New Uses for Old Things
Clever ways to repurpose everyday items from RealSimple.com and around the web.
Dry damp shoes and boots (and help them keep their shape) by stuffing their insides with crumpled newspaper.
Baby Oil as Necklace Detangler: Rub a few drops of baby oil into each knot and work them gently free with a straight pin.
Keep shampoo from crossing unauthorized borders by packing toiletries in a sturdy old lunch box in your luggage.
New Uses in the Car
If your umbrella has detached from its metal spines, tie or sew it back together with waxed dental floss, which will endure longer than regular thread.
New Uses for Things in the Bathroom
Remove small stains from suede by gently rubbing an emery board (either side) across the problem area a few times to get rid of the splotch and refresh the nap.
When you're moving, tape nails to the backs of framed works of art so the appropriate hardware will be handy.
New Uses for Office Supplies
New Uses for Things in the Great Outdoors
Stretch a rubber band around an opaque container. Each time you scoop out the flour or coffee, move the band down to mark the supply level. No need to lift the lid while making your grocery list—you can see how much is left in a snap.
New Uses for Things in the Kitchen
Use a small cooler to fake a perfectly timed meal if side dishes (like corn on the cob) are ready before the main course. Simply store the early sides in the insulated case to retain their warmth.
Organizing New Uses for Old Things
Partytime New Uses for Old Things
New Uses for Flowers
To keep a cookbook clean while following a recipe, wrap a bag around everything but the page you're using.