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    Another "light bulb" moment

    Had to stop working on my sewing room organization today to get my block done for class Saturday and had a "Why didn't I think of this sooner?" moment. I knew my blade in my rotary cutter probably needed to be changed but couldn't remember, is it new?, have I already turned it over?, is it one of those Titanium blades that's supposed to last longer? And then it hit me! I changed the blade to the new Titanium blade and with a Sharpie fine point pen, wrote a "T" and 8/9 directly on the blade. It dried in seconds and hasn't rubbed off on my fabric. Now no more guessing!
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    I do the same thing to almost everything in my house....bottle of shampoo, jar of pickles, bag of sugar. I never have to ''guess'' how old something is, the date I opened it is right there in front of me. Got the trick from my Grandmother who passed away almost 35 years ago, so I feel like I am keeping part of her alive....

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    Good idea. thanks for sharing!
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    I started marking the date installed on batteries in our cordless phones and even in our smoke detectors. Gives us a little bit of information on how long those things last.
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    What a fabulous idea!!!!! My DH is so bad with appliances, etc. and I have to spend a lot of time trying to find manuals, etc. - now I will just write on the hot water heater, etc, with a marker with the date we bought it, etc.

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    I do the same thing to almost everything in my house....bottle of shampoo, jar of pickles, bag of sugar. I never have to ''guess'' how old something is, the date I opened it is right there in front of me. Got the trick from my Grandmother who passed away almost 35 years ago, so I feel like I am keeping part of her alive....
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    I do this with everything!! I thought it was just a left over habit from my years as a dietary superviser! Nice to know I'm not the only one. LOL

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    I do this under the light switch when we paint a room. You always wonder if it was 5 or 7 years ago when we last painted the living room. My husband laughs at me but I write it there anyway.

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    We do that with our hot water heater and everything I freeze or can. Need to start doing that to my left-overs! And my rotary blades! And the light switch trick is great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jodimarie View Post
    I do the same thing to almost everything in my house....bottle of shampoo, jar of pickles, bag of sugar. I never have to ''guess'' how old something is, the date I opened it is right there in front of me. Got the trick from my Grandmother who passed away almost 35 years ago, so I feel like I am keeping part of her alive....
    You are a very smart cookie that I am going to copy! :-) And I'm going to copy 'Joyce 888' as well in the sewing room. I am going to cut that 'wonder how old this is' dilemma in the bud! Thank you ladies!

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    I also do this and on my batteries....arn't we all soooooooooooooo smart !!!!! oh yes we are
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    I love this board! I learn so many new things. I never thought about dating things before. Especially when I last painted my rooms. When was that? See, I don't know. I will use the light plate trick for now on. Thanks.
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    The battery in my Pfaff 7570 and those in the smoke detectors get changed every year on Labor Day. Never have to worry about when they were changed last. After finding a corroding AA battery in the Pfaff, it gets changed yearly.

    Even if items like orange juice or baking supplies have an expiration date printed on them, I write on the date I opened them.



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    I do this with light bulbs too. The five year bulbs last about 8 - 10 months. LOL. I emailed my complaints to all the bulb companies asking why didn't the five year bulbs last at least a year. The responses were the bulbs were made to burn constantly. If turned off and on it shortens the life considerably. So the little money saved on power I was spending buying the expensive save power bulbs. I went back to regular bulbs for the lights I turn off and on.
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    Every so often, when I'm re-arranging the kitchen pantry, I'll check the expiration dates on the canned/packaged goods and write the month and year on the top of the can or front of the package with a black marker. Soon-to-be expired items go in an easy access cupboard or on the countertop. Never thought of doing that for my rotary blades! Thanks for the tip =)

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    Great tip!!! I just have a hard time FINDING the sharpie in my room.... It is soooo far past time to organize my room

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    My SO has done this dating thing to every major purchase we have ever made, and also the price we paid for it. I've allways had a package of those round sticker dots that I use to label allmost all the food items in the kitchen when I open them.

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    This is a great idea. The older I get I find I cannot rely on "committing to memory" much anymore. Sure saves confusion and aggravation.

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    Bella Boo, I can't believe you have that problem with the long lasting bulbs. Are you talking about the curly ones? I have them in most of my light fixtures now and the one on the front porch and the ones in the dining room fan were put in in the summer of 2007. The only bulb I have to change is the one on my range hood. I never buy light bulbs anymore.

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    The curly ones! I have tried all brands but they are the newer bulbs. Seems the first ones were made to last much longer. I have two older bulbs that are still burning from several years ago. The new ones light up faster then the older ones and are brighter but are made not to be turned off and on. I write the date on the bulb every time I change it. We put in new light fixtures and new breaker box in our house redo so I know our electrical system is not defective.
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    Those curly bulbs really are meant to be turned on and left on. If you leave the room but are coming back 'soon', leave them on. It's the turning off and back on within a few minutes that kills them. They need time to completely cool down and stop their 'activity' within the bulb before turning them on again. This is why they aren't the best in appliances, closets, or motion-sensitive security lights. I've replaced maybe 4 in five/six years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragamuffin View Post
    I do this under the light switch when we paint a room. You always wonder if it was 5 or 7 years ago when we last painted the living room. My husband laughs at me but I write it there anyway.
    Love that idea!!

    I already do most of the other stuff - especially with things like opening the big bottle of V-8 and then trying to remember how long it has been open. I also go through my canned goods once a year and weed out anything closing in on expiration that I think I won't use - those go to the food bank. I started doing that years ago before they started putting expiration dates on the products.
    Last edited by sparkys_mom; 08-11-2012 at 03:51 AM.
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    Love your ideas on the lightswitch & appliances. Would never thought of that! I do mark my frozen and home canned foods, as well as other things that need dating. Another good use for colored sharpies: I mark the shanks of my new sewing machine needles in diferent colors depending on the size, as soon as I get them home. Just a couple of strokes on each one and no more trying to read that tiny writing to see what size needle it is.
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    Great idea! Thanks for the tip.

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    Boy am I glad I read this thread - such good ideas. One of those things that just never occured, but will solve a lot of problems. Thanks so much for your idea.
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    I write the date on the AC filter so I'll know when to change it. Really saved me one time when the landlord had to call in an AC repairman, and he tried to say it was because I hadn't changed the filter! I got the filter and said OH BUT NO! Here's the date right here! HaHa!
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