by Leslee Stewart

I’m someone who loves shortcuts. Just ask my husband. He likes driving the main streets, while I love traveling through neighborhoods and back roads, especially if it means I might shave a minute or two off my arrival time.

And nothing is as great as shortcuts that make life at home a little easier. A friend of mine posted this list on her facebook page, and I immediately started using a few of them at home (personally, I love the apple/rubberband idea). Try a few for yourself, and see if you, too, can shave (or save) a little extra time from your daily routine.

25 Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier (source: Ange’s Web-Log)

1. Hull strawberries easily using a straw.
Clever ideas: hull strawberries with a straw

2. Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.








3. Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls)

Clever ideas: WD40 for cleaning crayon off TV screens

4. Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band.

Clever ideas: keep a cut apple from going brown

5. Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bedlinen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match.

Clever ideas: store bedlinen sets inside their pillowcases

6. Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the music.

Clever ideas: bowl as iPhone sound amplifier

7. Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.

Cleaver ideas: wet wipe dispenser as plastic bag storage

8. Add this item to your beach bag. Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily.

Clever ideas: baby powder to remove sand from feet

9. Attach a velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.

Clever ideas: velcro strip on wall to hold soft toys

10. Look up! Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the floor.

Clever ideas: gift wrap storage on cupboard ceiling

11. Gotcha! Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose.

Clever idea: stocking over vacuum to pick up lost items

12. Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid.

Clever idea: box lid cupcake holder

13. For those who can’t stand the scrunching and bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet.

Clever idea: how to fold a fitted sheet

14. Forever losing your bathroom essentials? Use magnetic strips to store bobby pins (and tweezers and clippers) behind a vanity door.

Clever idea: magnetic bobbypin storage

15. A tip for packing. Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles rubbing on your clothes. And you can find them in just about every hotel!

Clever idea: use shower caps to hold shoes when packing

16. A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant.

Clever idea: muffin pan craft storage

17. Bread tags make the perfect-sized cord labels.

Clever idea: bread tags as cable labels

18. Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones – so much more fun and easier for kids to eat.

Clever idea: cook cupcakes in ice cream cones

19. Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag. Much healthier and cheaper than the packet stuff.

Clever idea: microwave your own popcorn in a plain paper bag

20. Brilliant space-saver: install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles. Genius!

Clever idea: use a tension rod to hang spray bottles

21. Win friends at breakfast with this heart-shaped egg tutorial. Aww shucks!

Clever idea: how to make heart-shaped eggs

22. Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough over the top and voila – you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream. Click here for recipe.

Clever idea: use upside-down muffic pan to make cookie bowls

23. Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburn relief.

Clever idea: freeze aloe vera lotion for soothing burns

24. Gutter garden: Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.

Clever idea: gutter veggie garden

25. Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations.

Clever idea: egg cartons for Christmas ornament storage


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