March 9, 2012

12 (More) Why Didn’t I Think of That? Tips

Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that are the most ingenious, and I’ve rounded up 12 such tips all in one handy place. These household ideas are sure to have you wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Enjoy!

12 ingenious tips that will have you wondering, "Why didn't I think of that?!"
one.
Put a Dosage Checklist on Medicine Bottles @ Landee See, Landee Do

 
What a sanity saver for those rounds of antibiotics that never seem to end!

two.
Use Plastic Tubing to Tame Your Bobbins @ Sew Sweetness

 
When I came across this idea a couple of nights ago, I think I literally squealed with delight. What a smart, inexpensive idea to organize unwieldy bobbins!

three.
Revive Limp Celery in a Glass of Water
Did you know that limp celery can be crisped up again simply by cutting a slice off the root end and then submerging the cut end in a piece of cold water for an hour or two? I can credit my mom for showing me this little trick!
four.
Shred Chicken with a Stand Mixer @ Simply Healthy Family

 
I tried this little trick this week, and it worked like a charm! What a time-saver!

five.
 Keep Brown Sugar Soft with a Slice of Bread
Another trick I learned from my uber-smart mom: Place a slice of bread in the container with your brown sugar to prevent it from hardening. This works every bit as well as the ceramic disks you can purchase at the store! 
six.
Keep Necklaces from Tangling with Drinking Straws @ Real Simple

 
I wish I had learned this trick tens of tangled, mangled necklaces ago!

seven.
Put Stickers in Toddler Shoes for Easy Matching @ We Are THAT Family

 
Seriously – wow! Why did this never occur to me before?

eight.
Make a “Can/Can’t Play” Door Hanger @ Skip to My Lou

 
This idea even comes with a free printable to make your own! I love the idea of not having to be the “mean” mom who turns away eager friends at the door during homework or cleaning time.

nine.
Put a Flashlight by the Fuse Box @ Martha Stewart

 
So simple, it almost makes me feel silly I haven’t already been doing this!

ten.
Clean Windows with Newspaper @ Apartment Therapy

There really is no better lint- and streak-free way to achieve glistening windows than with newspaper and a simple solution of vinegar and water.
eleven.
Make Cleaning Rags from Old T-Shirts @ Simple Organized Living

 
Another great green cleaning idea to minimize waste: instead of using countless paper towels for cleaning tasks, whip up a batch of these beauties.

twelve.
Organize the Fridge with a Turntable @ Martha Stewart

 
Eureka! After prettying up the outside of the fridge this week with my magnetic frames, I think I’ll tackle the inside with this little trick this weekend.
 
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Wanting even more inspiration? Be sure to also check out these other round-ups of “Why-Didn’t-I-Think-of-That?” tips! 

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7 Responses to 12 (More) Why Didn’t I Think of That? Tips

  1. Sandy March 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    Those are so great! I am going to do several of them. I saw another today on Pinterest that I am going to start doing. We live out in the country on septic and water tank, so I cannot pour any grease down my kitchen sink. The tip I saw was to put aluminium foil in a bowl and then pour in the grease. When it hardens, ball up the foil and throw it away! So much easier than pouring it into old cans and jars like I have been doing. What did we do before Pinterest?? :)

  2. Kate W. March 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    I love the medicine bottle idea (where was this a month ago? ;) ), the straw for the jewelery (although I’ve seen this before but really should do this) and the flashlight idea. That last one is happening ASAP at our new house. Keep these ideas coming!

  3. Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants March 10, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    Great ideas! When I was a kid we had a neighbor that had a pool. They made a flag to hang in the front yard we knew if the flag wasn’t up to not bother to come over and see if we could swim, always thought that was a great idea!

  4. Jake Easley March 10, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Great tips! Thank you.

    I wanted to add to #5. Not sure where I read it, but I use Jumbo Marshmellows. Not only do they keep it soft, they stay fresh forever, and you don’t have to worry about them molding.

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