Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Monday's Hack Stack


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.

That's why I was smiling when I saw that Yankee ingenuity found a way around this:


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.
I'd love to keep things like markers, pencils and brushes out all the timeThat's why I think this hack for storing markers is so great! Cups and a wine rack - why didn't I think of that?

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.)

25 comments:

  1. I'm going to use the wine rack idea!!

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  2. I glad to hear you don't have to change your coffee-drinking habits. That's always painful.

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    1. Nothing gives me more comfort than knowing that somewhere in Australia, a young man is concerned about my coffee-drinking habits. I thank you, sir (ha ha ha). :-)

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  3. I have not stopped laughing over the Keurig hack. My office has Keurig and it is only a matter of time before they get a 2.0. I shall save my used cup (maybe three or four) and use them to piggyback on to my Kona blend. I'll be humming The Imperial March the while...

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    1. Diane, I think I'm creative, but I am not ingenious like the person who came up with that. I probably would have accepted my lot in the coffee world.

      March on, girl.

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  4. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    You grabbed my attention when you began to discuss the K-cup.
    You lost me when I realized the topic is coffee. (BA-DUM-BUMP)

    I drink java by the gallon and doubt that I'd have the patience to make one cup at a time. I wouldn't get much else done in my day.

    That cup and wine rack combination looks like it would have myriad applications. If you got inventive and removed the cups, you could even store bottles of wine on it!

    Thank you for the helpful hints, dear friend Cherdo, and have a terrific Tuesday!

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    1. I expected you to be the one person who questioned why Monday's Hack Stack posted on Tuesday. Gotta pay more attention to the calendar...worked on these last Monday...should have posted this Monday, ha ha.

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    2. I didn't even notice that, dear friend. You aren't the only one. My mental lapses are getting more frequent. There was something else I wanted to add here but I plumb forgot!

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    3. Whoops! Hit enter too soon. I'm noticing a disturbing trend: I laugh mainly at my mistakes, rather than jokes. I have more of them (mistakes, that is).

      I kept wasting coffee when I made a whole pot. I'll drink two or three, but not eight to ten! Single serve makes more sense for me.

      Hey, have a good day, buddy!

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  5. A great post, Cherdo...I love to find new and better ways of doing things. My Kuerig is about to die, and I was looking at the new ones. Hmmmmm.

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    1. Hamilton Beach has a "flexbrew" that will do a full pot of coffee or K-cups/refillable cups. I've got the mini Keurig that I grabbed when I wore out the old Keurig. I'm thinking HB Flexbrew is my next purchase. It might work for you, too, Linda! We need to read up on it, eh?

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  6. Love the wine rack idea. That's awesome.

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    1. I know, right? Wish I could take credit for it, lol.

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  7. Love it! (you lil' rebel, you!)

    P.S. I rarely do product plugs but if you ever want a true espresso for latte making, the Aeropress is the way to go! It costs only $35 and so simple.

    Never again will I waste $2,500.00 on yet another home espresso machine only to be disappointed by the results. (joking about that last part...just in case you were wondering about my financial sanity...)

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    1. I was thinking that if gas prices stay low, and you had a $2500 espresso machine, I could drive to your house for espresso hundreds of times and still be under $2500. Frugal.

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  8. Every time I see "hacks" I think, now what does that mean again? I see it almost every day, but I find myself--and I looked a darn long time for me--unable to accept this new word use. I prefer to hack a lizard to death with my machete. The Keurig thing is hilarious. I had to buy a new Keurig last fall--WDW likes his coffee. It can use K-cups or the little plastic thingy that in you pour coffee (can't end the sentence with a proposition, but will ya, baby?). WDW has never used the plastic thingy. He likes Folgers K-cups. I have a ton of fancy K-cups that we received with the Keurigs we've purchased. Do you want them? I thought Favorite Young Man would use them, but I haven't seen him since before Christmas. I told him if he doesn't come over to get his Christmas presents I'll give them to Toys For Tots. I can just imagine a little kid reading John Waters' book and saying, What does this mean, Mommy?

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. K-cups for the Po' - sure, I'll take them, ha ha ha. I never get the fancies anymore. Just the ones that are on sale (or I fill my own...I'm a pioneer woman).

      I've never liked the term "hack" but I'm crying UNCLE on this one.

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  9. Gotta love it!
    If there's a will, there's a way (to coin a phrase).

    I used to be so organized
    but these years I can't even locate where I left myself.
    Makes it tough when I want to take myself out for ice cream
    but can't find me anywhere.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Bwahahaha...we need to put a GPS on you, anyhow. Where shall I stick it? Mid-forehead?

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  10. I am glad to say no keurig in my house. I don't drink coffee but my hubby does. I looked at the prices of those cups vs just buying the coffee and brewing it. It is so much more cost effective the old fashioned way. I love the music to the video-made me laugh. I am glad this person figured out a way to get around keurig wanting to strip people of their money. I LOVE the last idea! I don't have copics but I have plenty of markers and this wine rack idea is a perfect idea!

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    1. I was wasting a lot of coffee when I made a full pot (I can't make a small, decent tasting amount...it's a full pot or nothing). Using the refillable plastic cup myself works for me, but if I were forced to buy K-cups at the regular price, it would be too expensive for this frugalista. I bend my frugal ways with coupons, ha ha.

      I like to say that I have plenty of money - because I won't spend it on overpriced stuff.

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  11. We used the refillable K cups at first, until I heard coffee grounds destroy your plumbing. I got tired of trying to dig coffee grounds out of the crevices of those things to get as much of it into the trash as possible. Now I've discovered Crazy Cups. They're recyclable, but I like them for the crazy flavors like apple crisp and oatmeal...

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    1. I don't know about Crazy Cups. STEPHANIE FARIS, ARE YOU HOLDING OUT ON ME?

      Gotta Google...

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo