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Clever Ideas For Simple, Everyday Things!

Updated on December 29, 2011

Uses For Those Everyday Items!

Every day of my life, I try to make things as simple as possible. I try to save money, get organised, and find uses for those things which need some. After thinking for a while, I decided to create a list, of all my favourite, simple ideas in life, to make every day simpler.

To start off, Im going to talk about Binder Clips! Me and my brother adore these clips! We have so many and we've scoured for uses all over the world! Here are some:

1) Clothe Pegs - Easy, Just use the binder clips to hold up clothes on clothing lines.

2) Toothpaste Squeezer - Roll up the end of your toothpaste and keep a clip on it to use every last drop of toothpaste your tube has to offer!

3) Paper Holder (As Notepads) - Stack a few pieces of paper onto of each other and clip together. Now it's a notepad! Also, put the clip on a piece of rope to make an art line!

4) Place Holders - Attach a clip to the remaining section of a book if you can't find a bookmark or remember your place.

5) Food Clips - Instead of buying expensive Chip-Clips, just use spare binder clips to roll up your bags and keep them fresh!

6) Money Clip - This is great if you ever want to tidy up your wallet. Just fold up a few notes and store this in a binder clip. This is also good to just clean up your pockets too.

Other household item uses:

Dental Floss - Dental floss for corn garlands! Attach a needle to the end of a string of dental floss and work your way through the popcorn. Also, you could use strong, unscented dental floss as a cheese cutter. Works Great!

Old Toothbrush Holder - Use old style toothbrush holders as flower holders or as a vase! Just put in a really colourful flower and it'll bring new style to the holder.

Tissue Boxes - Tissue boxes as plastic bag dispensers. Just store lots of plastic bags in the box and whenever you need one, just pull it out! Alternatively, if you sew, you could use baby wipe containers to store yarn! Just put the yarn inside and put the ending of it in the opening of the box.

Shoe Box Covers - Shoe box covers as cupcake holders! Just cut small X shaped slits into the top and push down. Now store the cupcake on top, cute and handy!

Old Bowls/Cups - Use any sorts of old bowls and cups as soap holders! It'll give your house a unique feel.

Hair Clip - You can use hair clips to hold towels together when coming out of the shower if your hands are busy.

Bath Mat - Bath mats are also car seats for animals! Just keep one on a seat in your car to stop those muddy prints from getting on your seat.

Ear Pick - Cotton ear picks are perfect as cleaning utensils as they're small! Use them to get all the tiny pieces of junk out of your keyboard, without using a vacuum and risking losing pieces.

Deodrant - Deodorant is a great ink/pen/pencil stain remover. First, lay a table with a paper towel, next, lay the garment flat and spray a big amount of deodorant onto the ink. Be sure to have paper towels nearby as lots will drip off, if not, all. If not all of it comes out, put it in the washer at low temperature and all will be clean.

Nail File - Use nail files to create rugged looks on jeans, which people pay lots of money for. And in this case, you can have it however you want! Its your choice as to how it looks.

Hair Dryer - You could use a hair dryer to remove those annoying little stickers which come on all sorts of things!

Shower Curtain - Don't you hate it when you go for a picnic, but then your lovely cloth is ruined by the mud. In those cases you could use a shower curtain under the picnic cloth to stop it from getting muddy!

Paper Tubes - This is another alternative to use for storing plastic bags. Just stuff them inside and attach to one another. Pull one out whenever, wherever.

Comb - You can use a comb as a nail holder to keep it in place when hammering. This is really useful in those tricky places where the nail just doesn't want to stay put.

Nail Polish - You can use nail polish to colour code your keys, so you know what's for what very simply!

Soap Holder - You can use a soap holder as a camera holder, instead of buying expensive ones off the high street!

Toothbrush - You can use a toothbrush to clean the felt like material on many shoes. You can also use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean the corn silk off freshly picked corn on the cob.

Tea Strainer - You can easily use a tea strainer to sift powdered sugar onto desserts and onto other cooking.

Tape - Use tape to help credit cards when the magnetic strip becomes worn out. Just place a strip of tape onto of the magnetic strip and it should work as normal!

Newspaper - Newspaper can be used as a simple filling substitute for moving. In boxes, if you don't have normal filling, you can use big pieces of newspaper to keep delicate items from breaking in the move.

Ziplock Bags - Use ziplock bags as a frosting pipe! Just snip off the corner of a bag, fill with frosting and use! Also, you can just use it to knead dough without getting your hands dirty. Just place the dough ball in the bag and knead as normal.

Paper Coasters - Punch holes through paper coasters and tie a ribbon to make it a name tag. You can attach these to presents of onto clothing, it works great especially if the coaster is stylish and unique.

Matchbox - In school as a kid, we learnt the uses for matchboxes. One of the uses would be as a sewing kit holder. Perfect for small buttons and needles.

