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20 household tips to make your life easier!

At the begining of each year I have the sudden urge to PURGE (pun totally intended) and organize my house. I’m always looking for cool tips and things that make my life easier. Send any great tips you have my way! ๐Ÿ™‚ Today I’ve rounded up 20 household tips to make your life easier. YEA! Are you wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Yeah… I was too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

20 household tips

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Use a piece of tape to make hanging pictures a breeze. (source)

Keep all your BAKING measurements & tools in one place! Great idea!

Keep all your BAKING measurements & tools in one place! (source)

Shower Hack

Use an over-the-door shoe organizer in the shower -brilliant! (source)

How to cook corn on the cob in 5 minutes flat! #tips

How to cook corn on the cob the easy way! (source)

Create a magnetic command center in your kitchen to keep organized. (source)

Place a rubberband around a cut apple to keep it from turning brown. (source)

Use a curtain rod and baskets to organize under your sink. (source)

Use a rubber band to remove a stripped screw. (source)

Learn how to clean a dishwasher here.ย 

Use a walnut to cover up dings in furniture. (via Apartment Therapy)

Learn how to cook asparagus.

Color coordinate your keys with different colors of nail polish. (source)

Remove nail polish with a magic eraser and nail polish remover. (source)

Make a holder for charing your cell phone from a lotion bottle. (source)

Remove crayons from your screen with WD-40. (via Apartment Therapy)

Use a wipes holder to store plastic bags. (source)

Use a cupcake holder to organize your craft supplies. (source)

Use a cupcake liner as a drip catcher. (source)

Create paint swatch sticks for each room. (source)

Use baby powder to remove sand from the park or beach. (source)

Stick a few marshmallows or pieces of bread in your brown sugar to keep it soft. (source)

Place a bag with vinegar over your shower head to get it clean. (source)

So many great household tips! I can’t wait to use more of these in my home. Check out more of our tips HERE.

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  1. Love having all of these tips in one place!! You have no idea how many screws I’ve stripped in my DIY lifetime. I’m definitely going to have to save the rubber and idea!

  2. I think I will try the vinegar one today after my shower. I’m being lazy and haven’t gotten out of bed yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I deserve one day off, right?

  3. So, I have known most of these great tips (minus the apple, sandpaper/match, and magnetic command center), but since I hadn’t “pinned” them, they were forgotten. I think the first I’m going to do is the baggie with vinegar on the shower head. Thanks for sharing these and all the other amazing things on your blog!!

    1. One of your tips (uaing nail polish to mark keys) reminded me od somerhkng I do. I use nail polish to mark the top of a plug on my electrical appliances to save having ro figure out which side is up. I did this to my Kindle charger too!

      1. If you use glittery polish (or Crayola glitter glue markers) you can also *feel* which is up and downside of plug in the dark or without even looking. This is helpful for items you have to plug in every night.

  4. I already knew about a bunch of these. The vinegar on the shower head works awesome! Also, I just saw an idea on Pinterest (I don’t think I pinned it or I would site the source) to use popsicle sticks instead of paint sticks to keep a color swatch of paint for each room. Then punch a hole in the end and loop them together with a binder ring. Totally portable to take to the store with you!

    1. Hi, Laura! Just one thing about the popsicle stick idea.. the color calibrators at stores like home depot require a swatch at least the size of a quarter if you’re trying to get them to match it for you. It’s helpful if you have a touch-up to do down the road but didn’t save the can. Happy diy’ing!

  5. I found a water saving tip for the toilet…… ad a brick inside the tank. Yes a brick it’s the most energy efficient thing I have found what a simple and yet cheap trick. I have one of those water saver flushers but that tank is SOOOOO big. I added a brick and I still have plenty of water to flush with. YAY!!

      1. People say that putting something in the toilet tank that takes up space means that less water will be used each time the tank refills after a flush. You don’t have to use a brick…I’ve heard of people using a glass jar or a jug too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I place a tiny dab of peanut butter on the back of picture frames. Then I just line up then press the frame against the wall and the ย tiny dabs of PB on the wall tell me where to put the nails. ย Hand press the nail into wall to create a mark where nail goes, wipe away PB, ย hammer your nail over the ding, then voilร … Perfectly spaced ย spaced nails. ย  I do like the tape idea though too…ย 

  6. Thank you for compiling such a useful collection of tips! I love the curtain rod under the sink one… besides being great for hanging spray bottles, it’s also a convenient place to hang dust rags and rubber gloves.: )


    1. I really love the tape to hang pics Nd the rubber band to remove a stripped screw . The tips here will be very helpful ! Thanks. !

    1. One of the easiest ways to store plastic bags is to simply stuff them into an empty square tissue box. So easy to pull just one out at a time, plus the box is already decorated.

  7. Great tips! Unfortunately, I found that the rubber band for stripped screws didn’t work… I tried it several times! ๐Ÿ™ Can’t wait to try some of the others though!

  8. We’ve been doing this, and student loan people banks continue the same function. In Japan, where touch is avoided as much as I liked him.

