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Bright Ideas · “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” – Part Sixteen

“Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” – Part Sixteen

It's time for a brand new installment of brilliantly simple and simply brilliant hacks! You'll the best ways to bag your groceries, spread cold butter, and much more!

Here on my blog, I strive to share simple, everyday tips and tricks that can help make your life a little bit easier. But sometimes, the tips that I want to share aren’t something I can write a whole blog post about!

And since I simply cannot waste a good idea, I tuck them away to use at a later date. Today I’ll be sharing some of those tips and tricks with you in the sixteenth edition of my ongoing series “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?”

Missed the last installment, or want to revisit some of your old favorite tips? You’ll find links to every post in the “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” series at the bottom of this post!

1. Simple Butter Spreader

Don’t you hate it when you end up shredding a piece of toast while trying to spread cold butter on it? This special butter knife makes cold butter struggles a thing of the past!

It has holes along one edge that make perfect butter curls. Butter curls have more surface area than a pat of butter, meaning they’ll warm up in seconds and make spreading much easier!

2. Brilliant Grocery Bagging

A little foresight can go a long way at the grocery store! When you check out (either with a cashier or at a self-checkout stand), scan your items according to where they need to go once you get home.

For instance, anything that will go ini the fridge should be grouped together. The same goes for bathroom items, garage supplies, etc. This method will make putting away groceries quick and easy!

3. Perfect Nail Holder

You don’t have to risk your fingers every time you need to hammer a nail! Instead of holding the nail with your fingers, slide it between the teeth of a comb so that it stays snugly in place.

Then you can hold the comb in place on the wall while you hammer the nail, keeping your fingers safely out of the danger zone!

4. Bed Bumper

Making the switch from a crib to a “big kid bed” can be a big adjustment, and it can take a while for your little one to get the hang of it! Install a simple DIY “bed bumper” to help keep them from tumbling out of bed during the night.

Just cut a foam pool noodle to match the length of the bed, then place it on the mattress along the open edge of the bed. Then just put the fitted sheet back on the mattress to hold “bumper” in place!

5. Straw Holder

If you’re tired of the carbonation in your soda pushing the straw out of the can, here’s a quick tip to fix it! Just rotate the tab around so that the hole is positioned over the opening in the can.

Insert your straw through the hole in the tab, then rotate the tab slightly to one side until it holds the straw snugly in place. Problem solved!

6. Can Opener Fix

Manual can openers can be tricky to clean, but using wax paper makes it easy! Just fold a piece of wax paper a few times, then run the folded paper through your can opener.

The waxy paper will help clear away any food bits that may be clinging to it. And as an added bonus, this treatment also leaves behind a waxy layer that will help the can opener work more smoothly!

7. Quicker Blender Cleaning

If you are a fan of breakfast smoothies, then you already know how annoying it can be to have to wash your blender cup every day. So instead of hand-washing it in the sink, let the blender do the work for you!

Add a cup or two of water to the blender cup, along with a couple of drops of dish soap. Secure the lid and pulse the blender a few times to thoroughly wash the inside of your blender cup.

This is not only a huge time-saver, but it also cleans gunk from under the blades better than most people can manage with a sponge!

The “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” Series

If you’ve missed any of the previous posts in this series, or want to revisit some of your old favorite tips, you’ve come to the right place! Just click the button below to view the full archive of past posts in the “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” series.

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    Hi, I’m Jillee!

    I believe we should all love the place we call home and the life we live there. Since 2011, I’ve been dedicated to making One Good Thing by Jillee a reliable and trustworthy resource for modern homemakers navigating the everyday challenges of running a household. Join me as I share homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make life easier so you can enjoy it more!

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