Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Fab Feb's Helpful Hints

I recently received an email from a friend which was full of simple, but good, ideas.

However, some of them made me wonder just how helpful they would be.

I thought I'd share them with you today on this bright, frosty, February morning.

When travelling, put shoes in disposable shower caps (found in most hotel bathrooms).

Use a drinking straw to hull strawberries.

(Our strawberries are often so hard I think the straw would disintegrate if I did this)

Rubbing a walnut over scratches on furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.

WD40 will remove crayon marks from computer screens, tvs and even walls.

To keep the kids' lunchbox apple from going brown, put an elastic band around it.

(although, I can imagine little fumbling fingers sending the segments flying all over the place as the elastic band is removed)

To keep sets of bed linen together, fold sheets and put them in the matching pillow case so the sets are always together and easy to find.

(How long is it going to take me to fold the sheets to the correct size to be stuffed into a pillowcase? Longer than it would take to find the separate pieces in the linen cupboard I think)

Use empty Wet Wipes tubes to store plastic bags.

(would someone tell me just how to fold the plastic bags so they pop up like the one in the picture)

String wire across the ceiling of a cupboard to store wrapping paper off the floor.

('Darling, I need to wrap a present, could you get the stepladders out?')

(That's unfair. Actually, I think this a good idea as long as your ceilings are not too high)

Cut crosses in the lid of a cardboard box to keep cupcakes safe during transport.

How to fold a fitted sheet.

(Don't tell me you haven't always wondered)

Use bread tags to label computer wires.

Tension rods. Bless them.

Turn pastry moulds upside down to bake cookie dough in cup shape. Use the cases to fill with fruit etc.

Freeze Aloe Vera in ice cube trays for soothing cool cubes for sunburn.

Use egg cartons to store Christmas baubles.

(Where was this idea a month ago?)

And finally, if any of you need to know how to remove the hard drive from a computer you're disposing of, please visit this recent post by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Can't tell you how timely her post was for me.

Have a fab Feb.


Andi xx


  1. does your friend have a useful tip about how to REMEMBER all these useful tips!

    I like the wrapping paper idea, the cupcake shoebox and the pastry cases...but some of the others make me feel a bit slatternly cos I've never folded a fitted sheet properly IN MY LIFE!

  2. Cupcake dough, wrapping paper storage and cupcake holder all fab ideas. Some of the others are bordering on slightly crazy! Loved this post! M x

  3. Great post! The strawberry one would work for me, in the Pacific Northwest, we grow the very best berries anywhere! - When reading the apple hint, I laughed with the same mental image as you, hahaha! - I will use the bread tag one for sure, very handy! - Thanks for the link, we have 2 old computers sitting around because of that very to the dump they go now! xo

  4. That's a long list! now I asked mom to have a look. Shes likes the tension rods idea and didn't know WD 40 would do that, shes use's it in the car locks to help stop them freezing up.
    As for folding the flat sheet great if you have the time, mom just rolls them up ;)
    Mom also says she can do the same as that walnut but its called photo shop lol.
    Have a good week
    See Yea George xxx

  5. I actually like a couple of those tips......

    Gill in Canada

  6. I like the sheet tidy idea,might give that a linen cupboard needs a good sort out. :0)

  7. I will go and look at Susan's post, but at work we either use a sledgehammer or a tractor to run it over (perhaps you can guess that we are farmers!).

    And what a cornucopia of handy hints - I am quite overwhelmed . . .

    Pomona x

  8. Some of these ideas are great-thanks for sharing them!!!!

  9. How clever these suggestions are! Loved them Thanks for telling me my blog needed some adjustments so it wouldn't cut off on the left side. It never did that when viewing it on my computer. Thanks to you, I've been able to fix it. thanks for letting me know.

  10. I love these kind of posts. Thanks so much!

  11. Oh wow, those are some pretty good ideas...I will have to try some of them! :)


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