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Works for me Wednesday – Finally! A use for that pants hanger!

And no more wadded up ties!

At last!!  I finally have a way to use the pants hanger that has been hanging in our various closets for more than two decades!! I’m a big fan of space savers, but optimal pants “hangage” on this hanger is inconvenient at best.  It’s like a wrestling match to hang pants on it if there are already pants on there, and if the closet is full, forget it.

Our closets have always had to be used as Other Stuff storage, so they’ve usually been packed, and trying to lift multiple pairs of my husbands pants on one hanger with one hand while trying to make room between articles of clothing in an already tight space with the other hand is really challenging.  Basically, this hanger has been hanging empty for about 15 years. Prior to that, it held the pants that weren’t worth messing with the hanger to wear them!

Fast forward to a job change which required a wardrobe change and a new set of clothing storage issues.  I’m still not going to use that hanger for multiple pairs of pants.  They’re just too heavy.  Then it occurred to me that the tie situation wasn’t working and belts were always lying around, so maybe …


The useless has become very useful!  The non-slip surface of the bars makes it possible to organize The Mister’s ties by color and they don’t slip over into a bunch on one side of the hanger or slide off onto the floor.  The belts also have a new home other than over the top of the chair – and then usually onto the floor!

And that’s what works for me!  If you’d like to see what works for others, check out the Works For Me Wednesday blog carnival at We are THAT Family.


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One Year Later … And Play-Doh

Well, moving day came and went. 

And then a whole year came and went.

Woooooow.  A lot of life happens over the course of a whole year.  It seems like just yesterday I was struggling to get out of bed in the morning as we prepared to leave everything that was familiar and known and comfortable and loved for everything that was unfamiliar and unknown and uncomfortable and not yet loved.  I like the new place, but one can’t lose so much and expect the New Place to replace everything one holds dear, regardless of how well liked it is.  It is not possible to transfer all of the feelings to the new place and to just keep on going as though nothing happened, though I did try that briefly.  I sure miss my friends and family, but I am glad to be here. 

Anyway, that’s enough about that. 

I’ve been in search of a less crumbly alternative to Play-Doh for our Awana Cubbies’ book time.  While each child works on verses with the lead teacher, the rest of the kids need something to do, so Play-Doh it is.  Messy, carpet wrecking, gluteny Play-Doh is a bit of a pain to deal with in that setting. 

Play-Doh contains gluten, so I wanted to find something that I could make that wouldn’t involve bringing gluten-y flour into my house.  I remember making something with glue and borax that was supposed to be like Silly Putty when my kids were little, and I thought it would be a good starting point.  That is neither here nor there.  In my search for recipes for something fun yet less messy to play with, I’ve come across a few that were labeled gluten free.  The point here is that commenters wonder why in the world it matters if it is gluten free since it isn’t supposed to be eaten. 

Why does it matter whether something is gluten free which is intended for little people who are known for putting inedible stuff into their mouths and for not washing their hands before doing so?    Hmm … well, mainly it matters because little kids put edible and inedible stuff into their mouths and don’t necessarily wash their hands before they do it.   In other words, if a child with gluten issues plays with Play-Doh and then eats a snack, their natural inclination is to go from one activity to the other without de-glutening first. it’s very likely that they will ingest gluten. 

If there’s a possibility of ingestion, we care about gluten content.  Thankfully, none of our Cubbies have gluten issues, so we stuck with Play-Doh tonight, but I am interested in other alternatives.

I hope you have a blessed day, and if you’re in the path of winter storm Titan, a warm one in spite of it!