...And then you realize you were kind of on to something that woks great, but isn't necessarily common knowledge...?
The response to my post about cleaning stove burners using ammonia fumes has been phenomenal! My tips on using Silica Gel packets in apothecary jars and on how to dry hydrangeas have been really well received too.... so what's a blogger to do? Why look around for other handy tips to share with you, of course.
Have you met Handsome Hubby?
He's pretty cute, right? He also has a great tip that he learned from his dad, about a clever way to store extension cords. I've never seen anyone else do it this way, so here is a handy-dandy step by step for you.
We've all got these big orange extension cords. Mine usually look like this...
But HH's look like this:
Here's how he does it:
1. Untangle and straighten out the extension cord in one long line.
2. Walk it back up so that it is doubled in half.
3. Plug the electrical ends together.
4. Holding that end in your hand, loop it through itself to make a basic knot.
5. While still holding the first knot, gather up a little more of the cord in your other hand.
6. Feed it through the first loop you created and make a second loop. (It may remind you of knitting or crocheting.)
7. Repeat step 6 until you come to the end of the cord.
8. You basically have created a chain of loops. When you come to the end, feed it through one last time.
9. Pull it tight.
HH hangs his on the wall. He also says that if you have a very long cord, instead of just doubling it as in Step 2, you fold it in half again, so instead of loops that are two cords thick, they are four cords thick.
These are really easy to un-do as well.
The following sequence took all of 3 seconds:
Put the electrical socket end on the ground and place your foot on it. Grasp the last loop that you made in Step 9, reverse it back to Step 8, then pull straight up to unravel it. (The dog is just fascinated by this process, by the way....)
Easy peasy. You don't need those extension cord spools or doo-dads. This is easy, efficient and free. Gotta love that, right?
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