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I'm a pretty organised person — except when it comes to my pantry. I can never remember what I have and what I've run out of, and finding things in there is a lost cause. I finally decided to get it under control, hoping I wouldn't find an embarrassing number of the same item* stuffed in the shelves. Spoiler: I did.

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I've lived in a lot of rentals, so I've had to get good at making temporary customisations to apartments to make them feel a little more like they're mine. I know I'm not alone in needing to make a rental feel like home, so if you want to turn your place into something that welcomes you after a long day, here's what to do.

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There are a ton of ways to get a rusted, stuck or jammed nut or bolt out of a piece of furniture or another object, but the folks at Make Magazine run down several methods — each a bit more destructive — in this great rundown. Our favourite though, is the nut splitter, an affordable tool worth keeping your DIY toolkit.

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Video: Here's a simple experiment you can try at home that produces a unique substance called sodium acetate from bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. It's also often referred to as "hot ice" because at room temperature it forms crystals just like ice does — but without the need for a freezer.

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Nobody likes unruly cables covering their walls, but sometimes they're a necessary evil. One clever way to reduce the eyesore is to creatively hide the cables with unique arrangements. Unclutterer Forums member M Poush has provided another design inspiration.

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The dryer in my building never dries a load in one cycle, which means I end up paying for two dry cycles when my clothes really only need one and a half per load. That's a waste of energy, money and time. So, when I heard about this trick to add time incrementally, I had to give it a try. After all, it would only cost me 25 cents.

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Making pickles is a time-honoured tradition for many, but they take time to get right. If you're going to eat those pickles soon, a quick pickle might be more your style, and this guide from Cook's Illustrated shows you how to pickle almost anything: Fennel, carrots, and yes, even cucumbers.