub and also Goodwill. Find a convenient drop-off near you HERE.
#8 Baby Formula
Find these and more items you can donate at DonateGoodStuff.org!
Ready to refresh your Spring and Summer wardrobe?
Where: Como Lake Pavilion - 1360 Lexington Pkwy N, St. Paul, MN 55103
(above Spring Cafe)
When: 1-3 pm.
How: Bring your "excellent used condition" clothing & accessories.
After a quick check-in, you'll place your items on tables organized by type of garment or accessories. Then shop!
What can I bring?
- Spring & Summer clothes & accessories (winter is sooo over)
- Stuff in "excellent used condition".
That means no repairs needed, no missing buttons, worn areas, faded t-shirts, broken zippers, stains, smells. Keeping it classy makes it fun and rewarding for everyone.
- Adult only clothes & accessories (no children's this time)
- Casual & dressy, shoes & belts, jewelry & purses, vintage & formal wear & jeans, maternity, and athletic wear are all welcome.
Is there a limit on how much I can bring to the swap?
No, as long as everything is in Excellent Used Condition, there is no limit.
Is this swap for men and women?
Yes - This sale is open to all gender styles.
What happens to the items that are left?
We will sort them to be donated to local charities.
Is there a limit on how much I can take?
No, however, it is a community swap with neighbors so courtesy is key.
Want to help?
You have stuff you no longer need and it's cluttering your space.
A lot of it is still good and could be used, if you could only find out what and who.
If it does, you only need two things to get you started:
1) The Declutter & Do Good Checklist will help you go through your things to find the hidden treasures most needed by organizations.
2) DonateGoodStuff.org shows you specific local organizations that need what you have.
The most important step is to take a step, even if it is a small one.
Start with just one area and go through the checklist below for that space. Set all items you no longer need aside in reused bags or boxes. Search for specific items or categories of items on DonateGoodStuff.org where you will find where and when to bring your items.