October 5, 2012
by Susan Hunsberger
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A Collection Out of the Box

PROBLEM: I have some lovely things but they are hidden away in a box in the basement. I’d really enjoy seeing my collection of x, y, or z but I don’t have any surface space. What do I do?

SOLUTION: Catherine Thursby of Red Shoes, located in Ann Arbor has a great idea. Find a nice branch, paint it (optional), then hang your collection from it. Voila! You can see your lovely things while at the same time taking advantage of the unused top one-third of your room.

HINT: For hanging the items, you can use a metal necklace chain, string, leather, or even dental floss.

April 27, 2012
by Susan Hunsberger
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What to do with my old suitcase?!

PROBLEM: I have this old suitcase, which I think is really cool but I’m not sure what to do with it. I have some things that need a home but I don’t want to go out and buy something.

SOLUTION: Heavenly Metal of Ann Arbor has just the solution. Use your old suitcase as a purposeful container. Here, owner Vicki Honeyman displayed reusable shopping bags.

HINT: Other items you could put in the suitcase: magazines, kid’s schoolwork, or gift wrapping supplies.

April 20, 2012
by Susan Hunsberger
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Caps, Caps, and More Caps

PROBLEM: I’m not sure what to do with all my baseball caps. I like to look at them and access them.

SOLUTION: Mighty Good Coffee in Ann Arbor has just the answer. They have taken a piece of thick twine and attached it to a screw. Then they attached some “clip it up clips” to the twine. (Clip it up clips have both a clip and a hook.) With the clip attached to the twine and the hat hanging on the hook they developed a perfect way to display their caps.

HINT: Mighty Good Coffee is located at 217 North Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

February 3, 2012
by Susan Hunsberger
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Collect, Collect, Collect, then what?


PROBLEM: I really like my Mac products, even the old boxes, broken computers, and outdated keyboards. The problem is, I’ve collected a lot of them. They get shoved here and there and they take up a lot of space.

SOLUTION: Make a display of your favorites and move the others along. By doing this, you can enjoy these Mac products everyday while at the same time freeingup space.

HINT: The display idea can be applied to anything that is meaningful to you and that is abundant in your space.