Readers offer their best tips for polishing shoes without shoe polish, grocery shopping with the utmost speed, and using smartphone notes and alarms as reminders to bring stuff with you.
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Note Grocery Aisles for Faster Shopping
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lifehackking shares a tip to fly through grocery shopping:
Next time you go grocery shopping make a note of the grocery aisle number next to the item you're buying. When you get home reorganise your grocery list in number order, making shopping a breeze.
Obviously the first few times you go shopping this may take awhile, but as many of us buy the same things over and over again, after you build a small database this will certainly make shopping go quickly!
Use Phone Alarms to Remember Items You Need
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Leslie Norman uses alarms to remind him of items he needs to bring with him:
So this is pretty simple little tip which I use whenever I need to bring a bunch of stuff with me. Whenever I think of something I need I add it to a note on my iPhone entitled "Bring Me!" Then I set a alarm on my phone set to 5 minutes before I need to leave entitled "Check your notes!"
i.e. I needed to bring my girlfriend one of my PT shirts, so I put it in the note, and as I was throwing stuff in my car the Alarm went off, sure enough I forgot the shirt in my closet.
Store Paper in File Folders for Durability
lindsayk uses more protective folders to hold special paper:
Since a lot of specialty papers are sold in flimsy, plastic packaging, I like to store mine in an expanding folder. It's also easier to flip through multiple types of paper this way, as well as switching them out and in to the printer and keeping them organised as you do so.
Use Furniture Polish as a Shoe Polishing Alternative
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pblonsky shows us another (sort of) household item that can function as a multitasker:
If you need to polish your shoes and you don't have polish on hand, you can always use spray-on furniture polish. I have been doing this for years, and my black leather shoes look great, shine and even smell like lemon! Just spray a bit all over the shoe and wipe off with a cloth or paper towel. Good looking shoes have never been easier!
Of course, if you don't have any furniture polish lying around, you could always use a banana.