“25 (MORE) Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier” via The Daily Buzz

25 (more) clever ideas to make life easier

Image source: The Daily Buzz http://www.thedailybuzz.com.au

Hey Y’all,

Since everyone seemed to really enjoy the “25 Clever Tips to Make Life Easier” that I re-blogged from The Daily Buzz on Monday, I thought I’d post their fabulous follow-up post here as well. So, without further ado, here are 25 MORE ingenious household tips and organizational tricks that will once again have you saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?!”

1. DIY pet feeding station

Make a dog bowl station in your kitchen using empty shelf space
Source: chezerbey.com

Got an empty kitchen shelf? Feeling handy? Cut holes in a the bottom shelf and countersink dog food bowls for a cute and out-of-the-way dog feeding station.

2. Mount cutlery drawers for jewellery

Wall mount cutlery drawers for jewellery storage
Source: maillardvillemanor.com

Wall mount cutlery trays and add a suction cup hook in each compartment for brilliant jewelery storage. Get the instructions at Mini Manor.

3. “File” your clothes

"File" clothing in drawers for easy access
Source: apartmenttherapy.com

Avoid messy dresser drawers by “filing” your clothing side-by-side instead of stacking items on top of each other. See the before and after at Apartment Therapy.

4. Remove scratches from a DVD

Has putting Toy Story on constant repeat finally taken its toll? Remove scratches from your favorite DVDs with a few household items, including peanut butter and toothpaste! Click HERE for the video tutorial.

5. Protect breakables with kids’ floaties

Use kids floaties to pack wine bottles
Source: realsimple.com

Packing tip: Protect breakables such as wine bottles or food containers with children’s inflatable floaties.

6. Organize your tights

Loop tights over a coathanger for easy storage
Source: whatiwore.tumblr.com

Rather than bundling them in your drawer, loop tights over hangers and store them in your wardrobe.

7. Keep cakes fresh with bread

Place a slice of bread on a cake to keep it fresh overnight
Source: bakedbree.com

Pre-bake your cakes and keep them fresh overnight by placing a slice of bread on top. In the morning your bread will be hard as a rock but the cake will remain moist, ready to ice. We have no idea how it works but Bree from Bake Bree swears by it! (Hot tip: check out her chocolate peanut butter cake while you’re there. OMG!)

8. Use milk bottles for pencil storage

Recycle plastic milk bottles in to pencil holders
Source: blog.craftzine.com

Grab a craft knife and recycle your large plastic milk bottles in to pencil holders. Extra points if you go all OCD and file them by color.

9. Make a non-slip dish cloth

Make a no-slip tea towel with a strip of velcro
Source: marthastewart.com

Attach a strip of velcro to your tea towel, loop over your oven door handle and join the ends – voila, a non-slip dish towel!

10. Organize Tupperware with CD racks

Use wire CD racks to organise your tupperware lids
Source: bhg.com

You need to find a use for those wire CD racks now that no one buys CDs anymore. Re-purpose them to hold your Tupperware lids.

11. “Whipped” detergent stain removal

Whipped detergent for stain removal
Source: apartmenttherapy.com

For upholstery stain removal, whip it good! Apartment Therapy says, “Fill a container with half dish detergent, half water, and use a hand mixer to whip it up. Use a rag to rub the froth into the spot, and then rinse with water.”

12. Store cookie cutters on the wall

Use a peg board and hooks to organise cookie cutters
Source: annies-eats.com

Use a peg board and hooks wall mounted in your pantry for a super organised cookie cutter wall!  See how Annie did it here at Annie’s Eats.

13. Iron clothes with a hair straightener

Use a hair straightener to iron clothes

Source: realsimple.com

Touch up your ironing job with a hair straighter. It’s great for getting in between buttons and smoothing our minor wrinkles when you don’t have time get your ironing board out. Go for a model with adjustable heat, set it low, and make sure there’s no residue hair product on the straightener first.

14. Keep cans in a magazine file

Store cans in a magazine file
Source: pbjstories.com

This clever idea is part of a pantry makeover by Pamela at PB&J Stories. Check out the full project here.

