Friday, April 29, 2016

Chopping The Pack Revisited

I excise dedicated compartments from my purses and luggage. Individual special-purpose kits in zippered packing cubes or high-tech zip-close plastic bags corral inventory and are easy to shift from tote to tote.

Such is the nature of my daily life that I use a rolling under-seat airline tote in lieu of a purse. Chopping my share of packs and side bags led me to zip open the lining of the tote. A good eighth of the interior space lay between and alongside the telescoping handle of the piece. I stuck lengths of male hook and loop tape onto the rigid plastic back of the tote and short lengths of female tape onto each kit. I can now carry field essentials with no waste of the space that holds the daily payload of shopping, study gear, and gym amenities.
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Power Of The Lampshade

Money spent on a good lampshade is the most powerful furnishing dollar. Last week I walked past a local park and noticed a small bell-shaped silk shade protruding from the backpack of a fellow who was napping on the grass. Even al fresco, a shade generates gracious leisure space.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Grip

The sticky-palmed work gloves on the market are excellent force multipliers. I don't even try to lift and shift without them, my efforts in the garden are twice as effective, and the gloves make managing a heavily loaded folding hand truck a simple matter.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rationing Pillows

For simplicity, all the pillows in the house are standard bed-sized. They're the best quality I can find. I would not hesitate to spend major money on covers for them if I thought the interior scheme demanded it.

Pillow management is one of the awkward areas in housekeeping. Handling them is hard on the hands, they're always slightly in the way, and it takes a measurable interval of fluffing and gentle bashing to get them to look right.

I like a generous collection of pillows on a bed or sofa, but I don't want to manage the inventory it would take to furnish each piece that we use. I chose one simple pillow case design that is equally suitable for sleeping or daytime use, set up the beds in luxury, and simply tote pillows here and there as required.
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Monday, April 25, 2016

The Hell Drawer

That's what a friend calls her kitchen catch-all. Mine is usually just purgatorial, but at the moment it's hovering on the brink of entropy.

The last time this happened, I was knocking off graphic chores at a standing worktop-a pair of doors hinged together and set on featherweight plastic sawhorses. Too busy to overthink, I dealt the drawer's graphic midden across the door's acreage and discovered the fastest way yet to catch up with the outside world. 

I may time today's exercise. That's a good way to ground procrastination in reality.

When my child was small, I used to tell him, "You don't have to like it. You just have to do it."


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