New Uses for Old Things
Clever ways to repurpose everyday items from RealSimple.com and around the web.
An easy way to keep the work area clean. Saw dust at a work station sweeps up so fast with one pass of a used fabric softener sheet.
New Uses for Dryer Sheets
Use Mason Jars as Sewing Kits Top with a pin cushion of your own making: Separate the sealer and the screw cap. Place the sealer bottom side up on fabric and, using a pencil, draw a circle around it, about an inch wider all around. Use a glue gun to pipe a bit of glue along the rim, then fold the fabric around the rim, creating little bunches as you do.
12 DIY Solutions for Mason Jars
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
To keep a cookbook clean while following a recipe, wrap a bag around everything but the page you're using.