January 24, 2012

12 “Why Didn’t I Think of That?” Tips

I never cease to marvel at the sheer abundance of amazingly useful information available on the internet. Every once in a while, I stumble upon an idea that makes me stop and think, “Now why didn’t I think of that?” I’m passing along twelve of these tips that are simple, no-nonsense ways to streamline various aspects of your life!
These ingenious tips will have you wondering, "Why didn't I think of that?!"
one. Piping Bag Trick @ Dollar Store Crafts via Karen’s Cookies

Heather calls this amazing technique for filling piping bags mind-blowing, and for good reason: it really is! For anyone who has ever dealt with the hassle of filling piping bags for any project involving frosting, this is a must-read.
two. Cupcake Liner Storage @ Tidy Mom

I can finally reclaim my utensil drawer from all of those rogue cupcake liners! What a simple, brilliant idea!
three. Freezer Paper Pattern Tracing @ Girl. Inspired.

When I first came across this trick from my friend Stef, it was a serious A-ha! moment! By tracing patterns onto freezer paper (or by printing PDF patterns directly onto freezer paper using your inkjet printer), you can then iron each piece onto your fabric before cutting out, eliminating the need for pins or pattern weights. And no bunching or shifting!
four. Grocery Bag Storage @ Tatertots and Jello via Infarrantly Creative

Finally – a way to consolidate the grocery bags that want nothing more than to take over my pantry! Beckie’s tip for how to roll the bags so they dispense properly is downright clever.
five. Hanging Pictures with Pop Tabs @ Apartment Therapy

Have a piece of artwork with no hanger? What a smart idea to use a pop tab to do the job!
six. How to Regrow Green Onions @ Cookthink

You know those little white bulbs you are left with after chopping green onions? Place them in a bit of water, and they will sprout so you can harvest new growth several times! Who knew?
seven. How to Prevent Painted Items from Sticking While Drying @ Chica and Jo

This idea of using push pins to avoid the frustration of having newspaper remnants stuck to the edges of your painted projects is brilliant!
eight. How to Remove a Stripped Screw with a Rubber Band @ Apartment Therapy

With this handy dandy trick a dreaded stripped screw is no big whoop!
nine. Mess-Free Painting Tips @ The Family Handyman

There are some truly ingenious ideas in this lineup, but my favorite is definitely the idea to use Glad Press’n Seal to protect surfaces as you paint!
ten. DIY Foaming Soap @ Full of Great Ideas

Get the same fun foaming action at a fraction of the cost! I am definitely going to try this one.
eleven. Bread Tag Cord Labels @ Apartment Therapy

What a true sanity-saver this little trick will be the next time I need to decipher the origin of the wires behind my desk!
twelve. Lint Roller Glitter Pick-Up @ Real Simple

Not that I tend to be a messy crafter or anything. Of course not. But if I were, this might just revolutionize my crafting life! ;) This same idea would also be a terrific way to clean up small bits of paper and embellishments left over from kids’ craft projects.

Wanting even more inspiration for making life a little easier? Don’t miss these other round-ups of helpful tips!

12 More Why Didn’t I Think of That Tips
10 Helpful Household Tips

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