20 household tips to make your life easier!

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At the begining of each year I have the sudden urge to PURGE (pun totally intended) and organize my house. I’m always looking for cool tips and things that make my life easier. Send any great tips you have my way! :) Today I’ve rounded up 20 household tips to make your life easier. YEA! Are you wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Yeah… I was too. ;)

20 household tips

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Use a piece of tape to make hanging pictures a breeze. (source)

How to cook corn on the cob in 5 minutes flat! #tips

How to cook corn on the cob the easy way! (source)

Create a magnetic command center in your kitchen to keep organized. (source)

Place a rubberband around a cut apple to keep it from turning brown. (source)

Use a curtain rod and baskets to organize under your sink. (source)

Use a rubber band to remove a stripped screw. (source)

Learn how to clean a dishwasher here

Use a walnut to cover up dings in furniture. (source)

Learn how to cook asparagus.

Color coordinate your keys with different colors of nail polish. (source)

Remove nail polish with a magic eraser and nail polish remover. (source)

Fill cupcakes 3/4 full for a fluffy cupcake and 2/3 full for a flat cupcake. (source)

Make a holder for charing your cell phone from a lotion bottle. (source)

Remove crayons from your screen with WD-40. (source)

Use a wipes holder to store plastic bags. (source)

Use a cupcake holder to organize your craft supplies. (source)

Use a cupcake liner as a drip catcher. (source)

Create paint swatch sticks for each room. (source)

Use baby powder to remove sand from the park or beach. (source)

Store matches in mason jar. Add a piece of sand paper in the cap to strike the matches. (source)

Stick a few marshmallows or pieces of bread in your brown sugar to keep it soft. (source)

Place a bag with vinegar over your shower head to get it clean. (source)

So many great household tips! I can’t wait to use more of these in my home. Check out more of our tips HERE.

SO I’m curious…which tip are you going to try first?

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  1. Lori posted on January 3, 2013 at 5:34 am (#
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    LOVE these tips!!! I thought I knew it all, but alas, I got some great new ideas here. Thank you!

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  2. Laura Beth posted on January 3, 2013 at 8:47 am (#
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    Love having all of these tips in one place!! You have no idea how many screws I’ve stripped in my DIY lifetime. I’m definitely going to have to save the rubber and idea!

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  3. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen posted on January 3, 2013 at 8:56 am (#
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    I love the matches tip, especially since every time I open the box of matches, they’re upside down…Plus, anything in a jar is automatically cuter!

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  4. Shawnna posted on January 3, 2013 at 9:25 am (#
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    I think I will try the vinegar one today after my shower. I’m being lazy and haven’t gotten out of bed yet. ;) I deserve one day off, right?

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    • Oleth replied on April 5th, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Also do the same for outdoor faucets

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  5. Suzanne posted on January 3, 2013 at 9:41 am (#
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    So, I have known most of these great tips (minus the apple, sandpaper/match, and magnetic command center), but since I hadn’t “pinned” them, they were forgotten. I think the first I’m going to do is the baggie with vinegar on the shower head. Thanks for sharing these and all the other amazing things on your blog!!

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  6. Diane DiDiana posted on January 3, 2013 at 9:57 am (#
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    Great tips I am going to use some of them right now

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  7. Abigail posted on January 3, 2013 at 10:22 am (#
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    Love this. Thank you for this post! Definitely going to try!

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  8. Randi - Dukes and Duchesses posted on January 3, 2013 at 10:22 am (#
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    Great post! I just pinned it … I love simple ideas that make life better.

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  9. Ashley Emmett posted on January 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm (#
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    so many clever ideas! I love the nail polish keys!

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    • Lu K replied on December 25th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      One of your tips (uaing nail polish to mark keys) reminded me od somerhkng I do. I use nail polish to mark the top of a plug on my electrical appliances to save having ro figure out which side is up. I did this to my Kindle charger too!

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      • Jamielyn replied on December 27th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

        What a great idea for electrical appliances. I think it’s a good idea to help you remember what cord goes to what! :)

      • Anne replied on January 4th, 2014 at 11:28 am

        If you use glittery polish (or Crayola glitter glue markers) you can also *feel* which is up and downside of plug in the dark or without even looking. This is helpful for items you have to plug in every night.

        • Jamielyn replied on January 8th, 2014 at 3:13 pm

          What a great tip…I’ve never thought of that! Thanks for sharing your idea Anne!

