Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier

Here are clever ideas to make life easier. To see the complete list of 25 go here.

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

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 … 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

Supposedly you can remove crayon masterpieces from your TV, computer screen, or walls with WD40 – I’m not going to try it though!

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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 bed linen 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: 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. It gets them out of the way and it’s a cute decoration, too.

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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. A great space saver.

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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: how to fold a fitted sheetVia: stephmodo.com

Fold your fitted sheets just as perfect as a flat 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: 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: 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: annathered.com

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

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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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  1. Great tips!!!!
    Specially love simple idea for store bobby pis :) )))

    • I also use a sewing pin catcher, a magnetic tray found at most craft and sewing supply stores. Sometimes JoAnns or Michaels will have some really cute ones. I have it next to my hair supplies tray and they’re super magnetic so you can almost drop your bobby pin in the general area and it’ll stick to the tray.

  2. As a parent, I can verify that the usual cleaning solution for flat panels will work just fine. DO NOT use WD-40 on your screen. Not even a little bit. It will work like a solvent and damage your screen. Might not show up at first, but it will be there. A damp microfiber cloth will remove the crayon just fine. Don’t go for the most complex solution first. The screens have been made to be easy to clean.

    • I was thinking the same thing! Yikes I wouldn’t ever put WD40 on my TV screen!!

      • I don’t know about it working like a solvent, but anytime I see these suggestions for alternative uses for DW40 I shake my head a little. It’s basically fish oil so cleaning it up is a pain, and I can imagine it getting into electrical components, as thick viscous difficult to clean up liquids often do, would surely ruin them. Beware the DW40 alternative purposes. Don’t bother defogging your windows, the inconvenience of cleaning them will remind you if you forget.

        • Jeanne White says:

          WD-40 is not fish oil. It is chemicals originally made prevent corrosion on metal products. it is probably fine to apply to nuts, bolts and other metal. It is absolutely not ok to apply it to the skin and probably won’t do the TV any good.

          • Melannie says:

            I live in FL & some say to use it on the front of your car to easily remove bugs (Lovebugs in particular) – but a big no-no! It will damage your paint! Never use on painted surfaces! But it does a good job on removing scuff marks from linoleum, just clean the spot afterward.

          • Actually, for 20 + years there have been studies about people with severe arthritis and using wd40 dramatically lessens those symptoms while helping them with mobility. My father in law and his mother both spray it on their hands and rub it in. Nothing has happened. There was a story about a man from New Jersey around 20 or so years ago and he was a machinist. he went on vacation to florida for a month and developed arthritis. his hands were so swollen and stiff that he couldn’t move them so his wife had to drive back . when he got back he saw a dr and the dr was bewildered bc he couldn’t understand how it happened like that and so quickly. Well he toughed it out and like most blue collar workers, he couldn’t afford not to go back. the first few days were bad but he managed to get his job done and about a week later he had full mobility. Again the Dr was stumped. He switched over to another job months later, still moving his hands and seemingly everything was the same but the arthritis came back somewhat. He figured out that it was the fact his hands and gloves were always in wd40. This was on something like 60 minutes or some equivalent when I was a kid. I remember it and apparently a lot of older people do to bc it helps them. Not a cure but I can see how the petroleum distillates could cause an anti-inflammatory effect.

    • WD40 can dissolve some types plastic … I agree that using it in a TV screen or laptop screen is asking for trouble. Using it on a bike chain might damage the plastic parts that are near the chain for example.

  3. I have seen a lot of these on pinterest, but i totally love them. I really love the ipod in the bowl idea – going to try that for sure, and also the teddy bears on velcroe on the wall. Much as I love the how to fold fitted sheets idea, I am too impatient to ever get it right. Keep up the great tips.

