{30} Smart Ideas to Make Life Easier

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I am counting down the days to my 30th birthday, and I couldn’t be more excited! Truly! As I was brainstorming ways to celebrate here on the blog, I couldn’t help but think that 30 lists of {30} items would be just about perfect for my type-A, list-making self. Join me for the next month as I share the things I’ve learned in the past 30 years and my hopes for the future! See all 30 Days of {30} posts here.

I love smart ideas, quick tips that make you wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?” or say, “Whoa, so cool”, and make your life easier in the process. I think this is probably one of my favorite things about Pinterest — the abundance of simple, doable, smart ideas to Pin, remember and incorporate into your life.

Over the last year, I’ve gotten away from posting these smart tips, for a variety of reasons, and that’s something I hope to change in the coming months. I certainly don’t have this topic covered, but I’d love to share more of the little ideas that our family has to share rather than just focusing on the big, heavy topics. So look for more of those to come!

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In no particular order, here are 30 smart ideas to help simplify and organize your life:

1. Make sippy cup leashes for in the car.

2. Use Clip-X to record your copy history.

3. Quickly fold plastic grocery bags for easy storage.

4. Add a coffee filter to the bottom of a pot to keep the dirt from falling out.

5. Sew a handy dandy travel kit from a washcloth.

6. Create a custom desk organizer with mini loaf tins.

7. Make a watering can from a milk jug.

8. Make a cell phone charging station from an old lotion bottle.

9. Use a plastic drinking straw to stop necklaces from getting tangled when traveling.

10. Use a clothespin to help you hang pictures.

11. Add a few drops of essential oils to the inside of a toilet paper roll as a natural air freshener.

12. Organize LEGO manuals, puzzle box fronts and game instructions in a binder.

13. Make paint swatch sticks from paint stirrers to remember paint color names.

14. Use a clutter jail to teach kids to pick up their things.

15. DIY no-slip socks.

16. Use a plastic cereal container as a car trash can.

17. Make your own single use antibiotic packs.

18. Keep track of medicine dosages on the bottle. (Anyone have a better source for this one?)

19. Use this easy method for folding fitted sheets.

20. And then store sheet sets inside the matching pillowcase.

21. Use overhead — or vertical — storage to make the most of your space.

22. Repurpose Starbucks Frappacino cups for spill-free painting.

23. Store gift wrap in a hamper.

24. Just take it out of the package.

25. Use citrus oil to remove sticky recipe.

26. Declutter when frustrated.

27. Use a q-tip container as an earbud case.

28. Use an eyeglasses case to hold a manicure set.

29. Use travel soap boxes to store cards, crayons or beads.

30. Make a DIY hollow book for hidden storage.

What’s your favorite “smart tip” to make life easier?

Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.