DIY Center: Clever ideas to make your life easier at home

Clever ideas: use a walnut to heal furniture scratches

Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.(From Apartment Therapy)
Originally published at The Daily Buzz

Whether trying to organize your cleaning supplies or come up with clever ideas for entertaining, the following ideas are ingenious solutions for your everyday life.

Clever ideas: WD40 for cleaning crayon off TV screens
Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls). (

Clever ideas: keep a cut apple from going brown
Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band. (
Clever ideas: store bedlinen sets inside their pillowcases
Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bedlinen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match. ( )

Clever ideas: hull strawberries with a straw
Hull strawberries easily using a straw. (Amy-Newnostalgia)
Clever ideas: bowl as iPhone sound amplifier
Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the music. ( )
Cleaver ideas: wet wipe dispenser as plastic bag storage
Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags. (

Clever ideas: velcro strip on wall to hold soft toys
Attach a Velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys. (

Clever ideas:
 baby powder to remove sand from feet
Add this item to your beach bag. Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily – who knew?! ( )
Clever ideas: gift wrap storage on cupboard ceiling
Look up! Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the floor. (

Clever idea: stocking over vacuum to pick up lost items
Gotcha! Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose. (

Clever idea: box lid cupcake holder
Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid. (
Clever idea: how to fold a fitted sheet
For those who can’t stand the scrunching and bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet. (

Clever idea: magnetic bobbypin storage
Forever losing your bathroom essentials? Use magnetic strips to store bobby pins (and tweezers and clippers) behind a vanity door. (
Clever idea: use shower caps to hold shoes when packing
Store shoes inside shower caps inside your suitcase to stop dirty soles rubbing on your clothes. And you can find them in just about every hotel!(
Clever idea: muffin pan craft
A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant. (

Clever idea: bread tags as cable labels
Bread tags make the perfect-sized cord labels. (
Clever idea: cook cupcakes in ice cream
Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones – so much more fun and easier for kids to eat. (

Clever idea: microwave your own popcorn in a plain paper bag
Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag. Much healthier and cheaper than the packet stuff. (

Clever idea: use a tension rod to hang spray bottles
Brilliant space-saver: install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles. Genius!(
Clever idea: use upside-down muffic pan to make cookie bowls
Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough over the top and voila – you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream. Click here for recipe. (
Clever idea: freeze aloe vera lotion for soothing burns
Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburn relief. (
Clever idea:
 gutter veggie garden
Gutter garden: Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering. (


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.