  10. Jenny Y posted on January 3, 2013 at 12:50 pm (#
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    Use bath scrubbies for washing dishes..lots of suds and easy to clean and air dry.

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  11. Nikki posted on January 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm (#
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    I found a water saving tip for the toilet…… ad a brick inside the tank. Yes a brick it’s the most energy efficient thing I have found what a simple and yet cheap trick. I have one of those water saver flushers but that tank is SOOOOO big. I added a brick and I still have plenty of water to flush with. YAY!!

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    • DIANE replied on October 20th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      WORKS GREAT ….. HAVE BEEN DOING THAT ONE FOR 37 YRS

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    • Jennifer replied on January 4th, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      But why does the brick in the toilet help save water?

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      • Jamielyn replied on January 8th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

        People say that putting something in the toilet tank that takes up space means that less water will be used each time the tank refills after a flush. You don’t have to use a brick…I’ve heard of people using a glass jar or a jug too. :)

  12. Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life posted on January 3, 2013 at 3:07 pm (#
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    I already knew about a bunch of these. The vinegar on the shower head works awesome! Also, I just saw an idea on Pinterest (I don’t think I pinned it or I would site the source) to use popsicle sticks instead of paint sticks to keep a color swatch of paint for each room. Then punch a hole in the end and loop them together with a binder ring. Totally portable to take to the store with you!

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    • Summer replied on January 21st, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Hi, Laura! Just one thing about the popsicle stick idea.. the color calibrators at stores like home depot require a swatch at least the size of a quarter if you’re trying to get them to match it for you. It’s helpful if you have a touch-up to do down the road but didn’t save the can. Happy diy’ing!

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  13. Sarah posted on January 3, 2013 at 6:03 pm (#
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    These are great, thank you!! Just in time for the New YEAR!
    Sarah
    The Eager Teacher

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  14. Marti in San Diego posted on January 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm (#
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    Fabulous ideas…especially love the paint stick one!!
    Cheers from San Diego!

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  15. Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home posted on January 4, 2013 at 4:21 am (#
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    The stripped screw and tape for hanging pictures are genius! I will definitely use these. Why have I wasted so much time measuring space between picture hangers?? I’ll also try the shower head-vinegar trick. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Dana replied on September 9th, 2014 at 3:50 am

      I place a tiny dab of peanut butter on the back of picture frames. Then I just line up then press the frame against the wall and the  tiny dabs of PB on the wall tell me where to put the nails.  Hand press the nail into wall to create a mark where nail goes, wipe away PB,  hammer your nail over the ding, then voilà… Perfectly spaced  spaced nails.   I do like the tape idea though too… 

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      • Jamielyn replied on September 20th, 2014 at 10:56 pm

        Great idea Dana! Thanks for sharing. :)

  16. Pat C. posted on January 4, 2013 at 7:55 am (#
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    Thank you for compiling such a useful collection of tips! I love the curtain rod under the sink one… besides being great for hanging spray bottles, it’s also a convenient place to hang dust rags and rubber gloves.: )

    xoxo

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  17. Shelise posted on January 4, 2013 at 11:00 am (#
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    Love all of these ideas and can’t wait to try them! Thanks!! :)

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  18. Nikki @ Chef in Training posted on January 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm (#
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    SO MANY great ideas in one place! Love this post, Jamielyn! Pinned :)

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  19. Candy Shepherd posted on January 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm (#
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    Vinegar over my shower head is going on now!! Thanks.

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    • Jeannie replied on January 3rd, 2014 at 12:51 am

      I really love the tape to hang pics Nd the rubber band to remove a stripped screw . The tips here will be very helpful ! Thanks. !

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      • Jamielyn replied on January 8th, 2014 at 3:24 pm

        I’m glad you found them helpful Jeannie! Thanks for stopping by!

  20. Deborah posted on January 4, 2013 at 3:47 pm (#
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    I think I’ll try first the wipes container/plastic bag holder. Then a few others as well. Thanks for the tips.

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    • Karen replied on January 16th, 2014 at 1:06 am

      One of the easiest ways to store plastic bags is to simply stuff them into an empty square tissue box. So easy to pull just one out at a time, plus the box is already decorated.

