I’ve missed doing my Thrifty Thursday posts. I don’t have anything that deserves a post to itself so I thought I’d do another Problems and Solutions post.
Problem #1 – Having to buy paper plates when we entertain more then a few people.
Solution – we got several plastic plates. They are compact so I can have thirty in my cabinets without them taking massive amounts of space and even when most of them are dirty they don’t take over the kitchen. They are simply shaped so cleaning and drying them is a breeze.
From a purely financial standpoint they won’t ‘pay’ for themselves for probably a couple years, but I love having them. I don’t have to make sure I have the paper plates around (which is more hassle for me then washing a pile of plates) and it cuts down on waste. Even without a dish washer they take hardly anytime to wash because of the shape. Bulk and shape adds a LOT to the time it takes to wash dishes.
We got these at Dillon’s (Kroger) and they were $2 a piece.
Problem – needing a place to store my spices, which I buy in bulk, since I didn’t have the wall space for my spice rack and I don’t like shuffling through a cabinet for spices. I REALLY don’t like it.
Solution- magnetic spice tins. They sit on the side of my fridge. Love these things! I need to buy about twice as many, but for now I have my more common spices and dried herbs hand.
We got these from World Market they were $2 a piece. The lids pull off for easy access or also twist to where you can sprinkle or pour the spice or herb out.
Problem #3- Needing a place to store Mark’s ties.
Solution- A Onesie hanger. Another thing this solved was the fact that I was having issues throwing that hanger in the recycle bin, it just looked SOO useful.
It can store ten ties and just hangs in the closet.
Problem #4- Children books. Ok, those aren’t a problem it’s what to do with them. Children’s books and regular bookshelves don’t go to well together. Being able to see the front picture on Children’s books and increases the desire to read it, look through it, or take it to Mommy. Books that you just see the side of are a lot less interesting. Also, the variation of sizes makes them look unattractive on a shelf.
Solution- We have baskets in different places throughout the house. These keeps these little gems available, you can see at least some of the front of them (so Christopher is able to recognize them immediately), and being able to put the books in the closet basket is just nice. Christopher is always digging through the baskets finding a book he wants to look out. It does my heart good to see that (does that sound old to say?).
Rain Gutter bookshelves are a really cool and inexpensive way to store Children books where you can see the front. It just wouldn’t work for us right now.