They come with bags of bedding and stuffed in shoes– I'm talking about those packets of silica gel beads. These packets absorb excess moisture making them perfect to prevent mold, mildew, corrosion, and odors.
Put these little gems to good use, the next time a packet comes with your purchase instead of tossing it try the following ideas instead!
Box it up with books
Can't part with your favorite novels? No problem. Keep them safe by tucking a packet or two in the box with the books before storing it away.
Put it away with photos
Protect your precious memories by adding a packet or two in with your photos. Tape a few to the lid of the box to prevent the packets from making direct contact with the photos.
Pop it in with papers
Before you store all those papers you need to keep, like tax returns, toss in a packet or two.
Need more packets? Just ask! Most sales associates in the shoe department are more than happy to give you the ones they'd have to dispose of.
Remember after doing their job for some time these little packets can become moisture laden.
To reactivate the silica beads place the packets on a baking sheet and warm them for fifteen minutes in an oven set to 175 degrees.
Caution: Silica packets are dangerous when ingested by people or pets.
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Until next time keep it simple and clutter-free!
Jamie Novak, The World’s Most Relatable Organizer, is author of "Stop Throwing Money Away: Turn Clutter to Cash, Trash to Treasure—And Save the Planet While You're at It." Please visit her website at JamieNovak.com.