1. Aluminum Foil Tabs
I never buy a large roll of foil because despite the savings per foot, I almost always pull the stinking roll out of the box and drop it on the edge, thus ruining the ability to unroll the foil and resulting in much frustration as I slowly and unsuccessfully try to unbend the edges so that the foil will unroll as normal.
There is hope. If you were not aware of this little poorly kept secret, take the time now to check out your pantry and find a box of foil or plastic wrap. Right there, safely away from the sharp perforated edge that will certainly draw more of your blood that actually cut the product, on the sides of the box is a little tab waiting to be pushed in. In theory, you push in the tab, the roll stays in place, and you will never have that problem again. In theory. Of course, sometimes the tab doesn't push in easily and you push too hard resulting launching the foil roll out of the box and crumpling the edge anyway. At least, that is what fate had in store for me last week....
2. Use a Sponge for an Ice Bag
My sons like to take their lunch, so I pack an ice bag in their lunch bag to help keep the drink cool and the rest unspoiled. However, my oldest son is very bad about accidentally throwing away the ice pack (I think it is more that he is too lazy to bring it home for reuse) which can get expensive after a while. Taking a Ziploc bag and filling it with ice is not a much better solution as it can leak and then get a book bag soaked (along with the expensive text books, school issued laptop, and homework papers therein).
I don't remember where I heard this, but this next idea is genius. I took an ordinary square kitchen sponge. I soaked it in water, placed it in a Ziploc sandwich baggie, and placed it in the freezer. It stays icy longer and doesn't leak when it melts since the sponge will just absorb the water back. Plus, if my eldest forgets to bring it back, I'm only out 25 cents.
3. Keep Apple Slices from Turning Brown with a Rubber Band
While we are on lunch packing, you may shy away from packing apple slices because of the nasty brown color they get after they are sliced. My youngest son love apples, but hates apple skin, so just putting an apple in his lunch doesn't work. However, if you slice the apple and then reassemble it and secure it together with a rubber band, then the apple it ready to eat and doesn't turn brown.
4. There Is a Way to Fold Fitted Sheets
I just usually ball them up and stuff them into the closet, but maybe you have a character that is a bit more fastidious than I am. If so, here is how you fold a fitted sheet:
One of the greatest things about You Tube is that you can watch a video on how do just about anything on it. I fixed my heat pump watching You Tube (and I am far from a HVAC guru).
5. A Vacuum Cleaner and Panty Hose Can Be Used to Find Lost Little Items
Just cover the end of the vacuum hose with panty hose and you will be able to suction up small lost items without them going into the dust bin.
OK, maybe one of these will make it into your writing. At the very least, maybe you can use it yourself.