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Old Items, New Uses1 of 11
By Amy Elisa Keith
Open up your drawers and search through those kitchen cabinets. Everyday home items can be put to good use as unexpected multitaskers. Glo shows you how to get the most out of the items you already own and help you get organized this winter.
Line It Up2 of 11
If you're fresh off a remodel and have extra pieces of wallpaper, then don't throw them away. Cut them into rectangular pieces to line the insides of your kitchen or bathroom drawers. Regular liners are often boring and muted. Wallpaper will instantly inject some color and pizzazz into your storage spaces.
Hang Out3 of 11
Tired of searching aimlessly through your closet for that uber-cozy pashmina scarf? Keep them all organized and in plain view by using everyday shower curtain rings to hang them off your clothes bar or in a cluster on the door.
Hold On4 of 11
After the flowers have wilted, put that vase to work elsewhere in your home. Short square vases that often house tightly clustered arrangements can become perfect utensil holders for entertaining. Elevate the vase by tossing in a handful of clear pebbles or confetti for a festive start to any holiday buffet.
Wire Less5 of 11
Eliminate the tangle of unused extension cords by storing each one in a piece of pipe insulation foam tubing with a slit along one side. Using a utility knife, cut the insulation to your desired length. Then simply fold the cord to size, insert it, and label the foam to indicate the length of the cord enclosed. Ta-da! Instant cord corral.
Arrange This6 of 11
For the DIY diva looking to cut costs this holiday season by creating her own floral centerpieces, don't forget to grab the duct tape. You heard correctly… duct tape. Crisscross strips across the top of a vase, creating a grid to help stabilize flower stems in an arrangement.
Dirt Devil7 of 11
Especially in the wintertime, dirt can become a problem. Before you pull your hair out trying to get every particle, pull out those old, soft paintbrushes. Soft-haired brushes are great cleaning tools to get the grit out of hard-to-reach spaces like vents and window screens.
Life's Lemons8 of 11
When life hands you lemons, clean the garbage disposal. In addition to all those lessons about making lemonade, Grandma should have told you that dropping half a lemon (with a dash of baking soda) into your garbage disposal drain will instantly sanitize and get rid of any foul food odors.
Soak It Up9 of 11
Instead of tossing all your old newspapers into the recycling bin, save a few. By design, newspaper is a very absorbent product, because it has to hold ink. But that also means it is equipped to absorb all sorts of moisture, including the musty results of odors found in your refrigerator's vegetable drawers. Take a page of newspaper folded into squares and tuck it into the corner of your fridge for an overnight fix.
Caddy Shack10 of 11
It takes too long to find remote controls in their usual hiding spot: between cushions on the sofa. For an easier and more stylish storage solution, put a wide-mouth vase or other good-looking container on your side table to place all your remotes inside.
Buffer Zone11 of 11
Protect your china and festive plates by using coffee filters as scratch guards. Large filters, or even paper plates, are just right for cradling dishes without adding bulk while still avoiding chips and nicks. Alternate plates and inserts, and then carefully store in the cabinet for your next dinner party.