10 Odd DIY Hacks That Still Got the Job Done

You come up with solutions to problems during the day that make your life easier without even realizing it. We can all find a workaround to make do with what we have so we don’t have to use more time than necessary to get things done.

We’re sharing easy DIY hacks that will save you time and money by using items you already have around the house to solve common problems. Whether hanging a picture, trying to organize a jumble of cords, or organizing a cleaning closet, you don’t have to be an expert DIYer to use these 10 hacks to make your life easier.

1. Hanging Pictures

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Hanging pictures with wire hangers can be difficult. Where does that nailhead go when trying to put the wire over it? Place the nailhead between the tines of a fork with the handle facing up, then use it as a guide to hang your picture. Pull the fork out, and your wall decor will hang perfectly.

2. Shoe Storage Solution

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When ordering wine in bulk, you receive a box with slots for every bottle. When removed, the slots make great shoe storage. The box keeps shoes nice, organized, and stable so they will not get knocked over or mixed up.

3. Pool Noodles

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We all have the space in our car between the seat and center console where if something is dropped, good luck getting it. To fix this, stick a pool noodle in that space to prevent anything from being lost again. This also works to keep dog toys from getting lost under the sofa. No more whining pup or getting on your hands and knees to retrieve lost toys.

4. Paint Pourer

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When pouring, the paint will inevitably get onto the rim. To prevent that, use painter’s tape in a V-shape on the rim to create a channel to pour paint. This will keep paint from getting on the rim and make for a relatively mess-free pour. Learn tips and tricks for storing leftover paint here.

5. Milk Jug Scoop

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Cutting the top off a gallon of milk makes the perfect pet food scooper. Most people use a random cup to fill the animal’s food bowl, but then that cup gets used by people, too. To prevent that, the top of a milk jug with the cap on provides the perfect amount and size portion for the animal.

6. Bread Tab for Labeling

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Bread tabs may seem useless, but putting them at the base of a cord can tell you which one is which. You can either write what the cord is or color-code it to know which one is which, so the next time you need to unplug something, you don’t remove power to the wrong thing.

7. Clothespin Nail Holder

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Avoid smashing fingers when using a hammer to drive a nail. A clothespin can hold and support a nail while hammering to prevent smashing a finger, keeping your fingers nice and far away.

8. Paper Towel Cord Storage

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We all have cords lying around that are tangled up, and we have no idea where they even go. To solve this, taking an empty paper towel roll and wrapping the cord in them is a great way to organize them. Not only does this contain them, but you can also label the outside of it to know which is which.

9. Zip Ties for Hanging Cleaning Tools

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Hanging up a broom or mop is a great way to keep your cleaning closet organized, but the handle doesn’t always fit on hooks from the store. Add a zip tie to the handle to hang it from any hook anywhere! They are also great for cord management.

10. Dusting Made Easy With Slipper Socks

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Who doesn’t love a good pair of slipper socks? What if I told you you could repurpose your old pairs into dusting mits? Spray with dusting spray and wipe away the dust. You will have more control and can dust small decor more easily with the sock than with a dusting rag.

12 Genius Uses of Dawn Dish Soap That Have Nothing to Do With Dishes

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Dawn dish soap is excellent at tackling grease on your cookware, but there must be other ways to use this amazing product, right? You bet! Here are 12 genius uses for Dawn dish soap that you need to know.

15 Genius Uses for a Magic Eraser

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That little white sponge is truly magic. There are many uses beyond cleaning up everyday spills. Here are 15 uses for a magic eraser sponge to take note of.

20 Genius Bathroom Cleaning Hacks That Will Change Your Life!

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The bathroom is the least favorite room in your house to clean. We get it and agree! Here are a few bathroom cleaning hacks that make it a breeze and less of a chore. See them here.

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Anika Gandhi is on a mission to declutter and organize all the things around her and is here to inspire and encourage you to do the same!

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