Around the House

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.

Peel garlic with a big shake

Hate keeping the skins off garlic? Use this method to clean them. First, smash the clove and cut off the ends where the cloves were attached to the root. Then, place the cloves in a container (I use an old plastic screw-top rice container, but any container with a...

Freeze popsicles upright

Freeze popsicles upright for a clean cut

For a mess-free cut, freeze your popsicles standing up in the freezer rack. Brilliant!  

Store kitchen items on the diagonal

Store your drawer items on the diagonal

Tired of either putting your utensils in a container, standing up on your counter, or piled in a drawer? Take it one step further and make your drawer storage on the diagonal for a better way to organize odd-shaped items.

Unstick that screw

If you ever have a screw that is stuck and doesn’t want to budge, put your Phillips screwdriver on the head of the screw and gently tap the head with a hammer. This should loosen up the screw. If not, remember that you can attach an adjustable wrench to...

A stylish soap dispenser with a Mason jar

Mason jar soap dispenser

Have you seen those blue Mason jars in local home improvement and craft stores? Pick up a package for some stylish projects around the house. One of them is this nifty soap dispenser. Just poke a hole in the top of a jar’s top with a hammer and nail...

Save trees while drying your hands

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There is a TED talk about ways we can make the world a better place, including using fewer paper towels when we wash our hands at a public restroom. Instead of grabbing a handful of paper, shake your hands off — a lot — and when you pick up...