Saturday, January 28, 2012

24 Clever Ideas

I received this email from several friends, and thought the ideas were so clever it was worth sharing. Kudos to the smart cookie who came up with these and the organized one who put the email together!

1. Hull strawberries easily using a straw.

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

3. Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40.

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

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

6. Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone & iPod in a bowl.  The concave shape amplifies the music. (Hmmmm not sure about this one... )

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

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

9. Attach a Velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.

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

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

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

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

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

15. When travelling, store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles rubbing on your clothes. And you can find them in just about every hotel.

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

17. Bread tags make the perfect cord labels.

18. Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones, so much more fun and easier for kids to eat. (Old school! I totally remember these from when I was a kid!)

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

20. Install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles.

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

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

23. Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering. (Exactly what I need for my new garden shed!)

24. Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations.

Isn't this a cute collection of little tips, tricks and ideas that make life easier and solve everyday problems?


  1. I LOVE posts like these as I'm one who can't see "out of the box" so TOTALLY appreciate it when others do :) LOVED the baked cookie dough bowls!!

  2. My fiancé's mum used to make cupcakes in ice cream cones! I'd never heard of that before!

  3. This stuff is priceless. There's a few that I'm gonna use instantly. Thanks for the pointers!

  4. Some priceless ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  5. These are super helpful! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Good stuff! Who doesn't love little tips to making life easier???

  7. Awesome!!! I love this stuff! A few were family secrets i

  8. The pillow case idea was great...I only wised I had thought of that. There were many great ideas. Thanks for sharing them.

  9. I can give you one to add to the wanna make microwave clean up a snap, just place paper towel over the dish and it will prevent splatters all over the inside of your microwave.

  10. Wow, some very good ideas. I'll definitely be using the pillowcase/sheets one, my sheet cupboard is always a mess! Thanks for sharing, :) x

  11. Thx to this post I was inspired to organize my linen closet last night... it has needed it for about 10 yrs--no JOKE! LOVE that I finally know how to properly fold fitted sheets, and putting the bedding sets inside a pillowcase is BRILLIANT! My linen closet is Wisteria Lane like now... Bree would be VERY impressed! :)

  12. These are super easy and just plain simple! It's like...why didn't I think of that?...kinda stuff. It's almost silly that these things are not more commonly known to the entire pinning y'all!!!