We were cleaning out the back of our car recently, and we discovered, for the zillionth time, a yucky sticky mess in one of the cup holders. The mess took far too much time to clean. Knowing there had to be a better way to spend our lives, I discovered this handy solution. Line the cup holders in your car with silicon cupcake liners. The liners will catch most of the junk. After they do, you can simply remove them, clean them in warm water and dish soap, and replace them. These handy little liners take the headache out of a potentially messy job.
I get a little aggravated and impatient when I can’t find a bobby pin at that critical moment when you just need one. And more often than not, that seemed to be the case. I discovered that bobby pins and magnets go together like two peas in a pod. Once I made this accidental discovery, I decided to make something of it. I adhered a few inches of magnetic strip to the inside of a bathroom drawer. When I pull the pins out of my hair, they go straight to the magnet where they stay until I need them again. No more scrounging around for bobby pins with this simple bobby pin holder!
We’ve made it a goal around our house to create usable space from what might seem like unusable space. For instance, check out the inside of our newly painted office desk cabinet. We created a cupboard door organizer by covering a bulletin board with a neutral fabric. This opens up space to tack up reminders and inspirations. On the lower section of the door, we adhered a dry erase board for quick notes or for homework problems. We love this convenient space!
For some of us, hanging a picture or a wall collage can be a cause for cold feet. Take the fear out of the commitment, though, by tracing the outline of your wall art onto a piece of paper. Cut out the representation, and tape it to the wall where you desire your artwork to hang. Arrange and rearrange the paper or papers on the wall until you’ve achieved perfect picture placement. Set the nail while the piece of paper is stuck to the wall, and then replace the paper with the actual decoration. No need to freeze up when you know you won’t be filling and painting unnecessary nail holes that you committed to in haste.
We believe that when you make cookies, you should do it big. So, we suggest you double the recipe and bake up a batch to indulge in right away. With the second half, stock up your ice cube trays. Divide your dough into individual ice cube compartments, and throw your trays in the freezer. It’s handy to have ready to bake cookie dough when your kids show up with an unexpected group of hungry friends. Or when you have a killer cookie craving of your own. Be prepared with fresh, homemade cookies in minutes with your ice cube tray cookie dough.
If you’re looking for a simple, space saving idea that makes the most of unused space in your kitchen, try this clever cupboard door storage trick. Attach clothespins to the inside surfaces of your cupboards. When you’re ready to hang it up for the day, you can. Literally. Clip your dish cloth and sponge to the clothespins to dry. Your sink and counter space will be clear and tidy. And, the clothespins work well for rubber gloves or even fly swatters.