Tips to make your life easier…

I got this in an email from my cousin, Anne.  I haven’t tried most of them, but some sound like really great ideas!

Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier

Why didn’t I think of that?!  We guarantee you’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems.

Hull strawberries easily using a straw.

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

Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40. (I don’t know about removing crayon but I use WD40 to remove gunk from glass and to clean fingerprints off stainless steel appliances and to leave a great shine)

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

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.  (I do this, not that I have piles of sets, but it does make life easier!)

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

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

Add this item to your beach bag.  Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily, who knew?! (I knew! My mom used to do this!)

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

Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the floor. (I have a long box I slide under the bed for this.  But in class I used wire to make a hanger from the huge rolls of white paper we used to colour and paint on or to cover the long table for any reason.  So much easier than having to measure and cut each time and just pull until you have enough!)

Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose. (My Nannie taught me this one but do I ever remember when I need to?)

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

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

Store shoes inside shower caps when packing to stop dirty soles rubbing on your clothes.  And you can find them in just about every hotel. (Great idea, I used plastic bags but this is a good idea too)

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

Bread tags make the perfect cord labels. (This one would have saved me so much time and hassle in the past…)

Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones, so much more fun and easier for kids to eat.

Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag.  Much healthier and cheaper than the packet stuff.  (This works?! I have to try it now I have a microwave.)

Install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles.

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

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

Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.