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5 Clever New Uses for Things You Might Find in Your Garage

Sandpaper as Grout Cleaner | Fold a piece of medium-grit sandpaper in half, rough-side out, and use the creased edge to scrub out the stains in bathroom-tile grout.

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Glasses Case as Makeup Organizer | With the cameras flashing and all eyes on you, there’s a lot of pressure to look your very best. Stash extra makeup—think lip gloss and concealer—in an empty glasses case and tuck in your purse for quick touch up’s throughout the day.

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Binder Clip as Ribbon Organizer | Clip one end of the spool to keep the ribbon from unfurling in your giftwrap drawer.

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Golf Tee as a Garden Marker | Plunk a tee next to every perennial bulb you plant and you’ll know where the bulbs are even when the leaves are not visible.

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Charcoal as Dehumidifier | Want a trusty—not rusty—hammer? Stow a lump of charcoal in your toolbox to slow corrosion on hardware.

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Organizing New Uses for Old Things | Everyday products that help conquer clutter.

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Holiday Lights as Night Light | Fill a large Mason jar with a strand or two of battery-powered lights to add whimsy to a walkway or a nightstand.

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Glass Jar as Arts and Crafts Organizer | Kids can see inside the glass jars to find what they’re looking for, from crayons to pompoms. Leave off the lids for extra long supplies, like pipe cleaners or colored pencils.

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Tic Tac Box as Spice Holder | Pack small amounts of your favorite spice (red pepper flakes, anyone?) in old Tic Tac boxes, to season food on-the-go.

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Candlestick as Bracelet Holder | Bangles bulging out of your jewelry box? Slip them over a candlestick and let them accessorize your dresser.

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