I've talked about the plethora of "hacks" that cover the internet like weeds in an abandoned lot. They can be divided into catagories. The annoying ones are basically "how to" explanations that don't need explained (or at least not to me...I'm betting you don't need the explanation, either. You're smarter than me.). A few are actually cheating one person or another out of their due - I hate those kind. Some are very clever short cuts, and I confess that I've used quite a few of those. One of my favorite blogs is One Good Thing by Jillee. She posts one great idea daily; some are truly ingenious. When it comes to those kinds of "hacks," I'm a fan.
Which brings me to my favorite hacks of the week...
#1: The folks at Keurig, the single K-cup brewing system, recently came out with their Keurig 2.0 models. We like the old system because you didn't have to use the K-cup; you could buy a refillable cup and use regular ground coffee or buy another sale brand of single serve cups. All the convenience of the Keurig without the expense of the K-cup. Brilliant!
Of course, such product loyalty has been crushed. The new system won't let you use anything but the Keurig K-cups. To me, that is a nasty bait and switch; I've bought into an idea and you changed the rules on me. Heck, even Keurig sold the refillable plastic cups - now they don't work, either.
Thank you, mysterious stranger. I haven't bought the Keurig 2.0 yet because of their new system, but I'm glad that you're not forced into their new world order.
#2: As I ease into Spring cleaning, I've seen several ideas that were just made for me. This gem comes from Jen Thousand Words - cord control by using velco strips. Boo-ya! Several of these strips are floating around mi casa right now. Why didn't this idea occur to me earlier?
|Photo credit: Jen Thousand Words|
Everybody needs cord control!
#3: One of my son's friends recently pointed out that I have all the art supplies in the world. Well, he is not exactly correct. I would have all the art supplies in the world if I had more clever ways to store them and keep them functionally accessible. Unfortunately, I box them up and then have to pull every thing out, project by project. This set up looks neat and orderly...sometimes. Most of the time, I'm in the middle of a project and I like to keep stuff out till I'm done. And projects overlap.
On a good day, my work room looks like this:
|Photo credit: Cherdo's phone...no expense spared here.|
|Photo credit: Maureen Wong|
Maureen Wong, at My C.A.S.E. Studies: Coptic Stuff, is a genius.
This will be the Spring of organization and minimizing at my house. I plan to share the clever hacks that are useful.
(Tuesday, 1:07 p.m.: I always find a mistake or two after I post...today was no different.)