Hiding

Do you have things that need hiding? I think everyone has hidden a door key or a little extra cash around the house. The sock drawer you usually use? That is the first place someone with ill intentions will look. Try out these great ideas for a brand new hiding spot. I never would have thought of most of these before now! Love.

I made one of these hidden books in high school. It kept my diary away from prying eyes. (Here’s looking at you little brother.) Maybe that is what led me down the path of DIY. Thanks Jake! Make sure you read the book before hollowing it out. I wish I had, lol, I hear Winston Churchill was a good writer.

If you are looking for something from the professionals, try out The Home Security Superstore. It has a ton of other ideas to go along with their products.

Here’s the link to all 16 ideas…

Diply: 16 Secret Hiding Spots You’ll Have A Hard Time Finding Again

home organization

The trend in homes is to make them smaller and more efficient. More efficient not only when paying the power, gas and water bills, but also in using the space you have available. No more McMansions and 4000 square foot homes. This roundup has some brilliant ideas on how to use your available space efficiently.

Need to hide away that cat box? Try number 2. No pun intended. OK, maybe a little intended. There are great ways to create a guest room for the occasions when you are hosting out-of-towners.(Like the in-laws.) You can still use the space as an office or den most of the time, when you are not hosting.

I don’t know about you, but my kitchen is too small for all my gadgets. I need to try a few of these ideas to make room for them. It will also keep me from digging through that ‘catch all’ drawer just to find a wooden spoon.

After all, a house is just a place to put your stuff. Even if your home is huge, it still seems as though you never have enough space. Big or small, it might be time to think about getting rid of some clutter. Check out some practical tips here.

Here’s the link to all 21 ideas…

Wimp.com: 21 Brilliant Ways To Save Space Around Your Home.

Garlic

I love garlic. It’s great for boosting the immune system, flavoring your favorite dishes, and keeping vampires at bay. Lol. Well, at least it’s good for the first too. I love fresh garlic but I often use store bought minced because it is quicker and I am in a hurry to finish dinner. That tasty species of onion (I didn’t know it was in the onion family until now) can be a real pain to peel! Dave Hax has a fun video hack that will making peeling garlic speedy and simple! Love it!

While we’re on the subject of peeling difficult things, Mangoes are the worst! They are delicious to eat but the most horrid things to peel. You end up wasting a lof of the fruit and juice ends up getting everywhere. Here are some hacks that should help. Instructables has one approach. Lifehacker has another. Both are better than what you have been doing!

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

soda hacks

I love soda. Sometime I will forego a cup of my delicious dark Sumatra roast in the morning for some bubbly caffeinated goodness. Maybe I should cut back and start using it for other purposes. Like some of the tips and tricks mentioned in this video from Household Hacker. They’re great!

Who knew soda could do all this?! Did you know about these hacks? Which did you find most helpful? I can’t wait to try getting gum off the carpet! The soda ice tip is brilliant. I regularly put cane sugar in my cut flowers to make them last, of course soda would work better! I’m going to try this ASAP!

To drink soda or not. That question has people divided. (I’m of course going to drink it!) One thing everyone can agree on is that it has heaps of sugar. A little sugar isn’t bad but a lot can be dangerous. So the next time you are craving caffeine, get the smaller size and not the ginormous. Your body will thank you. Check out what the experts have to say.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Wrap

I have always considered myself to be a gift wrapping Hanshi. A Hanshi is the highest level that can be achieved in Karate; they are someone who has has a total and complete understanding of their craft. It turns out that I’m still lacking in a few area. *Gulp* Humble pie.

This video shows an amazing and simple way to wrap gifts. It only takes a few seconds and uses just a few pieces of tape! Only two! These gifts are so lovely. If I could learn this method it would make my life easier. I am curious about weird shaped packages. I bet it wouldn’t work for those.