Empty 6 Pack of Beer - You can use an empty, durable six pack of beer as a condiment holder. Store ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, salt & pepper in it! To make it look extra special, you could paint it, or decorate it.

Cassette Cases - You can use old cassette cases to store roll-up headphones when on the go instead of creating a mess of them in your bag.

Shower Caps - Shower caps protect shoes when in storage, from muddy floors or just incase of anything happening to them.

Rubber Bands - You can wrap rubber bands on the end of clothe hangers to keep the item from sliding off when it gets packed in the cupboard. Rubber bands can also be used to stop kids' hands slipping off glasses. Simply tie some onto the glass and it'll add grip to the glass, making it easier for kids to carry.

Mouse Pads - Mouse pads are durable and many households have far too many. You can use some as food mats for hot cooking on the table.

Wine Boxes - You can use wine boxes to store thin shoes in, especially if the box is nicely decorated.

Thanks and remember, do these things at your own risk, they worked for me but who knows? Maybe they won't work for you, ALWAYS STAY SAFE.


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    • iguidenetwork profile image


      7 years ago from Austin, TX

      Wow! There are many more ways to use binder clips other than, well, binding paper together! Very smart hub. I like it. :)

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      Carly Sullens 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      These are great! I am going to bookmark this page. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Brilliant ideas! So creative and practical! Love particularly the tissue box, shoe box and shower curtain! What an excellent idea for a hub, congratulations - voted up, useful, interesting and sharing!

    • Rfordin profile image


      7 years ago from Florida

      Loved your hub. So many awesome ideas...voted up and shared!

      Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks for everyday household items. Now if I could just get organized enough to implment a lot of the things you mentioned.


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      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 years ago

      Great and useful ideas! Love binder clips. We use them on a lot of things.

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      7 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Chris, these are some wonderful ideas. Whether I try these or not, I definitely felt the Ziplock bag for kneading dough or the use of the Hairdryer for removing stickers are really very helpful tips. This hub also shows that you are very innovative and organized. My dad too keeps thinking up such uses of everyday things. Unique subject for a hub. Voted up.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      7 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      These are some fantastic ideas, and I will be giving some of these a try! :)

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      7 years ago from London, UK

      Gosh! I would like to say thanks for all the comments! I would love to reply to all of you burning sorry I haven't the time! I totally forgot about HubPages as it was recently a busy and exiting part of my life - I didn't even know that I had won the HubNugget! Thanks for all the votes and comments, really appreciate it and hope to get back to writing very soon! :)

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      Brian Leekley 

      7 years ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      This hub is so useful that I bookmarked it.

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      Suzie ONeill 

      8 years ago from Lost in La La Land

      What a fun hub! I'm a big fan of recyle-reduce-reuse. :)

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      8 years ago from California, US

      Great ideas, I love household hints! Thanks!

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      Claudia Tello 

      8 years ago from Mexico

      I like the shoe box cover idea for cupcakes.

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      Angie Jardine 

      8 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Although I already use a few of these ideas I am impressed with your lateral thinking approach to the most everyday items ... particularly the rubber bands on clothes hangers. How obvious is that when you come to think of it!

      'Scuse me - just got to sort out my hangers ...

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      8 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      very good hub, i liked the rubber band one most and I will try it on my clothe hangers.

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      Shell Vera 

      8 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very good suggestions for the many uses of binder clips. My daughter and I have been using clothes pins on a rope in her room to make an "art wall" and they don't hold very well. I went in, used a binder clip, and wouldn't you know they haven't dropped yet! This is wonderful! I love the idea of using it on toothpaste too, especially the very large one. My daughter says it looks like an alligator is eating the toothpaste! Thank you for the practical advice! Congratulations on your Hub nomination!

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      8 years ago from Michigan

      Great list of ideas, thanks for sharing. Welcome to Hubpages and congrats on your nomination!

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      Patricia Scott 

      8 years ago from North Central Florida

      Just when I thought I had run out of ideas on how to use these things, look at what you did! I will 'steal' them and use the ones I did not discover.. some i discovered in the old 'necessity is the mother of invention' situatlion when i had to come up with a these ideas..thank you for sharing them...

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Very clever... :) So much ideas for ordinary everyday things!

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. To all who would like to read and vote, join the Hubnuggets team and their adventures right here:

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      Elsie Nelson 

      8 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Great suggestions! I love the one about using paper towel rolls as a plastic bag "dispenser". Congrats on the hubnugget nomination, by the way. Well deserved.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Great tips! I especially love the shower curtain and tape ones.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks Frierva! I especially love the worn jeans one too as some people pay so much money for that effect when you can create one at home to your liking! Thanks for reading :)

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      8 years ago

      Ha! I thought your article was whimsical and logical, cool ideas. I definitely liked your advice on making our own worn jeans.


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