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27 Things I Make Instead of Buy to Save Money

Are you looking for ways to save money? You're not alone! It can be tough to keep up with when you have surprise expenses.  By changing some of our daily habits, my family started to make some of our household items instead of buy them to help use reduce waste, save money, and frankly because it can be more convenient. I added the items on this list bit by bit over the years. Please do not think you have to make everything all at once! Sometimes I don’t have to make more of something because I made a bit too much the first time and we are still going through it (looking at you Must Can All the Jam! bender a few years ago.) Other times, it’s a one and done kind of thing like sewing on a button, and sometimes I buy the item instead of making it (like yogurt) because I’m too busy with other life things to keep up with the supply and demand.   Save this list of money saving ideas to your Pinterest Boards for later! Share it with your friends!  In othe

Quick and Easy Cloth Face Mask Organizer

This post has been sponsored by Hoo-rag. All opinions are my own.

I learned when I went to Japan it is polite to wear a face mask when you are sick and out in public so you don’t accidentally pass it on to anyone else around you. That is something I wished we did in American culture (how many times has someone given you their cold because they weren’t wearing a simple cloth face mask?)  but I really hate that we have to experience a deadly global pandemic to adopt it.

My husband and I have been trying several different types and styles of cloth face masks to find one that is just right (kinda like Goldilocks but without the breaking and entering) and we have quite the little collection going on. This should be a good thing because when I have to pop a face mask in the dirty clothes hamper there is another clean face mask available  - if only I could find them! Both my husband and I have our various masks stuck here, there, and everywhere in the house. 

I needed a quick and easy way to organize and store our clean cloth face masks in one place. I was inspired the key hooks my sister in law uses for her masks (she’s a nurse) and realized I already had a cloth face mask organization tool hanging by my front door – the coat rack we use for Lacey’s dog leash.

How to store and organize cloth face masks

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We have cloth face masks I made with elastic ear loops by the front door for those times we need a face cover when we answer the door (our city just required face masks and we’re all still trying to figure out the details.) I hung a couple of repurposed boat cleats on the wall at our back door to organize the cloth face masks I first made with ties when when elastic wasn’t available. Both cloth mask organization areas have the round tube Hoo-rag bandanas (often called gaiters or buffs) that my husband and I have been trying out for longer and outdoor adventures.

Quick and easy cloth face mask organizer

Feeling cute. Might rob a stage coach later, IDK

 To be perfectly honest I didn’t know buffs were a thing until Hoo-rag contacted me and told me that people have been wearing them for years to keep snow out of their face when skiing, dust and dirt when cycling, and bugs when fishing and running. My husband the runner perked up when heard that one because he’s been delighting me with stories of running into clouds of summer gnats and mayflies and how it is less than a delightful experience to put it mildly. For sports activities, you pop the Hoo-rag on and pull it up over your mouth and nose and you’re good to go (where were these things when I was getting eaten alive by mosquitoes when camping and hiking as a kid?!). Hoo-rags are made from one layer of thin material which means you will need to fold the Hoo-rag in half if you want to wear it to keep your germs to yourself like I am in the above photo. Hoo-rags come in a variety of patterns for men, women, and children.

I had a small problem with a folded Hoo-rag slipping down my face a bit while I was wearing it. When I pushed the Hoo-rag up on my head to wear as a headband when I got back into the the car and down over my face again for my next errand, the Hoo-rag hooked over my ponytail which made it stay in place. The slipping Hoo-rag might also be due to the fact that I have a small head. I had better luck keeping a double folded Kid’s Hoo-rag in place on my face (short girl problems) because it is a little smaller than the women’s Hoo-rag I first tried.

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Michele Morin said…
Great problem solving!