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My Sugru arrived today, which put me in a mind to think about small household repairs.

The absolute best way I've found to not procrastinate about sewing repairs is to keep a threaded needle next to the place where I sit to get dressed in the morning. If I see a small hole, I can fix it straight away in less than 30 seconds, which stops it becoming a big hole.

(I wondered if this was too obvious to be worth mentioning, but I only figured it out a couple of years ago, and I'm nearly 40 and have been sewing since I was small, so.)

Have you got any handy hints for household maintenance?

Date: 2014-09-17 10:34 am (UTC)
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My number one rule is probably: never put something merely down if you could as easily put it away.

If you're taking down dusty curtains for washing (or similar), especially if they're large and/or you have a household member with dust allergies, then cover them from the bottom up in a bin bag, tie it over the rail, undo whatever fastenings are holding the curtains up, then undo the bin bag and carry the curtains down or tie the top and drop them (yes, you can reuse the bin bag in the bin). I've suggested this to so many people who never seem to have encountered it before.

Those mostly burned down candles-in-pots people throw away because they can't light them without burning their fingers? Dried spaghetti generally makes an ideal spill for lighting awkward to reach wicks &c.

Oh, and putting a rubber band around your paint pot so it bisects the mouth of the pot and can be used to wipe excess paint off your brush rly is a great idea.

::goes to hang up washing::

Date: 2014-09-17 11:53 am (UTC)
spiralsheep: Ladies Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society (Sewing Circle Terrorist Society)
From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
The bin bag also takes most of the weight of the curtains while unhooking them which rly helps if they're heavy or if one is balanced up a ladder.

Don't get me started about bin strategies. I used to need these when I lived with other people (a compost heap, recycling boxes x2, and plas carriers lined at the bottom with a piece of paper nicked from the recycling). Now I use free bin bags distributed by the council and put out one recycling and one (nearly empty - srsly, it blows around if it's windy and I don't put something else on top of it) landfill/incinerator bag every two weeks (with glass and aluminium and non-resaleable shoes going to the nearest recycling banks).
Edited Date: 2014-09-17 11:53 am (UTC)

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