5 New Uses for Things You Already Own
Clothespin as Nail Stabilizer
Original purpose: Keeping linens high and dry.
Aha! use: Holding a nail in place when you hang a picture. Clamp the nail in the clothespin and position it where you want the picture to hang. Steady the pin with your fingers while you tap the nail into the wall.
Reward: Hitting the nail (and not your finger) on the head.
Raisin as Bubble Maker
Original purpose: Making bran less boring.
Aha! Use: Restoring bubbles to Champagne that has lost most of its fizz. Drop a raisin into the open bottle a few minutes before pouring and any last gasps of carbon dioxide that are left in the wine will stick to the raisin's ridged surface, then release again as tiny bubbles.
Reward: A little more sparkle to lift your spirits.
Bobby Pin as Pleat-Making Tool
Prep a pleated skirt for ironing by sliding a bobby pin onto each pleat at the hem to hold them all in place while you press. (Be sure to remove them afterward!)
Starch as Sneaker Preserver
Original purpose: Stiffening a collar.
Aha! use: Preserving the just-out-of-the-box look of sneakers. Repel dirt and grime by spraying a light coat of starch all over the interiors and exteriors of canvas or nylon sneakers before wearing them.
Reward: Shoes that stand up to the elements.
Tissue Box as Plastic Bag Holder
Dispense plastic grocery bags with ease. Stuff your empties into and old tissue box and store under the sink. Then pull out one at a time when you need it.