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October 22, 2012

New Uses for Old Things: Toast Stand

I like finding new uses for things because I feel like I give them a new lease on life, so I hope you don't mind me sharing new uses for old things every once in awhile (last time I shared my glass serving dish turned jewellery organizer). 

I'm also thinking of starting a new series, "Money Talks," where I would reveal a bit of our finances and talk about where we've gotten things right (no more student loans!) and where there's room for improvement (I missed a bill payment because it got lost on my messy desk!).  I'm thinking of sharing money saving tips (big and small) plus our own financial highs and lows.  The same way I am with DIY projects and home stuff, I wouldn't gloss over the problem areas or some of our blunders.  I'd share what we've learned - good and bad.  But I'm working up the courage.  In the meantime, here's how I "fixed" the lost bill problem.

Enter toast stand:


When I stumbled across a 10 cent stainless steel toast stand at a yard sale, I thought it looked sufficiently paper-holdery.  In fact, it perfectly holds any folded sheets of paper, from bills to letters awaiting a response.  Didn't Martha Stewart do this?  I can't have come up with this - it must be a stolen idea that has been buried in my subconscious. 





I tested this for two whole months (that is why it's a wee bit dusty in the photo).

Verdict: it doesn't look too toast-stand-ish on my desk (see the rest of the office here) and and it really helps keep important paperwork in sight and unburied.  I organize the bills chronologically in the stand, so Hubs and I can always see which one is up for payment next and, as a result, life is that tiny bit easier.  Which makes us that tiny bit happier.  And, no more missed payments makes us that tiny bit richer, too.  10 cents well spent.
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  1. I think it looks very sleek and modern. Not toasty at all.
    Amy

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  2. Great idea! Our desk is a mess. I pay all the business bills online but my husband refuses to pay the house bills online...he doesn't trust it quite yet. I've gone to paperless billing which helps somewhat but the house bills still pile up on our desk. Great tip Tanya!

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    1. We have a mash up with online and paper banking. I like our credit cards with a paper statement because I like to highlight and circle things and just generally be ridiculously documentary with them.

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  3. Great idea! For 10cents!? Why not!

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    1. For sure! I wish all problems were this easy and cost 10 cents to solve . . . . le sigh . . . .

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  4. Such a good idea - I'm buying a new desk soon and all the things that come along with it, so re-using non-desk items is awesome. PS - I'd love tips on finances. Hubs and I live a "cash only" lifestyle, since we both got into a lot of credit card debt when we were much (much!) younger.

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    1. I am all about non-desky items. My pens are in a vase, my random desky things are in a vintage dish, etc. A cash only life is definitely different. It is what I am doing now and I definitely FEEL the money leaving my hands more and it hurts.

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  5. I've heard of letter organizers but never a toast stand! Haha!

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    1. Ha ha! It really works well. Mine was awesome because it was super cheap, but antique stores always have insanely gorgeous toast stands to really spiffy up a desk.

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  6. Such a good idea - I constantly lose important paperwork!!

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  7. looks great- I really love unexpected uses for regular thing (not that a toast stand is a regular thing, really).
    My hubs pays all the bills, paper statements but online payment. It's where our computer sits, so I still have to deal with the mess- I don't know how he stays on top of it but he has a way of keeping track in his brain.
    My desk is more of my worktable and I love using vases or bowls for storing the stuff I need in plain sight. Makes things look aesthetic while being functional. Kinda gives my workspace a Design-spongey art studio feel with the materials on display in a chaotic yet sorted kinda way.
    Even though I don't pay our bills, I would be interested your 'money talks' series. Good tips for saving cash always has value.
    And where do you find anything for 10c? Where we live, there aren't many vintage shops and Goodwill is the only thrifting option. I cruise the Goodwill regularly but have never seen anything under a $1.

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    1. Ha ha, so true. Toast stands are a weird invention to begin with.

      I love the idea of using random vases and bowls for office goods - I do the same thing. My goal is to make the whole office look un-officey. Tough job, with all the cables everywhere!

      Yard sales still have the best value. No one wants to haul wanted stuff in at the end of the day. That's where my 10 cent toast stand came from, and most of my better deals to be frank. I have seen some thrift stores charge more for a home decor item than it sells for new! Literally. I donate often and have seen a higher sticker price on my no longer loved item than when I bought it in the first place! But at least the money (often) goes to a good place . . .

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