Monday, January 9, 2012

25 Clever Ideas!

As a mom I am always on the lookout for simple clever ideas, tips and tricks to make my life easier! Check out these simple solutions that will have you saying "why didn't I think of that?"

1.  Use a straw to easily hull strawberries
Clever ideas: hull strawberries with a straw

2. Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.Clever ideas: use a walnut to heal furniture scratches  
3.  Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls).
Clever ideas: WD40 for cleaning crayon off TV screens
4.  Stop cut apples browning in your child's lunch box by securing with a thick rubber band. I love this! my son now loves taking apples to school (plus you save money by not having to buy the pre-cut ones from the supermarket)
Clever ideas: keep a cut apple from going brown5.  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.Clever ideas: store bedlinen sets inside their pillowcases

6.  Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl, the concave shape amplifies the music.Clever ideas: bowl as iPhone sound amplifier

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

Cleaver ideas: wet wipe dispenser as plastic bag storage8.  Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily! who knew?!
Clever ideas: baby powder to remove sand from feet 
9. Attach a velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys. 
Clever ideas: velcro strip on wall to hold soft toys

10.  Look up! Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the floor.
Clever ideas: gift wrap storage on cupboard ceiling
11.  Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose.
.Clever idea: stocking over vacuum to pick up lost items

12.  Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid. 
 Clever idea: box lid cupcake holder

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

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

Clever idea: magnetic bobbypin storage

15.  A tip for packing. Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles rubbing on your clothes.
Clever idea: use shower caps to hold shoes when packing 
16.  A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant..
Clever idea: muffin pan craft storage

17. Bread tags make the perfect-sized cord labels. 
Clever idea: bread tags as cable labels
18.  Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones! so much more fun and easier for kids to eat. Check out how to make these here
.Clever idea: cook cupcakes in ice cream cones 

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

20.  Brilliant space-saver: install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles. Genius!
Clever idea: use a tension rod to hang spray bottles 
21.  With Valentine's coming up: treat your loved ones at breakfast with this heart-shaped egg tutorial. Aww cute!
Clever idea: how to make heart-shaped eggs 
22.  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.
Clever idea: use upside-down muffic pan to make cookie bowls

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

Clever idea: freeze aloe vera lotion for soothing burns 

24.  Gutter garden: Create a window-box veggie or herb patch using guttering.  I am for SURE doing this!
Clever idea: gutter veggie garden
25. Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations.  I also use them to store last year's plastic easter eggs :)
Clever idea: egg cartons for Christmas ornament storage

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