Tips

Organize balls, toys with bungee cords

Stretch bungee cords between two sections of shelves to keep balls organized in the garage. Or, use the same idea in a child’s bedroom to keep their stuffed animals up and off the floor.

Spray painting made easier with thumb tacks

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I love a product called Painter’s Pyramids, but when working with smaller items, like picture frames, you can instead use thumb tacks to keep the item off the ground while you’re painting it. This way, your paint won’t get stuck to whatever it is your item is sitting on...

For Halloween: Make a tiny Batmobile

Be the coolest parent on the block with this makeover for one of those Playskool cars. Full disclosure: the woman who did this says the bat decal/paint was the hardest part, and she shares tips on how to do it here. But if you can find a sticker that...

Use a plastic bin to keep lower cabinets organized

Don’t just toss your items into those cabinets! Instead, use a clear plastic bin to hold them all together. You can even stick a label on the outside so you know what’s stored in it (and for others to know, too).

Know when to toss a pillow

Even pillows have a lifespan. But how do you know when yours have reached the end of theirs? There’s one easy test to tell. Basically, just fold your pillow in half. If it pops back, it’s still fluffy and fresh. but if it stays folded, sorry, it’s too old...

Easy under-the-bed storage with drawers

Attach small casters onto the bottoms of old drawers for instant under-the-bed storage. I recommend heading to a thrift shop and getting a piece of furniture with drawers for cheap. That way, you can just spray paint them the color you want, or just leave them as-is — they’re...

Mix up your cereal before you get to the bottom

Don’t you hate it when you get to the bottom of the cereal box and you’r left with nothing but crumbs? Next time, when you first open the cereal bag, flip it upside-down and start from the bottom. That way, the crumbs and broken pieces will be more evenly distributed throughout...

Clean wax from a candle jar

If you have candles in glass jars (the kind with the resealable lid), they make great storage containers once the candle is burned through. There are two methods to cleaning out the old wax. 1) Freeze it, then take a knife and chip away at the frozen wax. Wash...

Keep wrapping paper organized

Use a wire shelf, set vertically behind your closet door frame, to keep your wrapping paper organized. Don’t have a wire shelf? You can also use a piece of scrap wood or even a bungee cord.

Hercules Hooks

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Have you seen those hooks advertised on TV that you can push into a wall by hand and they’ll hold up to 150 pounds? They’re called Hercules Hooks and can be found online; just do a Web search for the name. My friend Terri Crumley tried them out and...

An open-and-shut case

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Do you have a teenager who’s driving you nuts? Here’s a discipline technique you may not have thought of. Remove their bedroom door. I’m talking about talking if off the hinges and putting it out in your shed until the teenager in question earns it back. Remembering back to...

Get the grill going

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Have you ever had a charcoal fire peter out before it really got going? OK, you can douse the charcoal with more lighter fluid, throw a match on it and enjoy the big fireball. A safer method is to take a hair dryer, turn it on high and aim...