  4. Thanks for sharing this! There are some really cool ideas you’ve gathered together. And some of these will be really useful. Love from Whimsically Homemade

  5. applerosetree says:

    i am a kid so i may be wrong but…. the heart egg thing seems a little complicated and it doesn’t seem like it would work… it shows you the thing where you put the wooden roll thingie over it… then rubber band it… the way i see it is when its done the egg wouldn’t even turn out that way due to the way the wood tube thing is positioned… and it doesent even tell you anything by the picture… if you’ll look at the egg idea then step 4 you’ll see what i mean… btw im 12…

    • that is JUST what I thought too, when I saw the picture ! It doesn’t look like it would work and can you see the egg flying across the room when you try to rubber band a stick over it? It would take 3 people! btw I am 58…

    • I tried the egg thing and it kinda works! I just had to modify the cardboard tube a bit so it was pointy instead of rounded and use a couple of elastic bands (to stop the egg pinging out the side) and it worked!

      • And I should point out I used a free range egg! Anything less than free range is unacceptable as far as im concerned :)

  6. Hey there! Love this post and all of it’s wonderful ideas. I’m wondering if I could link this up on one of my upcoming posts?

  7. I like all the ideas. The eggs are really cute.

  8. prabha narayanan says:

    great ideas especially the Gutter garden,muffin pan, frozen aloe vera

  9. Great tips and its very good
    Brilliant space-saver: install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles. Genius! its very nice

  10. This website where the heart shaped egg originated from – no not from the chicken.. in this case- (ha ha bad pun could not resist.) will clear up some confusion. http://www.annathered.com/2010/09/29/how-to-make-a-heart-shaped-egg/ more photos and clearer instructions.

  11. Love those cupcake ice creams, so many handy tips must book mark this page

  12. Jenn bianco says:

    The walnut advice works Awesome! I tried it one day on my new end tables as one of my daycare kids scratched it with a car. I was this and thought, what could it hurt? To my amazement it totally worked. Even a week later when I cleaned it with Pledge, it was still covered. I always keep a bag of walnut pieces just for my tables now:)

  13. These are amazing. Thank you.

  14. Myriam Beaulne says:

    Some excellent ideas. I would suggest cornstarch rather than baby powder for the beach – much more environmentally-friendly, cheaper, unscented and biodegradable!

  15. Janine Stone says:

    LOVE those ideas.

  16. I tried the egg and it does not work first I ruined three eggs by just trying to place the wooden dowl and it did take more then one person when I finally got it all figured out and waited the egg ripped in parts and did not look like a heart at all. I thought it was a cool idea tho

  17. I tried the egg it does not work, good idea tho

  18. Louella Turvey says:

    I’ve always wanted to know how to fold my fitted edge sheets, they always get the best of me! thanks, I also like the way the wrapping paper is attatched to the ceiling, in my place any space saver is welcomed!

  19. Awesome tips and tricks! Thankyou!

  20. What great tips. The cookie bowls are wonderful!!!

  21. Very cool blog! Thanks for these tips! Found you on Stumble Upon!

  22. I store my bobby pins or hair pins in tic tac holders, easy! love the rest of the list!

  23. I have done the cake in the cone thing. It is great for kids parties or for your family. My suggestion is when you fill the cones, have a support so they don’t fall while moving them from counter to oven.

  24. These are wonderful tips, thank you,

  25. Bonnie Kewais says:

    Awesome ideas ~all of them too

  26. Love the the use of the muffin tin

  27. Great tips, love the apple one! Never seen that before.

  28. I like the rubberband apple trick!

  29. The idea to turn the muffin pan upside down got my attention. I wish I had a muffin pan like that. The cookie cups have a beautiful form. Maybe that would be a great birthday wish. Thank you so much for that tip!

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  31. Hahaha ! This is awesome! :)

    I liked the ” Walnut trick, Apple lunchbox and baby powder trick the most” !

    ~ Geniusknight

  32. Love all these fun tips! I knew most of them but some I didn’t! Love the vacuum tip, that is pure brilliance!!
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  33. I got a kick out of putting the stocking over the vacuum hose because I amazed my teenage granddaughters just yesterday doing that to pull beads out of individual compartments in a multi-compartment plastic storage container. They thought I was about the most creative grandma on the planet thinking of using a sock and the vacuum cleaner…then I see this tip tonight! I don’t think I’ll tell them that I’m NOT the only person who thought to do it this way!

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