I’ve made friends on Twitter and deepened them on Facebook, but Pinterest is the social media network has taught me quite a few truly handy tips and tricks that have become regular parts of our daily routines.
Don’t believe that there’s actually anything of value over there? Well, here are 6 tips that I couldn’t be happier I discovered.
1) The spoon on the pasta pot trick
My kids eat pasta… a lot… and it always drove me batty when the pot would overflow all over the stove top. Who would have thought that something as simple as just laying a wooden spoon over the top of the pot would keep the pasta water where it was supposed to be?
2) Fixing a skipping DVD with… toothpaste
Every weekend my husband gets up with the kids, eats breakfast, feeds them breakfast, pops a movie into the DVD player, and comes back to bed. We relish those lazy weekend mornings. To me they’re the consolation prize for never having had my 3rd child.
To keep the movie selection wide and the kids’ attentions captivated we supplement our own collection with movies borrowed from the library so, all too often, the kids have to come find me to tell me that the movies are freezing or skipping.
I used to shrug and say “oh well.” Now I just reach for the toothpaste.
This trick has never not worked.
3) Picking the right bell peppers
This is one of those things that I learned and would never have guessed was even possible to learn or even care about before I stumbled upon it one night.
Bell peppers have a gender. This gender affects how many seeds you’ll find inside the pepper. No. Really.
Might not be a big deal to some, but I eat a lot of bell peppers, and I’m really glad I now know how to pick the ones with fewer seeds.
4) Pretty dish soap bottle
Like everyone else, I’m constantly doing dishes. As such, I don’t particularly want to store the dish soap under the sink, because that’s a pain. But I also don’t really want to store it next to the sink, because it’s ugly.
Then I complicated things even more by starting to buy the Costco brand dish soap which comes in gallon jugs. Try fitting that on the edge of your sink.
Instead of refilling whatever last plastic bottle of dish soap I used, I inspired myself from this Pinterest find and classed up my sink. The rest of the kitchen might look like a war zone, but my sink is well accessorized.
5) Another clever use for toothpaste
Just over a year ago we moved into our new house. Some pictures went right up, others… took a while. The easy ones went up because the previous owners had kindly left from nails in the walls. The others needed a little more planning and so they languished.
Until we figured out the toothpaste trick. You and your bare walls are welcome.
6) A radically different way to organize your clothing drawers
There’s little I hate more than folding laundry, unless it’s having folded everything nicely and then messing it all up to get to that shirt on the bottom.
And then I discovered this trick and angels sang.
Okay, maybe they didn’t sing per se, but I sure whistled a happy tune as I transformed my drawers. Now I can see all of my shirts at a glance and I don’t have to go digging to see if anything good is hiding at the bottom of the pile.
Every time I try doing something in a new way my husband looks at me, raises an eye brow, and says “Pinterest?” It’s almost become a family joke. But what can I say? He’s usually right.
Coming soon? 6 recipes I found on Pinterest and actually loved.