Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Shazaam! Simple Solutions To Common Conundrums

Happy New Year! While I've never been one for radical resolutions, I do love the fresh-start feel to January. 

Perhaps that is why I so enjoyed this post on this blog. While I have known how to fold a mean fitted-sheet for years (thank you, Mom), I never even considered most of these brilliant solutions to common conundrums.


Read through and tell me which are your favorites!
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Clever ideas: hull strawberries with a strawVia: amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com
Why didn’t I think of that?! We guarrantee 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
Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls).
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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 bedlinen 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: bowl as iPhone sound amplifierVia: realsimple.com
Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the music.
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Cleaver ideas: wet wipe dispenser as plastic bag storageVia: savvyhousekeeping.com
Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.
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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.
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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.
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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: box lid cupcake holderVia: realsimple.com
Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid.
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Clever idea: how to fold a fitted sheetVia: stephmodo.com
For those who can’t stand the scrunching and bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted 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: use shower caps to hold shoes when packingVia: realsimple.com
A tip for holiday packing. Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles rubbing on your clothes. And you can find them in just about every hotel!
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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: microwave your own popcorn in a plain paper bagVia: squawkfox.com
Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag. Much healthier and cheaper than the packet stuff.
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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: 9gag.com
Win friends at breakfast with this heart-shaped egg tutorial. Aww shucks!
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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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Clever idea: freeze aloe vera lotion for soothing burnsVia: realsimple.com
Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburn relief.
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Clever idea: gutter veggie gardenVia: lifehacker.com.au
Gutter garden: Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.
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Clever idea: egg cartons for Christmas ornament storageVia: re-nest.com
Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations.

10 comments:

  1. no seriously, Why didn't I think of that!!!
    Laurel

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  2. Are all of them allowed to be my favorite??? These are priceless. Seriously, walnuts?!

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  3. Wow! Thank you for all these great links! Such super ideas!!! I love the heart shaped egg ; )

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  4. O.K. the popcorn thing?! I just checked it out...Are you telling me it's really that easy!!! I can't believe it! We're never popping popcorn the over-the-stove-burner way again!!!

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  5. WHAT ON EARTH??!! These are all great and thanks so much for giving me another blog to check in on and waste time on!!! But no, I am learning, so not really wasting time!

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  6. These are so great. I can't believe I didn't know that one about the baby powder.

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  7. oh my GOSH you have some good tips! The wrapping paper storage is my favorite. The shower cap is pretty awesome too - I usually use plastic bags, but yuck.

    I knew a few of them - the baby powder lives at our back door in the summer for the sandbox kids. And I clearly recall eating one of those ice cream cone cakes in 7th grade - I thought that my friend's mom was SO COOL.

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  8. Love the bobby pins, shower caps, and muffin tins! What creative ideas!

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  9. Brilliant ideas - thank you! Gotta try the strawberry hulling tip - who on earth found that out I wonder ... seriously who would think to stick a straw up a strawberry lol :)

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