Your Handiest Organizational Item
I know we have been talking a lot about getting rid of all the excess STUFF, but there are obviously some things worth keeping. Do you have any favorite tools or gadgets that make life at home more comfortable, more convenient? Some of us might not have a similar need, but one of more of us just might be grateful for the recommendation. Please share. What is this thing, and why do you find it so useful?
I'll start. Hmmm. Out of my home tools, one of the most useful is my custom ironing board top. I laid it on top of the ironing board that I bought at the store. I tend to get a backache if I bend forward while working, so the store\-bought ironing board boosts the work surface to the correct height. I can fold clothes without stooping and straining my back. Hubby made my custom ironing board top for me from a piece of plywood, to my exact specifications. I knew the exact width and length I preferred, but I also wanted a specific shape for the curved tip, around which I wrap a dress shirt when I press with the iron. I don't iron a lot, but when I do, I don't want to be frustrated by an ironing board that makes the job harder! Most ironing boards have a tip that is just too pointy and narrow. I wanted to fit the entire shoulder area of the shirt around the tip, so that I can position it once, then iron and be done with that area, which is so hard to iron on a wider surface. I was able to show hubby the exact contour I needed, and he traced it onto a piece of wood, showed it to me so I could give final approval, then cut it to the shape I wanted. He gave me the final, sanded board. I used the staple gun to attach a layer of cotton batting, then a layer of the aluminized ironing board fabric. Works great! Yes, it slides around a bit because I haven't attached it in any way. Maybe I'll figure out how to do that if it ever bugs me.
So ... anyone else?