Readers offer their best tips for carrying bunches of hanging clothes, cropping photos on the iPhone, and reminding yourself of your to-dos.
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Use A Sturdy Hanger To Carry Bunches Of Hanging Clothes
Not sure if this is a new tip or common knowledge, but it works great for me.
I like to watch a little television in the living room while I fold and hang my laundry. Things get complicated when I try and bring a bunch of empty hangers downstairs, inevitably dropping half of them and making a tangled mess of the rest. Yesterday I stumbled upon some ancient lore: use one of the empty hangers as a mini closet pole to hang the others on. No more drops and everything stays tidy.
Crop iPhone Photos By Zooming And Taking A Screenshot
This is simple, and it came from my old anti-tech friend who happens to like to take tons of pictures with his phone.
Instead of using the crop feature in the camera, you can crop pictures quickly by going to it in your Photos app, zooming in using your fingers, and taking a screen shot by pressing the Home and Hold buttons together.
Note that this will produce a lower-resolution photo than cropping it would, but this isn’t always a big deal — retina resolution is still pretty large.
Add Emails to Your To-Do List with Any.DO
For those of us that use the Any.DO Chrome extension, I just noticed a new feature. Now there’s a “Remind Me” option as part of your Gmail options!
Pad Your Laptop In An Uncushioned Bag
I recently purchased a great bag which would sometimes carry my laptop. The problem was that this bag had no cushioning to protect said laptop. While considering some good looking laptop sleeves, ranging from $7 to $60, I found a better solution.
Some printer toners come in plastic air-wrappers to protect them. I inserted this plastic case into a designated compartment in the bag. I now have a great padded laptop bag. Compared with the laptop sleeves these are lighter, better at protecting the laptop, and cheaper.
A possible downside would be that this plastic case takes up more space than a made-to-fit sleeve, but not enough to be a problem (for me at least).
This definitely takes up more space, but I imagine you could find smaller ones — or just use a T-shirt, if you’re so inclined.