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Thread: Ideas to Make Life Easier!!

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    Super Member ljptexas's Avatar
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    Post Ideas to Make Life Easier!!

    Just call me Helouise.........

    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.

    ~ 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 & there
    will be no more hunting through piles for a match.

    ~ 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 baby powder to your beach bag. It 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.

    ~ Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles 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.

    ~ 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 & cheaper than the packet stuff.

    ~ Install a tension rod under cabinets 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.

    ~ Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations.
    ~ I'm a Blessed Nanna to 2 Grandsons & 5 Granddaughters ~
    ~ I'm a Blessed Mom to DS & DDIL, DD & DSIL ~
    ~ Mom to 3 cats, Callie, Buddy & Daisy ~
    ~ God Bless the USA ~ ~ God Bless Our Troops ~

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    Senior Member sandybeach's Avatar
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    What great ideas. Thank you for reminding us.

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    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
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    wow, some really great tips there! thanks for sharing
    Nancy in western NY
    before you speak T.H.I.N.K.
    T – is it True? H – is it Helpful? I – is it Inspiring? N – is it Necessary? K – is it Kind?

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    I put an extra shower curtain rod above the tub in uor guest bath and use it to hang drip dry laundry on hangers.

    Also I start my seeds in egg shells - crack open the top third, punch tiny drain hole in bottom and stand in carton. Fill with soil and seeds and when plants grow just crush the shell and plant whole thing in garden.

    All those free magnets in phone books and from stores can be placed on sewing table, lining a bowl, on ironing board, where ever stray pins collect.

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    Senior Member redrummy's Avatar
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    I like starting seeds in cardboard egg cartons, using those over the door shoe organizers to store crafts in craft room on both sides of closet door, inside of coat closet for hats and gloves, clothes closet for belts scarves etc, bathroom for storage due to no cupboard, endless usage for such an inexpensive item.
    I am a Breast Cancer survivor, 3 years now!!!

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    Super Member MaryAnnMc's Avatar
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    in front of this dang computer instead of my Bernina!(Naples, Florida)
    Somebody has been on Pinterest! Love that site. I waste even more time there than I do here.
    aka Chicken McLittle

    If it's true we learn from our mistakes, I'm going to be a genius!

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    Super Member ptquilts's Avatar
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    I could never figure out the whole "Use a ______ to hull strawberries", be it a strawberry huller or whatever. I am usually slicing them, so with my little knife, I take off the top and then slice.

    I can't picture doing it with a straw. If the strawberry was firm the straw would bend wouldn't it?

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    Super Member butterflies5518's Avatar
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    Cool ideas, will be using several of these, thanks for sharing.
    Quilting makes me happy!..

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    Senior Member shrabar's Avatar
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    Its not wasted time when you can learn something even if it's one thing

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    I love these ideas and have tried several that work wonderfully. But I have to admit, (at least in my experience) hulling strawberries with a straw doesn't work. When I tried (and the strawberry was ripe and the straw was sturdy plastic) it just bent the straw. Oh well, many of the other tips worked great and I was happy to learn them.

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    You're right! Why didn't I think of that! Love the magnet strip in the bathroom and a few others. I'm going to go through these ideas again. Thanks.
    Mountain Woman

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    Thanks for the info of Pinterest. I had not heard of it, but now check it often for great ideas.

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    great stuff.

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