Here on my blog, I strive to share simple, everyday tips and tricks that can help make life a little bit easier. But sometimes, the tips that I want to share aren’t something I can write a whole blog post about. And since I simply cannot waste a good idea, I tuck them away to use at a later date. Today I’ll be sharing some of those tips and tricks, in the eighth edition of my ongoing series I like to call “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?”
Note: Many of the tips I share on the blog come straight from your comments and emails. If you have a great idea you’d like to share, leave it in the comments, and your idea could be featured in the next “Why Didn’t I Think of That?” post!
Smart Cookie Storage
I get so many great ideas from my readers, and this tip is no different. A few months ago, a reader wrote in to me to share a very clever idea for reusing a Pringles chip container! She said that when her son was deployed to Afghanistan, she sent him homemade cookies packed into an old Pringles container. According to her, if you pack them snugly, it works like a charm!
Rather than moving around to tell where each port is on your laptop, make a mark above where the port is. I drew a line above the USB port and a dot above the charging port, but you can use whatever symbols make the most sense to you. Plugging things in just got a lot easier!
(If you don’t like the idea of writing directly on your laptop, cut up a sticky note into small squares and use those instead.)
Here’s an easy index system for notebooks. Write a list of categories on the front or back page of your notebook. Each category should have its own line. Then, go through your notebook and make a mark at the edge of the page according to the line for that category.
For example, pretend you have a notebook of recipes and the “Dinner” category is written on the 11th line on your index page. Then on each page with a dinner recipe, you would make a mark along the edge of the 11th line. When you look at the notebook from the side, you’ll be able to see where each of the dinner recipes are!
While some people like the powdery stuff at the bottom of the cereal box, other people find it too sweet. If you’re in the “too sweet” camp, here’s an easy way to get rid of it. When you’re getting to the bottom of the cereal box, start pouring the cereal into a colander or sieve first, and then transferring the cereal to a bowl. The sugary-sweet powder will get sifted out, leaving just the cereal pieces behind.
Brilliant Bacon Breakfast
Combine bacon and pancakes into an all-in-one breakfast that’s sure to be a new family favorite! Cook up some bacon on your griddle. Then, leaving the grease and a strip of cooked bacon on the griddle, pour your pancake batter right over the top. The pancake will cook around the bacon, resulting in a salty, sweet, and totally delicious breakfast!
Simple Razor Cover
Need a safe way to cover your razor on an upcoming trip? Use a binder clip! Just clip it over the edge of your razor to keep it safe while you travel.
Fabulous Frozen Grapes
Frozen grapes are one of my all-time favorite treats, but they’re pretty useful too! You can use frozen grapes as ice cubes in your favorite drink. They’ll keep your drink cold without watering it down as they thaw.
If you have a small microwave, you can microwave two bowls at once by using a mug! Just prop one of the bowls on top of the mug, so it will be raised above the other bowl, giving you enough room to squeeze both in.
Steam Away Wrinkles
Here’s an easy way to smooth out a wrinkled blouse if you don’t have an iron on hand. Just put a pot of water on your stovetop to boil, and hang the shirt above the pot. The steam from the boiling water will help release the wrinkles, and your shirt will be wrinkle-free in no time!
Fix For Tight Shoes
If you have a pair of shoes that are just little too tight, try stretching them out! Put on your thickest pair of socks, then put the shoes on. Turn on your hair dryer and point it toward the shoes. The heat will relax the outside of the shoes, and the thick socks will help stretch them out a bit. Brilliant!