15 Unusual Uses for Common Items

We’ve been finding lots of innovative uses for things that we all have around the house. Tips on materials to use for repair, ways to make your life easier, or simply an “aha!” moment upon discovering a new use for a common object. Here are some of our favorites that we think our clients could use.

#1 Place a rubber band vertically around an open paint can to wipe your brush on. This keeps paint off the side of the can.

#2 Rub a walnut on damaged wood furniture to cover up minor scratches and dings.

#3 Use a hanging shoe rack with clear pockets to store cleaning supplies and keep them away from the kids. (This is also a good storage method for mittens and hats in your coat closet.)

#4 Use a can opener to open those maddeningly difficult hard-plastic blister packs. This will save you time, frustration, and inevitable cuts when you try and use a knife or scissors. 

#5 Use nail polish to paint the tops of your keys to make them readily identifiable.

#6 To remove built-up residue on your showerhead, tie a baggie full of vinegar around the showerhead and leave on overnight. Voila! Clean.

#6 Use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a barbeque.

#7 Use a pants hanger hooked over a cupboard knob to create an inexpensive cookbook holder to keep your recipes off the counter and at eye-level while you cook.

#8 Use unscented dental floss to cut cakes, cheeses and other soft foods perfectly.

#9 Tired of having a box full of spare tangled computer cords? Put each one into an empty toilet paper or paper towel roll and store them upright in a box or bin so that you can easily identify and access them as needed.

#10 Drill holes in the bottom of your kitchen garbage can to make putting in and taking out bags much easier – no suction issues.

#11 Save your fingers! Use a spring-loaded clothespin to hold a nail while hammering.

#12 Freeze a saturated sponge in a zip lock baggie to create a no-drip icepack.

#13 When moving, pack heavy items like books in a rolling suitcase.

#14 Tie your extension cords together to stop them from unplugging from each other.

#15 Turn an empty cardboard six-pack holder into an outdoor dining kit to hold plastic utensils, salt and pepper and napkins.