Space Saving

Keep calm and storage on. Organize, throw away, give away, put in storage, and repeat. That is one of the life cycles that I hate. There is never enough space. No matter how many times I clean out the closets and toy chests…stuff always manages to fill them up again. That means that I’m always looking for new organization tips and tricks. I found these ones super helpful and I hope you do too…

What is the most cluttered room in your home? Bath? Bed? Living? For me it’s a toss up between the bathroom and the playroom. The closets are pretty bad too. These should help me get it under control! I’m thinking #3 for the playroom (craft supplies) and #7 would help clean up a messy desk. My fridge isn’t too bad but I really like how it’s organized in #12. Clever clever clever.

Why be organized? Because it’s good for you! Simplify 101 can prove it.

Here’s the link to all 12 ideas…

Diply: 12 Genius Space-Saving Hacks That Will Change Your Life

Newspaper

Do you get the paper? Most likely you read it, clip a few coupons, and recycle it. Be sure to save a few pages before tossing it in the bin this time. There are quite a few fun DIYs that you can make with newspaper and there is also this great gardening hack. I can honestly say that I’ve never put a paper in the garden but after this I think I’ll give it a try.

Why would you put newspapers in your garden? To prevent weeds. It’s true. Cross my heart. This method is ‘chemical free’ and considerably cheaper since you’re already getting the paper to read the headlines. Paper, water, mulch, decompose, done. Weeds are gone. Will you try this?

There are some DIY weed killers out there too. They aren’t laced with harmful chemicals that can do a lot of damage. Here are just six of them.

See all the steps and how-to here…

Wimp.com: He Covers His Garden With Newspapers And Waters It. Awesome Gardening Hack!

Cleaning

Take a look at these 25 tips that will help get some of the tougher places around your home clean. Lot’s of these things I had no idea you could clean so thoroughly! My cutting board? Really? I normally just use the dishwasher. This is just one of the ideas.

Just in time for spring cleaning! Well, maybe just in time for your early summer cleaning. Where has the time gone? With Memorial Day coming up this weekend spring is officially over. Did you get all your spring cleaning done already? These are going to help if you have fallen behind.

I hate hate hate cleaning the toilet. I have broken toilet brushes scrubbing the ring. Did you know your Magic Erasers will erase a toilet ring without scrubbing. Those things truly are magic! Huffington Post has five other ways to clean the toilet. See which ones work best here.

Here’s the link to all 25 cleaning hacks…

Diply: 25 Thorough Cleaning Tricks For The Neat Freak

Tea

I am a hard core coffee drinker. It’s 10 in the morning and I’m 3 cups in already. I’m not such a fan of tea. Everyone once in a while I’ll mix together some Earl Grey and Peppermint (natural remedy for tummy aches) but not often. I mostly use fresh tea bags to deodorize shoes and boxing gloves but I guess I could drink a cup or two so I could try some of these ways used tea bags can be reused. We’ll see…

Have you tried any of these? Do they work? Let me know! I’d try using them for relieving skin irritation first. Especially, bug bites!

This got me thinking about coffee grounds and how they can be repurposed too. Popsugar has a list of 15 things you can do with them. Us coffee drinkers shouldn’t be left out just because of our refined pallets. Hehe. Find all the ideas here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

salt iron

My mother is an avid ironer, as was my grandmother before her. Tragically, the gene did not pass to me. I guess it’s not that tragic. Who really likes ironing? It’s a necessary evil that can’t always be avoided. Yuck! Another painful chore related to ironing is cleaning the dumb iron. (Are my true feelings coming out yet?) When it has to be done, do it the easy way! Next time it is on your to-do list, try this simple hack, use regular table salt. You will be surprised by the results!

Cleaning hack 101. Be creative, use what you’ve got, work smarter not harder. Get your nasty old iron, some Sodium Chloride (table salt), wax paper, a cutting board, and your iron will be as good as new in no time!

Now that you have a clean iron you need one of these…Let’s give ‘em something to talk about. Lol. I think I should get one of these for my Grandma. She would get a kick outta it.

