At home there is always an easier way to do things, but most often we continue to do our tasks and chores the way we have done them for years. Here is a list of hacks that will stimulate your creative thought process in coming up with shortcuts and hacks to make daily life easier. The guys in the head office tell me we have to give the standard disclaimer, "Consult your professionals before trying these hacks and shortcuts".
- Use a hanging shoe organizer to store cleaning supplies on the back of a pantry door: Hang a shoe organizer on the pantry door and use the compartments to store cleaning supplies like sponges, brushes, and sprays, keeping them easily accessible and organized.
- Attach a Command hook inside a cabinet to hang measuring spoons and cups: Stick a Command hook inside a cabinet door and hang your measuring spoons and cups on it, saving drawer space and keeping them within reach when cooking or baking.
- Place a tension rod under the sink to hang cleaning spray bottles: Install a tension rod under the sink and hang your cleaning spray bottles on it. This creates additional storage space and allows for easy access to your cleaning supplies.
- Use a paper towel holder to hold and dispense garbage bags: Insert a roll of garbage bags onto a paper towel holder, and pull them out one by one as needed. This keeps the bags organized and makes it easy to tear them off.
- Store bed sheets inside their matching pillowcase for easy organization: Fold your bed sheets neatly and place them inside one of the matching pillowcases. This keeps your sheet sets together and makes it easy to grab a complete set when changing your bedding.
- Attach a magnetic strip to the inside of a bathroom cabinet door to store metal grooming tools: Stick a magnetic strip to the inside of your bathroom cabinet door and use it to hold metal grooming tools like tweezers, nail clippers, and scissors. This keeps them easily accessible and prevents them from getting lost in a drawer.
- Hang a shower caddy on the inside of a bathroom cabinet door to maximize storage: Hang a shower caddy on the inside of your bathroom cabinet door to store and organize toiletries. This creates extra space and makes it easy to find what you need while keeping the countertops clear.
- Use a hairdryer to warm up a sticker or label for effortless removal: If you're struggling to remove a stubborn sticker or label, use a hairdryer to apply heat to it. The heat will soften the adhesive, making it easier to peel off without leaving residue.
- Place a magnetic strip inside a bathroom drawer to hold bobby pins and hair clips: Attach a magnetic strip to the inside of a bathroom drawer and use it to hold bobby pins, hair clips, and other small metal hair accessories. This keeps them organized and prevents them from scattering around.
- Attach a Command hook on the side of a bathroom cabinet to hang a hairdryer: Stick a Command hook on the side of your bathroom cabinet and hang your hairdryer on it. This saves countertop space and keeps your hairdryer easily accessible.
- Hang a shoe organizer on the back of a closet door for additional storage: Hang a shoe organizer on the back of your closet door and use the pockets to store accessories, such as scarves, belts, or hats. This maximizes storage space and keeps everything organized.
- Use a binder clip to keep a toothpaste tube rolled up neatly: Use a binder clip to secure the rolled-up end of a toothpaste tube. This helps keep the toothpaste tube compact and prevents it from unraveling.
- Place a small tray near the entryway to corral keys, wallets, and other essentials: Set up a small tray or dish near your entryway to serve as a designated spot for keys, wallets, and other frequently used items. This helps prevent them from getting misplaced and keeps your entryway organized.
- Store wrapping paper rolls in a garment bag to keep them organized and protected: Slide your wrapping paper rolls into a garment bag and hang it in a closet. This keeps the rolls neatly stored, prevents them from getting damaged, and makes it easy to access them when needed.
- Hang a shoe organizer on the back of a bedroom door for storing accessories: Hang a shoe organizer on the back of your bedroom door and use the compartments to store accessories like socks, ties, or jewelry. This creates extra storage space and helps keep your accessories easily accessible.
- Use a tension rod in a drawer to create compartments for storing remote controls and small gadgets: Install a tension rod inside a drawer to divide the space into compartments. Use these compartments to store and organize remote controls, small gadgets, or stationery items, making it easier to find what you need.
- Attach a binder clip to the edge of a desk or entertainment center to keep charging cables organized and within reach: Clip a binder clip to the edge of your desk or entertainment center and thread your charging cables through it. This keeps the cables organized and prevents them from falling off the table or getting tangled.
