Ingenious Moms

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.

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...

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...

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...

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!  

Leftover Peeps? Roast them!

Stuck with leftover Peeps? Make them into s'mores

Stuck with too many Peeps after Easter? Set up a family campfire this weekend and make them into s’mores!

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...

Buy in-season food for best deals

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Usually you can buy things out of season to save money, but the opposite is true with food. You need to buy it in season to get the best prices.

Arm your first-aid kit with a red washcloth

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This one is such a great idea I have to share it right now. Keep a red washcloth in your first aid kit. That way, if you’re tending to a child’s cut, they won’t freak out because it’s a red washcloth!

Use monster spray to keep fears at bay

Monster Spray

Are your kids scared of the Boogeyman under the bed? Mix up some “Monster Spray” and squirt it under the bed or in the closet. Everybody can go back to sleep now.

Use Vick’s to ease nighttime cough

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To help lessen a nighttime cold or cough, rub Vick’s VapoRub on your child’s feet before they go to bed, then have them wear socks.