Here’s the tutorial for a spotless iron…

Watch: Use Salt To Make Your Iron Spotless! (tutorial)

Hair

I am determined to learn a new hairstyle or two this summer. I need something quick like the ponytail and simple like the claw clip but nicer than both of those. There are those fancy occasions, lol.

Buzzfeed has a fabulous roundup of simple tutorials that will leave you and your hair gorgeous. There is one catch… in order to get great hair you need great products. Sorry there is no way around it. You will need pins, clips, a comb, brush, hair bands, salt spray, hair spray, hair paste, texturizing finishing spray, and leave in conditioner. It’s nice to have these things on hand even though you don’t need them for every ‘do.’ Watch for sales! I am excited to try these. I love the half up hair wrap and I really want to try the bangin’ braid. The chignon too. They’re my fave.

The Small Things Blog is one of my favorites for hair tutorials. The tutorials are so easy follow and the styles are so pretty. You’ll love them!

Here’s the link to all 26 hairstyle tutorials…

Buzzfeed: 26 Incredible Hairstyles You Can Learn In 10 Steps Or Less

Knife

An important part of cooking is having the right tools. Once you have them, proper upkeep and maintenance is important. I know that I am guilty of neglecting my appliances, especially my knives. They need to be sharp to be efficient, but how to sharpen them? I don’t want to buy any special tools. Don’t worry. You don’t have to. This video will show you what to do.

This is a great trick to know! You can sharpen knives on a ceramic mug! Or plate. Most complete sets come with sort of sharpening thing; called a honing rod I think. But this method seems easier and is great to know if you don’t have a sharpener.

P.s. You should cut a tomato with a serrated knife, not the one used in the video. Different blade styles have different uses. That’s why knives come in sets. Kitchen Knives has a list of how each should be used. Really interesting!

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Toothpaste

I had the most horrid experience last Thursday. A trip to the dentist took a turn for the worse when they started drilling. It turns out that I had a baby ‘flossing’ cavity, my first one ever! Shame! Needless to say that I will be brushing much better from now on. I’m going to stock up on toothpaste but not just for dental hygiene. Toothpaste has many surprising uses I bet you didn’t know about. It’s really quite versatile. Check it out!

Time to polish the silver! Haha. I don’t have a silver tea set but when I do I might have to use this in a pinch. Do you think number three works? I hope so! How cool would it be if toothpaste really could clean teeth and erase pictures from walls? I can’t wait to try number 11. Bites and burns be gone!

I don’t know if it will work the same way for cleaning/life hacks but you can make your own toothpaste. See what Family Sponge has to say about it here.

See all 19 ideas here…

Diply: 19 Unexpected Ways To Use Toothpaste Around The House

avacado

Ready for the best and most helpful post ever?! You will thank me for this one! Avocados are the best but they are temperamental. If you’re not careful they will turn brown on you and have to be tossed. What a waste! In this video from About.com, Brent Rose has some helpful tips on how to keep our avocados green and delicious. This was so helpful!

My personal preservation method… eat the whole thing! Lol. You can never have too much on your BLTA, salad, grilled cheese, or as a snack all by itself. If I do have any left, I tend to use the lemon juice method. How about you?

Avocados make me think of guacamole! Yum! Everyone loves that yummy party dip. Sadly, not all guac was created equal. The Huffington post has gathered together eight tips that I guarantee will make your guacamole legendary! Find them here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Untangle

Do you have problems with necklaces getting tangled? I know that I do! Especially the ones with really fine chains. If you have similar problem this video is for you! Crazy Russian Hacker always has the most creative tips and tricks for dealing with common household problems.

This is a good idea, I’ll have to remember it. Toothpicks and sewing needles also work. I’ve heard of some people using baby oil on the knot…do you think that works too? I bet it totally does but then you have to find a tutorial on how to clean your greasy necklace.

The best way to untangle necklaces is to keep them from getting tangled in the first place! There are so many brilliant ways to display them that there’s no excuse for them to get tangled in the first place. This necklace displace from Adorkable Duo is just one such example. Check it out here. I love it so much!

Here’s the video… Enjoy!