Magnets are Everywhere!

magnets are everywhere

Magnets are something you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about, but they are part of our every day events. Beyond those of us with magnets plastering our fridge holding up all our things to be remembered, magnets make tasks in our daily lives simpler. If you take the time to think about it, you realize that magnets are everywhere!

Let’s start with those magnets on your fridge. Maybe you’re a minimalist and prefer not to clutter your fridge with anything. Perhaps your fridge is your command center, so it is where you put your calendars, invitations and your magnetic dry erase meal plan board. You can also buy magnetic picture sleeves and create a collage of your friends and loved ones.

Many folks like to collect magnets from places they’ve traveled as souvenirs. Additionally, promotional magnets are one of the most common giveaways from companies and various organizations. You may have a magnet clip for holding files, or an informative magnet that tells you who to call in a power outage, or a magnetic reminder of the proper conversion of tablespoons to cups.

Beyond “fridge” decor, you can find magnets in many other places, like your car – magnetic bumper stickers are now preferred over stickers as they are easier to remove. If you have a child who is a student using a locker, there are many different types of magnetic organization and decoration supplies to use. Magnetic hooks and curtain rods can be use on metal doors. Magnets are also commonly used on a variety of cupboards and doors to provide a secure closure. Even newer mailboxes are switching over to a magnetic closure.

Magnets are also used in many scientific applications. We rely on magnets in electric generators to convert mechanical energy into electricity. Interestingly, once we get that current into our homes, we have motors that utilize magnets to convert electricity back into mechanical work. They are especially important for the electronic devices we have come to rely upon. Below is a short list of just some of the many household electronics that use magnets:

  • Ice dispenser
  • The rotating tray in a microwave
  • Fans
  • Hair dryers
  • Aquarium pumps
  • Garage door opener
  • Blenders

Magnets have also revolutionized the medical field, particularly with imaging. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines use powerful magnetic fields and allow us to see inside the body by generating radio signals. Magnets are also used in cancer treatment.  Doctors inject magnetic fluids into cancerous areas and use a strong magnet to create heat in the body. By doing this, they can target the cancer cells without damaging patients’ healthy tissues.

Any technological device that has a hard drive uses magnets. Your computer relies on magnets to spin the motor of the hard drive. Likewise, any speaker you use to listen to your favorite tunes was built utilizing some form of magnetism between a coiled wire and a permanent magnet.

Nowadays, everywhere you go, you see people wearing headphones as they make their way to work, home or to leisure activities. One of the most mind-bending facts of all is that without magnets, we would not have the internet that we use for just about everything! The internet relies on a vast network of hard drives, and as previously mentioned, hard drives employ magnets. We need these hard drives to store the vast array of information that is available online. You are reading this article because of a web of hard drives that hold the information online together.

Our modern world is made possible by magnets. Without us even giving them much thought, magnets are quietly making things happen for us all day long.

How to Make a Custom DIY Sticker Organizer

DIY sticker organizer

Stickers are fun to collect and have a way of bringing a smile to your face every time you look at them. Because of that appeal, it is easy to quickly amass a disorganized mess. If you are a child of the 80s, perhaps you had a sticker book collection that resulted in pages of stickers you were afraid to use. Today, we can have new and better ways to organize our stickers and make sure that we are actually enjoying them for their intended purpose. Below are some strategies for creating a DIY sticker organizer as well as ideas for creating sticker categories.

There are some questions you may want to ask yourself before you undertake the project. Do you have a budget for what you want to spend on this organizational project? You do not have to spend a lot of money to create a system to organize your stickers, and depending on your style it can be a lot more practical than cute. If aesthetics are important to you – how much money are you willing to spend?

Next, consider your space. Do you have a dedicated space for your sticker collection or have you been stashing them away in a closet or shelf until you have time to pull out your supplies? Then ask yourself the reason why you most use stickers. Teaching, parenting, letter writing, scrapbooking and collecting are some of the most common sticker uses. Finally, consider the most common organizational techniques and be honest about which one best matches your style.

Remember, you do not have to spend a ton of money to organize your stickers!

After you have your purpose, pull out your stickers and create piles. Begin by putting like categories together and a pattern will begin to develop. Organize by season, holiday, and general theme. While you’re doing this, take time to declutter your sticker stash. Get rid of extras and stickers you simply don’t want to hold onto. Consider donating to a local shelter or teacher.

Paper clip your like subjects together and label them with self-stick notes. Then play with your organization and decide how you want to order them, chronologically by season, alphabetically by theme, or any other method that appeals to you. Finally, count your different categories and choose your organizer from some of the options listed below.

Box and Subject Dividers

This method is the most budget friendly. If you have a decent shoebox and some card stock, you have all you need. If you are feeling inspired, you can decoupage colored paper or magazine clippings on the outside of the box. Most stickers sheets are 8½” by 5½” or smaller, so the box doesn’t have to be gigantic. Cardstock paper cut in half will make great dividers for your categories.

Another low cost alternative is to use a photo box. These can be purchased at hobby stores. Often, they come with subject dividers and with a variety of paper finishes. If they do not have enough dividers for your collection, you can easily make more using the dividers as a template.  Plastic bins are another good option, especially if you have to store your collection in a less climate-controlled area.

Getting organized will help you get more enjoyment out of your collection.

Expanding File Folders

This is one of the most travel friendly and efficient options, although you will have some cost involved. File folders come with different numbers of dividers so you can decide by your categories what size and how many folders you need. This would work well with a seasonal approach to organizing. You could have a folder for each season and one for miscellaneous categories. If you like a feeling of continuity, you may want to purchase extra folders, especially if you plan to continue growing your collection.

Three Ring Binder

This is perhaps the tidiest but most time and cost intensive approach. Depending on the stickers in your collection, you can choose either a full size binder or a mini binder. You will also need subject dividers. Most people who use this approach also purchase plastic sheet protectors to keep the collections organized. The advantage to this method is portability and flexibility. It is easy to add and remove sticker sheets and categories as needed. An alternative take on this method is to use an upright paper towel holder with ring clips and sheet protectors to have a tabletop organization of their stickers.

Regardless of the technique you choose, be sure to find one that you are motivated to maintain.  It needs to speak to your style and habits as well as ensure that you are able to enjoy your wonderful collection of stickers for years to come.