From The Tips Box: Hanging Clothes, Note Paper, Bathroom Storage

Readers offer their best tips for using hangers with clotheslines, recycling old receipts, and gaining storage space in other rooms of the house.

About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons — maybe they're a bit too niche, maybe we couldn't find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn't fit it in — the tip didn't make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Email it to tips at

Use Straws to Separate Hanging Clothes on a Line

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Cornflower shares a quick way to keep clothes from succumbing to gravity on a clothesline:

If you have an in-house clothes line hanging from the walls or rafters, slide a few 4-6" lengths of drinking straw one a couple of the lines. If you cannot slide them on, split the straw and clamp them on. They can be used to keep hangers separated when drying blouses or shirts.

Use Unnecessary Receipts for Personal Notes

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Taylord shows us a use for receipts you don't need:

At just about every store you get a receipt. They are printed regardless if you want them or not. So, why not do something useful with them? Most receipts are printed single sided so use them for personal notes such as phone numbers and what not. Your being Eco-friendly and it saves you money on memo pads and post-it notes.

Use Plastic Shoe Organisers for Extra Storage (Not Just Shoes) in Any Room

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Michelle tells us a good way to get some extra storage space where you don't have enough:

For extra bathroom storage...hang a clear plastic shoe organizer from the inside of the bathroom door. You can see what's there, so no digging, and it's unnoticable when bathroom door is open. For more privacy...there are shoe organizers that are not made of clear plastic.

In general, this also works for pretty much anywhere in the house that you have a door but not enough cupboard space.

Sort Spam by Sender to Quickly Check for False Positives

Panhandler lets us know of an easy way to make your way through your spam folder a bit faster:

This is pretty small-potatoes, but here's a handy little thing I do once or twice a week in Yahoo Mail.

Yahoo's spam filter works pretty well, but I still skim it to make sure something I need (bank alert, e-receipt) isn't hiding in there. With 50 lines per page, it's tedious digging through aLl tEh [email protected] junk, right?

Tip: I sort columns by sender. Suddenly the spam tidies itself up, since many junk "senders" are identical. (This would also probably work, sorting by Subject.)

It's minimal, saving only a few seconds, but I find that my eyes can skim a list of 50 much faster, when the like-sender items are clumped together.


    To hang a larger number of items (shirts, towels, and similar medium-sized items) on a clothes line: hang them cross-ways BETWEEN the lines, not along the lines.

    I cant make any sense of what the first quote is trying to describe.

      I think he/she means instead of using up all the real estate on one clothes line, peg one side of say, a towel, to one line, and the other side of the towel to the other line. Then you can hang a lot more items up!

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