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Compact Bedside Lamp with USB Port

Just when you thought you had everything conveniently set up and your life is "perfect", something comes along to mess things up again! (That ol' perfectionist in me - LOL!)

You see, I detest messy cords and I do everything I can to minimize their appearance. I have some pretty cool little helpers stuck here and there to keep them tidy as well as to prevent them from disappearing. (But that is the subject for another article!)

But at my bedside I really wanted to clear any excess cords and adapters if I could. I'd seen lamps while surfing that had a USB port built into the base. I didn't want a big clumsy looking thing, either. So I went on a hunt on Amazon and looked up "lamp with USB" and poked around a bit. And this is what I found:

It's sleek and compact. The square shade is sturdy and the whole thing is less than 16 inches tall (15.7 inches to be precise).

I like that the base is stable and the on/off switch is conveniently located on top - easy to find in the dark and click on.

But the best part of all is that now instead of two things plugged into the wall socket - the lamp AND a USB adapter with their cords - there is just one thing plugged in. The lamp!

Now, I know some of you will ask why the heck do you even have your phone next to your bed!? It's simply this: I use my phone as a clock. No, I don't check for messages or notifications. My phone is set to not disturb when I turn it upside down which also blocks the light so the clock doesn't affect me either.

Upcycling Clothes

Have you ever been to the thrift store and, while browsing through the many dresses or pants, found an item you really loved but it was too big? You think “Nuts, that would be so cute!” Or maybe you found the fabric in too good of shape to pass up (that’s me!)

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Recycle Your Socks

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One of my biggest irritations and yet the most pathetic dilemma is what do you do with socks? Socks present the most patient homemaker a potentially endless supply of frustration. I have yet to figure out how to do without socks and yet I hate the fact that they wear out quickly and unevenly (I know, I need to "chill").

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