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The Good Things section has always been among our most popular -- our readers tell us they’ve picked up tips and projects from past issues that they rely on again and again. To celebrate a quarter century of creative thinking, we are bringing back longtime favorite concepts, each with a new spin. Smart, easy, and fun, they’ll be things you’ll want to try at home and share with friends. So keep an eye out for this button -- and see how our bright ideas just keep getting better.
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1997: Jar Organizing
In the original version, which ran in our September 1997 issue as well as our 2004 special issue entitled Organizing Good Things, we showed you how to organize nuts and bolts in glass jars by screwing lids into the underside of a shelf.
See the full craft here!
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2015: Jar Organizing Reimagined
This time, we’re bringing the idea to your desk, using inexpensive 16-ounce glass containers to store tiny crafts or office supplies. Mark the placement of lids on the underside of the shelf, and predrill holes into both. Screw the lids into the shelf with ¾-inch screws, then fill your jars with small supplies and twist each onto its respective lid.
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2004: Art-Supply Organizer
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2015: Art-Supply Organizer Reimagined
We made this version no-sew! First download and print our cutting template. Trace rectangular template onto felt; cut out. With a ruler and knife, make slits in felt, following template. (For larger tools, measure tool width and cut accordingly.) Set a grommet, centering it on a short end, 1 inch in from left edge. Watch this video for help. Thread ribbon through grommet. Insert your tools -- and you’re ready to take your projects on the go.