Around the House

A big box can hold Christmas wrappings

Instead of using an ugly trash bag on Christmas morning, consider wrapping a large box. People can throw their trash in it. It’ll look much better when you’re taking you are taking pictures.

Decorate for the holidays on the cheap

Holiday decorating on the cheap: Use red, green or gold spray paint on branches and pine cones. You can also spray paint empty boxes and bows.

Make your own fire starters

Make your own firestarters for your fireplace at home or the next time you’re camping. Collect items like pecan shells, sawdust and dry grasses and pack them into a cardboard egg carton. Pour melted wax on top and then just tear it apart when you need something to help...

Spray paint customizes a door mat

Buy a plain doormat and make it whatever color you want with a few coats of spray paint.

Recycle an old TV cabinet into a dog house

Here’s a great way to recycle an old TV cabinet: Turn it into a dog house!

Use waxed paper to make dusting easier

Doing some fall cleaning? Place a piece of wax paper on upper kitchen cabinets where dust and grease particles gather after you dust. Every few months, switch out the paper for a fresh sheet. (Thanks to This Old House for the tip and pic!)

Cupboard turned into chalkboard

Here’s a fun project. Paint a panel (or more) in your kitchen with chalkboard paint and use it for notes. Turn a drawer pull upside-down and use it to hold the chalk. I’ve also seen the inside of a cupboard door painted in chalk paint, with reminders on the...

Organize your quilting fabric with file folders

Tired of seeing piles of cut fabric in your sewing room? Then use file folders to keep the fabric organized. Cut the folders in half and drape the fabric over the tops of them. This is a great tip for people who do quilting, since they often deal with...

Washing too many cups? Magnetize them

Glue a strip of magnet onto the back of your kids’ cups to keep from constantly re-washing them. In between cups of water, kids can just stick them back on the fridge.

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.

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...