Ideas to Make Life Easier

Why didn’t I think of that?!  You’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems.

Hull strawberries easily using a straw.

strawberries Ideas to Make Life Easier
Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.
furniture Ideas to Make Life Easier

Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40.

wd40 Ideas to Make Life Easier

Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band.

apple Ideas to Make Life Easier

Overhaul your linen cupboard, store bed linen sets inside one  of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match.

sheets Ideas to Make Life Easier

Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone & iPod in a  bowl. The concave shape amplifies the music.

iPhone Ideas to Make Life Easier

Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.

wet+wipes Ideas to Make Life Easier

Add this item to your beach bag.  Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily, who knew?

baby+powder Ideas to Make Life Easier

Attach a Velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.

velcro+strip Ideas to Make Life Easier

Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the floor.

gift+wrap Ideas to Make Life Easier

Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose.

stocking Ideas to Make Life Easier

Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box  lid.

cupcakes Ideas to Make Life Easier

For those who can’t stand the scrunching and bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet.

Fitted+Sheet Ideas to Make Life Easier

Forever losing your bathroom essentials?  Use magnetic  strips to store bobby pins, tweezers and clippers, behind a vanity door.

bobby+pins Ideas to Make Life Easier

Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles rubbing on your clothes.  And you can find them in just about every  hotel.

shower+cap Ideas to Make Life Easier

A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy.  Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant.

cupcake+tin Ideas to Make Life Easier

Bread tags make the perfect cord labels.

bread+pins Ideas to Make Life Easier

Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones, so much more fun and easier for kids to eat.

ice+cream+cones Ideas to Make Life Easier

Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag.  Much healthier and cheaper than the packet stuff.

popcorn Ideas to Make Life Easier

Install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles.

tension+rod Ideas to Make Life Easier

Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough over the  top and voila, you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream.

cookie+bowls Ideas to Make Life Easier

Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburn relief.

aloe+vera Ideas to Make Life Easier

Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.

window+box Ideas to Make Life Easier

Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations.

egg+carton Ideas to Make Life Easier
The above are not my pictures, this was a public email.
Imagine, Improvise & Invent



  1. I love stuff like this!!!! for obviously, I don’t think of these things myself. :-) glad I found Alderberry Hill.

  2. Oh my, super dooper ideas, all of them. My DH loved the one for gardening. Happy New Year. Hugs, Marty

  3. Great post and wonderful ideas. I will use a lot of them, maybe all. I hang my spray bottles like that on a wire shelf in my workshop near the wash tub … real handy. Sending this blog on to my daughter. Happy New Year. Audrey Z at Timeless Treasures.

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  5. Crazy clever! Thanks & Happy Trails!

  6. Oh my GOODness what GREAT ideas!!! Where on earth did you find them all? Definitely will make 2012 easier and more organized! Thanks so much for sharing at the Kiss & Tell party over at my place <3

  7. I am so amazed at your cleverness!!! Thanks for sharing. I will follow on my way out so I can revisit. I hope you can find the time to come visit me and do the same. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  8. There are some really cleaver tips here! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Great ideas! I pinned several to my Pinterest board, “organize”! Thanks for sharing.

  10. que 2012 t apporte ce que tu desires et surtout la santé

  11. Such very neat ideas. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year.

  12. Thank you for sharing all these great ideas.

  13. What awesome ideas! Thanks so much for sharing! Happy New Year!

  14. Those are some brilliant ideas! Very neat :)

  15. Can I just say I LOVE YOU! You’ve got some really awesome ideas and suggestions here. I’ve got a bag full of walnuts in my pantry, can you guess what I’m going to do with them?!

    Visiting from Simple Things Sunday.

  16. This is my first visit to “The Simple Things” and I am meeting so many wonderful photographers. It is a real treat for me this evening. I have never seen an entry like filled with GREAT ideas. I am bookmarking this page so I can reflect back to it in the future. You are so clever. The bread holder thingies are super….cannot wait to put them to use…and folding the contour sheet. That will be a miracle at this house. Take care, Happy New Year, and I will hope to see you again next week. genie

  17. Anonymous says:

    I absolutely love tips like this. Thank you.

  18. These tips are AWESOME! Thanks. I love the baking cake in the ice cream cone and the shoes in the shower cap. I’m going to have to print this post. I stopped by from Simple Things Sunday.

  19. Clever tips! Thanks for sharing…visiting from Debbiedoos Newbie party.

  20. AMAZING tips!! So much for me to Pin right now :)

    I found your blog through Debbiedoos and I’m so glad to be your newest follower!! Come visit me sometime at and follow me back if you get a chance! :)

  21. I LOVE all of your ideas! the rain gutters are awesome for planters, and the organizing galore is to die for…thanks!! following you now from Debbie’s blog…please come visit me when you can at polkadotnotebook:)

  22. wow!!! load’s of fantastic ideas!!!

    Natasha xx

    Check out my link party!

  23. I am in awe! I love all these ideas!

  24. Wow, these are excellent tips. I bookmarked this page for future reference. I’m a new follower, drop by for a visit when you can.

  25. Visiting from Debbie-doos!! These are great ideas thank you!

  26. I think my brain is going to implode with all these amazing ideas … seriously.

    I’m your newest follower. Found you at Debbiedoos …

  27. Awesome awesome awesome!!! I kept saying that as I scrolled down since each idea was as good as the last! Thank you so much for a VERY useful post! I also found you at Debbiedoo’s – hooray for the newbie party! :) Will definitely keep following you!

