Helpful Tips for Everyday Success

Life isn’t always easy, and it’s been a lot harder. Otherwise we wouldn’t have so many nifty inventions for gadgets to simplify our lives. I know I couldn’t live without my immersion stick blender. I can’t imagine the time it would take to make soap without it! Still, between work and family and just living, anything we can do to make things simpler and save time are always helpful. Here are a few tips I’ve compiled to make your day of household chores and organizing easier.

1.) Mason Jar as a Blender Jar – If your blender canister breaks, you can easily replace it with a mason jar by screwing it onto the blade and save money by not having to replace the entire blender. Plus, it’s perfect for making salad dressings, marinades, and spreads all in one container with no transfer later. Just be careful. Avoid using hot liquids and don’t fill the jar more than halfway. (Via Real Simple.)

2.) Pegboard Organization – Move the pegboard out of the garage and bring into the home office. If you’re like me you’re always lacking desk space and finding things in drawers can be daunting and time consuming. Bring everything you need into view by creating a pegboard organizational space above your desk. (Via Heart of Wisdom.)

3.) Freezer Meals – With a busy lifestyle finding time to cook can be scarce. Not to mention buying frozen dinners can be expensive. Use your free time to create meals for the entire week and freeze them for lunches and quick solo dinners later. This handy article contains tips on freezing basics, foods that don’t freeze well, freezing containers, the effects of freezing on spices, and even some recipes for foods that do freeze well like stuffed shells, bourbon chicken, and lemon cupcakes. (Via Or So She Says.)

4.) Cord Organization Tips – Use metal clips to organize your cords for your gadgets and chargers on the side of a desk or table so you aren’t hunting down a cord every time you need to plug in your laptop or ipod. You can also use bread tags as cord labels by writing the cord type on the tag and clipping it to the cord. (Via Be Different Act Normal.)

5.) Makeup Brush Storage – Make makeup brushes easy to find and keep them dry by storing them in upright in containers filled with clear plastic beads. (Via Liz Marie Blog.)

6.) Re-use Pour Spouts - Re-use spouts from salt canisters on mason jars by cutting the lid with spout from your salt container, measuring to fit your canning jar ring and attaching to your mason jar. Fill the mason jars with anything you use often like sugar or non-dairy creamer. (Via Thrifty Fun.)

7.) Water Dispenser – Use a dust pan to fill up buckets in sink areas where buckets won’t fit in the sink. (Via Pinterest.)

8.) Car Trash Receptacle – Use a cereal storage container as a trash bin for your car. The lid keeps trash in while you’re driving. (Via Better Homes & Gardens.)

What are some of your favorite tips for making household chores and organizing easier?

Comments

  1. omg this is amazing! a dust pan to fill a bucket? amazing. i would have never thought of that. i haven’t mastered how to wash a bucket in a shallow sink, that’s kinda tricky.

    freezing meals is a good idea. i do that with chili beans and other soups. sometimes meatloaf or other pastas like lasagna. it really does save a lot of time and headache when you’re hungry.

    thanks for the tips!

  2. I adore that little reused spout in a jar idea. It’s fantastic! Once my salt runs out, I’m definitely doing that. Thank you for sharing all these ideas! It’s such a help :).

  3. These tips are absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. What a brilliant way to keep your electronic cords from tangling! Must go find binder clips…

  5. love the dust pan idea!! Thanks!

  6. Thanks for sharing all these awesomoe ideas at the Home Decor and Organizing Link Party.

  7. wow, I’m amazed. Thanks for sharing this unique ideas!

  8. Very creative tips. I really like the one that uses a plastic cereal container as a trash can for the car.

  9. OMG – these are great tips!! I am sharing this post on my fan page!!

    Sorry I am so late, but I am Hop’pin by from ‘Handmade Love Thursdays’. I’m following your blog now, wont you please come and follow me back?? ~KM

    Krafty Max Originals

  10. Great ideas. I love that there are some new ones that I would never have thought of.

  11. great tips – now if only i could do them all!!

  12. Some brilliant ideas! Thank you.

  13. These are some great tips, if you don’t mind, I am going to re-post this! I am a new follower via Homemaker on a Dime. I invite you to visit my blog at wethreedyes.blogspot.com :)

    Cheers!

  14. I pinned all of these on Pinterest too. Isn’t organization wonderful! Hey, what program or application do you use to arrange these photos??? Please tell. svrmomof6 at gmail dot com

  15. I use gimp. It’s like photoshop, but it’s free and open source.

  16. I really love #4 and 7….. what great ideas! I never would have thought about filling a bucket with a dustpan.

    ~laura
    http://shinythingsandpie.blogspot.com/

  17. Wow! That cereal container for a car trash can is awesome.

  18. Can not wait to put all these into practice!! What else do u have for sewing /craft rooms?

  19. Love the dustpan tip – never thought of that!

  20. Love all of these ideas!

  21. I’ve just stumbled upon your blog, I’m trying to be more efficient and LOVE these ideas! Thank you!

  22. Anonymous says:

    The cereal container is a fantastic idea compared to hanging a bag on the glove box that I can never reach! One thing I would add…put a piece of velcro (the sticky side) on the side of the container so it will stick to the carpeted area. No tipping!

