Ahhhh, there’s nothing like curling up inside with a good book on a chilly winter weekend. Now, where’s your favorite bookmark? It’s probably under the couch…but don’t bother looking. Try these two items for better place-keeping…

Sticky bookmark. It’s just too easy for a bookmark to slip out of a book, especially if it’s the laminated kind. If you don’t want to lose your place in a book, use a Post-it note instead. You can stick it directly on the page where you’ve stopped reading…or you can adhere it to the inside cover of the book—then, each time you stop reading, write the page number on the Post-it where you need to start again. You also can use a big Post-it (they’re available quite large) as a sticky bookmark and a place to take notes as you read—for example, jotting down all the clues in a mystery, sifting out possible red herrings. A Post-it is an inexpensive, reusable, multitasking bookmark.

Perfect place-saver. The baby cries, a phone rings…nature calls! You can’t help it…you have to stop in the middle of a page. Use a bobby pin to mark the line where you stopped. It’ll grab the page exactly where you want it.

More unique ways to use everyday items…