Ingenious New Uses for Old Things
Decluttering your home? Before you toss out the stuff you don't need anymore, consider what other purpose it may serve.
READ: America Recycles Day: Thinking Outside the Recycle Bin
Our friends over at Real Simple have a lot of great ideas, from unconventional roasting pans to ingenious ice cube trays.
Granted, if you have a hoarding problem, you may want to just ignore this post altogether.
Muffin Tin as Large Ice Cube Tray
The cold, hard truth: Small ice cubes melt fast, leaving a pitcher of lemonade watery. To make long-lasting jumbo cubes, use a muffin tin. Pop them out by running the back of the tin under hot water for 30 seconds.
Contact Lens Case as Travel Spice Holder
Pack small amounts of salt, pepper and spices for a camping trip.
Citrus Peel as Brown Sugar Softener
Avoid rock-hard brown sugar and preserve the moisture by dropping a three-inch-long orange peel into the bag.
Flat Iron as Ribbon Smoother
Get the kinks out of wrinkled wrapping ribbons that were tied around your birthday presents for recycled bows without the telltale creases from the previous gift box.
Button as Earring Holder
Travel is best done in pairs (think of Lewis and Clark or Thelma and Louise). To keep a set of earrings together on your next overnight jaunt, fasten them to a button so they won’t get lost in your suitcase pocket.