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      • Jamielyn replied on January 17th, 2014 at 4:35 pm

        Awesome idea! I am always looking for ways to organize my plastic bags so I don’t just throw them all in a bag!

  21. Marsha posted on January 4, 2013 at 9:12 pm (#
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    Thank you these tips are GREAT!

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  22. Marilou S. posted on January 7, 2013 at 9:59 am (#
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    I am going to use the tape to hang a picture first!

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  23. Lindsey posted on January 9, 2013 at 7:19 am (#
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    Great tips! Unfortunately, I found that the rubber band for stripped screws didn’t work… I tried it several times! :( Can’t wait to try some of the others though!

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  24. Robin Moylan posted on January 12, 2013 at 4:53 am (#
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    Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Len posted on May 8, 2013 at 9:31 pm (#
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    super like!!

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  26. Chelleigh posted on May 8, 2013 at 11:43 pm (#
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    Love, love, love!

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    • Jamielyn replied on May 9th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

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  27. belang posted on May 9, 2013 at 12:22 am (#
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    great tips…

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  28. Cathy Johnston posted on May 9, 2013 at 6:19 am (#
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    The tape for hanging pictures was a great idea.

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    • Jamielyn replied on May 9th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Thanks Cathy! Have a great day! :)

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  29. The Student Loan People posted on May 23, 2013 at 1:11 pm (#
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    We’ve been doing this, and student loan people banks continue the same function. In Japan, where touch is avoided as much as I liked him.

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  30. Denise posted on August 1, 2013 at 7:23 am (#
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    Love them all!

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  31. ellen posted on September 2, 2013 at 8:25 pm (#
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    Like them all! Just read about vinegar over shower head. Going todo that tomorrow. Thanks for all the great ideas.

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    • Jamielyn replied on September 3rd, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      The vinegar works so well, you just reminded me that I need to do that again too! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  32. bette posted on November 1, 2013 at 10:40 pm (#
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    love the one about the walnut for the furniture,going to try that very shortly on my electric fireplace.hope it hides the dings as it’s brand new.thanks!

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    • Jamielyn replied on November 2nd, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      That’s a great tip, I hope it works well for you! Thanks for stopping by Bette!

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  33. Amit posted on November 7, 2013 at 5:44 am (#
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    Cleaning a shower head has always been a tough job for me.. but with your trick it becomes so easy to clean it thank you..

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    • Jamielyn replied on November 8th, 2013 at 12:51 am

      I love the shower head trick, it makes it so much easier! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  34. Rita Wilson posted on December 29, 2013 at 3:28 pm (#
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    I have been putting off hanging a canvas my daughter got me because it would take me forever to get it hung. I am excited about using the tape idea.

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 1st, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      The tape idea has been such a time savor! Good luck hanging up your canvas! :)

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  35. lisa posted on December 29, 2013 at 6:45 pm (#
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    I just did my bathroom first the showerhead and then the tub with baking soda and vinegar…worked great!

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 1st, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      I love using that tip, it works like a charm! :)

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  36. Barbara Wren posted on December 29, 2013 at 10:16 pm (#
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    I will try several of these GREAT tips…Thanks for sharing them!

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 1st, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      You are so welcome! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  37. Barb posted on December 30, 2013 at 7:28 pm (#
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    Don’t forget dryer sheets to clean soap scum off glass shower doors

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 1st, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Great tip Barb! Thanks for commenting!

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    • amanda replied on January 5th, 2014 at 8:07 am

      How does that work…. Ive done the wax thing (rain-X) on some in the past but that’s a bit of work. Id love to try the dryer sheets on shower glass

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      • Cathy replied on February 14th, 2014 at 3:33 pm

        Try using 1 T dishwasher rinse, 1/2 C hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 C Rubbing alcohol, and teaspoon Dawn in a spray bottle (Add water to top). Tip up and down to mix…. of Rain -X. Lots cheaper and works for everything! I use on shower doors (for soap scum buildup), door knobs (germie), Even cleaned my glasses with it. You need to be diligent about shower doors, soap build up happens every time you shower… will drain down into bottom and keep the floor clean too! WARNING: Slippery, so have a sponge or whatever in tub handy to swish around the floors and hang on during this progress!!! I take care of shower spraying while I’m showering and use the sponge when I’m finished, to make my hubby happier when he gets into it later!!!

        • Cathy replied on February 14th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

          Sorry, INSTEAD of Rain-X. And cheaper too!!

