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    New Uses for Old Things

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    No use crying over spilled…wine. If you dribble some red on a shirt or a dress, submerge the soiled part in whole milk, squeeze out the excess immediately, then launder as usual. (If the item is dry-clean only, leave it for the pros).

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    Is that half-used gallon of Ivory Eggshell from four years ago full of lumps and rust? Use a pair of tights to filter out the impurities. Stretch the hose over a can or a bucket, secure it with a rubber band, and then pour the paint through.

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    Save space (and put a stop to cabinet avalanches) by storing cookie sheets, cutting boards, and pot lids in this desk accessory.

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    Cut shoe boxes in half, along the length or width, and fill the resulting compartments with folded underwear, socks, or stacked bras.

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    Tired of fumbling at the front door? ID each key with its very own shade of nail polish so that you can grab the right one in a flash.

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    To prevent leftover wrapping paper from denting, ripping, or unraveling before the next celebration, slide a cut leg of old tights over the roll.

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    Because your household to-do list shouldn't look like it belongs in a conference room. Frame a piece of wallpaper or fabric, then jot notes on the glass with a dry-erase marker. Pretty and practical.

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      Olga-Maria Smock

      or use your bathroom mirror!

    • Dor Majewski
      Dor Majewski

      Haha I have a friend that uses her bedroom mirror

    Create an artful arrangement sans floral foam. Simply wrap a clear hair band around the stems, then let the flowers fall naturally. Particularly helpful for filling out wide-mouth vases.

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    Make ice cubes last longer at your next cocktail party: Put them in a colander set into a bowl. As they melt, the water will drain through the holes instead of sitting and turning the ice to slush.

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    When the cork crumbles, salvage a bottle of wine by slowly pouring it through a filter into a pitcher or carafe. That way your $25 Fume Blanc won't go down the drain.

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    Let guests locate their seats in a creative way. Clip a miniature clothespin to the bottom of each paper to create the base for a rustic escort card display.

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    Use a Tension Rod to Store Cleaning Products

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    Serve sorbet in a memorable way. After juicing (or eating) grapefruit, orange, lemon, or lime halves, scoop out and freeze the peels. Cut a small slice off the bottom to create a level surface (without creating a hole), then fill with ice cream.

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    Use a Wine Rack as a Wall Organizer

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    Make a chic serving tray with an extra frame. Place a double of your favorite photo (so as not to ruin the original in case of condensation) under the glass and set out the drinks.

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    Mini marshmallows may be too small for s’mores, but they’re a sweet way to catch wayward candle drips before they hit cakes and cupcakes—because it’s not so festive to find wax in your icing.

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    Use a Picture Frame as a Key Organizer

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    Use Jars as Floating Storage Spaces

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    If you find yourself with a mismatched collection―or without bubbly―flip thick-walled Champagne flutes upside down to create a beautiful grouping of candle stands for a shelf or a mantel. Use heavy wineglasses for table centerpieces, as the wider mouths will provide more stability to withstand bumping.

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    Use Magnets as a Medicine Cabinet Organizer

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    Let a colorful dish towel span the center of your table and you'll get two place mats for the price of an easy wash-and-dry staple and a Paris bistro feel (no passport required).

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