25 clever ideas to make life easier

Clever ideas: hull strawberries with a straw

Why didn’t I think of that?! We guarantee you’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems … some you never knew you had! (Above: hull strawberries easily using a straw via Amy-New Nostalgia)

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Clever ideas: use a walnut to heal furniture scratches

Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes. (via  Apartment Therapy)

Clever ideas: WD40 for cleaning crayon off TV screens

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

Clever ideas: keep a cut apple from going brown

Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band. (via At Home With Real Food)

Clever ideas: store bedlinen sets inside their pillowcases

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. (via Martha Stewart)

Clever ideas: bowl as iPhone sound amplifier

Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the music. (via Real Simple)

Cleaver ideas: wet wipe dispenser as plastic bag storage

Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags. (via Savvy House Keeping)

Clever ideas: baby powder to remove sand from feet

Add this item to your beach bag. Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily – who knew?! (via I Heart Nap Time)

Clever ideas: velcro strip on wall to hold soft toys

Attach a velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys. (via Real Simple)

Clever ideas: gift wrap storage on cupboard ceiling

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

Clever idea: stocking over vacuum to pick up lost items

Gotcha! Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose. (via Instructables)

Clever idea: box lid cupcake holder

Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid. (via Real Simple)

Clever idea: how to fold a fitted sheet

For those who can’t stand the scrunching and bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet. (via Steph Modo)

Clever idea: magnetic bobbypin storage

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

Clever idea: use shower caps to hold shoes when packing

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

Clever idea: muffin pan craft storage

A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant. (via Family Fun)

Clever idea: bread tags as cable labels

Bread tags make the perfect-sized cord labels. (via Unplggd)

Clever idea: cook cupcakes in ice cream cones

Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones – so much more fun and easier for kids to eat. Definitely doing this! (via Life Hacker)

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

Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag. Much healthier and cheaper than the packet stuff. (via Squawk Fox)

Clever idea: use a tension rod to hang spray bottles

Brilliant space-saver: install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles. Genius! (via A Thousand Words)

Clever idea: how to make heart-shaped eggs

Win friends at breakfast with this heart-shaped egg tutorial. Aww shucks! (via 9gag)

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

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. (via Wilton)

Clever idea: freeze aloe vera lotion for soothing burns

Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburn relief. (via Real Simple)

Clever idea: gutter veggie garden

Gutter garden: Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering. (via Life Hacker)

Clever idea: egg cartons for Christmas ornament storage

Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations. (via Re-nest)