There are things that seem to exist simply as clutter. You use them once, and then they’re left lying around the house, unwanted and unused. You know the stuff: rubber bands, binder clips and seasonal items like summer pool noodles. Repurpose the mess and save money by breathing new life into these unloved, forgotten items.
Why buy frames for your office desk when you probably have these lying around. Because binder clips can stand on their backs, you can print your favorite family photos and turn them into neat picture holders. You can also use them as note stands, if you like.
Here's a great idea for those pool noodles you seem to keep buying every year. Carefully cut the length of a noodle and slide it over the edge of door. Aside from keeping the noise down of a door shutting, it will also protect little fingers from getting accidentally slammed in the doorway.
Got a giant pool noodle with a big center? Turn it into racecar track by simply slicing it in half. Easy, right? Since one noodle will get you two race tracks, they’re great for parties and gatherings where kids can race their favorite car against each other.
Kids’ arm floaters
5. As a wine bottle protector
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Traveling with delicate items like wine bottles? Place them in an inflated arm floaters to protect them from bumps and bruises.
6. To keep clothes on a hanger
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Clothes keep sliding off their hangers? Wrap a rubber band at both ends of the hanger, and voila! A quick and easy fix.
7. Make painting easier
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Minimize the mess of painting by stretching a rubber band over the lid of the paint can. This way, you’ll have a spot to use to get rid of excess paint on your paintbrush without getting the can’s edges messy. When you're done, you can stretch the rubber band over the can's body to mark paint levels.