25 clever ideas to make life easier

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25 clever ideas to make life easier

Posted on November 01, 2011 in Bed, Bath & Kitchen, Decor & Furniture, Organise & Personalise by Simone

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Clever ideas: hull strawberries with a strawVia: amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com

Why didn’t I think of that?! We guarrantee you’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems … some you never knew you had! (Above: hull strawberries easily using a straw).

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Clever ideas: use a walnut to heal furniture scratches Via: apartmenttherapy.com

Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.

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Clever ideas: WD40 for cleaning crayon off TV screensVia: unplggd.com

Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls).

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Clever ideas: keep a cut apple from going brownVia: athomewithrealfood.blogspot.com

Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band.

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Clever ideas: store bedlinen sets inside their pillowcasesVia: marthastewart.com

Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bedlinen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match.

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Clever ideas: bowl as iPhone sound amplifierVia: realsimple.com

Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the music.

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Cleaver ideas: wet wipe dispenser as plastic bag storageVia: savvyhousekeeping.com

Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.

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Clever ideas: baby powder to remove sand from feetVia: iheartnaptime.net

Add this item to your beach bag. Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily – who knew?!

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Clever ideas: velcro strip on wall to hold soft toysVia: realsimple.com

Attach a velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.

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Clever ideas: gift wrap storage on cupboard ceilingVia: flickr.com

Look up! Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the floor.

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Clever idea: stocking over vacuum to pick up lost itemsVia: instructables.com

Gotcha! Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose.

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Clever idea: box lid cupcake holderVia: realsimple.com

Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid.

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Clever idea: how to fold a fitted sheetVia: stephmodo.com

For those who can’t stand the scrunching and bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet.

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Clever idea: magnetic bobbypin storageVia: sprwmn.blogspot.com

Forever losing your bathroom essentials? Use magnetic strips to store bobby pins (and tweezers and clippers) behind a vanity door

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Clever idea: use shower caps to hold shoes when packingVia: realsimple.com

A tip for holiday packing. Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles rubbing on your clothes. And you can find them in just about every hotel!

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Clever idea: muffin pan craft storageVia: familyfun.go.com

A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant.

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Clever idea: bread tags as cable labelsVia: unplggd.com

Bread tags make the perfect-sized cord labels.

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Clever idea: cook cupcakes in ice cream conesVia: kiboomu.com

Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones – so much more fun and easier for kids to eat. Definitely doing this!

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Clever idea: microwave your own popcorn in a plain paper bagVia: squawkfox.com

Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag. Much healthier and cheaper than the packet stuff.

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Clever idea: use a tension rod to hang spray bottlesVia: jengrantmorris.blogspot.com

Brilliant space-saver: install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles. Genius!

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Clever idea: how to make heart-shaped eggsVia: 9gag.com

Win friends at breakfast with this heart-shaped egg tutorial. Aww shucks!

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Clever idea: use upside-down muffic pan to make cookie bowlsVia: wilton.com

Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough over the top and voila – you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream. Click here for recipe.

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Clever idea: freeze aloe vera lotion for soothing burnsVia: realsimple.com

Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburn relief.

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Clever idea: gutter veggie gardenVia: lifehacker.com.au

Gutter garden: Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.

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Clever idea: egg cartons for Christmas ornament storageVia: re-nest.com

Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations.

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  1. Now THESE are some ideas I can really use – that gutter garden is awesome! We have more rocks than dirt in our yard so this will be something I do next year! And the heart egg! And so many of the others.

    • There is a YouTube video of a man in a Northern State that uses gutter to water his plants that are in 1-5 gallon containers. He seals up the ends of the gutters, keeps them upright with 1×4’s on each side of the gutter, puts a ‘float’ like a toilet has, cuts a hole in the bottom of the buckets, inserts some kind of a thingy that has holes in it, fills the buckets with soil, then sits them on top of the gutter. When he attaches a water source to the gutter, the float keeps water in it at all times, thus watering the buckets. he never has to water them again…Grows TONS OF VEGGIES, strawberries, etc. Just look up the subject on YT….Great info!

      • Would love a link to the youtube video please. Had a search and can’t find it.

  2. love love love this so awesome these are things i should have thought of but didnt thankyou so much waiting for more please

  3. I love these kind of things, it just makes my heart sing, when I can save money, and still get the things i need done. I want to do the gutter garden in the spring.

  4. I learned to fold my fitted sheets like that a long time ago. A lady working in a laundramat (spelling/sorry)showed me how to fold them. There are so many good ideas here. I want to try so many of them. I’m just not creative. I saved this in my favorites. Thank you!

  5. WD-40 also takes up tar and black shoe skuffs off your kitchen floor. It also takes the goo off of things that stickers leave. I need storage ideas. I live in a one bedroom apartment and I just can’t find room to put everything. I moved from a three bedroom home and although I got rid of alot of stuff, there is still things I don’t want to get rid of.

    • You don’t need to spend money on WF-40 to take off the black shoe scuff marks. If you are wearing slippers or sandals just use the soles by rubbing your foot over the scuff mark, should rub right off.

  6. Before you go spraying WD-40 onto your HDTV, please note that nearly every flat-panel comes with a warning about harsh chemicals damaging the screen. Depending on the panel’s coating(s) and the chemical used, you can remove the coating or mar/dull the panel surface, resulting in a permanent dim or blurry spot.

    To safely remove crayon from a plastic flat-panel, rub ice on the crayon to make the wax brittle, then rub it off with a dry cloth or pick it off with finger nail or the end of a drinking straw. You can use windex or diluted rubbing alcohol sprayed onto a damp cloth to remove the remaining residue. This also works for computer flat panels.

  7. I just love this site! As I find gardening difficult, I’m in for the guttering veggie patch – fantastic idea for my boring walls. T H A N K Y O U

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  15. I thought all these were great, except for the popcorn in a brown bag. Here’s what the USDA says about brown bag cooking: Here’s what the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says about this practice:

    “Do not use brown paper bags from grocery or other stores for cooking. They are not sanitary, may cause a fire, and can emit toxic fumes. Intense heat may cause a bag to ignite, causing a fire in the oven… . The ink, glue, and recycled materials in paper bags can emit toxic fumes when they are exposed to heat. Instead, use purchased oven cooking bags.”

    USDA also advises, “These bags may not necessarily be sanitary, particularly since they may be stored under a variety of conditions.”
    Just get a microwave popcorn bowl for $10 or $12, and you will still save money over time.

    I have done the cupcake in an ice cream cone trick for an upside down/ backwards birthday party. Put softened ice cream in a springform pan, then “iced” it with whipped cream. Backwards ice cream and cake!

    Definitely trying the cookie bowl idea!

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