If wrapping isn’t for you…take the gift bag route! I tend to go that way myself. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be very affordable. The ones at Oriental Trading are a bit more so than the ones at Hallmark but I love them all.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

roll hack

I love hacks! I don’t always use them but I like to collect them. Lol. You never know when a random bit of information might save your life. It’s great when the tips and tricks can be done with things you already have around the house too. That’s why I love the hacks in this video; they’re all about toilet paper.

Some of these just made me smile but others would be super helpful. Using the tubes to organize wrapping paper is a great idea. I also like the camping toilet paper. I normally like to camp where there are toilets but this would be good to know. The balloon contraption is crazy! If I ever have to kill anything with a balloon, life as we know it is over and I’m probably not going to survive.

I have been crafting with TP rolls since I was itty bitty. We used to make kazoos and shakers out of them (budget cuts in music class). I think we used them to wrap presents like candy too. These cardboard rolls are quite versatile, as this roundup from My Bad Pad shows us. They can be used for kiddos crafts and a medium for skilled artists. I was quite impressed by these designs. See them for yourself here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

genius home hacks

When you are cleaning the house or looking at doing some interior decorating, you might not think of some obvious hacks that are staring at you right in the face. Some things we so easily overlook instead of seeing how unique something is or what purposes it can serve.

Well we stumbled across an interesting article that shows you some easy but useful hacks to make your life easier! You’ll be surprised at these tips and wondering how come you didn’t think of these yourself!

For example, did you ever think of hiding that unsightly router or modem in a hollowed out book? Hey it might sound like a trivial thing but really it is all of the small things that make a big difference when it comes to decorating. Another awesome smart idea is to use contact paper to plan out a photo gallery wall. Talk about making life easier!

Go ahead and visit the link below to learn a bunch more hacks that will make your life a breeze! Enjoy…

Change Your Ways

Doing things differently sometimes leads to something exceptional. I don’t know if doing these 10 simple things are going to make your life more exceptional but they will make it easier. And maybe a little more fun!

These hacks will save you some precious time. Personally, I’d steer clear of using a sharp knife to open a jar. I’d cut myself or break the knife. (PS are those hot dogs in a jar?) I’m really excited about the chips bowl. If I have a party I’m still using a fancy bowl but otherwise I’m sure going to rock this hack. I found the tips for peeling garlic the most helpful! I love cooking with it but hate smelling like it!

What are some other things that you could be doing differently? Washing dishes. There are so many variations out there. One way isn’t wrong, there are just others. Check out what Hub Pages has to say on the matter.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Save Money

It’s all about the Benjamins baby. Holding onto them that is. It would be grand if money grew on trees but unfortunately it doesn’t in my neck of the woods. I never want to be accused of being cheap but I also don’t want to be throwing my money around like a crazy person. I can’t afford the rockstar lifestyle! Lol. I can always use more money saving tips like these ones from Household Hacker. Which is your favorite?

Pinching pennies has never been so simple! These seven tips are fun and easy. The vacuum seal to keep food fresh is really cool. I’m dubious but curious to try the battery/screw hack. Does it work? I already use the LED lights and I can swear by them. Start saving money people!

The Family Handyman has 10 other tips that I’m sure you will love. Super helpful and super thrifty! Check out all ten here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Fork

Traveling is one of the most rewarding experiences. You get to see the world, experience other cultures, and make amazing memories. It can also be a little scary. It’s a big world out there and it pays to be prepared. The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page. Let’s read the whole novel people! Let’s also be safe. A travel lock can help with that. Check it out!

This isn’t a DIY you can do on the fly. I don’t’ know about you, but I don’t travel with a hacksaw or vice. I would like to make one and travel with it my suitcase for my next trip. A little extra security never hurt anyone!

I like the DIY dinner fork lock but I love this one from Corporate Travel Safety even more! It takes up hardly any space in your suitcase, about the size of two pens. If that’s all it takes for added comfort, I’m onboard! Check out this cool travel lock here.

This video is fabulous… Enjoy!