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Why I fucking love my Caboodle from 1988

A couple years ago, my father gave me a trunk that had been gathering dust in his storage shed.

"I think this is yours," he said. I wasn't sure, but I took it because I'm a pack rat and even if it wasn't mine, doubtless there was something interesting inside.

And there was! Under my entire childhood collection of ElfQuest comics (!!!), I found a relic of my high school theater days — a vintage CABOODLES makeup case. It still had two yellow post-its taped onto the top that said "ARIEL'S MAKE-UP" and "RUM-TUM-TUGGER IN CATS," relics from the last high school play I was in.

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Real life Tetris skills: How to have lots of things in a small space and still live comfortably

My fiancé's father passed away in Feb 2012. His mother had passed in 2006. His step mother took what she wanted from the house after Dad died, and then moved away. We were left with a 12 room house FULL of stuff. Almost a year later, the house is empty and we finally have full use of our apartment again. Here are some tips that I learned while trying to put my things, my fiancé's things, and the things we salvaged from his parent's home into our small urban apartment.

Keep your spare change in a pirate-y treasure chest

As someone who is always making that mad dash to the door, most days the whole lot of it was dumped unceremoniously on the floor to root through for precious bus fare, vending machine coinage, and the necessary float I was expected to bring to make change for my customers. So, the pirate chest became the ideal solution.