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3 Weird Tools Every Home Should Have | Clutter Video Tip

Searching for just the right tool
Can send you on a massive detour.
And, if you can’t find that tool
There will certainly be misery to endure.

Watch for 3 essential devices
In this video du jour
These gizmos will make your life easier
Of that you can be sure!

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Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet book and on-line program, and my definition of getting organized includes being prepared, being ready for whatever life throws your way. So, I want to share with you today some tools that are exactly the right thing in the right circumstance.

Now, while I tend to discourage the use of single-use gadgets that have not very many purposes, there are some tools that justify themselves. They justify the space that they take up, because when you need them, they save so much time and so much money and so much stress that they are fantastic to have around. But these things I’m going to show you are a little obscure, and that’s why I want to share them with you, because you might not know about them and I love them.

First, the smallest one. This one is called a “Teeny Turner.” And it’s a really well designed little set of screwdrivers that are teeny. And you can use those for children’s toys; if you have little battery compartments or electronics, often there are very small screws that you have to remove and it’s perfect for that. If you cannot find this exact one, you can get an eyeglass repair kit that works pretty much the same way. Anyway, this is very handy to have around.

Another thing is a couple of different little grabbers. Now, if you drop a sock behind the dryer or between the washer and the dryer, sometimes that can be really hard to get out without moving everything. Also, if you drop a ring down the sink and it falls into the little “S” trap, well you really don’t want to get the big wrench out and remove the pipes. This is found in the plumbing department of your home improvement center and it’s flexible and you squeeze it on the end, and this little fork thing comes out and squeezes whatever you are trying to grab. So you can bend this thing where you want it and grab something and pull it out. So, think about how much money and time that would save for just the right situation.

Very similarly, there is this grabber that a member of my family got after hip replacement surgery, so they didn’t want the person to bend over very much, and you can just grab anything off of a high shelf or on the ground. And a different type of grabbing. So something behind the sofa, something that has fallen behind the freezer drawer on the bottom that’s fallen on the floor underneath the refrigerator. Perfect for that, and such a lifesaver.

So here’s the best one that you might not know about. So everybody knows what this is, but you might not know what to do when the plunger doesn’t work. I’m really lucky because my dad is very handy and he taught me a long time ago about a plumber’s auger. It’s also known as a plumber’s snake. And I have some pictures of it here. It’s kind of hard for me to depict right here holding it in front of the camera, but you can see that it is a coiled long piece of wire that goes down the pipes of the toilet, and when the plunger can’t reach it, this thing actually goes through and pushes a clog out. So, you plunge it down and twist the handle around, and it gets out almost anything that’s clogging your toilet. So that is $35 in the plumbing department of your hardware store, and think about what you save for all the different plumber’s visits that are unnecessary now when you have a plumber’s snake. So, it has saved me so many times. It definitely justifies the space it takes up in my garage.

I know you’ve got your favorites too so please share in the “Comments.” I’m always interested to learn about these obscure kinds of tools that make life easier, and I would love to hear about that.

So see you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

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