- Place a rubber band around a soap dispenser to control the amount of soap dispensed: Wrap a rubber band around the neck of a liquid soap dispenser. This restricts the amount of soap that comes out with each pump, preventing wastage and mess.
- Use a pool noodle to cover sharp edges of furniture to prevent bumps and bruises: Cut a pool noodle lengthwise and wrap it around the edges of furniture, such as tables or bed frames, to provide cushioning and protect against accidental bumps and bruises.
- Hang a shoe organizer on the back of a seat to hold items for movie nights or road trips: Hang a shoe organizer on the back of a seat in your living room or car and use the pockets to store items like snacks, drinks, or entertainment devices. This keeps everything within reach and organized during movie nights or road trips.
- Hang a tennis ball from the garage ceiling to mark the ideal parking spot: Attach a tennis ball to a string and hang it from the garage ceiling so that it touches the windshield when your car is parked in the ideal position. This acts as a visual guide to help you park your car in the right spot every time.
- Use a pool noodle to protect car doors from hitting the garage wall: Cut a pool noodle in half lengthwise and attach it to the garage wall at the height where car doors typically open. This provides a cushioned barrier to protect both the car and the garage wall from accidental damage.
- Attach a Command hook to the side of a trash can to hold garbage bags in place: Stick a Command hook on the side of your trash can and use it to secure the edges of garbage bags. This prevents the bags from slipping down into the can and makes it easier to replace them when full.
- Use a tension rod in the garden shed to hang gardening tools: Install a tension rod in your garden shed and hang your gardening tools on it. This keeps them organized, prevents them from getting tangled, and saves space in the shed.
- Place a tension rod in a cabinet to create a convenient lid holder for pots and pans: Install a tension rod vertically in a cabinet and use it as a lid holder for pots and pans. This creates an organized storage solution and makes it easy to access the lids when needed.
- Use a tension rod in the laundry room to hang clothes for air-drying: Install a tension rod across the laundry room and hang clothes on hangers to air-dry. This saves space, prevents wrinkling, and allows for efficient drying.
- Attach a magnetic strip to the side of a washer or dryer to hold small metal items like safety pins: Stick a magnetic strip to the side of your washer or dryer and use it to hold small metal items, such as safety pins or sewing needles. This keeps them within reach and prevents them from getting lost.
- Hang a shoe organizer on the back of a laundry room door for storing laundry supplies: Hang a shoe organizer on the back of your laundry room door and use the pockets to store laundry supplies like detergent, fabric softener, or stain removers. This maximizes storage space and keeps everything organized.
- Use a binder clip to hold socks together while laundering: Clip a binder clip around pairs of socks before throwing them into the washing machine. This keeps the socks together throughout the wash cycle, preventing them from getting lost or separated.
- Place a wooden spoon across the top of a pot to prevent boiling water from spilling over: Rest a wooden spoon horizontally across the top of a pot while boiling water. The spoon will break the surface tension and prevent the water from boiling over the edges.
- Put a rubber band around a paint can to wipe excess paint off the brush and prevent drips: Wrap a rubber band around a paint can vertically, so it crosses the opening. This allows you to wipe excess paint off the brush on the rubber band, preventing drips and keeping the can's rim clean.
- Use a toothbrush and vinegar to clean hard-to-reach spots, such as bathroom fixtures or grout lines: Dip an old toothbrush in vinegar and use it to scrub hard-to-reach spots, like bathroom fixtures or grout lines. The vinegar helps dissolve dirt and grime, while the toothbrush bristles provide effective scrubbing.
- Wrap a rubber band around a paint can vertically to remove excess paint from the brush: Stretch a rubber band vertically from top to bottom around a paint can, so it's taut. As you pull the brush out, drag it against the rubber band to remove excess paint, leaving a clean brush for the next application.
- Place a rubber band around a paint can horizontally to wipe excess paint off the brush: Stretch a rubber band horizontally around the middle of a paint can. When you dip the brush into the paint, slide it against the rubber band to remove excess paint, minimizing drips and mess.
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