Beer and Condiments, Mmmm …

Use a drink carrier as a condiment kit. At first glance, I thought this Real Simple idea was rather clever. And it is.

Cart condiments to a backyard barbecue. Slot flatware, ketchup and mustard in the compartments for easy transport.

It’s just that there could be a minor problem with the tip if certain personality types think there is utility in keeping ALL cardboard 6 packs. Oh and another key ingredient to making this work that many personality types might miss.

The Lazy Way to Polish Silver

Okay, well, not lazy, but definitely EASY! This is a great Real Simple tip. Use chalk as a moisture absorber to prevent tarnish. This idea was likely devised by either a Classic (SJ) or a Fun (SP) sick of polishing their silver constantly.

Tie up a few pieces in cheesecloth and store them with your good silver to slow any tarnishing.

Strainers Aren’t Just For Spaghetti

I saw this tip in Real Simple and at first thought, “Well actually that’s kind of a nifty way to avoid watery ice at a party.”

At a party, stash ice in a colander set on top of a bucket or a bowl. Water will drain out, and guests will get only the solid stuff.

And it’s almost brilliant. Actual brilliance would involve reinventing the ice bucket with a built in strainer.

This is Really Corny

How’s that for a pun-ny title? Wait are those crickets I hear?? Today’s tip from Real Simple is to use a toothbrush as a corn cleaner. Admittedly, the tip sounds absurd on the surface.

Use a clean toothbrush to remove stray threads of silk from freshly shucked ears of corn. The bristles will lift them away quickly and efficiently.

And at first I too thought this was one LAME-O idea but I don’t think it is.

Twister For Lazy People

This Real Simple new use for an old thing is ingenious. Use a Twister mat as a tablecloth for kids. DUH! Why didn’t I think of this?? Plus you could use it for an adult dinner party — liven things up a bit. Old people like me could fondly relive twisting and contorting our bodies without actually having to do it again. Only a Fun (SP) could come up with something so whimsical and practical.

So Easy My Dog Could Do It

Earlier this year we found some REALLY bad new uses for old things in Real Simple — “Reuse that old remote to hide money and other valuables” that you’ll forget are in there until you realize your husband threw it out because it looked like trash to him. Oh wait because it was trash. These ideas were a belated Christmas gift to us when we were desperate for content. But, we feature Real Simple in PixieTips all of the time for a reason. They’re usually brilliant. Like today’s new use for an old frame. I mean, seriously, my dog might be able to pull this together. Okay, maybe not but my Organic Freedom (NFP) sister could.

Marriage and Money

One of my favorite guilty pleasures is The Ladies’ Home Journal column “Can this Marriage Be Saved”. I know it’s a magazine that women of my demo aren’t usually reading, but I used to read it when visiting Grandma and…

The Post Office at Midnight

Here’s the family joke: Our brother has somehow let my sister down in some innocuous way that drives here crazy. Her commiserating friend says, “Y’know I hate to say it, but he’s kind of lazy.” Kelly snaps back with, “He’s not lazy, he’s…he’s incompetent!” We joke because Patrick is a very successful man now, but in his 20’s he once called Kelly to see if he should eat a sandwich that smelled a little funny. And according to Ray Linder’s book What Will I Do with my Money, this is a personality type difference that affects why and how we go shopping.

Why Would You Buy a Luxury Car?

Today, we’re still dissecting Ray Linder’s great book, What Will I Do with My Money. Yesterday we talked about the main focus our individual personality types take when making decisions about spending money. Today we talk about how those drives synch up with our temperaments and why each one justifies buying a luxury vehicle. These are the more global archetypes that you were forced to study in English class that you see repeated in almost any decent fictional vehicle. It’s kind of like knowing that when it comes to money, you’re either a Samantha (SP), a Charlotte (SJ), a Carrie (NF) or a Miranda (NT).

Planning for Now and Tomorrow, for Success and Meaning

Usually in PixieTypes we deal with a basic assessment of personality type. We address the four temperament first — Classic, Fun, Smart, Organic — and then break it down a little further into the other components, leaving out extraversion and introversion because they rarely figure too much into how we keep house. In Linder’s book What Will I Do with My Money? his personality type analysis of how we spend our money is a bit more sophisticated, but it’s easy to learn, and today we give a quick primer.