  23. Anonymous says:

    I took two receiving blankets and a plain metal hanger to make an earring holder. I folded one in half and draped it on the bottom of the hanger. I put my earrings on that pushing the hook/post all the way through all of the layers (to keep it from sliding one way or the other) and when they were all on it I draped the other blanket over it to help from dust settling on them and reduce tarnishing.
    Another is a medium to large width chain, a plastic child’s clothing hanger and two curtain rings (I used the ones shaped like a pear). Take one of the rings and hook it through one end of the chain and hang it on one side of the hanger. Do the same to the other side. Now you can hang your dangle earrings on it and hang it somewhere. If you have a very dusty house like me get a plastic grocery bag and put a small hole in the center of the bottom and put the hook of the hanger through it to protect the jewelry.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Old pillowcases are wonderful for protecting clothing in a closet or when traveling. If you have old ones with a zipper, even better. Put a small hole in the center of the closed side. If you worry about fraying put a coat of clear nail polish on the edges of the hole once it is cut and allow it to dry. Whatever clothing or whatever you have on the hanger is protected. Put your choice of items on the hanger and place the hook of the hanger through the hole of the pillowcase and gently pull the pillowcase down over the hanger. I used this when moving for my jewelry with the zipper ones and even if the jewelry came off of the hanger it did not go far because of the zipper. If you have a long enough pillowcase and a short item you are protecting, you can tie the pillowcase off at the bottom too or use a rubberband (keep in mind that rubber bands break, harden and snap fairly easily too so maybe use and old twist off of a bag of bread)

  25. Anonymous says:

    when you buy a frozen dinner they usually come in the black plastic microwaveable dishes. They are easy to clean and reuse. I prefer the ones in sections but any will do. If you cook a meal and have leftovers these are perfect. When you eat the meal save the black container and put the leftovers of a meal you cooked in it. Most of them will fit in a resealable freezer baggie. Put the food in the dish, put the dish in a baggie and put that in the freezer. They are very handy to have around and it is your own cooking so you KNOW what is in it too. Personally, I clean the dish and the baggie and reuse them as a pair.

  26. Anonymous says:

    If you washed baby bottles by hand you likely have a unit to drip dry the bottles and parts. These work great to drip dry resealable baggies that you have washed to reuse.

  27. Anonymous says:

    I do not like lotion on my hands but I love it on the rest of me. I took a round sponge about a quarter inch thick and about an inch and a half in diameter and glued it to a bottle top which was close to the same diameter as the sponge. That makes a great applicator for face cream.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Take a bottle of something to drink with you easily. Get a carabiner clip (these days they are cheap and easy to get) and take an O ring (I buy them individually at Menards) that is just a tiny bit smaller than the opening of the bottle. Use a sturdy and fairly large jump ring and attach the clip to the o-ring with the jump ring. Put the o-ring over the top of the water bottle until the bottle widens. Put the carabiner on a belt loop or purse strap and you should be good to go.

  29. 1. Mason jars were not meant to be blender jars. They could easily burst and spray glass everywhere. NEVER put anything warmer than room temperature in a Mason jar used this way.
    2. If you re-use the trays that microwave dinners came in, you risk ingesting chemicals that could be toxic. The trays were intended for one-time use and are NOT safe to re-use.

    • Anonymous says:

      Women have used mason jars for canning for years, before you were born.how do you think their sealed? Heat my dear, heat. Please research before you pin comment.

  30. Some of those ideas are really neat!

  31. Anonymous says:

    I did some research and have a response to above comments. First let me say everyone has their own practicle problem solvers/money savers. In response to the mason jars and food containers. Obviously someone doesnt can or jar preserves/fruit/jams. Then you would know the jars are able to with stand considerable heat. Secondly its absolutley rediculous to think that something we previously ate a meal on (frozen meal tray) would some how develope toxins and contaminate foods by reuse. There are many blogs/individuals that promote reuse/recycle of food containers. I did however, discover that experation dates on containers dont always have to do with its contents but the container itself. This does not mean the container becomes toxic and is harmfull if use for additional meals to be stored in. I love when people post opinions on other peoples blogs without doing research first. By the way Rebecca “LOVE IT” what a wonderfull well thought out and designed blog. Im so glad i found you. Its such a sweet way to start my day with a cuo of coffee in the morning. Thankyou so much

  32. Love all these ideas except the makeup brushes. Standing them upright, unless you wait 24 hours after a thorough washing, will cause the adhesive to loosen, and your bristles to fall out. Even if you use a spray cleanser, they should still be laid flat for about 6 hours.

  33. I love these handy household hint lists and this is a good one.Only proble is i don’t know what a mason jar is. We don’t have them here in Ireland.

Speak Your Mind

*

CommentLuv badge