15. Cook while you’re not home

Freeze slow cooker ingredients in bags for easy meals
Source: mamaandbabylove.com

Here’s a pro tip for mid-week meals. Prepare all the ingredients for multiple slow cooker meals at once, then dump them in to bags and freeze. When you’re ready to cook, simply take a bag out, throw the ingredients in to the cooker and turn it on. When you come home from work, dinner is waiting. Find recipes and details at Mama and Baby Love.

16. Pack like a pro

This is called the “clown car” or “bundled” packing method, which involves layering and wrapping clothes around each other instead of the usual method of folding and stacking. It’s a little hard to describe in words, so watch the video to get the idea, or check out this diagram.

17. Never lose your pen

Put magnets inside a pen and stick it to the fridge
Source: biancolo.com

Put magnets inside a pen and stick it to the fridge and you’ll always have a pen handy. Unscrew the end of your pen, trim the ink straw a little with scissors and put a few small disc magnets inside.

18. Make your own air freshener

Make your own air freshener

Source: theburlapbag.com

So apparently, you don’t really need all those scented plug-ins, sprays, or automatic dispensers that look like space ships. This recipe couldn’t be easier. It’s just baking soda, with around 8 drops of your favorite essential oil. Give it a shake every now and then to refresh the scent.

19. Create extra kitchen storage

Use a shoe organiser as a pantry organiser
Source: bhg.com

Hang a shoe organizer over your pantry or kitchen door and fill it with cooking utensils and supplies that you use every day.

20. Clean grout with an electric toothbrush

Clean grout with an electric toothbrush
Source: diylife.com

Take to your grout with an electric toothbrush and some baking soda to cut through the soap scum (and the elbow grease).

21. Use shower caps as food covers

Use shower caps as food covers
Source: thekitchn.com

Avoid wrestling with plastic wrap or cling film by using shower caps instead. The elastic conforms to the shape of your container and they’re reusable too.

22. Prevent necklaces tangling

Use a straw to prevent necklaces from tangling
Source: realsimple.com

It seems whatever way I pack my jewellery, it’s always a mess when I get to my destination. Until now! Stop necklaces from forming knots by undoing the clasp, threading a straw through and re-clasping. So clever! Just remember to take the straw off before you wear it …

23. Dry waterlogged gadgets with rice

Dry out waterlogged iphone with rice
Source: techgran.com

If your precious iPhone takes an unexpected swim, all is not lost. Lots of people have had success in reviving their waterlogged tech gadgets with rice. Turn your phone off, take out the SIM card and place in a bag or bowl of rice for 48-72 hours. Check out video instructions here. Good luck!

24. Portion mince meat before freezing

Portion mince meat before you freeze
Source: lunchinabox.net

Place mince meat in a large ziploc bag and flatten out evenly. Separate in to portions using a chopstick or skewer and then freeze. When it’s time to defrost, you can simply break off the amount you need and put the rest back in the freezer.

25. Perfectly peel a kiwi fruit

Perfectly peel a kiwi fruit
Source: steamykitchen.com

Using a knife and a spoon, here’s how to peel your kiwi fruit without a morsel wasted. Check out this video for instructions.

Once again, I need to be clear that these are NOT my ideas, but rather the work of an awesome site called The Daily Buzz (and shout-out to my mother, for turning me on to their genius posts!). If you haven’t already, check out their site at www.thedailybuzz.com.au, it’s chock full of brilliant posts that I know you’ll enjoy as much as I do!
-Brian

25 thoughts on ““25 (MORE) Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier” via The Daily Buzz

  1. Reblogged this on Tricia's Things and commented:
    Regarding how to store tights, I would add that this works for scarves too! And I have tried the “filing” things in drawers and it works (that’s a good way to pack a suitcase too!)

  2. I’m curious as to why you think ground beef is “mince meat”. Mincemeat is a fruit mixture that is used in pies. Just curious.

    • Depends where you are from ground beef is american, minced meat is the rest of the world.fruit mince or christmas mince is the pie filling

  3. For the rice technique, I would suggest taping over any audio jacks. A friend of mine got rice stuck inside his iPod and still can’t get it out

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