July 17, 2014 1:00 am
So prompts lifestyle blogger Brit Morin, who offers 10 more ways to get double duty from ordinary household items:
- Disposable ice packs – Fill small balloons partially full and freeze them. Pack them in an ice chest for a colorful way to keep food and drinks cold on the move.
- Package opener – Hate that clamshell packaging that seems impossible to open? Use a can opener to slice through one side of the plastic.
- Add a key – Save your manicure by using a staple remover to pry open a key ring to add or remove a key.
- Melon baller – An ice cream scoop used as a melon baller will give you larger, prettier portions of fruit for your next company platter.
- Candle lighter – Don’t burn your fingers using a match to light those birthday or outdoor candles. Light the end of a strand of spaghetti and use that as your lighter.
- Bathroom caddy – Short on bathroom space? Hang a plastic shoe organizer on the back of the door to hold curling iron, hair dryer, big bottles of body lotion and more.
- Jewelry holder – Keep bracelets, chains and necklaces from snarling by storing them individually in the cups of a plastic ice cube tray placed in a dresser drawer.
- Shoe holder – Don’t throw out that empty cardboard wine carton. Laid on its side in your closet, it can behave like a cheap shoe organizer to keep your shoes off the floor.
- Pool noodle boot keeper – Done with your pool noodles for the year? Cut them in half and stuff them in your boots to help the boots stand up in your closet.
- Herb chopper – Protect your fingers by chopping herbs with a pair of scissors instead of a knife. Snipping them directly into the bowl, platter or measuring cup saves washing the cutting board, too.
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