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I keep a stash of garbage can liners (a dozen or so- refilling as necessary) in the bottom of my garbage can under the open bag currently in use. That way, whenever the bag is full, I just tie it shut, lift it out, and reach down to the bottom to get a fresh one, and immediately re-line the can.
By accident, I started leaving bottles of water around my home. I wash & refill them every night before I go to bed & have one at my bedside at night. I know how much I've drunk each day by how much is left in each. This way, water's always at hand.
If I wear something for just a little while and don't want to throw it in the laundry, I hang the hanger backwards in my closet. Then, I can tell that piece of clothing didn't just come out of the laundry, but it is still clean enough to wear.
I use the plastic tops from margarine tubs and the like as coasters for items in my pantry and bathroom. The plastic coasters will keep drips from syrup bottles, bathroom cleaners, etc from staining the shelf and they are easy to rinse off!