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You can’t perfectly time everything, but you can perfectly time your bills. Seriously, you can. Scheduling your payments for when it best suits you is now even easier, with a little help from BPAY.

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One of my least favourite jobs is catching up on my filing and paperwork. If I was a little more disciplined I wouldn’t let it mount up - I wait till the "To Be Filed" tray is full - but it’s such a boring task and I can always find something more interesting to do.

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Microsoft's latest release from its Live Labs, Thumbtack, aims at some of the same bookmarking territory covered by Delicious, Google Bookmarks, and other store-and-check-later services. It's not quite as fleshed out as those services in terms of functionality (or bug testing), but its JavaScript-heavy interface makes for easier, mouse-driven organisation and relatively useful page storage. Select text and hit Thumbtack's bookmarklet, and everything seems to work fine. Hit the bookmarklet on a fresh web page, however, and any JavaScript or coding on the page seems to confuse the pop-up box, though the page stores in stripped-down text form. The box/"gadget" view of your bookmarks is a nice change from the standard vertical list of links, but dragging and dropping between collections can be a bit problematic. Thumbtacks looks like it will be worth checking out later when it's had a bit more time in the oven. The service is free to use, requires just a username to get started (so, fair warning, your bookmarks may be public).

Thumbtack

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Keep your tools, craft supplies, or the kids' toys out of the way but within reach on a simple rack made of plywood and chicken wire. The Do Design DIY web site offers detailed instructions on how to put it together. The result is much more utilitarian than good-looking, so it's probably a better fit for your garage or the playroom closet—that is, out of sight but within reach. How do you keep the workshop clean but your tools accessible? Let us know in the comments. DIY- Simple and Effective Any-size Tool Rack

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Professional organisers have secret tricks they use to get things nice and tidy, including these suggestions to get your closet in order from O, the Oprah magazine: go through your wardrobe and jettison anything that's one of the four S's: stretched, small, smelly (ew!), or stained (sure, you could clean the stained and smelly pieces, but the idea is to let things go).Turn all your hangers in one direction, and for the next six months, flip the hanger (and leave it flipped) when you wear something. Donate the untouched clothes.What's your best closet organisation suggestion— preferably one that does not cost a lot of dough? Let's hear it in the comments.

Professional purgers' organizing tips