Y’all know I have a compost tumbler and I’m a big advocate for making your own compost. It’s healthy for your plants, cheap to make & a great way to make good use of kitchen scraps and paper trash that would otherwise just be wasted. And it’s super easy too, you just make sure to have a proper mix of browns & greens. Add a little water, do a little compost turning and BOOM! Black gold for your garden. You can see my Post About Composting Here.
For ‘greens’ you can use grass clippings, vegetable peels, etc. And for ‘browns’ you can use dried leaves, paper, twigs, etc. I often use corrugated cardboard boxes to fill my ‘browns’ requirement. But ugh, tearing all that cardboard requires some elbow grease #amiright? Come check out this Homestead Hack to see how I make it easy.
Recently while I was hanging up clothes off the line, I pulled out our empty hangers from the closet. Now I don’t use metal hangers anymore & I haven’t even had them in the house for some 20 years or more.
Back in the day I replaced all those flimsy wire hangers with plastic hangers, typically cheap from thrift stores. I liked how they don’t tangle up nearly as badly in my closet.
I even bought the kid-sized hangers for my children’s childhood-sized clothes too. When I no longer needed those hangers for kid-sized clothes I looked at the hangers & thought Hummmmm…
OK y’all know I’m not a seamstress. As in, not even a little! I only sew very basic things such as my repurposed denim baskets or repairing a seam on a favored shirt.
So this may not be a new hint for the more seasoned seamstresses out there, but it sure was a helpful find for me! And maybe you too?
You see, I have a bundle of straight pins that had been stored in a little hinged plastic box they were sold in for years. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve stuck myself with a straight pin trying to retrieve one! But after years of use, the hinge on the old container broke.
So I went looking for an easier yet still-convenient way to store & use my straight pins. Check out this Homestead Hack, y’all.