Organize your home with the help of these useful tips and tricks using everyday items! You’ll be surprised what other clever uses these common household items are good for. Enjoy!
1. Use clear nail polish to secure screws. The nail polish works like an invisible glue to help those sometimes loose screws stay in place.
2. You can also use clear nail polish to secure buttons. Just a dab will keep button threads from unraveling. In the case that you don’t have a sewing kit handy, you can apply nail polish to prevent or stop an already fraying thread.
3. Use an old makeup brush to clean in between the keys on your keyboard. It’s the perfect size to remove dust and crumbs.
4. Keep a door latch from opening with this rubber band trick! This is perfect for a baby’s room door that needs to be kept quiet. Also, with this rubber band latch stopper, you don’t have to keep turning the door knob every time you go in and out of a door.
5. Keep the edges of your paint can clean by simply stretching a rubber band around the can. Use it to wipe excess paint off of your brushes for easy cleanup and sealing.
6. Use buttons as earring holders to keep your pairs together. This is perfect for when your traveling and it will also make it easier for you to find them in your jewelry box, especially if you have a large collection.
7. Use pool noodles to keep your boots in an upright position. They’re lightweight, the perfect size, and are much cheaper than boot stands.
8. Keep clothes, especially wide-mouthed shirts, from sliding off of hangers by wrapping pipe cleaners around the ends.
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9. Use a binder clip to hold your paper money, then attach your keys to make it double as a key ring.
10. Use the light bulb packaging (simply remove the interior cardboard to have it fold at the crease) as a photo protector. A handy trick to keep your photos and documents from bending in the mail.
11. Label your cords (to lessen the confusion) with bag closures.
12. Popsicles can be such a mess especially if you have little ones. But by simply poking a hole in the bottom of a muffin liner with the end of the popsicle stick, then sliding it up to act as a drip catcher, you won’t have to worry about the drips on the floor, on the furniture, and on their clothes anymore.
13. You can also use muffin liners as jar covers. It’s a cute and quick way to decorate small jars and they’ll also make for fabulous gifts.
14. Use shower caps to cover the soles of your shoes before packing them in your suitcase. This keeps the dirt and grime from from getting on the rest of your packed items.
15. Get the perfect level scoop by placing a strip of masking tape across the top of baking containers. The tape will serve as a scoop scraper that will allow you to scoop single handed. It’s also thin enough that the lid will easily fit back on without having to remove it for future use.
16. Use shower hooks to help organize your closet! You can use them to hang purses, scarves, hats, ties, belts, and more!
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17. Use dryer sheets to clean baseboards. Not only will it leave your house smelling amazing, the fabric softener works as a dust repellent as well!
18. Use also dryer sheets to clean soap scum and water spots. They smell so much better than soap scum remover.
19. Repurpose those pretty tissue boxes to hold plastic bags. They work perfectly to store and disperse one bag at a time.
20. Iron small hems, shirt straps, in between buttons, and other small spaces in your clothes with a hair straightener. You can also use it to flatten out crumpled up ribbons and cloth belts.
21. Stop soil from falling through the drainage hole in flowerpots by lining it with a coffee filter.
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22. When you’re at the beach or water park, keep your valuables handy but hidden in a suntan lotion bottle or case of hand wipes.
23. Say goodbye to watered down drinks by using a colander as an ice bucket! You can either place the colander over a bucket or put a bowl below it to catch the water drains.
24. Use a plastic bottle as a funnel.
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25. Protect your hands and fingers from hot coffee by placing a wristband or the top of an old sock as a coffee sleeve.
26. Clean out those crumbs and other loose particles inside your purse with a few quick swipes of a lint roller.
27. Insert a straw (preferably clear) to prevent soft and unstable stems from bending and keep your flower arrangements perfectly standing tall.
28. Use cooking spray as a snow aid. Just spray both sides of your shovel with cooking spray so that the snow falls right off instead of building up.
29. Place a pool noodle under a fitted sheet just next to the edge of the bed (serving as a bed rail) to keep kids from falling out.
30. Use hair clips to keep the cords of your flat iron, hair dryer, curling irons, and what have you, organized.
31. Keep your cooking pans, trays, and cutting boards in an upright position using a desk file organizer. This makes them much easier to access as opposed to having them stacked on top of each other in a pile.
32. Use wine glass as a candle holder to turn simple candles into a stunning display. They make easy but charming centerpieces for formal affairs such as weddings, dinner parties or anniversaries.
33. Use a twister mat as a table cover for parties or family game night.
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34. Apply a dab of toothpaste on the back of a frame and press it up against the wall where you want it to hang. The toothpaste, which will serve as your guide, will transfer onto the wall right where you will want to place your nails.
35. Insert a straw on one end of your necklace to keep it from tangling with the others.
36. Use baby powder as a jewelry detangler. Sprinkle a little bit of baby powder over the knot and then loosen it to freedom with a pin.
37. Easily coordinate a party table with your theme using paint chips! This one doubles as a napkin holder and place card, but you could also fold them in half, write the name on one side, and then place them at each setting.
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38. Prevent scarves or other items that you want to prevent from wrinkling in your travel bag by wrapping them around cardboard tubes (paper towel or wrapping paper tubes).
39. When door hinges get squeaky, spray a little bit of cooking spray in the cracks to quiet them down.
40. Keep those toothbrushes off the counter and hidden in the drawer with a silverware tray.
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41. Use lollipops in cocktails and other party beverages in place of your traditional drink stirrers. The lollipop will also add a bit of fun color to your drink.
42. Dry cake pops without ruining them by sticking them into the holes of a colander.
43. Keep all of the beauty products you like to have on-the-go in an unused sunglass case where they will stay protected and organized.
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44. When you travel, keep your camera in a hard soap box to prevent damage while inside your bag that’s sure to get tossed and banged around.
45. Here’s another great traveling tip for your jewelry. Place rings and earrings in one of those daily pill boxes to keep them safe and organized.
46. Cheap plastic toothbrush stands work just as well for storing your makeup brushes as they do your toothbrushes.
47. Use a wine cork as a pin cushion to keep all of those needles handy and organized.
48. Store and organize small, miscellaneous craft and office supplies using ice cube trays.
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49. Use the sticky party of a Post-It note to get in between the tiny cracks of your keyboard.
50. Use binder clips attached to the lip of your desk to keep your computer cables and phone chargers organized.
51. Label your things with your return address labels in the unfortunate case that they get lost or left behind.
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52. Drop a few frozen grapes in your wine to keep it cold without watering it down.
53. When cutting the corn off of the cob, place it in the center of a bundt pan for a secure hold. This way all of the corn falls into the pan, too.
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54. Prepare individual scoops of ice cream in a muffin pan filled with liners so when it’s ready to be served, you can take it out of the freezer and easily serve it along with other desserts.
55. Use hanger clasps as bag clips to keep the chips fresh for later.
56. Pringles cans are the perfect size and length to store the uncooked long pasta while keeping it fresh.
57. The aluminum soda tab makes for just as good of a hook as any!
58. Use paper tubes to store your cords and cables.
59. Legos as a key holder? Brilliant, right? And there’s no drilling required if you use the Lego bricks to connect to your keys.
60. Place a bunch of skewers together in a box to hold your knives. This way you can stick them anywhere and it will work for any and every size.
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