  9. love the one about the walnut for the furniture,going to try that very shortly on my electric fireplace.hope it hides the dings as it’s brand new.thanks!

  10. I have been putting off hanging a canvas my daughter got me because it would take me forever to get it hung. I am excited about using the tape idea.

    1. How does that work…. Ive done the wax thing (rain-X) on some in the past but that’s a bit of work. Id love to try the dryer sheets on shower glass

      1. Try using 1 T dishwasher rinse, 1/2 C hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 C Rubbing alcohol, and teaspoon Dawn in a spray bottle (Add water to top). Tip up and down to mix…. of Rain -X. Lots cheaper and works for everything! I use on shower doors (for soap scum buildup), door knobs (germie), Even cleaned my glasses with it. You need to be diligent about shower doors, soap build up happens every time you shower… will drain down into bottom and keep the floor clean too! WARNING: Slippery, so have a sponge or whatever in tub handy to swish around the floors and hang on during this progress!!! I take care of shower spraying while I’m showering and use the sponge when I’m finished, to make my hubby happier when he gets into it later!!!

  11. I will start with the shower head, I looks incredible that you can use only vinegar inside a plastic bag. Thanks very much for the information.

  12. These are great. So glad I had seen this page of ideas! Thank you for sharing. Another I have seen and am getting ready to try is to get one of the small curtain rods (the kind you have to screw in, say for a small bathroom window) and attach to the inside of your kitchen cabinet and you can then hang pots and pans lids on it. Hopefully I have described that well enough to make sense.

  13. And thxs for posting the tips… I love these ideas. My mom puts the scouring pad (the one that rust after one use) in a Styrofoam cup in the freezer to keep it from rusting and it works, I was impress which isn’t easy to do. :). Thxs gurls.

  14. I found an easy way to hang pictures with 2 hangers on the back. I simply tie a strong piece of wire or string between them and I can center the picture perfectly! Very often the hangers aren’t even and it’s somewhat frustrating to line them up correctly on the wall. This prevents that and I’ve only used one nail or screw, which translates into only one hole in the wall!

  15. We all go to the doctors once in a while. You know that band they use around your arm when you have lab tests done. They are suppose to use a new one every time. See if lab tech will give it to you. Next time you have a hard time opening a jar, wrap band around jar and you have extra gripping power. You can also use larger rubber bands the same way

  16. Thanks for the great tips. I also use pale nailpolish to mark the hooks on curtains when I remove them to wash. I can then put them back in the exact place. Hope this helps somebody! thanks again.

  17. An even better way to cook asparagus, is to make it into a bundle on a folded piece of foil; wrap the foil around the bundle and put it in a steamer. ย Easy to pick up when done and just drop in a serving dish with butter, S&P.

  18. May i ask something about your other household tips cleaning, please, i want to know what is the best ink stain remover (clothes).
    Thanks for your kind consideration.

  19. I used this to con my kids into learning when they were young. They wanted to help me cook, so I had them measure water for me. Now, the easiest way for them to do this without making a mess is to stand them on a chair and fill the measuring cup in the sink. Any spills go down the drain. I’d ask for 1/3 cup, a 1/2 cup, etc. They were learning their fractions (we discussed what each meant) and motor skills. And now, for us older ladies who still like to make cakes but find holding the mixer a bit tedious, put the mixing bowl in the sink! That way, we don’t have to hold the mixer up high, we can lean on the sink or lean the mixer on the sink. Way easier:)

  20. Another great idea is to get a hard bread clip put on cord and write on it with permanent marker like DVD, phone etc

  21. Vinegar works great. I use CLR on my shower head to. When the water pressures in the shower gets to running low. I take the shower head off and pour a little CLR in a bowl and soak the shower head in it there is also a little screen in the shower head ย I take it out and soak it to it gets clogged due the hard hard water. Works great and you have great water pressure and a clean shower head.
    As a saver note I just pour the left over CLR back it the bottle will last a long time.

  22. I paid particular attention to your rubber band for stripped screws and crayon ideas. They were great and so helpfulย 

  23. OK, so using sandpaper to strike matches is an awesome idea! Will certainly be using this when we start our camp fires.

  24. These are amazing! All the kitchen tips are my favorites! We have a tiny kitchen and I can never find things and when I cook bigger meals, I never seem to have the right measuring tools on hand. Thank you for sharing all these!

  25. Will have to remember using the rubber band to get rid of a striped screw the next time I need to try it. Nice tip!

  26. I love all the tips. When you are a Parent, its good to have learn all of these things. Especially with the clothes, it will even got a mold remediation that will look like a dark spots and very hard to pull it off.

  27. On your Matches in the mason jar, I put the sand paper INSIDE the jar lid. Since the inside of the jar is water proof as long as the lid is on tight, you will always have a dry place to strike your match. This ideal is really for campers. An old trick from my Grandma when I first packed my bag on my first Girl Scout camping trip(in the 60’s).

  28. Nice post, Jamielyn! I HATE cleaning, so this was perfect for me. I especially like the tub trickโ€ฆ or any of these having to do with baking soda+vinegar=fizz! Thanks!