Timesavers and Organizing Hacks

May 22, 2016

timesavers-organizing-hacks

You know when you see a simple timesaving trick or organizing tip and think, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?!’  Over the past few years, I’ve stumbled upon ideas on blogs, in magazines, and categorized on Pinterest that have rocked my world.  Some of them are so simple, and SO clever, I’ve slapped my head in disbelief that it could really be THAT easy.  Here’s a few of my very favorite organization tips, storage ideas, DIY tricks, and things that will make things simpler, cleaner, and all around better.

Trust me, you’ll never look at tinfoil, ketchup bottles, and seat warmers the same way again.

25+ timesavers and organizing tips that will rock your world!

Pour cooking grease into a bowl covered in tinfoil.  Once hardened, just ball it up and throw the tinfoil away.  No clogged drains or icky messes!

25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World{via Better than Burgers}

Write a dosing chart with marker on medicine bottles to keep track of when meds were taken.  Especially helpful when multiple family member are sick, or when you have ‘medicine head’ yourself.

25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World{via landeesee, landeedo}

Use a dry erase marker on your washer to write what shouldn’t go in the dryer.

25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World{via Mommy Savers}

A cereal container makes a great trash can for the car.

25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World{via Pinterest}

Stick a magnet strip on the back of your medicine cabinet door or the side of a drawer to corral bobby pins.

25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World{via Camille Styles}

Another bobby pin trick… use a tic tac container to hold them in your purse.  No more stray bobbies!  {yes, I use a lot of bobby pins}  ?

25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World{via do it and how}

Put Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls in a preheated waffle iron for easy Cinnamon Waffles.

25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World{via Lady Behind the Curtain}

Use your seat warmer to keep pizza hot while driving home.

25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World{via 9gag}

Use a potato peeler to cut thin slices of onions.

25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World{via Chef Pins}

Use a ketchup bottle to dispense batter for perfect pancakes.

25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World{via 9gag)

Use frozen grapes in your wine glass on warm days instead of ice cubes which will only dilute your wine (and WHO would want THAT?!)

25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World{via Weekend Homemaker}

Make a market bag from a tank top.

market tote from a tank top{via Making Lemonade}

And a reusable produce bag from a citrus sack!

make a reusable produce bag

{via Making Lemonade}

Hang a picture using a soda can tab.

{25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World}{via Apartment Therapy}

Use a Paint Stick and Screw to Hang a Wire-Backed Frame

{25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World}{via View Along the Way}

Use a Hose to Clean Your Paint Roller in Under a Minute

{25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World}{via View Along the Way}

Use Press and Seal wrap instead of tape to protect awkward spaces while painting.

{25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World}{via Family Handyman}

Use a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush to make quick (clean) work of touchups.

brilliant DIY tip {25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World}

Freshen old tape by microwaving it for 10 seconds and it’ll be almost good as new.

brilliant DIY tip {25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World}{via Family Handyman}

Use a rubber band to remove a stripped screw.  Really.

brilliant DIY tip {25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World}{via Pinterest}

Use mailing tube or wrapping paper rolls to roll table runners and linens to avoid wrinkles and fold lines.

brilliant storage tip {25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World}{via Real Simple}

This particular idea uses the paint stirrer sticks as portable samples of the paint colors in your home– which I actually do.  But when I first saw this pin, I thought it was popsicle sticks… which are even more portable!

brilliant DIY tip {25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World}{via Natty by Design}

Store plastic bags in empty tissues boxes for free bag dispensers.

brilliant organizing tip {25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World}{via Real Simple}

Stick a flashlight to the fuse box using a magnet and never have to curse while trying to see the breakers again.  (not that YOU’D curse, just sayin’ SOMEONE might curse)

brilliant organizing tip {25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World}{via The Weekend Homemaker}

Mismatched tea cups and saucers from the thrift store made pretty jewelry holders.

brilliant organizing tip {25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World}{via Martha Stewart}

#1 Tip for organizing your home effectively: Protect Your Prime Storage Real Estate (do it once, and it’ll change your home organization forever!)

brilliant organizing tip {25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World}{via Fieldstone Hill}

Use a Command Hook on the back of a high chair to hold bibs.

brilliant organizing tip {25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World}{via Pinterest}

Store all the Lego manuals in one binder so you have them at your fingertips (plus find a bunch of other great Lego storage ideas in the link under the photo).

brilliant organizing tip {25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World}{via Just Like the Number}

Use a toilet paper tube as a ‘cuff’ to keep wrapping paper from unrolling.

brilliant storage tip {25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World}

Use binder clips to organize and hold charger cords on your nightstand or desk.

brilliant organizing tip {25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World}{via Pinterest}

And last but not least, a gentle reminder…

{25+ Brilliant Ideas and Timesavers That Will Rock Your World}{via Pinterest}

I’m guilty as charged.  Reading all these great ideas is one thing, but getting up and making them happen is another.  Did you see any you could use?  Choose your favorite, most likely you have the supplies on hand already.  Let’s get it done right now!  Go ahead now, I’ll wait.

:: plays Jeopardy theme music ::

Did you do it?  I’m so proud of you!  Now go do another, let’s get this thing done now!  {it IS my motto for 2013, right?)

What brilliant timesaving tricks make life easier for you?  Any ideas that you’ve found totally rock your world?   Please share!

 

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