  28. Great tips! I’m determined to do a better job folding my fitted sheets. Thanks for sharing. Feel free to share this at the Show & Tell party.


  29. HOLY HANNAH! What great ideas! I am going to use almost all of them starting with sheets inside the pillow cases. oh my linen closet will look so organized. yay yay yay!! And love the egg carton idea for christmas ornaments. genius!! Thanks for the ideas and for posting a link at simple things. this is my first time participating and im glad i did!

  30. Great tips. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party. PLEASE add my button or link. Thanks.

  31. Wow! So many amazing ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. wow, wow, wow. This is a treasure trove of inspiration!

    I’m having a link party on my blog today if you want to come over and share this I’d be just tickled pink! Here’s the link if you’re interested! Happy New Year, Maria

  34. Brilliant ideas!! Thank you for sharing!

  35. I read every idea…I couldn’t stop! Thanks for sharing!

  36. Great ideas!

  37. Anonymous says:

    wow all are great ideals thank you for sharing

  38. Fabulous post!!! So many brilliant ideas – I will definitely be pinning this. Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark – it is a definite feature for Sunday! Happy New Year!
    Jenn :)

  39. Great idea, love the bread tags, will be using so many of these. the rain gutters are pretty cool, but then so is the egg carton holder. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday’s Best

  40. Great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing them :o)

  41. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. Love the window box gardens! Erin

  42. Whoa! That’s a lotta good tips! Thanks so much for sharing them…some I have heard before but most I have not. I saw your post over at Debbie’s “Newby Party”.

  43. Brilliant tips and so simple, i’m definitely going to be using a lot of these especially the ice cream cone cakes. x

  44. Great tips!!! I especially love the velco for the stuffed animals and using a muffin tin for making cookie bowls.
    Thanks for sharing.

  45. WOW!! This is awesome! I’m your newest follower via The Creative Spark!

  46. Sarah these are fabulous ideas and some I had not even thought about before. Thanx for coming to party and the great tips!

  47. These are AWESOME! I LOVE them….I am going to pin them!!

  48. Such great ideas…I am following, tweeting, pinning and implementing these! I love new blog friends…stop by and visit anytime! Lori

  49. You have amazing creative ideas! Thank you for linking up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We would love to have you come back next Saturday and share more of your great ideas. -The Sisters

  50. so many fabulous ideas here!

    i especially love
    that velcro strip on the wall
    for sticking soft toys

    thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  51. I’m a new follower! These ideas are all stinking amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  52. Great post for the New Year! Thanks for sharing it! I posted it on my FB page this morning too!

  53. amazing, how people thing these things up I just don’t know!

  54. I love these! Especially the hoover tip! I’m always hoovering things up and wondering what they were?!

  55. Oh my word! Love these! I hadn’t seen many of these. Where did you come up with them all?

  56. Yea!! I do a few of these things.But that strawberry tick is great!! I have a blog post in my Que waiting to post about storing sheets etc, inside pillow cases. ( you know what they say about great minds, giggle) Thank you for participating in the Thursday Favorite things hop. I hope you made some new bloggy friends. Hoping your weekend is a sweet one xo P.S. did you enter the pink poodle giveaway?

  57. These are some AMAZING ideas! Thanks for linking up and sharing!

  58. Great post! So glad I found all of these brilliant ideas! Thanks for sharing them.

    Best wishes,

  59. Love this post! I found you from the six sisters website. I had to send some folks your way, because these ideas are awesome! Thanks for sharing!!

  60. Wow! Thank you for sharing all these great ideas

  61. What a wealth of great tips! Thank you for linking this lovely post to Potpourri Friday!

  62. Hi Hun- WHAT A BRILLIANT POST! So love these ideas, and am going to use some. I shared this on my COM-FB page. winks, jen

  63. Aloe trick is exactly what I need

  64. So I just washed my sheets and folded them like the example you showed. AWESOME! My fitted sheets have never looked so nice on my shelf! THANKS!!

  65. fabulous post!!!! found you at katherine’s corner! hope you come and visit me sometime at thecottagemarket. can’t wait to see what you blog has coming in 2012!!!

  66. So creative and easy to do, nice blog & Happy New Year to all of you :)

  67. Great post! You were featured as a favorite from the Creative Genius Link Party – hop over and check it out!

  68. It was my daughter who turned me on to your blog via Pinterest. Wow…one thing sure does lead to another!

  69. These are super great tips!! Thanks for linking my Flaunt it Friday party. :)

  70. I am featuring you today over at Strictly Homemade Tuesday!!!

  71. What a wonderful list!

  72. All are great ideas but I need to remember that baby powder/beach trick. I had no clue! Last year poor Ellie looked positively breaded! LOL! Thanks for linking up this week!

  73. What great ideas! Thank you for linking it to Home Sweet Home!

  74. I love all these tips! And I wish I had thought of some of them for sure. You were the most viewed link last week.. make sure you check it out and link up again tomorrow :)

  75. Angela T. says:

    Thanks for the awesome ideas….you are so clever!

  76. Amazing list of tips! I am super excited to use them!
    I might refer my blog followers to take a look at this… this will make everyone’s lives a little bit better. :)

  77. I got this e-mail and shared the ideas too on my blog. We women like to share the neat stuff!! It is just so much fun!!

  78. Anonymous says:

    I am considering the gutter gardening – has anyone tried it or are there any tips you want to pass along to make it successful? I am considering attaching the gutters to my fence as opposed to the house. Any thoughts?

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