Many items that we use every day (and sometimes throw away) can be used for new purposes. I’m no Helloise with Helpful Hints, but I have a few ideas to share – some favorites around my house.
For months, I’d thrown these jewels in the trash. Useful little plastic packages these are – free with my favorite gum! Plus, they have attached flip-caps, so the lids don’t get misplaced.
Do you hate plastic straight-pin packages as much as I do?
No more spilling with the Mentos gum package.
The dowels used for the ribbon rack in my Ribbon Storage shelf had an end cut off that was too short for another full width of the rack. What to do with those 15″ pieces of dowel?
Keep one in each car to clean all the crud from between the console and the seat. With the tip against the floorboard, scrape the dowel back and forth to swish the “stuff” to the front or rear of the seat.
Store the dowel on the floorboard beside the console, and it’s easy to grab when needed.
Why the gray duck tape tag?
The note on the tag helps prevent car wash attendants from removing the stick, mistaking it for trash. (Yes, this happened several times before thinking of a solution.) The tag also makes the dowel easier to find when you need it.
No more lost French fries. But don’t eat them – they’re really yucky after being down there in the pit!
The dowel works great as a back scratcher, too. Keep one in your desk drawer for easy access.
Speaking of my ribbon storage shelf, the bread tabs are very helpful for rolls of tape. I got this idea from a helpful hints email I received.
When sewing, I have trouble remembering the size needle that’s in the machine.
No problem now!
Are you tired of endless trips to the sink for water to refill your steam iron?
This jug holds plenty of water. It’s easy to grip and refills easily in the closest bathtub or deep sink, like the kitchen or laundry room sinks.
And, one of my all-time curtain panel sewing secrets.
Sometimes I hand-sew them, hiding under the hem. Sometimes I sew one extra short seam to form a pocket for them at the hem line.
An extra-long wrapping paper roll cut in half for a more personal use.
Don’t you love to re-purpose stuff? I’d been wasting those rolls, using them as swords in sword fights. I mean, letting the kids use them in sword fights. 😉
Do you have a few extra of these around the house?
We have winds like Kansas here in The Land of Making Do, and these were the perfect solution for stabilizing my outdoor tablecloths. Easily removable, too.
I hope these ideas inspired you today. I’d love to hear some of your helpful hints. So, leave me some comments, y’all.
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