Simple, Cheap Organizational Tricks

January 4, 2012 in Organization

January brings new hopes. And at my house, it always brings hopes of greater organization, especially after a pile of new things arrived under the tree. Organization is not a natural talent of mine. It’s more of a natural struggle.

My grandma sent me a forwarded email called “Seriously good ideas for around the house.” I often skip forwarded emails. They make me suspicious. But grandma doesn’t forward emails often, so I opened this one. These tricks are awesome and easy. Most are ideas I have never thought of. Grandma was right, this forward is worth sharing. There was no source; no obvious author.  These are not my ideas and not my photos. But I think some of these idea will help with my January hopes. Which one is your favorite?

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

  • 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 WD-40.
  • 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.
  • Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone in a bowl.The concave shape amplifies the music.
  • Add this item to your beach bag. Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily, who knew?
  • 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.
  • Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose.
  • 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
  • When traveling, store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles from rubbing on your clothes. And you can find them in just about every hotel!
    A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant.
  • Start saving the bread tags.Bread tags make the perfect cord labels.
  • 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
  • Install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles. It keeps the cleaning supplies neater.
  • 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.
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