Genius household tips

DUH! Why didn’t I think of that…

  • Quit wasting time sorting laundry. Buy 1 laundry basket per family member. Assign each family member a day of the week and wash only THEIR laundry on that day. Once the clothes are dry, place the clothes back into the basket and place in their room. Each family member is responsible for sorting and putting away their own clothes. ( I prefer to put the kiddos clothes up myself, but this is a great tip so I don’t spend time walking to 635 different rooms when doing laundry. No sorting and just folding? I am down!)
  • If you have already sealed an envelope and realized you forgot to put something in it, place the envelope in the freezer for a couple of hours. It will pop right open so you don’t have to get another envelope.
  • After cooking fish boil a little vinegar in a pot and let it boil. The nasty fish smell will disappear almost instantly leaving your kitchen smelling clean again.
  • For picture frames with two holes, hang them evenly and easily by placing a single strip of masking tape over the back covering the two holes. Mark each end of the tape where the holes are located for hanging the frame. Take the tape off and place it on your wall. Make sure it is level then hammer a nail in at each pen mark. ( I might have to go back and redo all my crooked pictures now! This is just genius and easy! No more measuring!)
  • You know those drip pans that you place under your flower pots to collect all the water that drains from the drains holes? Fill those up with water instead of watering the plant directly. This will allow the plant to soak up water through the roots when it is needed so you will never risk over watering. It also makes it a lot easier to tell when you need to water your plant again. Whenever the drip pan is low or empty just add more water.
  • Use Press’n Seal saran wrap to line your refrigerator shelves. When the shelves get dirty, just remove the wrap, toss in the trash and replace. No more scrubbing nasty food spills. ( You mean I don’t have to pull those huge glass shelves out anymore and wash them in the tub?? GENIUS!)
  • When you are done using the role of tape, fold the last quarter-inch down and stick it back onto itself. This will create a little tab that can easily be found so you don’t have to waste time searching for the end of the tape. DUH!
  • Toss small items such as baby spoons, pacifiers and bottle caps inside a small mesh lingerie bag and set the bag in the top rack of your dishwasher.  This will keep things from falling off the rack and getting lost or ruined in the bottom on the dishwasher.


  • When packing liquids (shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, etc…) for your next trip, take the lid off, place a piece of plastic wrap over the opening and screw the lid back on. The plastic wrap will keep the liquid from spilling even if the lid pops open.
  • Tired of shrinking sweaters or ruining shirts because you accidentally threw them in the dryer? Keep a dry erase marker in your laundry room. Use the marker to write notes on your washing machine (i.e. Do not dry red blouse!)
  • Before grilling burger, press a hole in the middle of the patty. The hole will disappear as the burger cooks. This will minimize shrinking and you won’t have to worry about them not being done in the center. (Why does not seem legit to me? Austin is going to have a really hard time understanding why I put a hole in the middle of all the burgers next time we grill. But the look on his face will be priceless.)


  • Need to hang a picture but there is nothing on the back to hang it from? Once you are done with your soda, turn the tab around. Using a pair of pliers grab the bottom (short end) of the tab and bend the tab down into the mouth of the can while pulling up at the same time. This will ensure that the ring is still intact so that you can attach it to the back of your frame with a screw and hang your photo.


  • Need to light a hard to reach candle but don’t have any long matches? Use a piece of uncooked spaghetti.
  • Tape a zip lock back to the back of appliances such as your microwave. Insert your user manual and warranty so that you always know where it is. (Good thinking!)

pop tab hanger connecter

  • Use soda can tabs to keep your outfits together. (Good for pants suits or 3 piece items)


  • Can’t remember which side of the car your gas tank is on? Look at your gas gauge. Most cars have a small arrow pointing to the side that the tank is located. Having two cars, one with the tank on the left and the other with the tank on the right, I am always using this trick. ( I can remember my own, but good to know if I have to borrow my Dad’s truck!)
  • Out of AA batteries? Use AAA batteries and fill the gap with a wad of tin foil on the positive side. ( I have not tried this…)


  • When cutting veggies or meat for scrambled eggs or other recipes, using a pizza cutter will make the job a lot quicker than chopping with a knife.


  • Stick your straw through a cupcake liner to keep bugs, dirt and other icky things from falling in your drink.


  • Need extra shower/tub storage? Add a second curtain rod to the back of your shower or tub. Use some S-shaped shower curtain hooks to hang loofahs, and wash clothes. You can also buy some cheap baskets at the dollar store to hang from the hooks. Perfect for storing things like kids tub toys and Shampoo bottles.

reynolds wrap

  • Reynolds Wrap has lock in taps to hold the roll in place.


  • You can divide and store ground meat in a zip loc bag. Just break off how much you need and keep the rest in the freezer for later. So much easier than dividing and  individually wrapping each pound or half pound. I will personally use this one a lot!





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  7. these are all such great tips, some of them i knew already, but the most of them i didnt. i will try them out. keep up the good work.

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  9. Superb site you have here but I was curious if you knew of any forums that cover the
    same topics discussed here? I’d really like to be a part of online community where I can get suggestions from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest.
    If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

    Many thanks!

    • Hi Eleni, Thanks for taking the time to stop by and have a look around. There are many sites and blogs similar I have found. Most of my ideas have come from and I always add a link back to the original source if there is one. I am sure you will find many there! Have a wonderful day! Jennifer

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