        • Jamielyn replied on February 17th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

          Great tips Cathy! Thanks for taking time to share it with all of us! :)

  38. Kristyn posted on January 2, 2014 at 8:18 am (#
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    Great collection of tips!!

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  39. shaista posted on January 3, 2014 at 12:05 am (#
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    thnx for all these excellent tips.

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 8th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      You are so welcome! :) Thanks for commenting!

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  40. jyoti posted on January 3, 2014 at 3:15 am (#
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    love this tips, i will try to 1st in all mobile charging holder. thnx 4 giving me a wonderful tip. bye

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 8th, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      You’re welcome! Enjoy.

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  41. Fran posted on January 3, 2014 at 7:36 am (#
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    I’m getting out my walnuts. Love all your tips. So easy to follow. Great job

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 8th, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks Fran! These tips have definitely helped!

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  42. Adrienne posted on January 3, 2014 at 9:30 am (#
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    Love all of these. Thanks for sharing

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  43. Olga Golomba ms posted on January 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm (#
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    I will start with the shower head, I looks incredible that you can use only vinegar inside a plastic bag. Thanks very much for the information.

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 8th, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      That is such a wonderful tip! Thanks for stopping by!

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  44. Jennifer posted on January 4, 2014 at 10:43 pm (#
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    These are great. So glad I had seen this page of ideas! Thank you for sharing. Another I have seen and am getting ready to try is to get one of the small curtain rods (the kind you have to screw in, say for a small bathroom window) and attach to the inside of your kitchen cabinet and you can then hang pots and pans lids on it. Hopefully I have described that well enough to make sense.

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 8th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Great tip Jennifer! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  45. amanda posted on January 5, 2014 at 8:10 am (#
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    And thxs for posting the tips… I love these ideas. My mom puts the scouring pad (the one that rust after one use) in a Styrofoam cup in the freezer to keep it from rusting and it works, I was impress which isn’t easy to do. :). Thxs gurls.

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 8th, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Great tip! Thanks for stopping by Amanda! :)

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  46. lei posted on January 6, 2014 at 12:46 am (#
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    Love all the great tips can’t wait to try them

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 8th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      These tips have definitely made my life a little easier, hope they do for you as well! :)

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  47. Deborah posted on January 6, 2014 at 5:59 pm (#
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    These tips are great! Thank :)

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  48. estrella urbaniak posted on January 6, 2014 at 7:59 pm (#
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    Love all the tips

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  49. shadia rezk posted on January 23, 2014 at 2:54 am (#
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    Thank you for all the great ideas.

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 23rd, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      You are very welcome! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  50. Ashia posted on January 27, 2014 at 6:16 pm (#
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    OMG I had no idea of the vinegar and the shower head LifeSaver

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 27th, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      It really is amazing…works like a charm!

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  51. Deb Thompson posted on February 10, 2014 at 7:28 am (#
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    LOVE THIS SITE!!!!!

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  52. mahjabeen posted on February 20, 2014 at 2:38 pm (#
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    love these tips .

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  53. Carolyn posted on May 9, 2014 at 8:39 am (#
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    I found an easy way to hang pictures with 2 hangers on the back. I simply tie a strong piece of wire or string between them and I can center the picture perfectly! Very often the hangers aren’t even and it’s somewhat frustrating to line them up correctly on the wall. This prevents that and I’ve only used one nail or screw, which translates into only one hole in the wall!

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    • Jamielyn replied on May 12th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      That is a great way to hang pictures Carolyn! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  54. Pat+Lehr posted on June 7, 2014 at 2:43 pm (#
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    We all go to the doctors once in a while. You know that band they use around your arm when you have lab tests done. They are suppose to use a new one every time. See if lab tech will give it to you. Next time you have a hard time opening a jar, wrap band around jar and you have extra gripping power. You can also use larger rubber bands the same way

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    • Jamielyn replied on July 2nd, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Great tip Pat, thanks for sharing! :)

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  55. Kathy posted on June 19, 2014 at 12:05 pm (#
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    Great ideas for everyday living!

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  56. Licia posted on June 19, 2014 at 1:46 pm (#
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    Thanks for the great tips. I also use pale nailpolish to mark the hooks on curtains when I remove them to wash. I can then put them back in the exact place. Hope this helps somebody! thanks again.

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